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Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis

(The Vampire Chronicles #12)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  6,983 ratings  ·  922 reviews
At the novel's center: the vampire Lestat de Lioncourt, hero, leader, inspirer, irresistible force, irrepressible spirit, battling (and ultimately reconciling with) a strange otherworldly form that has somehow taken possession of Lestat's undead body and soul. This ancient and mysterious power and unearthly spirit of vampire lore has all the force, history, and insidious r ...more
Hardcover, First edition, 451 pages
Published November 29th 2016 by Knopf
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Greg About 50 copies appeared within my library system on December 1, 2016.
Jess I agree with Dione. Her books are not books you can read out of order. She refers back to past books frequently without enough detail to catch up some…moreI agree with Dione. Her books are not books you can read out of order. She refers back to past books frequently without enough detail to catch up someone who hasn't read them. She refers back to almost every single one of her other books in this one. I missed one book (Prince Lestat) and was a bit lost while reading this one haha.(less)

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Sep 07, 2016 marked it as not-for-me
Shelves: wtf-batshit
How I wish I could go back to the days of The Vampire Lestat, or Queen of the Damned, when I loved these books. How I wish the magic could be captured again.
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$0.99 on US Kindle today: February 19, 2017. If you were thinking of giving this one a try, now is the time to do it. I liked it. *shrug*

3.5 stars?

I’m not sure where to start. Parts of it were amazing, while others parts dragged on. This was a very different type of Vampire Chronicle with a distinct sci-fi vibe. In fact, I liked this aspect best!

The vampires are missing the excitement and unpredictability from earlier books. They seem too domesticated and settled down. Lestat is far from the Br
Nov 26, 2014 marked it as given-up
July 26, 2016

Based on the blurb, I think it's time for me to give this series up. The last one was already pretty bad, this one might be pushing things too far.

January 12, 2017

I've already read so many bad books this month I decided to take my chances with this one.

Full disclosure: I'm expecting this to be bad.


After reading 7% of the book:

i love how the reviews for this book seem to be comprised solely of 1. people who actually read the fucking trainwreck and 2. people who will look at any book by anne rice no matter how horrible it is and automatically rate it 4 or 5 stars.

this is just ...god it's so bad. like i can't even fully coherently type out how bad it was because 1. it took me over 2 weeks to read and 2. i feel like i've already blocked out parts that were too ridiculous because i just can't even handle how awful this bo
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
Sometimes it's best not to say anything at all.
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
I remember how much I wanted to kick George Lucas for Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. A series all about history and myth and religion, then all of a sudden you get smacked in the face with Aliens.

Spoilers below

And Anne Rice just did the same here.
We have a deep and meaningful history and mythology to our vampires , then Anne Rice suddenly hits us with a bomb after so many books that its Aliens .
So what about the spirits , or Memnoch or Amel. All ghosts of synthetic beings built by Alien
Erin Clemence
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Anne Rice’s “The Vampire Chronicles” continues with this fifth instalment, “Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis”, the follow-up novel to “Prince Lestat” (from 2014).
In this instalment, Lestat is still the reigning Prince of Vampires, living with the spirit Amel inside him, a spirit that connects him to the rest of the Vampire world, but a spirit that no one (not even Lestat) truly understands. When the Vampires are visited by a small group of beings claiming to have a deep understanding of
Dec 13, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned, 2016
I keep reading Lestat books hoping to reclaim some of the magic of the first two in the series, but I'm always disappointed, some more than others. I should have known not to even pick this one up when I read the title, but I thought I'd give it one more shot. No. Just no. I am so tired of the insertion of otherworldly beings into Rice's books; I am even more tired of the syrupy sentimentality. Okay, it's abandoned. I've learned my lesson. If I want a Lestat fix, I will go back and re-read Inter ...more
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: vampires
Anne Rice made a mistake by always involving other species into her vampire chronicles, she did this with the witches in Blackwood Farm and Merrick, with the Taltos in Blood Canticle and now there are aliens which she wants us to enjoy. People read the Vampire Chronicles because they are about vampires, and most of people don't want to read about other creatures and that's something Anne should finally realize.

I recommend reading the spoilers, because it doesn’t matter if you’re going to be spoi
OH! Anne Rice! you had me terrified, enthralled, in love, delighted, scared again then crying. I adore you.
Dec 06, 2016 rated it did not like it
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Rinoa Heartilly
Oct 21, 2016 marked it as to-read
man anne my girl, what are u doing
Lucy Banks
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Ambitious, inventive, satisfying to read... but a little confusing in places.

The latest in Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles follows 'Prince' Lestat, still housing the ancient spirit Amel within him. As with many of the books in the series, it's an exploratory tome, which takes a popular myth and creates a fresh 'factuality' for it. In this instance, it's the legend of Atlantis, which is tied beautifully into Rice's vam
Gareth Otton
Umm... I think someone accidentally cut some sci-fi into my fantasy...

Just one book from the triumphant return to the Vampire Chronicles and already I'm starting to regret the words in my last review. In that review for Prince Lestat I spoke of how excited I was to have Anne Rice back in action on this series, how she could finally show the world what vampires really are again and take back the genre from the YA imitations that rose in her absence. Sadly, Prince Lestat and the realms of Atlantis
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
If you keep going to the same well, you're bound to come up dry. With this, Book 12 of the Vampire Chronicles, Rice is scraping the bottom for a story. I would only recommend this to die hard Rice fans (like myself, I guess) who have read all of the prior books in the series and want to know how it "ends" -- and yes, this does feel like an actual ending to me in a way that 'Blood Canticle' and 'Prince Lestat' did not. If you haven't read the prior books, I think this one would be incomprehensibl ...more
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm going to give this 5 out of 5 and say this should be the end of the series and that hard for me to say as I love this series like no other as it's what got me reading to start with but with the way she ended the book it does the hole series justice
Davyne DeSye
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a fun read – how can you miss when you combine a vampire story with the legend of Atlantis?

