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Blood Canticle: The Vampire Chronicles 10 (The Vampire Chronicles #10)

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  18,515 Ratings  ·  401 Reviews
The 10th novel in Anne Rice's internationally bestselling Vampire Chronicles is an erotic tale of immortal love

The dazzling vampire Lestat was once the epitome of evil. But now he struggles with his immortality, yearning for a more saintly path. His chance comes when he rescues a witch from death by turning her into a vampire. But the repercussions are swift as the powerfu
Paperback, 392 pages
Published March 4th 2010 by Arrow (first published 2003)
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Sisi Emm
Nov 20, 2012 Sisi Emm rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, never in a million years had I ever imagined giving any of these books a 1 out of 5.

But Blood Canticle is like Anne Rice woke up one day, smelled the roses, opened the balcony doors to be greeted by the shouts of her adoring fans, and then proceeded to perch on the railing and shit on all of them. I'm talking diarreah, buddy.

Lestat is a pussy. No seriously, if you have one of those Edward vs. Lestat arguments, hide this and never use it in your arsenal. I've warned you.

Cyndy Aleo
Dec 04, 2013 Cyndy Aleo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I swear, it isn't intentional. My recent reading of the Beauty trilogy coincidentally led up to picking up Blood Canticle on the bargain rack. I'm a long-time fan of The Vampire Chronicles as well as her tales of the Mayfair Witches, and my lust for this book, the one in which the two series merge, moved it to the top of my reading list.

Oh, the horror.

::: The Plot :::

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Anne Rice's novels, there are two major series: one about vampires starring the Vampire L
Feb 18, 2008 Jo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As much of a die hard Anne Rice fan as I claim to be, I have yet to finish this book. Supposedly it's the last she'll ever write in her vampire series. I got about halfway through and wanted to throw the book across the room. It's like a different person is writing.. and it seems like Anne just doesn't care about this series or the vampire world anymore. Lestat saying the word 'dude' was pretty much the last straw. I'll come back to this book eventually, and I'll hopefully be less bitter the nex ...more
Dec 04, 2013 Rebecca rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anne-rice
After finally finishing my journey with Anne Rice and her vampires, something I started at age 14, I come to the end pretty dissapointed with the turn Anne Rice has taken with her writing. Theres not much I can say about this book that others havent already said, however I just have to vent about one thing Anne Rice increasingly does with her later books:

Her feticisization of coloured people, especially creoles of the south. I say this as a mixed creole (also on this note excuse my english) who
Delicious Strawberry
I was a big fan of Ms. Rice's books for a long time. Blackwood Farm was the first vampire (or Mayfair witch) novel that I didn't love. Actually, she had been declining for a couple of books before that, but it was in Blackwood that I noticed the sharp drop in quality, which only drops even further with this book.

Now, I know that Ms. Rice was going through a hard time. Her husband died, she found out she had diabetes, etc etc.

If Ms. Rice had said to her fans (via her website or otherwise) 'You kn
Jul 30, 2012 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anne Rice has said this is the last of the Vampire Chronicles, I'm not sure if this is the last of the Mayfair Witches, but this review is written under the belief that Blood Canticle is the end of both. Anne Rice is my favorite author. The Witching Hour is my favorite book. As I reached the end of the chronicles and the time came to read Blood Canticle I didn't want to. I wanted to stay on those cracked humid sidewalks of the French Quarter and bask in the flickering light of the gaslamps. I fe ...more
D.B. Woodling
"There is nothing to writing," as Hemingway once said. "All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed." Maybe that's the reason I felt compelled to give BLOOD CANTICLE three stars. It's difficult to transport a reader into a world that cannot be researched, one created in entirety from the author's imagination. Even the most indignant critic would surely agree Ms. Rice didn't just toss in the ingredients without glancing at the recipe.

But, okay, admittedly, I, too, cringed when the author ele
Troy Blackford
Oct 28, 2010 Troy Blackford rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The peak of Anne Rice's breakdown - this is basically an excuse for long-atheist characters to pound their fists about religion, to ruminate on how the former, late Pope is doing, and generally a way to pretend that whatever random assortment of stuff she was thinking about/interested in during the few months she spent writing this made a story if all compressed together.

Famous for her getting on Amazon and blasting people who gave it a bad review.
Fangs for the Fantasy
Now Mona is a vampire and not facing her inevitable death, she is able to ask hard questions – like where her daughter is and what has become of the Taltos

The big dark secret of the Mayfair family is finally open and ready to be resolved.

