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The Vampire Armand

(The Vampire Chronicles #6)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  66,579 ratings  ·  1,033 reviews
In the latest installment of The Vampire Chronicles, Anne Rice summons up dazzling worlds to bring us the story of Armand - eternally young, with the face of a Botticelli angel. Armand, who first appeared in all his dark glory more than twenty years ago in the now-classic Interview with the Vampire, the first of The Vampire Chronicles, the novel that established its author ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 457 pages
Published October 3rd 2000 by Ballantine Books (first published October 10th 1998)
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Doug The chance that you will like this book any better is very very small. The religious arc of Memnoch continues in this book after Armand's involvement …moreThe chance that you will like this book any better is very very small. The religious arc of Memnoch continues in this book after Armand's involvement in that plotline, and his back-story concentrates on the boring parts of his life. After halfway through the book, I gave up, and I really enjoyed the first 3 books in the series. (less)

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Karen Rós
Jul 27, 2011 rated it did not like it
I have no words for how unendurably horrible and boring this book is. Armand knows only how to cry, beg people to love him and seemingly can't get his head around Christ. He is a pathetic wanker that can do nothing on his own, with an unhealthy obsession with Lestat...whom he both loves and hates. He's 17 when turned a vampire, but when he's 500 years old and still 17 in his head, all you want is to strangle him. Apart from that - the narrator being an idiot and a madman - the book lacks plot. A ...more
Apr 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
For all I adore this book and reread it whenever I feel down, underline some thought provoking passages and short phrases Anne Rice uses and admire her writing style for it's uniqueness, I still believe that Anne Rice showed her crazy in the second half of The Vampire Armand.

Armand is the Botticelli angel, as many call him, and he delights in it, I think, purely so Rice can start the book by having him rip a victims scalp off and stomp on it to spite David Talbot, who asks his to stop. He does p
Dec 30, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People needing to waste copius amounts of time and brain cells.
"Egg yoke"? Seriously? She doesn't know the difference between "yoke" and "yolk"?

Armand is in a new room.
She spends an hour describing that room.
Then spends an hour describing the clothes they wear while standing in that room.
Then spends an hour explaining how Armand feels about the clothes they are wearing while standing in that room.
Halfway through the chapter she reminds you why they are in that room.
Which is good because after all that useless filler bullshit I've completely forgotten
DNF @ 46%
Either I grew tired of this, or Armand's story didn't really appleal to me. I browsed through it, but I couldn't find the will to finish it.
Jan 27, 2010 rated it did not like it
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Cody | CodysBookshelf
I am giving this book two stars only because Anne Rice is a talented author, and I can’t bear to give this a single-star rating (though, honestly, it might deserve it).

Man, what a bummer. I loved the last four volumes in this series, but this was a mess. Written after a short hiatus from the Vampire Chronicles, this volume follows Memnoch the Devil, which Rice said was supposed to be the series finale. That would have made sense, and it would have been a fine note to end on. Instead, three year
Lestat lies in a coma-like sleep in a chapel and while vampires gathers around him, Armand tells his story to David Talbot, Lestat’s former Talamascan fledgling. Armand takes us with him through his childhood in Kiev; from where he is kidnapped and sold to slavery, to Venice where Marius saves him and eventually gives the dark gift and to Paris where he led his Satanic Vampire cult.

Maybe I should start this telling that this was 4th or 5th time reading this and yep, I still love it! Armand’s al
Jun 07, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: gay porn enthusiasts
This is where I stopped in the series. Anne Rice had the habit of making all her characters extremely homo erotic from the beginning, but I could deal with it because the stories were excellent. I had to draw the line at this book though. Reading about ancient vampires giving and receiving head from little boys is not my idea of entertainment.
Lidia Fullmer
Aug 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Well, this is my second favorite book in the Vampire Chronocle series (the first is Blackwood Farm, then this, then The Vampire Lestat!). The reason I love this book is not only the character (Armand, who is without a doubt my favorite!! Sorry Lestat! You're second!), but also the fact that he dictates his story from when he was a boy and how he grew up for a few years in Venice, Itlay with Marius during the Renaissance. That time happens to be my favorite modern (1500's to present) historical t ...more
Jan 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I got from this Novel, is that it is a book about Love, and secondary of Faith. Now u may be saying wait a minute, oh no, must of have been a pre-cursor to Twilight, (which BTW I have not read yet). This is hardly a book bout' "Puppy Dog" teenage love

