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Servant of the Bones

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In a new and major novel, the creator of fantastic universes o vampires and witches takes us now into the world of Isaiah and Jeremiah, and the destruction of Solomon's Temple, to tell the story of Azriel, Servant of the Bones.

He is ghost, genii, demon, angel--pure spirit made visible. He pours his heart out to us as he journeys from an ancient Babylon of royal plottings a
Kindle Edition, 434 pages
Published (first published 1996)
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Jun 12, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Like most of Anne Rice's later work, this book is written in a loose, breathy semisoftcore, purple overwrought style and is sprinkled with too many one sentence paragraphs. The premise of the story isn't bad and I didn't have a hard time getting though it but it does give one that creepy squirrely feeling of having unintentionally intruded upon someone else's sexual fantasies about Antonio Banderas.
Darth J
This one seems to be written during the height of Rice's creative talents. Although it did have a few boring moments, I actually really liked it. The mythology and ritual of how djinn work in her universe is actually pretty cool. I like that the continuity of how spiritual beings kind of coalesce by pulling atoms and molecules together out of thin air to create their bodies was fascinating, as was seen with Lasher and Memnoch in other stories. Forget the overused characters like Lestat, this one ...more
The basic idea of this story seemed to come out of left field: A charming, fairly spiritual Babylonian sacrifices himself in a beautiful ceremony for the sake of his people. He dies (very, VERY horribly), and becomes a powerful spirit in the control of whoever owns his gold-plated skeleton. It's quite strange, and I haven't been able to find which myth it's based on (seems to be a combination of the vampire and golem myths, but that's not really descriptive of the result). 99.9% of it is told in ...more
The story of Azriel was an interesting one. I am more used to Anne Rice's vampires, and the occasional mummy, than I am with her other works. Servant of the Bones was a solid introduction to the other supernatural works she has written. The book shines when it focuses on Azriel's past in Babylon and amongst the Jews of Strasbourg. It's the "current" time frame and it's story where the tale struggles a bit. The messianic lunatic that he fights against isn't a terrible character and the "plan" is ...more
Apr 22, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 15, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: x2016-october
DNF @ 11%

I thought I'd give Anne Rice another try. I read enough of this to remember how much her style bugs me. Plus, this is yet another novel about an ancient supernatural being recounting his life story to a scribe. I read that already in Interview with the Vampire.
May 20, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to laurenpie by: Shawn
The bones of a truly fascinating literary novel, but regrettably fleshed out into a light and mediocre quick-read

I find the topic fascinating to contemplate: a millenia-old spirit, incredibly powerful, yet confused regarding his own provenance, and unsure even what he is: Angel of Wrath? Demon?

Knowing that he is brimming with hate and violence, yet catching fleeting glimpses of a way he once learned from a forgotten master he once loved, a way dedicated to goodness.

With a more diligent author, w
Michael Barnett
Feb 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started reading all of Anne Rice's vampire books, then started with the Mayfair Witches, which for the most part, enjoyed thoroughly. After a while, however, I was wanting something more. After all, how many times can you re spin books with the same central theme? Then I found Servant of the Bones. I have always loved historical epics, and beginning the story in Babylon, during the Jewish captivity there, was not only brilliant, but very well written. Miss Rice has always, not only done much r ...more
Mar 30, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anne-rice
Better than expected - after struggling through the VIOLIN and that awful one about the castrated singer - I did not expect much from this - but it had most of the best elements of Rice - and fewer of the worst.

The prose was less in the way of trying to be epic poetry, and although the characters were clunky and badly written - the pseudo-historical parts were interesting enough to keep me in there.

Seems like this was the second straight book of Anne Rice that had the line, "I was amazed, but n
Jan 18, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty boring. He mostly talked.
Apr 24, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: could-not-finish
Admittedly, I didn't finish this book. I read 60 of 360 pages and found it more tortorously boring and overly descriptive. I think the book was laced with a sleep aid.
Shawna McKinnis
Nov 30, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
The Servant of the Bones falls into the Crunchy Vegetable category. It took me quite a while to really get into the story. In my quest to own and read everything Anne Rice, however, I endured and interspersed my stints of reading Servant with nice helpings of Ice Cream books.
In the Servant of the Bones you meet the spirit Azriel as he tells his tale to the Professor and Author Jonathan. Azriel’s tale is one of great sorrow, fear, and in the end, love. You look at the human condition on a scale
Lizann Dennis
Anne Rice tells the story slowly; A demon or god recalling his past while a temporary recluse writer transcribes the story for him is a unique story line. Rice tells the story with such care that you come to find yourself attached to this man who is now neither living or dead, no longer a man but not quite an all-powerful god. I enjoyed this strange tale of how a god is created where usually gods simply exist, they are not given a human element at all. I would like to re-read this text because I ...more
Apr 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although it has been a few years since I have read this book, it still stays with me. Anne Rice has an amazing attention to detail and the ability to really put the reader into her characters' heads. She uses flashbacks and backstory to develop her characters and give them personality. She even gives personality to characters that most others would have ignored. This layers the story and gives it life. In this book she goes into mythology and intertwines religions to create a unique story. The m ...more
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
I have a love/hate relationship with Anne Rice. I love her when she moves stories along. Her skills are wonderful and drive the characters and the situations beautifully.

