This is the first Anne Rice I ever read and I was in love. As a 16 year old who hated to read this book changed all of that. Her attention to detail and exquisite talent in building a whole other world, made me feel like I was in the world of the vampires. she created a history of vampires which I have never seen before, the side stories were just as amazing as the tale of the main Vampires.
Now don't get me wrong this is not the first book I ever read, it was just the first book I ever wanted to finish and truly loved. I read it three times that summer, until college and life set in and I let a friend borrow it and never got it back. :( so then I decided to read some more Anne Rice, thanks to the history of the old ones it made all her vampire books more enjoyable. Rice's attention to detail makes you believe there really could be vampires out there, she and this book are that good.