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Prince Lestat

(The Vampire Chronicles #11)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  20,975 ratings  ·  2,516 reviews
The vampire world is in crisis – their kind have been proliferating out of control and, thanks to technologies undreamed of in previous centuries, they can communicate as never before. Roused from their earth-bound slumber, ancient ones are in thrall to the Voice: which commands that they burn fledgling vampires in cities from Paris to Mumbai, Hong Kong to Kyoto and San Fr ...more
Hardcover, 458 pages
Published October 28th 2014 by Alfred A. Knopf
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Tracy This question has been answered by Rice herself in many of the interviews that have come out for this book. At one time she truly thought she had noth…moreThis question has been answered by Rice herself in many of the interviews that have come out for this book. At one time she truly thought she had nothing left for Lestat. She took time away, wrote different books, and then decided to reread that entire series. And creatively she was stimulated again, once again she heard Lestat's voice, and knew she had tales to share again.

J.A. Carter-Winward I couldn't finish this book. Three chapters in I was laughing at how ridiculous it was. Disjointed, clunky dialogue, poor editing...and of course, wha…moreI couldn't finish this book. Three chapters in I was laughing at how ridiculous it was. Disjointed, clunky dialogue, poor editing...and of course, what turned me off from her last few chronicle books--the characterizations of all of the gorgeous, rich, dandy, pansexual vampires who cry at the drop of a hat and fall in"love" with each other after they first meet. I just couldn't. No, no, no. (less)

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Oct 24, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: b3r, fiction
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”But wasn’t it what they all wanted? And what a dashing and beautiful figure Lestat was. The James Bond of the Vampires indeed.”


1)I haven't read any of the previous entries in this series, so I went into this book without the *warm and fuzzy* feelings that die-hard fans of these books would do.

2) No, this is not my typical go-to genre of choice, but after all the publicity stunts hoopla on the internet, I was curious and the library had a kindle copy available.

3) If Goodreads allowe
Mar 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Vampire Lestat has returned along with the other children of night! I immediately ordered an autographed copy from the New Orleans Garden district the moment I could.

To those who waited and those who are just starting their journey!

I must say I've never taken as long to read a book I was so deeply in love with as this. I knew that with each word I was that much closer to the end.

All that being said, PL is not written in the same format as Anne's previous Vampire Chronicles. This is written
Fangs for the Fantasy
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
A Voice has started invading the minds of vampires across the world – wheedling, threatening and begging, it is pushing them to do one thing – destroy their fellows

As the death toll mounts, Benji, vampire fledgling and podcaster, appeals to the elders of the vampire tribe to do something. Anything.

So do I. But then I’ve been begging for several books and they still haven’t done anything.

This book actually greatly exceeded my expectations. Of course, if you’ve read my previous reviews of the Vamp
Barb Nessinger
Nov 03, 2014 rated it did not like it

I haven't looked forward to a book as much as this one in a long, long time, but I had some trepidation. I did not like her Angel Time novels nor her Wolf series (couldn't even get through them all, truth be told).

Prince Lestat might as well be titled "Lestat for Dummies," because it is so simplistic and unimaginative and just...mediocre. How does such a great author and imaginative mind turn so boring? I literally found myself yelling at this book: "STOP repeating the same thing
Jennifer M.
As one who came of age whilst reading Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, I readily embraced Lestat who, in my girlish esteem, appeared a flawed and endearingly romantic fiend maundering as only such a wildly exaggerated aesthete ought be given to do throughout his many mad escapades – and, oh, that unabashed brattiness! It is therefore with regret that I confess my opinion as an adult, which holds that both the series and its prodigious cast have lately fallen to encroaching decadence, what with th ...more
Nexus Redsnow
Nov 09, 2014 rated it did not like it
(upd: book now finished, for final thoughts scoll down)

I'm currently somewhere in the middle, my kindle app says 47%, Lestat's chapter after Everard.
And I have to say that I've never been this disappointed in a book.
I'm currently struggling to actually make myself finish this thing, having skimmed several immensely oring chapters.

This book is not worth your money, seriously. Especially if you're a fan of the chronicles, especially if you adore Lestat such as I do... don't do this to yourself.
Dear Ms. Rice,

Either you gambled all your money away on online casino games or someone whispered in your ear about writing another vampire chronicle book. Either way you have lost your touch. THIS WAS HORRIBLE! Now that you got this crap out of your system, QUIT while your ahead.

