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The Queen of the Damned

(The Vampire Chronicles #3)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  132,741 ratings  ·  2,215 reviews
Did you ever wonder where all those mischievous vampires roaming the globe in Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles came from? In this, the third book in the series, we find out. That raucous rock-star vampire Lestat interrupts the 6,000-year slumber of the mama of all bloodsuckers, Akasha, Queen of the Damned.

Akasha was once the queen of the Nile (she has a bit in common with t

Mass Market Paperback, Movie Tie-In Edition, 491 pages
Published 2002 by Ballantine Books (first published 1988)
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Jezebel The Duchess de Nuit: A Tale of Lust and Blood was great. I'm a huge Anne Rice fan and loved how the author blends history with paranormal. I'm reading…moreThe Duchess de Nuit: A Tale of Lust and Blood was great. I'm a huge Anne Rice fan and loved how the author blends history with paranormal. I'm reading the sequel now and it's incredible (The Duchess de Nuit: A Tale of Redemption). Oh, the author is C. De Melo.

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Danielle Sepulveda
Dec 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Aug 09, 2007 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Rice/Lestat enthusiasts
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
Oct 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, favorites
I read a lot of Anne Rice in the 80s, both her Vampire Chronicles and her Mayfair Witches series. I always find her very readable and there is always some dark beauty in her prose. However, like most series the quality tend to drop off after three or four volumes, the authors either begin to repeat themselves or try something radically different or experimental which does not work. As far as The Vampire Chronicles is concerned I think Ms. Rice has done a bit of both, and I lost interest after th ...more
Beckie Shotwell
Aug 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Miquel Reina
The Queen of the Damned is the third book of the successful "Vampire Chronicles" saga by the author Anne Rice. For me, it's a novel that is impossible to understand without reading "Lestat, the vampire". In this chapter, Rice immerses you in the bowels of the origin of vampires and the myths and legends of the ancient Egypt. Akasha is The Queen of the Damned, an exotic, dangerous and trapped in a remote time character. Rice guides us in a world of strong contrasts where darkness and evil mix in ...more
Nicola O.
Aug 04, 2007 rated it did not like it
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.
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
Ashley Daviau
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn’t enjoy this book quite as much as the first two in the series but it is a thoroughly entrancing read nonetheless! Rice has such a way with words, she writes so beautifully and it amazes me more with each book I read by her. I enjoyed the more historical aspect of this one, getting to know the background of the vampires and how they came to be was incredibly interesting. My only complaint is the shifting POVs, normally I’m a fan of multiple POVs but it just didn’t work with this book for ...more
Cody | CodysBookshelf
The Vampire Chronicles — Anne Rice’s seminal work — keeps getting better. While I was lukewarm on Interview With the Vampire (though my reading of its sequels has deepened my appreciation of that dark little novel), I quite enjoyed The Vampire Lestat and was blown away by The Queen of the Damned. This novel shows Rice getting a firm grip on her vampires; she juggles action and exposition (and angst — oh, the angst!) expertly here, never allowing the story’s pace to flag. Not once was I bored or ...more
Jess The Bookworm
I am completely in love with this series. I love the way that Anne Rice weaves a tale, her writing is so hypnotic.

This book continues from the events of the Vampire Lestat, which gave an introduction to Akasha, the Queen of the Damned, and her back story in ancient Egypt. This book takes the tale further and explains the supernatural origin of vampires as a species. The book stepped away from Lestat's point of view in the Vampire Lestat, and takes us through the minds of various vampires as the
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Prior to reading the Queen of the Damned I only knew a handful of things about it. I knew that everyone RAVED over the book. I knew that Aaliyah had been cast for the movie and died during the filiming of it. But mostly, being the metal junky that I am, I knew that the soundtrack was the bee’s knees featuring Korn, Static-X, Deftones, Disturbed, Lincoln Park and other awesome bands that rocked my world at the time the movie was coming out. I actually never watched the movie- being the purist tha
Matthew Leeth
Sep 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vamps, sexy
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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)
Kristen Burns
3 Stars

So, my review is once again… really long. I can’t help it! I have so many thoughts! I’m trying to at least divide these up as much as possible so that you all can choose which sections interest you and just read those if you don’t want to read the whole thing :-)

Things I Disliked/Things I Didn’t Mind but Others Might Dislike:

– A lot of the writing choices in this series are strange. For example, the book started off with Lestat breaking the fourth wall, explaining how he was going
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
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
Nov 07, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
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
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
M.J. Heiser
Aug 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
OK, I have no idea why in hell Anne Rice allowed Hollywood to make that movie that's "supposedly" an adaptation of this book! They are so utterly & completely different it makes me hate the film. There was SO much of the plot and so many characters that were in the book but left out of the film it makes me confused as to how anyone can see them as the same let alone similar. I'm partial to the film Interview with the Vampire, however Queen of the Damned is nothing but a poppy vampire fad film no ...more
Oh how I love Lestat at the end of this book! He really is such a damnable creature. <3 ...more
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book has always been my all time favourite Anne rice out did herself with this one yes while it is a long read it is well worth it
Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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).

Caroline Åsgård
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Can you believe it? I have finally read my very first Anne Rice novel. Thanks to a good book club buddy who suggested that her #favorite title was the best place to start.

The third installment in The Vampire Chronicles series, The Queen of the Damned lets readers know all the lore behind where vampires came from. The Queen in question is Akasha, once the queen of the Nile and she wants to end male violence. When that mischievous vampire Lestat gets in over his head by waking Akasha up, he mi
C.T. Phipps


QUEEN OF THE DAMNED by Anne Rice is a bit of a mixed bag for me. I think of it as the weakest of the first four Vampire Chronicles but it's also something that displays the true breadth of the author's world-building and mythology. Perhaps too much (explained below). It also is a rather definitive ending for the series and the subsequent novels struggle to deal with the aftermath of the events.

Honestly, I feel like the best way to read this book is to
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I wish the twins story was separate. Is their story arc in another Rice book?
Sophie Elizabeth
Mar 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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 17 books)
  • Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1)
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  • Memnoch the Devil (The Vampire Chronicles, #5)
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