I have a problem.

When I reviewed Blackwood Farm I gave it 0.5 fangs. I do not regret that rating, it most definitely deserved that rating. But now I have a problem, because Blood Canticle is even worse but, out of some odd twisted sense of needing to finish this
Lisa Weber
Sep 09, 2010 Lisa Weber rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ick. Way enough already. Can vampires be redeemed? Oh my god, if he asks this question one more time, just kill him for good and put him out of his angst. Is Anne putting a little too much of her own insecurity into her vampires?

Redeemed from what? Surviving on human blood? They are predators for crissakes, a different species. Can humans be redeemed for eating red meat? It's the blood of another species, after all. Get over it already. One book, was good. 2 or 3, and I still didn't ask why vamp
Jessica Halleck
Aug 01, 2009 Jessica Halleck rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Easily one of the single most awful books I've read. The writing was excruciating, the story ridiculous. This made me want to flee into the arms of Anne's earlier work, fold myself into the lush, lyrical writing of novels past, and dismiss this book and the one preceding it as cruel jokes; as nightmares; as phantoms I'd never need to acknowledge ever again. I'm very passionate about the fact that the end of this series is dead to me. I'd just as soon pretend trees had never been felled to print ...more
Dec 04, 2013 Seklyan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Melissa Cavanaugh
Sep 06, 2010 Melissa Cavanaugh rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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What the hell did I just read??? This is not the Lestat I know! This adds nothing to the vampire canon! I mean, by god! I cant with all the taltos thing. I JUST CAN'T. Those are some weird ass things that I couldn't help but feel repulsed by them. AND ALL THE FUCKING BOOK IS ABOUT THEM!

If Blackwood Farm was a let down with all the switch of focus on a character I didn't know and couldn't bring myself to care about throughout the book,this is a major setback for me.
I mean, those taltos things ar
Mar 29, 2007 M rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't get all up in arms about this book because I read the last three books in the Chronicles long after the brouhaha had died down, but I still have to nominate Mona Mayfair for most annoying book character of the past century. I didn't think this book was the worst thing ever written by Rice (see: Violin) but neither was it as good as the two that came right before it.
Dec 04, 2013 Erin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is where Anne Rice and I became no longer "friends"...she cast aside this series in such a poor way it was insulting to her fans...very insulting. I wish I could give it 1/2 a star. And it only gets 1/2 a star on the coat tails of the good books and my love of the characters prior to this..
Jul 09, 2010 Ali rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I DID read this one. I know I did. I just can't for the life of me remember what it was about. Although knowing later Anne Rice, I am sure it contained a mixture of everything she could think of to create shock value, said mixture thrown against the wall, and Anne Rice just hoping that something would stick. I am just picturing her thought process while writing this: " I have done vampires and witches together, and I have done vampires, witches, and ghosts together, where can I g ...more
Jan 15, 2013 Patricia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This latest installment of Rice's "Vampire Chronicles" begins with a ranting soliloquy from the infamous vampire Lestat as he addresses readers of the previous books. He excoriates those who read his chronicles but did not understand what he was trying to say. He fantasizes about being good, about becoming a saint, about speaking to the Pope. The entire first chapter is taken up with nonsense that has nothing to do with the story, and then the novel's basic plot begins where Blackwood Farm ended ...more
Rachel C
Dec 04, 2013 Rachel C rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampires
To call this book part of the "Vampire Chronicles" is a misnomer. From the get-go this book was not about vampires or the Vampire Lestat, which was what I expected given that Lestat was the narrator. It was sort of about his two new fledgling vampires, Quinn Blackwood and Mona Mayfair. However, I say "sort-of" because it mainly focused on spirits/ghosts, the Mayfair witches/mortals, and an alien species - The Taltos. There were entirely too many characters, both mortal and otherwise, to make an ...more
Jan 17, 2013 Jeff rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Spoiler Alert! I've read two books since I finished Blood Canticle, and I still find myself thinking about how disappointed I am by this book. I was so excited to see how this beloved and epic tale of The Vampire Chronicles would end. Despite having had to consciously try hard to get used to Blackwood Farm, I was sure Rice would write a book that would make this whole set end in a satisfying way. But no, I was dead wrong. It almost feels like a kick in the junk after reading the previous nine bo ...more
Denisse Garza
Aug 05, 2015 Denisse Garza rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, 2-stars
¿Qué te pasó aquí, Anne Rice?