P.S. I just came across this don't want people who hide their identities from reviewing your books. FINE. Be a BITCH! Shit, I don't need your crap ass books. Trust me I read this book, I checked it out at
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: vampires, fiction
Having just finished Prince Lestat, I want now want to go back and reread The Vampire Lestat and The Queen of the Damned. When people ask about “favorite books,” “books that influenced your life,” “top 10 books you’d have on a desert island,” etc, The Vampire Lestat tops my list. But while my memory of it remains strongly positive, it’s been some time since I’ve actually read it. After finishing Prince Lestat, I wonder if my tastes have changed, or if Rice’s writing has changed. Unfortunately Pr ...more
When I saw that Rice was writing more in this series my first instinct was excitement, I so loved this series. My copies are so worn, spines cracked, to the point pages are close to falling out, pages yellowed and corners dog eared from being read so many times. My second thought on seeing an addition to this series was, it's been a long time, Rice found God and eschewed all of this, plus I had been dnf'ing her latest books, so I was leery, very leery.

After listening to 40% of the book I'm throw
Oct 30, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2014
I'm proud to say that I made it to a healthy half way point of 175 pages before giving up.

The final nail in this coffin (heh) comes from the realization that:

1. Nothing is happening.
2. All the vampires act the same, including speech patterns and overall demeanor, regardless if they are 3,000 or 50 years old. You know what would make an old vampire more believable to me? Really, really obscure knowledge. Quoting Shakespeare doesn't give me confidence that said dude has been around for thousands
Sammy Loves Books
Prince Lestat is a love it or hate it read!!
I hated myself for not making this a DNF!!


This book droned on and on. It was slow and tedious. Each chapter focused on a different vampire and their personal story. I had to endure these boring tales, one right after the other. Boring tales of a voice talking to them in their minds. This voice was encouraging older vampires to kill off the younger ones.

There were so many vampires and stories, that I wondered of I would ever see Lestat again. He eventu
Oct 29, 2014 rated it did not like it
Knowing when to stop can a blessing. A concept that seems to elude Anne Rice for many years now. Horrible novel, very poorly written. 80% is wasted on back stories that (to any Vampire Chronicle aficionado) reveal nothing new. The plot matches the writing. The portrayal of Lestat is just as alien as it has been in Blackwood farm and Blood canticle. I suggest to get a free copy off the internet if you want to subject yourself to yet another disappointment ala Rice.
Do not waste good money on this
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a lovely book. It's perhaps not as deep and thoughtful as Interview or Memnoch, but it's solid. Anne Rice has still got it.

It's been a while since I last read Queen of the Damned, but I never felt lost at any point in this book. It's like no time had passed and every character was just as familiar as they had been years and years ago when I had first gotten into this series.

I like the multiple voices. This book has the same structure as Queen of the Damned, which is nice because not only d
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
Lestat, the blood-sucking anti-hero who made his first appearance in Interview with the Vampire almost 40 years ago and was played by Tom Cruise in the 1994 blockbuster film, returns in a frighteningly spellbinding mystery-thriller from the iconic author of over thirty novels, including the ground-breaking The Vampire Chronicles, Anne Rice.

Though Prince Lestat is a stand-alone book, it may well be worth re-reading Anne’s earlier books like The Vampire Lestat and The Queen of the Damned in order
Chern Ning Xin
Oct 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I thought I would give the book 5 stars. This book was, after all, a treat. I think all of us had accepted that Blood Canticle was the end of The Vampire Chronicles - the author herself certainly thought so at one point in time. But then the publication of Prince Lestat was announced and we all waited in anticipation for the book that would revive Lestat, and with him, the old cast of characters.

But the book was disappointing. After all the hype about the characters coming together again, the a
Branwen Sedai *of the Brown Ajah*
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vampires
"For this you were born. And you are with us and one of us, and we are the people of the moon and the stars. We are not damned. We never were. Who under the sun had the right to damn any living breathing creature?"

