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Blood and Gold (The Vampire Chronicles #8)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  28,315 Ratings  ·  553 Reviews
The Vampire Chronicles continue with Anne Rice’s spellbinding new novel, in which the great vampire Marius returns.

The golden-haired Marius, true Child of the Millennia, once mentor to The Vampire Lestat, always and forever the conscientious foe of the Evil Doer, reveals in his own intense yet inti-
mate voice the secrets of his two-thousand-year existence.

Once a proud Sen
Hardcover, 471 pages
Published October 9th 2001 by Alfred A. Knopf (first published 2001)
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Dec 14, 2008 Brianna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first Anne Rice book I read was The Mummy or Ramses the Damned. I was in the 8th grade. I loved it, and tried to read Interview with the Vampire but never finished it.
Almost five years later, I was in Sestriere, Italy, a small mountain town outside of Torino, near the French and Swiss borders. I was there for almost a week, and it was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been in my entire life. I could spend hundreds of words describing it all, but I'm getting off track. It was the e
Aug 01, 2011 Emma rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If you have read any of the Vampire Chronicles then you will largely know what to expect from this addition to the series. A Blood Drinker tells the story of their long life, including all the mortals they have loved, Blood Drinker’s they’ve encountered and vibrant cities they’ve travelled to.

In this instance the reader is introduced to Thorne, a Viking vampire who has been reawakened by the knowledge that his Maker, Maharet (of Queen of the Damned), still exists. He’s been buried in snow for m
Sep 07, 2008 Rachel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampires
The primary question with this book, the sixth in Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, is, why would we, the readers, want to read a book from the point of view of the self christened Marius de Romanus, the Roman vampire with a tendency towards pederasty and pompous pronouncements?

This question becomes even more pressing as the book goes on and Marius proves himself entirely arrogant and obnoxious, applying a form of moral blindness that makes his own actions acceptable while everyone else's deserve
Nov 26, 2012 Yani rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
“Sangre” me costó terminar este libro y “oro” valía el tiempo que perdí por hacerlo, fiel a mi convicción de no dejar libros inconclusos. No tengo ganas de hacerle una reseña extensa y detallada porque seguiría gastando tiempo: muchas de las cosas que no me gustaron son las que esta saga viene arrastrando desde hace un par de libros atrás. Pensé que Marius sería el mejor narrador de todos y me encontré con que ni siquiera sus perspectivas me convencen a la hora de relatar (otra vez) los años que ...more
Orphic {Ally}
Aug 04, 2012 Orphic {Ally} rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shall I say Marius de Romanus is my new favorite vampire, in all of his oozing sensuality? Why, yes.
Reading this book made me excited to reread The Vampire Chronicles. I have to admit, I actually found myself falling in love with Marius, or at least developing a crush on him, towards the end of the book. Oh, how I would gladly pin a poster of this Ancient Roman Blood Drinker to my wall if ever they made one of him.
Besides, Anne Rice's perpetual glorifying sensuality found so prominently in almo
Titus Hjelm
Jul 29, 2011 Titus Hjelm rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not the worst (see 'Memnoch' for that) but certainly the most boring of all the Chronicles so far. I pretty much gave up on the series after 'Queen', but since I bought the whole lot, I'm wading through it still. However, it took me this long to realise that the problem with Rice's writing is that there is no beginning, middle and end. Funnily enough, real life biographies have more sense of a dramatic arch than this book, for example. The 'exotic' settings have become old hat pretty much since ...more
Oct 16, 2012 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love a story - a good story. I read to escape, yes but even then, even when I pick up a book with the intention of running away – I end up, well thinking about the book. I read to study, relate to or learn from characters, story lines plots, drama. I don’t read to just read, make my chalk mark and on to the next book.
I enjoy books that I can savor – take my time over, and I truly love sharing the reading experience – so when someone mentions a book they love, I’m apt to pick it up.
And so I d
May 11, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm kind of glad I waited more than a year to read this book after having read the first eight, plus the Mayfair Witches book all pretty much right in a row. I think I would have found the parts where Marius is retelling things that Lestat told is in The Vampire Lestat and that Armand told us in The Vampire Armand rather boring and repetitive. As it was, it was a nice reminder of things I'd forgotten, and I was able to jump right back in without re-reading, which would have been quite the undert ...more
Jul 28, 2011 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm quite surprised at how mixed the reviews are here as I thought this was yet another winner from Anne Rice!

