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The Vampire Armand

(The Vampire Chronicles #6)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  61,375 ratings  ·  887 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
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
First of all, Armand is one of my favourite characters. The way he showed himself in the first two books was utterly fascinating and captivating. Second, I'm confused why some people complain about the sexuality and erotic scenes with young boys. It may not fit to our culture but it should be remembered that times were different then and this book was about that time also.

Now, I don't know what went wrong but I didn't get the same feeling from this Armand's autobiography. Though I liked the desc
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
Jan 27, 2010 rated it did not like it
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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
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
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.
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
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.
Mrs. Fujiwara
May 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vampires
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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
Mar 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, fiction
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
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
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.
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
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
Soukyan Blackwood
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
The rest at [NMR]: Finally! This one was good, ever more so in compare to the previous two.
May 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gothic, own
When I read a book by Anne Rice, I know what'll dominate the plot - rich, picturesque descriptions that overwhelm you and NOT lowers the value of the plot. She makes you see what she writes. I could smell the flowers and taste the delicacies she describes. The beauty of the human body is always so emphasized in her books and can make the most homophobic men fall in love with the same gender; and so she can tell you about thousands of years ago - the life story of an immortal.

Unfortunately, I rea
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
Laura deLuna
May 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
ive seen a few reviews about this book that complain about the whole "older vampire guy having sex with a 'boy'" and I think I should explain/clarify something for those people why it actually isn't that big of a deal (to me at least).

first of all weve got the historical context. Marius is from ancient Rome. Romans adopted a lot of their sexual practice from the ancient Greeks. in ancient Greece a very important part of a child's transition from boy to man was having an older (dominant) male men
Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
By far, this wasn't my favorite book in the whole series, but it came at the right time. One more book in a row with Lestat as the narrator may have made me pull my hair out. And, Ms Rice certainly couldn't have put this book as third in a row of interviews with different main characters. That would seem to repetitive. So, I think it came at the perfect time. Armand deserved to have his story told, and I've been wanting to hear it for a while.

However, there were parts that I really liked and par
Ljubov Rybinskaja
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
Some time ago i decided to read all the Vampire Chronicles. I started with "Interview With The Vampire" and "Blood and Gold". These books were great, i was so fond of Anne Rice's works. I liked everything in her books - characters, stories, all the dark romantism. So i went on with "The Vampire Lestat" and "The Queen of the Damned". I was very inspired, and wanted to know all the stories about all the characters.

After some time i've got "The Vampire Armand" into my hands. Armand- very mysterious
Nov 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Lisa by: Jade Brelsford
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Rhiannon Elward
Apr 12, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone really
Recommended to Rhiannon by: my good friend Azhar
I was given this to read by my friend Azhar, I hadn't read any of the series up to that point and I'd seen the film of Interview with a Vampire and hadn't been that impressed with it. To be honest, I wasn't expecting much, I wouldn't have picked this book up in a shop or library because its not my usual genre.

I have to say I was very impressed though, I've read this twice and I don't remember ever re-reading a novel. There isn't much of a story, but there wouldn't be really, its a biography of a
Aug 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-books
Upon finishing Interview with the Vampire six books ago I awaited reading The Vampire Armand. I wanted to read this series in order and I was surprised when it went so deeply into Lestats story. As richly fascinating as all Anne Rice's characters are the main focus is pretty much Lestat, until The Vampire Armand.

I had thought Claudia, being my favorite character of book 1, would somehow be brought back, and there's been some teasing hints that she might. But, as the Chronicles continued Lestat
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,
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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

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
  • Blood Canticle (The Vampire Chronicles, #10)
  • Prince Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles, #11)
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