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Blackwood Farm (The Vampire Chronicles #9)

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Lestat is back, saviour and demon, presiding over a gothic story of family greed and hatred through generations, a terrifying drama of blood lust and betrayal, possession and matricide. Blackwood Farm with its grand Southern mansion, set among dark cypress swamps in Louisiana, harbours terrible blood-stained secrets and family ghosts. Heir to them all is Quinn Blackwood, y ...more
Paperback, 774 pages
Published 2003 by arrow books (first published 2002)
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Roger Almendarez-jiménez This book introduces a new character, so you can read it without feeling too lost. That being said, if you haven't read any of the other chronicles,…moreThis book introduces a new character, so you can read it without feeling too lost. That being said, if you haven't read any of the other chronicles, you're better offer starting with The Vampire Lestat, then moving on to Interview with the vampire, so that you can have a solid foundation for the Vampire Chronicles. This book is a terrible representation of how good the Chronicles are.(less)
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Dan Schwent
Apr 01, 2009 Dan Schwent rated it did not like it
Shelves: horror
This was the last straw in my decade long relationship with Anne Rice. We had some good times but mutually decided to end our relationship. I loved her three witch books but the vampire stuff had been going downhill since Body Thief.

I hate this book. After years of okay to disappointing novels, this one was all I could stand. I didn't care about Quin and I hated that Rice felt the need to shoehorn Mona Mayfair into the vampire mythos. I found this book so uninteresting I actually stopped halfway
Jul 09, 2010 Ali rated it did not like it
This book...(sigh)...I have to say broke Anne Rice's spell over me. Before this book I found all of her normal plot devices (strange bedfellows, supernatural creatures, really long flashbacks, narcissism) beguiling and entertaining. But usually she chooses one or two of these things and shapes a really awesome story around it. In Blackwood Farm she just decided to take everything she had EVER written about, mix it up together, and then multiply it by 1000. I mean, really?! Vampires, witches, AND ...more
Oct 03, 2015 Navessa rated it did not like it
Shelves: vampires
Feb 02, 2016 Yani rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Si no leyeron libros anteriores, no conviene que lean la reseña. De todas formas, no me extenderé demasiado.

Coincido con muchas reseñas de este libro: fue mi último viaje a las sórdidas aventuras de Lestat y sus amigos colmilludos. Se evidencia demasiado la agonía de la saga (que extrañamente decidió resucitar) y de las ideas que la alimentan. Se vampirizó a sí misma y quedó esto, es decir, un texto que tiene más fantasmas que vampiros, más autobiografía de un niño consentido que una crónic
Fangs for the Fantasy
Sep 27, 2014 Fangs for the Fantasy rated it did not like it
Quinn can see ghosts and has been haunted his whole life by a particular tenacious spirit. Now he has become a vampire, that spirit has turned violent and he turns to Lestat for guidance, after telling Lestat his life history. At length and in great great detail.

This book is labelled as a Vampire Chronicles novel. It has also been faintly labelled as a Mayfair Witches novel. I’ve heard it discussed as something of a cross over novel. Personally I’d call it a Mayfair Witches novel into which Lest
Carolyn Seiver
Jul 28, 2012 Carolyn Seiver rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anne Rice is as brilliant and clever as ever,proving why she is the reigning Queen of vampire novels. As an avid lover of all things vampire,I am extremely critical of stories of them. Blackwood Farm is a wonderful addition to the Vampire Chronicles,which I felt suffered with Memnock the Devil.The story flows along with a dialogue that is both picturesque and poignant in its telling,reminiscent of Interview with The Vampire.Quinn's villainous maker is highly impressive as a character,managing to ...more
May 04, 2014 Mell rated it did not like it
I have tried twice to read this book. I'm not sure what happened to Anne Rice. Her earlier books were amazing. Perhaps it's fitting that the Mayfair family story and the Vampire Chronicles merge within this novel- both have become unreadable .
Tarquin Blackwood, young vampire and heir to the impossibly rich Blackwood estate in Louisiana, recounts his life story to the vampire Lestat. He has spent his life haunted by a spirit named Goblin - a spirit who looks remarkably like himself - and would now be rid of it.

This book is primarily told in flashback style, with the only current action at the beginning and end of the book. I felt that it detracted from the intensity of the novel. Telling a story in the past tense gives a different moo
May 18, 2010 Amanda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book broke my heart. It is my least favorite of all the novels from the Vampire series. The character of Quinn was just too whiny and self indulgent for me to connect with and care for. And non of the other characters stepped up either. Even the presence of fictional character icon Lestat de Lioncourt couldn't save this story.

