The Queen of the Damned (The Vampire Chronicles, #3)
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The Queen of the Damned (The Vampire Chronicles #3)

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In 1976, a uniquely seductive world of vampires was unveiled in the now-classic Interview with the Vampire . . . in 1985, a wild and voluptous voice spoke to us, telling the story of The Vampire Lestat.In The Queen of the Damned, Anne Rice continues her extraordinary "Vampire Chronicles" in a feat of mesmeric storytelling, a chillingly hypnotic entertainment in which the o...more
Mass Market Paperback, 512 pages
Published May 13th 1989 by Ballantine Books (first published 1988)
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Danielle Sepulveda
Dec 07, 2008 Danielle Sepulveda rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: vampire lovers
Of all of the vampire chronicles this is by far my favorite. If you have seen the movie and were not impressed. It's ok because neither was I. The movie is nothing like the book in any way. The book goes into detail and answers a lot questions. Goes into detail of the family tree and tells you how Akasha and Enkil became to be. I love every single part of this book and it really was a page turner for me. I love everything from the twins, to Armand and Daniel. Everything! All of these characters...more
Peter
What a mess. I got totally lost amongst the endless random new characters each one duller than the last. How can vampires be so dull? Events hopped about through thousands of years of history. I didn't understand the sudden interest Akasha had in humans and their morality- or her plan to kill all the men? What's all that got to do with the amoral vampire world? And all this from a woman who has slept through 6000 years of history and is woken up by MTV! What's with all the sudden history of witc...more
Beckie Shotwell
This was the best one of them all. It fills in all the holes and makes for a fascinating read. The only character who didn't seem to fit in with the story was the Baby character who killed her mother and father. The only thing I could figure out was that she gave us Anne Rice's ideas of the afterlife. That you just go up into a wonderful loving place with all the people in your life even if you were a horrible person. The rest was sheer creativeness. That a vampire could be so ancient and comple...more
Darcie
Aug 09, 2007 Darcie rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Rice/Lestat enthusiasts
Shelves: fiction
This was the book that pretty much killed my desire to read anything more by Rice. Only 3 books into the Chronicles and I was already weary of her style. As it was, the book was so dull that it took me ages to finish it.

I despised a great deal of the new characters and their stories, but as usual, I enjoyed the history (particularly Egypt) where certain stories took place. I could not stand the inclusion of the whole Talamasca thing and found myself rolling my eyes whenever that mess came into...more
Nicola O.
I kept waiting for it to get interesting but it never did. It got stupider and stupider until I thought my brains were leaking out. If I were on a desert island with nothing to read but this book, I would scratch out old 80's pop lyrics with a twig in the sand before trying to read this dreck again.
Matthew Leeth
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Stephen
5.0 stars. This is the book in which this phenomenal series reached its considerable peak. This is on my short list for best vampire novels. HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION!!

Nominee: Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel (1989)
Nominee: Locus Award for Best Horror Novel (1989)
Delicious Strawberry
Ordinarily, for a book I enjoyed so much, I would give it five stars. The Legend of the Twins was actually my favorite story arc in Queen of the Damned, and the Twins are two of my favorite characters. Infact, I'd say that this book is my favorite in the entire Vampire Chronicles.

But the reason I take away a star is due to the abrupt ending. It is clear that Akasha is deluded in her thinking, and that what she believes is good for mankind is not. But I wonder after 6000 years of sleep, she would...more
Fangs for the Fantasy
Lestat has rocked the vampire world with his music and his book revelations. But his voice has reached far more than he imagined – it has come to the ears of Akasha, the first vampire, the Queen of the Damned. For the first time in millennia, she has woken up

And she has plans – plans for Lestat, plans for the world of vampires and plans for all humanity.

It falls for a few ancient vampires to try and stop her as she unleashes carnage to realise her vision of what the world should be.



This book is...more
Shelbielou
In this book you go on an adventure with the vampire Lestat, while he is lost in finding the meaning of immortality. He wakes from a 200 year sleep to find the world he knew so much more develop from what it was. He finds a liking to rock music and from it creates the biggest rock band in history. in the music he is open about being a vampire, this goes against all codes from being a vampire and angers all others. This created a whole new meaning of Lestats life, and opens doors for the amazing...more
M.J. Heiser
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Crystal Starr Light
At the end of The Vampire Lestat, Lestat, narrowly escaping an attack at his opening concert in San Francisco, was getting read to sleep during the day when a figure hovers over him. This book picks up immediately - Lestat narrates what happens in the days that follows. To do this, he backs out and we get third person POV from some sideline characters - Baby Jinx, a young vampire girl who is on her way to Lestat's concert; Khayman, a thousands-year old vampire just awakened; Daniel, the young in...more
Debra
After listening to The Vampire Lestat, which I enjoyed well enough, I couldn't very well stop there. I needed to know what happened to Lestat after his concert. So of course I picked up Queen of the Damned immediately after finishing that one.
My god, there were a lot of characters in this novel. Thank god for a good narrator of this audiobook (the wonderful Simon Vance). He helped keep up with all the various characters with an impressive array of voices.
The story itself was interesting, in tha...more
Heather
I liked it well enough.

There was a lot of skipping around. There was a lot of poetry in the beginnings of chapters written by "Stan Rice" who I assume is Anne's husband? I just skipped over all of that.

There was a lot in the book that I thought was superfluous. Such as the story of Baby Jenks. It was merely an obstacle in my path to finding out about Akasha and the truth to the beginnings of all of Anne Rice's vampires.