After the death of Akasha, the vampire Queen, vampires old and young fled and became scattered across the planet. Leaderless, divided, they are like lost children. Lestat, the brat prince and rebel vampire has been avoiding others of his kind. Until he begins to hear a disembodied voic
Yvonne Ho
Nov 04, 2014 rated it liked it
If you're picking up this book hoping to meet the old characters you loved, spare yourself the trouble and put it back down. All the vampires I grew to care about as a teenager are only a shadow of themselves. The "crisis" is a slightly tweaked regurgitation of the plot in Queen of the Damned, and resolves somewhat lamely at the end. The switching perspectives between major and minor characters renders the narrative random and choppy. I guess if nothing else, this story serves as ample warning t ...more
Nov 04, 2014 rated it did not like it
This was dreadfully boring to read. Anne Rice loves to over describe the most mundane things. I did not notice it as much in her earlier novels, but in later novels, it is more apparent. This book is not an exception. I don't mind description, but Jesus Christ, can she allow a little wiggle room for my own imagination, please?

Prince Lestat features characters that I do not care about and some are given their own narratives. I am not a fan of jumping back and forth between narratives. Also, most
Andromeda M31
Nov 03, 2014 rated it liked it
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Ms. Nikki
2 1/2 Stars
This read has had over a week to marinate and while Rice's writing style has remained eloquent and descriptive, her brand still visible, the story itself was just not enough.

Lestat has calmed to the point where he now reminisces and is finding he is quite lonely.

I was dismayed when other characters from previous books made their unwelcome appearance and, to my ultimate displeasure, decided to stick around a bit and tell their stories.

This story talks a lot about Akasha, the queen, he
Miquel Reina
I said several times that I'm a big fan of Anne Rice and all her Vampire Chronicles but to be totally honest, with after her return to the vampires I felt a bit disappointed. I think this novel is very entertaining but for my taste, the genre has too much of "thriller" and too little of "terror" and I've hardly seen any trace of the decadent romanticism of Anne Rice earlier works.

Spanish version:
En varias ocasiones he dicho que Soy gran fan de Anne Rice y en especial de sus cónicas vampíricas, p
Tammy Cordeiro (devadasi7)
I love Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles and Lives of the Mayfair Witches, the first three books of The Vampire Chronicles, together with books such as The Vampire Armand and Blood and Gold, and the first two books of the Mayfair Witches have always been my all time favorite, but this one...this Prince Lestat is just a big no-no.

But at first, I was okay with this book, we get a brief reminder of the history of the vampires, we get the mysteries of The Voice and the young vampires around the wor
Nov 04, 2014 marked it as hell-to-the-no-begone
Can I just say how much I love sparkly vampires?
Because I do! :)
Oh, and unicorns...unicorns are cool...



I was trying to make a point with this....*tries to remember*
I will read almost anything, but I won't ever, ever read Anne Rice.
Nov 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Let's start by saying that I was torn between rating 2-3 stars.

I love The Vampire Chronicles as a whole, yes there are a few books in the series that aren't as strong as the others but as a whole Anne Rice has created a world and feel that redefined vampire fiction.

Unfortunately this book doesn't feel part like it's part of that world (much like Blood Canticle and Blackwood Farm). The vampires in this book, Lestat included, feel neutered and a bit flat.

The introduction of many new and secondary
Garrick Merriweather
Jul 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
FINALLY!!! The master storyteller returns! OMG! When I saw this, I nearly fainted. Anne Rice SINGLE-HANDEDLY changed the scope of vampire fiction. I for one am so sick of the virus-vampire/zombie-vampire stories, I don't know what to do. This has been one of the best days. Saw Dawn of the Planet of the Apes earlier and then I come home to find this out. Great Day. The ONLY thing that could make it better is if the Rapture was to occur. ...more
Lady Mayfair
Sep 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, horror
Still a better love story than Twilight...
Thomas Edmund
Jan 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Man I used to love the Vampire Chronicles. Bought almost everything single book, and truth be told desperately wanted to be a child of the night myself (and this was well before Twilight came out, please). Although I felt the series petered off towards the end I remember them fondly and honestly thought they were to be no more.

So yeah, imagine my reaction when I saw this book on a shelf. Another one? I couldn't wait to get my hands on it!

At first it seems pretty darn good. Lestat's voice was cle
Carmen Taxer
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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 13 books)
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  • The Queen of the Damned (The Vampire Chronicles, #3)
  • The Tale of the Body Thief (The Vampire Chronicles, #4)
  • Memnoch the Devil (The Vampire Chronicles, #5)
  • The Vampire Armand (The Vampire Chronicles, #6)
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