Me encantas, me encantas como autora y como persona. Naturalmente no conozco mucho sobre tu vida, no suelo de ser esas que siguen la vida de las celebridades de cerca, prefiero la ficción. Pero sé o presiento que eres una mujer superdotada de un don de la escritura. Con tus palabras creas poesía, sin recurrir al aburrido y anticuado verso. Poesía al alcance de todos, con sus tonos oscuros, que no sé si se mofa o venera de la santidad de Cristo. Sé que eres una person
Apr 27, 2014 Ann rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the first vampire chronicles and the Mayfair witches story. She was draging the vampire stories a bit too long with all the individual books afterwards. But this one is really a waste of space. There's nothing left of the magnificent Lestat, there's no plot and no meaning to this construction. Horrible and bloodless. On the plus side, I payed 10 cents for it.
Michelle Boyer
Do you want to read this book? Go ahead and just slam your head on a desk three times. Trust me, you'll feel better about your decision to do that than you will about your decision to read this book.

I'm not sure when The Vampire Chronicles started to fall apart. I don't want to blame the Mayfair witches, but I suspect it was somewhere around here. After having read Interview with the Vampire and The Vampire Lestat I could never have imagined that those novels would lead up to this.

Where is the
Sep 29, 2014 Susan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I already hated reading this book simply because it is the last of its kind however I was even more disappointed while reading. I hate to give this a bad review but It never really felt like an Anne Rice book. It seems like maybe she gave someone an outline or a rough draft and told them to write it for her. Like someone else wrote it and didn't even attempt to sound like her... Even the chapter lengths are different, the whole book is simply too short and underdeveloped. I love the story an the ...more
Jul 26, 2012 Caleb rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A few comments...

To begin by being rather summary, I can unfortunately say that my needs for satisfaction in Lestat's return have been forever suspended. It may have been sincere love for the dazzling performances demonstrated by Rice in the primary "Chronicles" that propelled me into the far reaches of it's modest conclusions. Those longing for the savage delight of Lestat's rogueish nature would be best rewarded for a retreat into his formative years.
Upon recollection, the most serious offe
Dorian de Jandreau
Aug 27, 2013 Dorian de Jandreau rated it it was amazing
So here I finished last book of Vampire Chronicles.
First pages made me laugh how childish Lestat acts, but what I can judge? I think it might be childish to dream to be a saint, but in other way he just wants to help people. Which is nice. But I started to miss good old Lestat. He changed over all books. No more that arrogant Frenchman, just some regular American. Mona...yeah... I cannot stand her as Rowan. I already got my opinion in "Blackwood Farm" that no Mona, no Rowan will take my beloved
Dec 04, 2013 Danielle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Do not read this book if you are very attached to the Mayfair Trilogy as it was. This book alters the direction of the trilogy completely, and you might not like where it goes -- I know I didn't. Overall, the story is interesting enough to finish the book, and if you've been hungry for the continuation of the story, you won't be able to stop yourself. There are, however, some awful AWFUL paragraphs when Lestat is speaking to the reader that made me sad that Anne Rice decided to include Mona, Row ...more
Sep 18, 2009 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read this twice now. Contrary to popular opinion, I think it is very good. No, it's not her best work, but I love both the Vampire Chronicles and The Mayfair Witches, so this was a great crossover. Rice puts so much of herself into her novels and we see Lestat struggling with eternal philosophical questions and deep religious theological issues. This will turn off some readers, but for me it gave a very poetic and thoughtful picture of the supernatural. I'm sad to see my favorite vampires g ...more
Sandy Bookwitch
Not liking it as much as previous. The beginning of the author's return to her Roman catholic roots and her current obsession with novelizing the life of Jesus is apparent here.

Finished a couple weeks ago now... Ultimately liked it other than the Lestat "voice" being more obnoxious than usual. I hope she finishes with Jesus and returns to tell the story of Rowan and Lestat some day before she dies. She *is* almost 70 and has had some rather serious health issues.

With Lestat telling the story, th
Read Anne Rice in my 20-30s. Her writing lost some of it power in the 1990s to me. I just read this one and got me back into her. Now I have to go backwards and read the others between.
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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)
  • 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)
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