Blood and Gold follows the history of Marius and his long and troubled existence as he travels and strives to keep his secret of 'Those Who Must be Kept' and forges relationships to keep him sane and to stave off his loneliness; from the peculiar bond with Mael and Avicus to the love and devotion of Amadeo and Bianca. For someone so strong Marius does a lot of running to save his secret
Carrie Slager
Feb 14, 2014 Carrie Slager rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-bought
If not for Pandora, Blood and Gold would be my favourite novel by Anne Rice. The story of Marius, a logical Roman man, kidnapped and turned into a vampire against his will. But what stands out for me is the amazing amount of detail Anne Rice puts into her historical fiction. The splendor of ancient Rome, the horror of the Black Death, the energy and creativity surrounding the Italian Renaissance…all of the settings come alive and you feel like you’re really there along with Marius.

Marius himself
Apr 01, 2013 Eyehavenofilter rated it really liked it
Shelves: vampire, to-trade
This is truly Marius's opus as we follow him through the ages, loving and leaving one famous and infamous person after another. Can a vampire really love another more than himself? This question is never really answered here.Marius is smitten by Pandora, Botticelli, and dozens of others and has to leave them all behind, in one way or another.
He slogs through the Black Death with out a mark( he's a vamp after all he's already dead right?) Even a plague of that magnitude won't slow our beauteous b
Fangs for the Fantasy
Thorne, his long sleep interrupted by the waking and rampaging of the Vampire Queen Akasha, is now driven to find the one who made him, the one he saw in his visions – Maharet, one of the two oldest vampires in the world

He emerges from his icy tomb to seek his own kind – and finds Marius, the Roman, Child of the Millennium, Former Keeper of Those Who Must be Kept. And avid biogorapher – who recounts his history to the Norse vampire

Thorne emerges from his centuries of sleep, trying to find answer
Dorian de Jandreau
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Dorian de Jandreau
All I can say that I really loved this book. I finally knew all story of Marius and Bianca. I knew so much of characters I knew just names.

I remember scene with Zenobia that made me cry. It was so beautiful. And Bianca who saved Marius. And poor Armand. But mostly I paid attention on Marius and Pandora. They remind me of myself and girl I dated. She was real Pandora, and I was like Marius- begged her to stay with me, looked for her...butwe still broke up.

I could understand and Bianca's jealous
Dec 17, 2011 Synergy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've read all the books beginning from the Vampire Lestat which is my favorite of the lot so far. But anyway, having read them, I kind of knew what to expect from this one but seriously, I think it's getting worse..
The ending felt like, "oh yeah I forgot, I have to connect the story back to the present so lemme stretch the story a bit here, add a confounding element there and... voila! That's it. Thanks for taking time to read!" I mean come on... this was Marius... Marius. One of the more impecc
Jan 28, 2010 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: Jade Brelsford
A melancholy walk through ancient history in the company of Marius, the two thousand year old vampire known and loved by both Lestat and Armand.

The history again is the main draw for me in this instalment (and what I felt was largely missing from Merrick), as we get to see the rise and fall of great civilizations as well as their cultures and art through the eyes of the more intellectual and learned of Rice's vampires.

There were moments when I felt like we were revisiting old themes a little too
Max Ostrovsky
Another book-end story by Rice and no surprises. I'm determined to finish the series, but it is getting tedious. While this book seemed to have an easier prose than most of the Chronicle books (Body Thief aside), the lack of plot or tension or drama or really anything going on kept this book from a higher rating.
That said, and despite all that said, it was a page turner. Rice's prose in this volume is engaging and forward driven. While not much is actually going on, I was interested in what not
Aug 05, 2009 Kirk rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 30, 2010 Bookworms rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Now, however, I am quite honest really quite for years a loyal fan of Anne Rice and her vampire chronicles, so slowly I would like to spend on her new books no more money. They are not simply worth it any more. High song of the book was very disappointing. If one knows only the vampire chronicles as well as me, it is not to be kept in this book often so quite simply with her witch things the overview. There so many ne names and characters.