Aug 09, 2009 Grampybone rated it did not like it
Trying to squeeze the last possible drop of blood from what has been an extraordinary series of books, Anne Rice comes up with Blackwood Farm. Halfway through the book, I still can't bring myself to care for any of the characters. Big letdown in my not so humble opinion.
Dec 08, 2011 Katie rated it it was ok
I love the first five books of the Vampire Chronicles, my favorite of all time. They didn't seem cliche, hackneyed or recycled.

However, I'm wondering if the description above was written by someone paid or high on acid. If anything, this book makes Rice's plot devices and recycled material completely obvious (plot devices are not noticeable in the first books).

This book was entertaining and enjoyable at times, but the following about this book bugs me:

- stumbling into the house of the past (gh
Aug 25, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Vampire lovers
I did it wrong, all wrong!

This was the first Anne Rice book I read, not long after it came out. But part of the wonder that is Anne Rice, is that you can almost jump in on this series at any point and still be in for a rip-roaring and intense ride!

There were some things I didn't quite get until I read the rest, like some of the smaller details, especially regarding Lestat.

But after reading the rest of the series, I think this is one of the best. It's fresh and current and brings forht a whole n
May 29, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it
Refreshingly, a new story set almost entirely in the recent past, a new (well, slightly related) family with paranormal secrets to explore, and a new lovable vampire hero. Tarquin Blackwood seeks out Lestat to tell his story and ask for help in banishing his lifelong companion, the spirit Goblin. Tarquin's narrative meanders with Rice's usual rapt attention to the details of architecture, clothing, and decor, which stretches the book to more than six hundred pages. Truthfully, my hand hurt from ...more
May 04, 2014 Katey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I couldn't even finish this one. It was the last Anne Rice book I read, and probably will remain so. She seemed to write this one like I used to write my silly little stories when I was young: they were only vehicles for my girlish ambitions to have everything I wanted- wealth, power- and this book seemed to have little to do with a real plot. It bothered me immensely.
Katie Schmid
Jun 13, 2007 Katie Schmid rated it it was ok
I am normally a big fan of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles. There, I said it. But this one was terrible. You know, staid plot, boring writing, and real awkward sexual encounters with ghosts. But if you like that sort of thing, go for it.
Jessica Halleck
Aug 01, 2009 Jessica Halleck rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
And the plunge downhill begins in earnest. Lestat is empty; the writing is horrible. Only a waning sense of loyalty to Ms. Rice kept me reading.
Justin Longino
Sep 24, 2014 Justin Longino rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Once again i am completely hooked by Anne Rice. The history on armand and marius was great but i felt almost too much. i appreciate the history of the character's. I usually love this for a series. In this circumstance, i love the brisk and in depth story.

Blackwood Farm introduced Tarquin Blackwood, the prodigy son. Tarquin can see spirits and has a doppelganger himself. The story advances as Quinn life grows and grows. He feels the typical guilt of who do i love and why do i
Apr 17, 2014 Kathryn rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, horror
It's hard to put into words what I feel about this book. It was fun. It was interesting. It certainly wasn't a bad book, I'm just not really sure it was exactly good.

There was too much going on, for one thing. You've got a vengeful spirit, a poltergeist/doppleganger, the return of the Mayfair witches, and a fantastically wealthy Louisiana family, with all the dark family secrets and Anne Rice's constant daydreams about renovating houses and showering money on poorer relations. There are vampires
Johnny Virgil
Aug 31, 2015 Johnny Virgil rated it liked it
I liked the language but the story seemed slow to me. Pages and pages of nothing going on. I still feel like the places and people really exist somewhere, so that's a testament to the descriptive, detailed quality to Anne Rice's writing. Overall, I came away thinking that the entire book was just sort of boring. And the big reveal at the end was a bit lame. Or maybe it wasn't telegraphed as much as it seemed to be and the reason I saw through it so easily was because a very similar theme was exp ...more
Wendie Collins
I felt that this book had a few great stories in it but all in all, I have to admit to missing Lestat! Having no idea what has happened to him since his dance with the devil, I am starting to have withdraws! Lestat is my crack! On the other hand, the story of Quinn and Goblin is rather entertaining. Having read the story of the Mayfair's, I enjoyed their incorporation into the vampire clan. Although this began with Merrick, Mona is a perfect match for the new brood. To be honest, I thought the c ...more
Jul 29, 2012 Jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been trying to gradually eek out reading the vampire chronicles as Anne Rice is my favourite author and the Vampire Chronicles is where it all began for me so every book closer to the end I get the more mixed my emotions are...