Then she lapses into feelings and souls and a bunch of mumbo-jumbo blah blah blah that I couldn't care less about.

This was the latter rather than the former.

Really, the book could have been 100 pages long, but instead takes you through a thousand years that mean nothing and twenty pages of meaningful stuff at the end.

Eddie Black
I got this one autographed at a signing in Little Rock, Arkansas. I could barely speak as Anne signed it and had to go lay down on the floor between some bookshelves. HA!
Feb 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: average-joes
Okay, so it is kind of obvious that Anne Rice wrote this book right after Memnoch the Devil. Especially during Part 3 of the book.
So the book starts off with Part 1, where a professor who uses the name Jonathan is approached by a genii named Azriel who would like his story known and written down. A lot of the narration up to the actual storytelling is drenched with foreshadowing, which filled me with suspense. It was confusing and surprisingly engaging. (Though Jonathan keeps telling us how ama
Apr 09, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fa

Another recommendation from Michelle. She just said “Anne Rice”, I chose this one because it was a standalone and it had been in my to-read pile for ages. Once I started reading, I got the distinct impression that I had already read it… I didn’t remember anything of the story, but there were some particular phrases that I’m sure I had read before. I really don’t think this book was at all forgettable, but I’m probably lying, since apparently I did forget abo
This book makes a lot of poor choices that turn an epic tale of an undead scholar from ancient Babylon into an eye-roll-worthy yawnfest. Taking a cue from Interview with a Vampire (which I adore), this book is a story within a story, where a paranormal creature relates the story of its life to another person, who is tasked with telling the world. The problem with this iteration is that the man who receives the tale is a boring and unrelatable old professor. He meets the ghostly Servant of the Bo ...more
Jul 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This book is about an ancient Hebrew boy who was selected for a deadly ritual, and ended up being subjected to an even more hideous ritual just before his physical life ended. The second ritual resulted in him become a "Servant of the Bones" - a genie, of sorts. After thousands of years of being passed from owner to owner, he realizes that he is not subjected to bondage any longer. This book is about his redemption from hate, which leads him to perform some rather extraordinarily good deeds.

As a
Sep 15, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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May 05, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have never been so happy to finish a book in my life. Ok that's probably not true. In fact I think The School on Heart's Content Road was probably worse. I only read this book because it is for one of my book clubs. For this book club whoever is hosting gets to choose the book. The person hosting May's book club is a sci-fi/fantasy fan, which is so not my genre at all. She offered us 3 choices of books and this seemed the most mainstream, so it got the most votes. I sincerely wish I had voted ...more
Kraig Horton
This was another good book from Anne Rice. "Servant of the Bones" brings mythology, religion and a compelling visual story that like her other novels made this almost like watching a movie. The main character is narrating through several past events leading to the present his life as a servant to the bones that he was cursed to. I have read many novels that this type of layers in a story took away from the novels appeal because it made things to complicated but Rice used it amazingly and without ...more
A.R. Voss
Jan 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I was reading Anne Rice's "Servant of the Bones" last year, I could not decide if I cared much for her style or the story. It was not until I finished the book that I began thinking about both the story and the writing style. It took another three months before I realized how thought provoking her book had been for me. And that to me is the sign of a true artist. Since then I have enjoyed a few of her books and just finished "Interview with the Vampire" (Which I always thought was called "I ...more
The story about Azrael in Babylon is beautiful, but I suppose Anne Rice is attempting to validate the Book of Enoch which is apochryphal by including a prophet named Enoch among the exiles in Babylon. The Enoch mentioned in the Old Testament is Methuselah's father from a much earlier generation. This is a minor point. Most readers probably will not notice.

The contemporary plot line didn't have the impact that it might have had because it reminded me of other similar scenarios I've seen in other
Jul 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I like it when Anne Rice (1) leaves the world of vampires and (2) leaves New Orleans. She did both in this book and I approve mightily.

A very ancient creature is telling his life story to someone, simply because it is a story to be told. We get to sit with both characters in a cabin by a fireplace and listen in. The story is terrifying, heartwarming, aching and joyous at times, and told exceedingly well.
Sep 02, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Run, do not walk to the nearest trashcan and deposit it at the bottom. Don't put it on top of the trash because some homeless person might accidentally read it. His life is already pretty sad. We don't need to make it worse.

It's about a genie locked inside a pile of bones. The story is told in the same interview format as "Interview with a Vampire". There's a homoerotic undertone throughout the book which I found quite tedious.
John Kennison
Not being an Anne Rice fan, didn't know what to expect when I found this book at a book sale. However, the ancient Babylon setting and Judaism mythology behind the story line really drew me in. Very compelling storyline and one could develop a real connection with the 'bones' by the end of the story.
Samantha wickedshizuku Tolleson
Apr 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dark Fantasy fans
Recommended to Samantha wickedshizuku by: Author's other series
What can I say...
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This is my favorite Anne Rice book. The plot was just so damned fascinating.
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I I absolutely loved the story of Azriel. I highly recommend the book Servant Of the Bones. I would also like to see a movie made from it. If you like ghost stories this is a must read. Anne Rice is the best!
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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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