I’ve always been intrigued by the legend of Atlantis. I’ve also enjoyed Anne Rice’s Lestat vampire novels, so picking this one up was a DUH.

This is the fourteenth (!) book in Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, but I admit, I haven’t read all of them. I started, quite naturally with the first in the series, Interview with the Vampire. (I read that one in the 80s because Sting said it had inspired one
Ms. Nikki
I don't have much time to read so I can't waste my time on unworthy stories. This is one of them. I skipped and skimmed and even from the bits (Aliens!?!?! Really!!) I was able to absorb and digest, they were thoroughly disappointing. The "science" of this read was shoddy, to say the least.

Not for me~
May 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Four stars: Another terrific installment in a favorite series. This book gets to the roots of the vampiric condition and it evolves the characters.

Lestat is now the Prince of the Vampires, the one who holds the fate of the entire race in his being. He is still visited by the strange, spirit, Amel. Who is Amel and why is he sending visions of a beautiful, sophisticated city with tall skyscrapers, falling into the ocean? Meanwhile two other blood drinkers, have encountered an eccentric, immortal
Jim C
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is one more entry into a series that has spanned over forty years. One doesn't need to read all the other books before this one. I would suggest reading the first three books and the one that immediately before this one before attempting this novel. In this one, there is an unknown threat to the vampires of this world.

I am being generous with my two star rating but one star would have been too harsh. The main problem of this book is that it really doesn't concern Lestat until the final page
Nov 10, 2016 rated it liked it
I received a free digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

I wanted to love it. Rice's writing, as always, is magical. However... spoilers about to happen, look away if you haven't read it.

I get why she wanted to explain exactly where Amel came from, that's the whole point of the book, but I really didn't care for the backstory. Bird-like aliens? Plus, another thing that has always bothered me in her books is the vampires ability to instantly love someone. Really?

Despite my issues I will
breaks my heart to say DNF

lestat and rice hit their peak with blood canticle imo
Dec 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Anna by: Rae
I love the Vampire Chronicles, in part because the first few were a formative influence on my teenage years and in part because they continue to be distinctive among supernatural novels. Even at their most absurd and annoying, there’s a weight and thoughtfulness to them that very few vampire novels achieve. Anne Rice’s vampires are relentlessly materialistic, with close attention paid to their clothing and furniture, while also engaging with philosophical questions of why they exist, what immort ...more
Dec 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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Gabbo Parra
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Since I usually go first to the one-stars to see what's what, according to a lot of people this book was a waste of time. Nevertheless, I got the audiobook from the library and heard it while doing other things (therefore not truly wasting my time solely focused on it).

I liked it. I liked very much the situation, how it was handled and everything else. Don't see what people are complaining so much about. The fact that most complainers want to keep Anne pigeonholed within a certain mechanism show
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Anne Rice is one of my favorite authors: I've read 15 of her books. And "Interview With the Vampire" is not only my favorite of her works, but my favorite vampire book ever (including Stoker's version), and to me a brilliant, literary sensation. Now, to "Atlantis". I admire Rice's audacious attempt to blend hard syfy into her vampire world. And this has to be the most tactile novel I've ever read: during a waltz, I could feel the swirling air; during a destruction, I could feel slivers of glass ...more
"I've been shrugging my shoulders at the world for one reason or another since I was born."

Why not? *shrugs* is basically how this book was written and don't get me wrong, I actually don't think that's bad. I gave Prince Lestat four stars for simple entertainment value afterall. Actually, I expected to do the same thing with this book, because at this point I don't expect quality work in The Vampire Chronicles anymore and am satisfied when I'm entertained... but there was one big reason why I co
Chad James
Another excellent chapter in the annals of the Vampire Chronicles by the queen of the vampires herself, Anne Rice. This adventure brought back many popular characters from the VC and some new ones from the realms of Atlantis and how they fit into the lives of the vampires and we find out about the mysterious entity known as Amel and his true origins and his connections too both the vampires and the people of the purpose.

This is not a fast read and should be savored like a fine vintage wine, I a
Sebastian Hobbs
Nov 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016

4.5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ (½)

Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis is book #12 in The Vampire Chronicles series written by Anne Rice.

Best selling author Anne Rice has written over 35 books and has sold almost nearly 100 million copies. Two years since her triumph return to The Vampire Chronicles series with Prince Lestat Rice is back once again with a sequel and this time she is exploring the mythology of Atlantis and of course many of her famous vampires are
I’m a long-time fan of both Anne Rice and her greatest creation, the vampire Lestat, but even so I can find them both a little much at times. When I first saw the title of this, the latest of The Vampire Chronicles, I thought this might be one of those times, with visions of a waterlogged Lestat hanging out underwater with a bunch of mer-men. I was to be disappointed in this, and I’m still not sure if that might have made a better, if more sniggersome, book.

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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)
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  • The Vampire Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles, #2)
  • The Queen of the Damned (The Vampire Chronicles, #3)
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