I liked the stories that involved Jesse and I liked the stories that involv...more
Nicola
I like books. I like reading them, writing them, sleeping with every word I have ever read staring down at me in a legacy of comforting language. I have only ever in my life put down two books without finishing them, and throughout this whole torturous affair I had to continuously remind myself that I don't want that figure to reach three. In short, this was slow, painful and pointless, more of an elongated love affair with Rice's beloved Lestat than any honest attempt to, y'now, educate or ente...more
Francisco
Tercera parte de las Crónicas Vampíricas. Agotada totalmente la creatividad, se suman vampiros y vísceras hasta llenar un montón de páginas innecesarias. Superflua.
pinknantucket
I’m always a bit suspicious of books that contain the word “frisson”. It turned up relatively early in this book, but at least I didn’t notice a repeat offence. This book all seemed a bit silly at first, but I got sucked in (Ha!) by all those eternally youthful beautifully beautiful dark and mysterious and sexy vampires. Really, it did start to bother me after a while that they were all so attractive. Rice even muses, through the voice of her hero vampire Lestat, are there any ugly vampires? Wel...more
Audrie
Literally could not put this book down. It was my first experience with Anne Rice and I honestly wanted to jump on the bandwagon and read all of her works after this.


It's really wonderful because, as it was my first experience with Rice, I was still able to follow it without reading the books that come before it in the series. It stands as its own individual piece and I really appreciated not having to hunt the others down before starting on this one (my mom bought it for me at a thrift store).

F...more
Sophie Elizabeth
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Al
In 1976, a uniquely seductive world of vampires was unveiled in the now-classic Interview with the Vampire . . . in 1985, a wild and voluptous voice spoke to us, telling the story of The Vampire Lestat.In The Queen of the Damned, Anne Rice continues her extraordinary "Vampire Chronicles" in a feat of mesmeric storytelling, a chillingly hypnotic entertainment in which the oldest and most powerful forces of the night are unleashed on an unsuspecting world.Three brilliantly colored narrative thread...more
James
After chugging my way through Interview with a Vampire and Vampire Lestat, I finally completed The Queen of the Damned, an interesting if somewhat bloated work by Anne Rice. Anne’s written plenty of books in her vampire chronicles but I think I’ll stop here and savor it.
The Children of the Darkness have their “Baltimore Catechism” (as Anne says) in The Queen of the Damned. The book does a pretty good job of catching up the new reader, but it’s better to read Lestat first.
As in Lestat, the book...more
Lauren
The Queen of the Damned is strikingly different in both form and substance from the first two books of The Vampire Chronicles. Several new characters are introduced, a number of truly old vampires we have only heard of up until now become part of the action, and the story is woven together into a mosaic much wider in scope from what has come before. This is essentially Lestat's book, but he is not really the focus of the tale; while he narrates his own role in events, much of the book is written...more
Daniel McGill
Much better then "Interview With the Vampire" This combined with "The Vampire Lestat" forms the best part of the Vampire Chronicles series and details the core mythos of Anne Rice’s vampires. In this book unlike the others in this series there are several narrators all with very interesting view points who each tell their own part of the story until the plot lines converge. If you intend to read any of Anne Rice’s Vampire novels (except possibly "Interview") make sure you read these first and ar...more
Emily
Queen of the Damned picks up where The Vampire Lestat leaves off, introduces us to new and interesting vampires, and deals with the question of what happens when the Queen wakes.
The Legend of the Twins is entrancing, and Rice unfolds the origin of vampires in a definitive manner. More backstory is given on all the major players, but enough is left unsaid to provide fodder for many more Vampire Chronicles. Also interesting was the introduction of the Talamasca, and meeting Aaron Lightner for the...more
sj
Originally posted here as part of the 30 Day Book Challenge. (I realize this is only partially about the book, but it totally counts)

Oh, I know. You probably all THINK you know what I'm going to talk about for this category, but you are SO WRONG. Because, well - as mad as LotR makes me when I watch stupid PJ's FANFILMS, I don't think I've ever embarrassed OTHER PEOPLE after watching them like I did with the one I'm about to talk about today.

Book Turned Movie That Was Completely Desecrated

I kno...more
Katie
Meh. I don't think you need to bother with this one. Lestat is back, picking up from where he left off in book two...sort of. He introduces the book, then we dart off to explore the lives of a multitude of different vampires. The Queen of the Damned, whom the book is named after? Oh, we pick up on her about 48% of the way into the book (thank you, Kindle). Some of the vampires lives are pertinent, some aren't...and you're left trying to remember who some of these guys are by the time the Queen s...more
dragonhelmuk
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Sheri
I am so unbelievably glad to be done with this series. Let me re-iterate here (in case it is not apparent), if I had not checked out a large e-volume that contained all three novels, I would never have started this one (given that The Vampire Lestat was so unappealing). Unfortunately, my kindle said I was only 63% done with the book after that one and I felt compelled to finish (sometimes I really hate my OCD). The third book was hands down the worst of the set. I can't believe she really kep wr...more
Carina
This is the best of the Vampire Chronicles - or at least the best of the five I have read... the characters that we have come to know and love (or loathe and yes Armand that comment is aimed at you) are all brought together to face the ultimate challenge - the Queen of the Damned.

I'll admit I find the 'modern' sections of this book merely so-so, it is the tale of the two twins that forms a significant portion of the final act of the book that is the most interesting aspect. What a lot of vampire...more
Kiki
Far and away the best work in the entire Vampire Chronicles, Queen of the Damned left me hanging on the edge of my seat from cover to cover. Unlike the other books in the series, it picks up exactly where the previous book, The Vampire Lestat left off. Anne Rice has long been one of my favorite authors and this one does not disappoint. Told in Rice's glorious, sensuous style, readers are taken on quite a strange trip--from the ancient sands of pre-dynastic Egypt to a San Francisco rock concert.
I...more
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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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