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Vittorio (New Tales of the Vampires #2)

3.5  ·  Rating details ·  24,277 Ratings  ·  426 Reviews
With Pandora, Anne Rice began a magnificent new series of vampire novels. Now, in the second of her New Tales of the Vampires, she tells the mesmerizing story of Vittorio, a vampire in the Italian Age of Gold.

Educated in the Florence of Cosimo de' Medici, trained in knighthood at his father's mountaintop castle, Vittorio inhabits a world of courtly splendor and country ple
Paperback, 335 pages
Published October 2003 by Fischer (first published 1999)
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Mar 17, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampire-fiction
That it I'm afraid. I'm finished with Anne Rice after following her since the first - there's only so much angst you can take before depression sets in.

Early Anne Rice novels, the first Lestat books in particular, carried you along in wonderment at a new view of the world, but that wonder has grown stale and stagnant, and lanquid posing while waiting for the next sexual frisson does not, for me anyway, make for interesting reading.

Wondering about your place in the world is all very well, but mo
Aug 31, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tiresome so far. Vittorio is a weenie.
Rinoa Heartilly
Dec 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampires
-- contains spoilers --

Okay, so here's the thing.
Interview with the Vampire, Rice's debut novel and at the same time the first novel in the now two-digit numbered Chronicles of the vampires series, was published in 1976, but written in 1973, following the tragic passing away of Rice's young daughter Michele of leukemia in 1972. It has since then gone on to become an international bestseller and literary classic even outside of its genre, as well as being an integral part in founding a new under
Jul 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vittorio: The Vampire is the second novel in the New Tales of the Vampires series by the legendary Anne Rice. Honestly, I first read this novel a few years ago, but I fell in love with this story so much that I had to read it again. I've read some love and some hate reviews on this novel and honestly, I don't see why their would be any hate. Sure, everyone's opinions are welcome, but I personally think this novel turned me into a vampire lover. Yes, I know many will say, "Not her Vampire Chronic ...more
Alex Reborn
Jan 24, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The truth is that I really wanted to finish with all the Chronicles and "Vittorio" managed to convince me that I am right by doing just that. I barely managed to get through the entire book and very often I wanted to put it aside, and only my persistence kept me going. I think I got tired of the writing style, with the same descriptions and lack of engaging action. The mixing of the vampires and angels is a bit peculiar, for some it all falls in the supernatural category, but for me is a bad mix ...more
Mai Gharieb
Sep 24, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If there was a half a star I would have given it to that silly boring book! I am really sorry for this. Anne Rice used to take me to places of wonder but in this book she took me to a hell called "what the hell is this?". I wont say much but I really hated this book. I really love Anne Rice and all the vampire chronicles but this one is a failure!
Austin Neaves
Apr 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Vittorio the Vampire is the second (and final) book in the series "New Tales of the Vampires" by Anne Rice. It's different from the previous novel, Pandora. This novel has entirely original characters. Whereas Paganism played an important role in Pandora, Christianity is the focus in this novel.

And I think that's the part of the novel that shines. By this time in the series, the vampire thing is kind of old. I still enjoy the vampire aspect, but I found the angels in this book to be a refreshing
Apr 22, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I probably got to page 43-50, and then started to jump around in the book, and decided to read the end of the book. Well the first couple chapters I was enjoying, when the character was talking about his about his life, but when his family was slaughtered, he goes out finding the Ursela, who had put the attack on his family, he finds her, is ready to take his revenge, blah blah blah, just to be made into a vampire, then falls in love with her. OKAY to me that is just weird, you fell in love with ...more
Jan 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great novel!!! What I have learned is that by the love a person can be saved and by the love that very same person can be doomed and brought into the world of shadows and blood. Living forever and always remembering the sins is the greatest burden because there is no coming back. Vittorio's rage to revenge brought him into the hands of those who destroy and kill for living. Imagine yourself being in love with someone who saved only one life, yours. WHAT WOULD YOU DO??? Would you contin ...more
John Gaster
Jun 20, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Could not finish it… I got to the part where there were angles, and I said, self, this story sucks…
Mar 14, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of gothic horror
Strange and somewhat different in style than Anne Rice's usual vampire writing. This means that it was exciting wondering what horror was going to unfold next, but the character was not full of passion and wonder and dear to my heart the way her Vampire Chronicles characters are. But I think Anne Rice meant for it to be that way; seems she just wanted to get out of her comfort zone.

