Blackwood Farm (The Vampire Chronicles, #9)
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Blackwood Farm (The Vampire Chronicles #9)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  21,594 ratings  ·  455 reviews
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 January 1st 2002)
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Dan Schwent
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...more
Ali
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
Carolyn Seiver
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
Mell
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 .
Katie
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...more
Katie
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 Harker
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.
Sarah
Aug 25, 2012 Sarah rated it 5 of 5 stars
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...more
Emily
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
Katey
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.
Amanda
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.

Grampybone
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.
Meirav Rath
Dec 22, 2007 Meirav Rath rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Teenagers, mostly
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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.
Strangerealms
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Lisa
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...more
Jerome Parisse
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
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...more
Johnny Virgil
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
Bex Fahey
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...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
Jane
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...more
Alex
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Kevin
I loved this book. It's one of my favorite Ann Rice books, and it's my favorite vampire/witches/werewolf/mummy/body thief book.

It's a complicated story full of rich characters that have a certain weirdness to them (actually beyond weird). The author tends to 'take' the characters to the 'edge' and often beyond. That tendency fills the book with uncomfortable situations and psycho/social moments that go well beyond the normal zone. Tortured characters are what make this book terrific. The main c...more
Kathryn
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...more
Sara Ewen
One of the things I've always liked about Anne Rice, her books always have a lot of detail. She delves into each character's personality and creates a vivid scene for the story. This book is 626 pages in paperback. The crux of the story is in the first quarter and last quarter, of the book. I think the story could have been well done without the half in the middle. This story is still a good one, but I think there is a lot she could have left out this time. The detail was almost too much. There'...more
Diana
Having long been an Anne Rice fan I have to say next to the Witching Hour I think this is my next favorite book by her. I even named my son after the main character, Quinn.

I love to fall into the worlds she creates and she has managed to bring the spirit world, vampires and witches together.

Surprisingly as much as I love vampires, her vampire series is not my favorite which is why maybe I enjoyed this one a little more than most people.
Kitty
Very good. Quinn is a "new" vampire with a fascinating family history. Despite the main character, and the appearance of Lestat, the book actually shares more in common with the Mayfair Witches story. A companion spirit named Goblin plays a key role. I read this after I had sort of "lost interest" in Anne Rice. I was actually a bit surprised at how much I enjoyed it. More like her earlier books, in my opinion.
Marianneboss
You can only say you love someone(or a lot of people in this case)so many times until it just loses meaning. And boy, this Quinn guy seems to "fall in love" so easily that anyone could just wave at him and he would build a shrine for his eternal lurv and lust for it. Seriously, it's sickening. I found his narration very stilted and unsympathetic, and not believable at all to talk like that for a young guy in the modern era; for vampires like Lestat or Armand that have lived for centuries I can g...more
Jimmie Baker
I can't believe what I'm reading. To hear that this was the turning point in people's love with Anne Rice fading is horrifying. I found this book extremely detailed and enrapturing. I instantly fell in love with Tarquinn Blackwood and (Goblin). Queenie was endearing as were all of the ghosts, vampires, and characters. I listened to the audiobook by David Pittu and he astounded me by the way he brought the characters to life. If you were upset with your read of this, I recommend listening to tale...more
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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.” 161 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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