Blood And Gold (The Vampire Chronicles #8)
Anne Rice writes grand romances in the traditional sense of the word, the Victor Hugo sense: novels with larger-than-life characters whose epic experiences sweep through all the great themes and emotions of life, death, love, passion, and loss, while also providing plenty of action.
Blood and Gold continues Rice's Vampire Chronicles by taking up...more
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...more
**“RICE WRITES WITH HER USUAL EROTIC AND HISTORICALLY EVOCATIVE FLAIR.”
Once a proud Senator in Imperial Rome, Marius is kidnapped and forced into that dark realm of blood, where he is made a protector of the Queen and King of the vampires–in whom the core of the supernatural race resides. Through his eyes we see the fall of pagan Rome to the Emperor Constantine, the horrific sack of the Eternal City at the hands of the Visigoths, and the vile aftermath of the Black Death. Ultimate
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...more
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...more
Marius es un personaje interesante. Mucho. Su historia a través de los siglos me pareció muy entretenida y, lo confieso sin vergüenza alguna, lo que más ansiaba era leer su vida con Amadeo (Armand) en...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Come le precedenti "biografie" della saga, questo è un libro per appassionati. La struttura dei libri è la stessa: apertura con un personaggio nuovo, che spinge uno dei "famosi" a raccontare la sua storia, e che non ha poi gran senso con il 99% del libro; un finale che si ricollega alla saga, ma che solitamente lascia a bocca aperta e con un'enorme domanda in testa "ma che cazz..." e uno stile che immediatamente identifica l'autrice.
Sono rimasta stupita dal d...more
To the history can be only said: Boringly and a vampire’s...more
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...more
Contradictions between this book and The Vampire Armand are some of the things that annoy me the most, especially since both stories are deeply intertwined. Bianca as a character has no appeal to me, T...more
The historical fiction elements were accurate(I would know I study ancient history), and the plot was insightful yet not dull. The characters developed well and the overall plot was good classic Rice. I enjoyed the new characters introduced and the reflections of previous stories through different eyes. Despite it's good language and fantastic plot, the book is not one of my favourite favourites as I t...more