My biggest problem with this story was the repetition of each of her vampires: why do they all have to come from we
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Anne Rice'in yazdığı Vittorio nihayet okundu, bitti. 300 sayfa; geliyoruz gidiyoruz ağlıyoruz. Hala bi gıdım yol alamamışız. Kitap bitti de şükür dedim yaw. Anne Rice sen naptın bacım ? Patladım okurken, olacak iş değil :-( Rönesans İtalya'sını anlatıp durmuş, öküz can Vittorio'nun ağzından. Vittorio'da şeytan dediği Ursula'ya anında -cidden anında- nasıl kapılıyor anlamış değilim. Senin kardeşlerinin kafası koptu gözünün önünde... Ananı babanı tüm sülaleni gömdün bi destur de !!! Şeytan da şeyt ...more
Oct 31, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, horror
This one was interesting mostly for the section where the main character is held prisoner along with dozens of other humans by a coven of vampires. The coven is basically "farming" the humans; keeping them barely alive with vampire blood mixed into their food, harvesting the ones who get too weak and turning the stronger survivors into vampires themselves. It's an odd concept. The rest of the book? Convoluted and boring.
Mar 25, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I guess this book embodies the reason that I don't read more Anne Rice books- they're kind of boring. The main character is super chatty and SUPER angsty. Angels and demons and all kinds of nonsense made it kind of a weird book. I suppose I'd like it more if I was less sarcastic and had a longer attention span.
Rosemary O'Malley
I read this twice; not because I loved it, but because I wanted to see if my initial opinion was still there

I found this one to be, well, boring. It felt like nothing happened. I had no emotional connection with Vittorio, at all. It was a disappointment.

Soukyan Blackwood
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story spins around Vittorio as the sole survivor of his family, out for vengeance and vampire blood. Tricked and toyed with he looks like one of those Young Adult book characters, a young warrior with no more than a sword against the darkest forces pits of hell could produce. It was good in a sense that it no longer felt stamped, as Chronicles started feeling to me. And the rest of this is at [ NMR ]
Mayara Arend
Aug 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 06, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vou confessar, comprei esse livro enganada. Achei que fazia parte das crônicas vampirescas, com o Lestat e companhia e só depois descobri que era uma história única. Também é um livro de vampiros, mas não tem relação com os demais da série. Por conta disto, ele passou uns 17 anos abandonado na estante.
E o pior, é que a história é boa! Mas se eu tivesse lido naquela época, quando estava de birra, teria detestado.
Vittorio vai explicar logo no comecinho, que essa é a historia dele; de como sua fam
Aug 21, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Some years ago I read the Mayfair Witches series and I really enjoyed it. So, why not read one of Anne Rices vampire books? Big mistake! This book was a total disappointment.
Vittorio, son of a rich lord, sees his family slaughtered by a group of vampires and only escapes because a female vampire, Ursula, thinks him extremely attractive. Vittorio swears vengeance and with the help of a group of guardian angels, sets out to kill the sons of the devil. But the growing fascination he feels for Ursu
Jude Arnold
Aug 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is my least favorite Anne Rice, because it takes place in the 17th Century. It is magnificent. There are no werewolves with these vampires; but there are Angels. It has all the Anne Rice characteristics of Good and Evil, Blood, Sex and Love. It is written in the formal style of speaking at that time in history. And also includes the ignorance, violence and prejudices of the time. Showing that she did alot of research for the story, at the end of the book, in addition to her usual Note on the ...more
Leslie Wiederspan
I thought this book was going to be like "Pandora". In a way, i was. It's the story of how Vittorio first became a vampire. But, I didnt like it. For starters, he is a 16 year old boy and she makes it seem like he is a knowledgeable man, fully grown. I get it, back in the 1400's boys were stronger and were taught in the ways of Lordly ways and war. But Vittorio is 16. I find this story really hard to believe. Oh, and throw in the gaurdian angels and the constant referenced to Christianity. This ...more
David Gillis
I found that this novel was a bit of a disappointment. On the one hand, Vittorio is a deep character with enough angst coursing through his body he could put Edward Cullen to shame. Vittorio is angry, lustful, depressed, and confused as he moves throughout the story, and Rice manages to capture that rather well. However, many of the scenes are described rather dreamily. This could be on purpose, as Ursula seduces Vittorio, and we the readers are taken along for the ride. If so, then it is an int ...more
Sissy Lu {Book Savvy Reviews}
For me it is always a hit or miss with Anne Rice. This one was a miss. When she was actually writing about the actual story that was relevant I was intrigued, but the way it was written in a rampant fashion that often became sidetracked and the narrator [Vittorio] constantly had to check himself to get back on track, it was distracting and kept me from engaging as well as becoming invested in him and his story.