Also I have noted some controversy amongst other reviewers about the elements of Homosexuality in this book. I, as a Heterosexual, was not offended by these passages, and thought they were portrayed rather artisticaly, and not in a pornographic
Feb 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
For me, The Vampire Chronicles are the be-all-end-all of vampire novels. And while I have my favorites within the series, I find myself comparing every other vampire novel I read to the entire set. So, if you want to discuss them, go ahead and send me a note. And if you're new to the vampire genre, you can't go wrong with Anne Rice. This one is my second favorite of the series.
Jan 18, 2022 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lu_en_fr, queer, 1_fiction
Oh it's the other dumb gay bitch I love to hate! Hi, Armand. ...more
Jun 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physical-books
I met Armand in Interview with the Vampire. He seemed like this smooth silky and a serial sort of a sort of a fellow I kinda grew a crush on. Sort of I mean. I knew I was jumping the line when I picked up this book but I really needed to know more about him. Curiosity comes with a price.

I don't know why I found this a bit difficult to read, not cos of any of that sexual nonsense everyone gets offended by these days, no, it was the nature of his life. I found it sad and full of sorrow. A lost sou
Mrs. Fujiwara
May 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vampires
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Mar 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, horror
Overall, my favorite part of this book doesn't even begin until more than three-quarters of the way through. Armand has a VERY tragic story, and I do enjoy getting to see exactly how he became the immortal monster he is today. And Venice of any age is a great setting for a story. But so often things get bogged down in the details. Armand's love affair with Marius, his fight to keep from remembering his life as a poor Russian artist and Marius' fight to resist making Armand into a vampire too ear ...more
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, vampires
I had a difficult time rating the book - couldn't decide between 3 and 4 stars. I hope I can voice more clearly what I loved and disliked about it once I write my review.

Looking back after almost 3 weeks I start to remember the positive parts of the story more clearly than those annoying aspects that continue to drive me crazy for the last couple of books in this series. I love the way Rice displays vampires. I like the way she writes about their past and incorporates th
Dec 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I had a lot of expectations when I first started this book. But I have to say, it definitely lived up to my expectations. Anne Rice has done other interviews, including "The Interview With The Vampire" and "The Vampire Lestat". So I assumed it would just be a re-write of one of those. But "The Vampire Armand" paints a totally different picture. Instead of her usual New Orleans setting, this book takes place in Russia, Italy, and even France! She definitely did everything she could in this book, ...more
Jun 05, 2010 rated it did not like it
I was good up to about a quarter of the way into the book where suddenly all plot and personality of beloved characters fell to pieces and into a train wreck of a novel. I didn't finish the whole thing because I couldn't bring myself to watch as the corpses of perfectly good characters where poorly forced around the novel. After finishing Armand's origins just close the book, put it down and walk away. After reading what I did of this book I had to go into a detox using Let The Right One In to r ...more
Aug 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Another in depth book about Armand, one of the characters in the vampire series for Anne Rice. Excellent, in depth, book that explains his wonderful character, that the other books just touched upon. Great read.
Jess The Bookworm
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This next installment in the Vampire Chronicles continues from the end of Memnoch the Devil. David Talbot approaches Armand to convince him to share his life story with him. Up until now, we have only viewed Armand through the lens of others and from a distance, knowing him to be the "Botticelli Angel", the beautiful eternal adolescent.

We now get taken back to Venice 500 years prior to where Armand is a young slave brought over from Russia and rescued by Marius, the ancient vampire, who takes h
Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
On my seventh re-read of this book, I feel like I'm finally ready to say something about it. I went through several reviews and apparently this book either falls between complete love for it or complete contempt for it, and I think this applies to Armand as well.

