Awaiting an epic tale from one of the greatest authors of our time was worth it. I won't go over the plot or provide a synopsis in this review; that is provided somewhere else. I will express my joy at having Ms. Rice back in all her prose and poetic glory. This book starts a little slow, but I believe it was just getting use to her style of writing again-because no one writes like Anne. The main character is so unlike Lestat some readers may be disappointed; give Reuben a chance. Here I ponder if Ms. Rice has a new love in her life. I hope so; she deserves to share her thoughts with someone. Forgive me, I wandered there! The book is full of rich characters and there are many directions this could go if she makes it a series. I foretell a rich history of Felix and his merry band of adventurer friends, a great love story unfolding between several characters (no names, I don't want to spoil it for anyone), and yes - the underlying question is there; is there really a God and if so, what are its plans for humanity. I could go on forever about my love for this book- but I will turn it over to the next reader. Just let me leave you with this. Whatever led Anne to write this book is a good thing for her fans- I predict it will become another epic tale equal to Lestat's legacy.