I DNF at 60 mark or so. Too many books on my list to MAKE myself read something!
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-books-ever
So I am done with all of Anne Rice’s vampire novels. All twelve. It was kind of hard to keep reading in some spots, like Merrick and Memnoch the Devil, but I managed it. Vittorio…the second of Rice’s New Tales of the Vampires, the spin-off series. Apparently the second and also the last, since she hasn’t touched it since this one in 1999. So this was written right after The Vampire Armand and obviously Rice was going through a Renaissance phase, since Armand took place during the High Renaissanc ...more
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hannah Merida
Aagghh no le voy a poner ni una estrellita de lo pésimo que es, me decepciono, esperaba más de Anne Rice😒
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Esta historia escapará totalmente de la saga de Lestat, para mostrarnos la visión perturbadora de un vampiro doblemente maldecido.

He de decir que al comienzo no me enganchó, principalmente porque no aparecía Lestat. Sin embargo, a las pocas páginas me quedé totalmente cautivada de la historia de Vittorio.

Un vampiro en un castillo nos cuenta su historia humana. Vittorio era un joven noble, muy educado y rico que no debía temer su futuro. Pero cuando una corte de vam
Raquel Leite
Nov 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meus
Vittorio, O vampiro,é o segundo e ultimo desta série de contos. E é diferente do romance anterior, começando pela religião que em Pandora, o Paganismo desempenhou um papel importante nela, aqui é o Cristianismo.

Vittorio nasceu durante o período da Renascença Italiana, educado como um cavaleiro para proteger a sua terra. Começando a História por falar sobre a vida de Vittorio e a sua família, que é dona de um terreno grande em Itália, onde vive a sua e outras famílias que pai protege.
Aparecem alg
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It hurts me to give this book a 2 star rating.

I love most of Anne Rice's stories, so it sucks that this one wasn't that great. I loved the first 2 chapters of this book. It started out pretty nice and strong. It had a great opening paragraph, where Vittorio describes holding his brother and sisters' severed heads in his arms. And I was like, fuck yeah! This is gonna be some good shit. But it wasn't. It really wasn't. Because then it just went nose diving downhill. I hate Anne Rice's tendency to
Dec 28, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone looking for a quick, easy read.
Recommended to Coraline by: my husband.
It's hard to describe what I thought about this book. I had no problems reading though it; it wasn't unbearable or anything. I found Vittorio to be adorable and easy to relate to. Most other characters weren't terribly well developed, so I didn't connect much with them. It's an easy read, but not necessarily in the best way.

The whole books seems sort of amateurishly written. Not what I expect from Anne Rice. Transitions from one time and place to another seem to happen a little too conveniently
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