In my personal experience, every time I pick up this book I find something new and unexpected. Yes, it may be contradictory. Yes, it may be too sexual for some eyes. Yes, it may be a bit blasphemous for some believer. And finally, yes, i
Meirav Rath
Dec 22, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Teenagers, mostly
Shelves: anne-rice
I wish I hadn't bought that book. Anne really screwed up this opportunity to shed some light on a key character in her Marius-Lestat arc but she blew it. If only his years at the cult would have been more revealed, and the two orphans from WTFland would have been removed the book would have become a wonderful piece of fiction. ...more
Aug 07, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

As the one and only Nicki Minaj once said: "I don't even know why you bother at this point/Like give it up." That’s how I feel.
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Was this book objectively that good? Probably not. Did I love Armand being overly dramatic, getting stabbed by his crazy british one-night stand, having a lot (and I mean A LOT) of hot nights in Renaissance brothels and declaring himself a pious saint who lives only for Jesus a few moments later? Yea, I enjoyed that quite a lot. I mean A LOT!

This isn't one of the best books written by Anne Rice. Certainly not. But unfortunately for my sanity and book taste, Armand is one of my all time favourite
Bobby Luke
The first half of this book was absolute rubbish. It was basically random assorted sexual encounters, interspersed with the parts of Armand's backstory we already learned in other books. The second half was of passing interest, I enjoyed the story picking up where it left off, and learning what happened to Armand after the end of the last book - but some of the main plot points were pretty confusing. (And Armand and Anne Rice through Armand seem to make note of this....).

What absolutely has to b
Oct 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
When we first meet the vampire Armand, it is in Interview with the Vampire, but we never get the story about his early life and how he became one of the Children of the Night. In the sixth novel of the Vampire Chronicles, Rice paints a broad and evocative canvas, from the young boy sold into slavery, only to be rescued by the wealthy Roman vampire, Marius. Marius brings young Amadeo to Venice, where he runs a vast home for other orphans, educating them on the ways of the world. None of them ques ...more
May 01, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was the last book I read in the vampire chronicles as I felt with the vampire Armand the series had slipped too far into homo erotica and further away from a strong story.

As other reviewers have noted The Vampire Armand crosses a line, the previous chronicle books had sex as part of the narrative pushing the story along, not just there to invoke shock and challenge the readers sensibilities.

The quality just seems to fade in this book away from the excellent writing of the first four books,
Jan 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, horror
The Vampire Armand is the 6th novel in Anne Rice's Vampire series and as such, it is probably best to have read the previous novels to get the most out of this one. It follows the same writing formula as her previous novels and is neither fast paced nor a boring shuffle. Certainly not for those seeking a lot of action and thrilling, shocking horror. Some of the style of characters can get a bit monotonous; especially with the way she characterises those born in the modern world.
I think it is a f
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Jamie (TheRebelliousReader)
4 stars. Armand is my second favorite character in this series. I’m not sure what that says about me as a person but I also don’t really care. He is absolutely fascinating and I’ve been waiting to get to his book and I was not disappointed.

I loved getting Armand’s backstory. He has had a very interesting life. There were a lot of heavy moments in this because of the things he went through and it honestly really explains why he is the way that he is. I enjoyed getting to really get to know and u
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Anne Rice (born Howard Allen Frances O'Brien) was a best-selling American author of gothic, supernatural, historical, erotica, and later religious themed books. Best known for The Vampire Chronicles, her prevailing thematic 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 nearl ...more

Other books in the series

The Vampire Chronicles (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1)
  • The Vampire Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles, #2)
  • 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)
  • Merrick (The Vampire Chronicles, #7)
  • Blood And Gold (The Vampire Chronicles, #8)
  • Blackwood Farm (The Vampire Chronicles, #9)
  • Blood Canticle (The Vampire Chronicles, #10)
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