And so it was with great consideration I began to read the second to last book, Blackwood Farm.

What a great story teller Anne Rice is! I was gripped from the moment I picked the book up and was able to envisage each scene as it developed.

An interesting story which c
Meirav Rath
Dec 22, 2007 Meirav Rath rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Teenagers, mostly
Shelves: anne-rice
Anne Rice writes sex *gasp* who'd believe it. There once was a boy with a perfect family who has a spirit haunting him everywhere, but he becomes a vampire so everything's OK in the giant rich house the boy lives in, his trips to Europe, and his wonderful family. Crap Rice.
(Spanish edition, so im posting my humble opinion in both languages)

Este libro fue quizá tan bueno como Merrick. Desde un principio fue dificil de "despedirse" (por decirle así) de Lestat para enfocarnos en Quinn, quien es el protagonista absoluto de la historia, junto a Goblin. Su familia, así como Blackwood Manor, toda la mitología de la granja, ese pequeño universo que rodeaba a Quinn, junto a sus pintorescos familiares, siempre con la bella Nueva Orleans de fondo, me parecieron fascinantes y
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A 3.5, mixing The Vampire Chronicles with The Mayfair Witches, though this book definitely feels more like one from the latter series due to Quinn Blackwood's environs, large dysfunctional family, and spirit companion. Goblin, the spirit whom he has gone to Lestat for help with, feels very Lasher-like at times even though his origins and being turn out to be very different.

Anyone who's read anything of this series will know what to expect from the writing which once again conjures up an atmosphe
Jerome Parisse
Aug 04, 2010 Jerome Parisse rated it really liked it
Rice's vampire novels are epics which take us into a world of their own. I didn't know what to expect and was pleasantly surprised. The writing is great. Rice is able to paint vivid, colourful pictures in her readers' minds. The setting for Blackwood Farm is Louisiana, and after reading the book, I find I want to go there! Blackwood Farm tells the story of the Blackwood family, from the initial ancestor Manfred Blackwood and his first, beloved wife Virginia Lee, to Tarquin Blackwood (Quinn), the ...more
Dorian de Jandreau
I don't know... book is written marvelous, all adventures, story of Quinn, action, not one boring sentence...but I simply didn't like how Quinn's life turn on. And Lestat's... but I don't like Quinn with Mona and Lestat with Rowan (which will happen in last book). Nein, Non, No, Ne, Nada. I will never accept these relationships. Besides... Lestat TWICE sad HE LOVES QUINN. And Quinn like a puppy runs to that Mona. Who needs mortal family when you are a vampire? Just go, hunt, visit countries, hav ...more
Max Ostrovsky
Another book end book by Anne Rice. So, I get it. She likes to write stories about people telling stories. At least this book didn't got down the rabbit hole with people telling stories about other people telling stories about other people telling stories. I think her last one was like that. I can't remember - the formula makes it forgetable.

This one, while a book end story, was enjoyable. It was simple and non-convaluted. It tied into the Mayfairs more than the others did. I've only read the f
Bex Fahey
Jun 09, 2011 Bex Fahey rated it it was ok
I ended up pretty disappointed with this book. It is much more a ghost story than it is a vampire story. That concept in and of itself doesn't bother me, but I think it could have been developed differently and made a much better standalone book instead of forcing it into the Vampire Chronicles. I think that Anne Rice really cheated herself and the reader on this account.

The story of Quinn's transformation into a vampire is so completely incidental and unrelated to the main story that it makes i
Monica Miller
Aug 29, 2015 Monica Miller rated it did not like it
I have not actually finished this book, and I don't think I've ever wanted to abandon a book more.

I have read until 30% until I was just sick of it, because I have spent hours and hours reading and it didn't get me anywhere.

It's not that the story is bad, I think that the story truly has potential and that she is going somewhere with it, and I'm crazy about ghost stories, but this one was just so excruciatingly slow and boring I had to stop.

There were too many useless descriptions and character
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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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The Vampire Chronicles (1 - 10 of 14 books)
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  • Vittorio, The Vampire (New Tales of the Vampires, #2)
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“And books, they offer one hope -- that a whole universe might open up from between the covers, and falling into that universe, one is saved.” 206 likes
“But you love books, then,” Aunt Queen was saying. I had to listen.

“Oh, yes,” Lestat said. “Sometimes they are the only thing that keeps me alive.”

“What a strange thing to say at your age,” she laughed.

“No, but one can feel desperate at any age, don’t you think? The young are eternally desperate,” he said frankly. “And books, they offer one hope —- that a whole universe might open up from between the covers, and falling into that new universe, one is saved.”
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