To the history can be only said: Boringly and a vampire’s
Jun 09, 2008 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
My first step into the Vampire Chronicles...
Blood and Gold also happens to be my favorite--pregnant with history, rich storytelling, and lovable murderers this book puts Anne Rice's other vampire books to shame.
P.S.- It is kind of smutty, if you aren't into that kind of thing, then I would shy away from pre-epiphany Anne Rice.
P.P.S.- I read this book in high school, so take this review with a grain of sea salt.
Jason Schneeberger
This book is a prime example of why I don't put too much stock into reviews of people that I don't know and/or at least trust their opinion on books because a lot reviews said this book was bad and I couldn't disagree more. I loved this entry in the series! Marius' story is so rich, deep, sad and made for a very entertaining read that further added to Rice's remarkable Vampire Chronicles series.
Chelsea chan
Jan 11, 2012 Chelsea chan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the most enriching when it comes to being lost in the vampire chronicles world. It is great for anyone that hasn't read the whole series because it explains everything about the supernatural world according to Anne Rice, unlike the previous books before this. it was a bit boring in some parts, but in all it was worth it and i enjoyed this book.
Ian Herold
Apr 02, 2008 Ian Herold rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes vampires or Anne Rices writing
This was my favorite book. As I can relate so much to Marius. It fallows the tail of Marius the Vampire. As he deals with problems and meets many interesting people through out the story like Lestat. Overall a very interesting book when it was finished i wanted to keep reading.
Patrick Atchison
The only book that I have ever been able to read cover to cover multiple times!
Soukyan Blackwood
Marius is an odd creature, at times as ridiculous as a clumsy moose, other times as graceful as a deer. How he fought every woman in his life, and hoped to keep them all, just to realize that such sharing of the heart is not meant for all, and that some take "I said what I had to say in the moment" as no excuse at all. And the rest of this is at [ NMR ]
Feb 26, 2009 Samara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The cover of this book really caught my attention since it pictures a slightly gay looking angel wrapped in a ribbon. Blood and Gold is the first of Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles I have read and it’s not a let down. The style of the writing is romantic and detailed, or as my English teacher described it “curly q baroque” type writing. I’ll admit it’s not a short read at all and I took my time pondering the texture and words of the book. Marius the main character is complex and struggles with th ...more
Oct 01, 2013 Sean rated it it was amazing
For avid readers of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, the character of Marius, the ancient Roman, is one of the most fascinating and colorful--and one of the least well known. We first meet Marius in "The Vampire Lestat", when he answers Lestat's call and explains the story of the vampiric origins to Lestat and shows him Akasha and Enkil, the ancient Egyptian parents of all of the vampires. He also appears briefly in "Queen of the Damned", which tells the story of the vampires' origins. But until ...more
Feb 06, 2011 Sandra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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£7 on Kindle - The first Anne Rice story I have read, this is an excellent book. Unlike some of the other reviewers I found the early part of the tale; which dealt with the fully formed characters of the millennium vampires moving through my Ancient World; much more interesting than the second half. That's probably good for me because I'm sure their stories are told elsewhere. I'll have to remember how powerful Marius is though I think. It doesn't take long until everyone he meets seems to worsh ...more
Sep 06, 2014 Irene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“I live lies because I cannot endure the weakness of anger, and I cannot admit the irrationality of love.” - Marius

You will never find anyone on this planet, who doesn't have any annoying qualities in them. You’ll never find a person who feels or thinks the same way as you do in everything. At those times, when they show their faults, you will feel your anger flaring inside you and consuming you that you feel worst in the end. Anger can make a person such a deplorable being, that you want to hid
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Anne Rice (born Howard Allen Frances O'Brien) is a best-selling American author of gothic, supernatural, historical, erotica, and later religious themed books. Best known for The Vampire Chronicles, her prevailing thematical focus is on love, death, immortality, existentialism, and the human condition. She was married to poet Stan Rice for 41 years until his death in 2002. Her books have sold near ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Vampire Chronicles (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1)
  • The Vampire Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles, #2)
  • The Queen of the Damned (The Vampire Chronicles, #3)
  • The Tale of the Body Thief (The Vampire Chronicles, #4)
  • Memnoch the Devil (The Vampire Chronicles, #5)
  • The Vampire Armand (The Vampire Chronicles, #6)
  • Merrick (The Vampire Chronicles #7)
  • Blackwood Farm (The Vampire Chronicles, #9)
  • Blood Canticle (The Vampire Chronicles, #10)
  • Prince Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles, #11)

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