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Blackwood Farm (The Vampire Chronicles #9)

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In her new novel, perennial bestseller Anne Rice fuses her two uniquely seductive strains of narrative -- her Vampire legend and her lore of the Mayfair witches -- to give us a world of classic deep-south luxury and ancestral secrets.

Welcome to Blackwood Farm: soaring white columns, spacious drawing rooms, bright, sun-drenched gardens, and a dark strip of the dense Sugar D
Published by A.A. Knopf (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
Feb 07, 2008 Dan Schwent rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Elena May
So far I’ve been a really lazy Goodreader. I’ve been rating the books I’ve read, but never written a proper review. But this 3-star score I’m giving to Blackwood Farm is by far the hardest rating I’ve ever given, and I’d be uncomfortable to just spend half a second to click the star without explaining my thoughts. Hopefully, this might break my lazy habit, and I’ll start writing more reviews!

This is a 9th book in a series, so the review is mainly targeted at people at least somewhat familiar wit
Jul 09, 2010 Ali rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Fangs for the Fantasy
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
Mar 06, 2013 Navessa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampires
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
Nov 26, 2012 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
Aug 25, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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.

Katie Schmid
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.
Aug 09, 2009 Grampybone rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dorian de Jandreau
I don't know... a book is written marvelous, all the adventures, story of Quinn, action, not a single boring sentence...but I simply didn't like how Quinn's life turned on. And Lestat's... but I don't like Quinn with Mona and Lestat with Rowan (which will happen in last book). I will never accept these relationships. Besides... Lestat TWICE said 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, have money, do ...more
Justin Longino
Sep 21, 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
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
Apr 19, 2007 Katey rated it did not like it
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.
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.
Abby Goldsmith
Ever since Memnoch the Devil, I've become disenchanted with Anne Rice, and I stopped reading her books after the dull Vampire Armand. But rave reviews of this one persuaded me to give it a try.

Rice has regained the page-turning pace of her earlier novels. I was mesmerized by the main protagonist, Tarquinn Blackwood, and his story, and I had to restrain myself from finishing the book in one night. Unfortunately, the ending was a disappointment. The tense relationships that were cultivated during
Apr 17, 2014 Kathryn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
This was so impossibly bad it makes my idea of Harlequin romance seem good.
Sophomoric dialogue that was often repetitive - word count anyone? If I never see the word 'egregious' again... The premise had promise but two wonderful and artfully rendered series were stapled and glued together with zero finesse. If her name wasn't on the cover, I'd think this was some awful 'fan fiction'. I finished it by sheer force of will, finding no redeeming qualities in any of the characters who were fatuous, i
Sep 23, 2011 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  ·  review of another edition
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.
Troy Blackford
Oct 28, 2010 Troy Blackford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great story that keeps you guessing unless you've read 'The Dark Half' (written over a decade before) by Stephen King in which case it simply seems familiar.
Jason Schneeberger
For the first quarter of this book, I couldn't understand where all of the negative reviews came from for this book. The only thing I could think was "maybe because it's not really a vampire story?" But then everything started to become a little clearer.

Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed this book; much more than I thought I would and I did give it 4 stars after all! But I have to ask...what is it with Anne Rice having her characters in this series instantly fall in love? It seems like that h
Caroline Åsgård
This is much longer than the rest of the book, but with good reason! It was amazing all-throughout, and impossible to put down!
After reading the last one, I thought we would meet the character Thorne again, cause he seemed interesting, and while I'd still would like to hear of him again, THIS was WAY more interesting.
Quinn is young, dramatic and has lived a sheltered life. But his story is just so remarkable. Not a single part of it was boring, and it always keeps you on your toes.
Simply amazing
Mar 25, 2013 Hayley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
After finishing the book: I still agree with all below. Only thing I have to add is: the second half had more WTF moments than the first half. Petronia, don't get me started on that character. And I can't for the life of me read the word Cameo anymore. >_<; The ending also felt lacking, very unimpressive.

My choice of rating:
Many give 1 star. I decided to give 2 for the following reason:
Despite the things I mention below, I didn't absolutely hate reading it. (Mind you, neither was I on the
Lexi Wolfe
Well, this wasn't as good as I'd hoped it would be. In fact, it was quite a disappointment.

I'm an avid lover and reader of Rice's work and, admittedly, when I picked this up, apart from the smattering of references in her other Vampire Chronicles, I hadn't dipped into the Witches as yet. I was planning to get onto them next. I have to say, fair enough though it may be for Rice to construct a world using all of her ideas to form it in a singular book, I still found myself wondering what the hell
(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
Oct 02, 2015 BooksForLife rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nonostante sia un malloppone enorme, questo è sicuramente uno dei miei libri preferiti di Rice.
È una storia diversa dai precedenti titoli - tranne se si guarda lo stile di scrittura della Anne, troppo articolato e attento nei dettagli,a ogni minuzioso singolo particolare da rendere il libro poco scorrevole, lento e pesante - raccontata dal giovane Quinn Blackwood.
In questo romanzo, Anne è riuscita a tessere una trama particolare, già a partire dalla presenza del personaggio di Goblin e da come
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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)
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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.” 233 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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