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Blackwood Farm

(The Vampire Chronicles #9)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  28,962 ratings  ·  703 reviews
Lestat is back, saviour and demon, presiding over a gothic story of family greed and hatred through generations, a terrifying drama of blood lust and betrayal, possession and matricide. Blackwood Farm with its grand Southern mansion, set among dark cypress swamps in Louisiana, harbours terrible blood-stained secrets and family ghosts. Heir to them all is Quinn Blackwood, y ...more
Paperback, 774 pages
Published 2003 by arrow books (first published 2002)
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Roger Almendarez-jiménez This book introduces a new character, so you can read it without feeling too lost. That being said, if you haven't read any of the other chronicles,…moreThis book introduces a new character, so you can read it without feeling too lost. That being said, if you haven't read any of the other chronicles, you're better offer starting with The Vampire Lestat, then moving on to Interview with the vampire, so that you can have a solid foundation for the Vampire Chronicles. This book is a terrible representation of how good the Chronicles are.(less)

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Dan Schwent
Feb 07, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: horror
This was the last straw in my decade long relationship with Anne Rice. We had some good times but mutually decided to end our relationship. I loved her three witch books but the vampire stuff had been going downhill since Body Thief.

I hate this book. After years of okay to disappointing novels, this one was all I could stand. I didn't care about Quin and I hated that Rice felt the need to shoehorn Mona Mayfair into the vampire mythos. I found this book so uninteresting I actually stopped halfway
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Elena May
Jan 29, 2017 rated it liked it
This 3-star score I’m giving to Blackwood Farm is by far the hardest rating I’ve ever given, and I feel I should explain all my thoughts. Warning: this will be long!

This is a 9th book in a series, so the review is mainly targeted at people at least somewhat familiar with the Vampire Chronicles. Still, I’m keeping it spoiler-free.


While reading this book, my opinion was constantly jumping between 1 and 5 stars. In spite of all its flaws, Blackwood Farm is a much better book than many books out the
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✨Tamara
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Better than some of the others.
Quinn Blackwood is a newly made fledgling vampire. He is trying to learn the ropes and rules of the covens. But he also has a terrible demon on his back... literally! He seeks out the Vampire Lestat for help to rid himself of this otherworldly presence that has been with him since childhood and has no become more powerful and menacing. Lestat calls in the help of a powerful witch in vampire named Merrick. Can their combined powers help Quinn to finally be free?
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Ali
Jul 09, 2010 rated it did not like it
This book...(sigh)...I have to say broke Anne Rice's spell over me. Before this book I found all of her normal plot devices (strange bedfellows, supernatural creatures, really long flashbacks, narcissism) beguiling and entertaining. But usually she chooses one or two of these things and shapes a really awesome story around it. In Blackwood Farm she just decided to take everything she had EVER written about, mix it up together, and then multiply it by 1000. I mean, really?! Vampires, witches, AND ...more
Fangs for the Fantasy
Sep 27, 2014 rated it did not like it
Quinn can see ghosts and has been haunted his whole life by a particular tenacious spirit. Now he has become a vampire, that spirit has turned violent and he turns to Lestat for guidance, after telling Lestat his life history. At length and in great great detail.


This book is labelled as a Vampire Chronicles novel. It has also been faintly labelled as a Mayfair Witches novel. I’ve heard it discussed as something of a cross over novel. Personally I’d call it a Mayfair Witches novel into which Lest
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Navessa
Mar 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: vampires
Carolyn Seiver
Jul 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anne Rice is as brilliant and clever as ever,proving why she is the reigning Queen of vampire novels. As an avid lover of all things vampire,I am extremely critical of stories of them. Blackwood Farm is a wonderful addition to the Vampire Chronicles,which I felt suffered with Memnock the Devil.The story flows along with a dialogue that is both picturesque and poignant in its telling,reminiscent of Interview with The Vampire.Quinn's villainous maker is highly impressive as a character,managing to ...more
Sarah
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Vampire lovers
I did it wrong, all wrong!

This was the first Anne Rice book I read, not long after it came out. But part of the wonder that is Anne Rice, is that you can almost jump in on this series at any point and still be in for a rip-roaring and intense ride!

There were some things I didn't quite get until I read the rest, like some of the smaller details, especially regarding Lestat.

But after reading the rest of the series, I think this is one of the best. It's fresh and current and brings forht a whole n
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Bloodorange
Mar 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audiobooks, us, abandoned
I just can't and I won't. This is full of every possible Anne Rice pathology to boot, to the extent when it feels like over-the-top fan fiction, including multiple instances of very questionable sexual/racial/class politics. It has the charm of a train crash, but it ultimately proved too much.
Yani
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Si no leyeron libros anteriores, no conviene que lean la reseña. De todas formas, no me extenderé demasiado.

Coincido con muchas reseñas de este libro: fue mi último viaje a las sórdidas aventuras de Lestat y sus amigos colmilludos. Se evidencia demasiado la agonía de la saga (que extrañamente decidió resucitar) y de las ideas que la alimentan. Se vampirizó a sí misma y quedó esto, es decir, un texto que tiene más fantasmas que vampiros, más autobiografía de un niño consentido que una crónic
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Emily
May 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Refreshingly, a new story set almost entirely in the recent past, a new (well, slightly related) family with paranormal secrets to explore, and a new lovable vampire hero. Tarquin Blackwood seeks out Lestat to tell his story and ask for help in banishing his lifelong companion, the spirit Goblin. Tarquin's narrative meanders with Rice's usual rapt attention to the details of architecture, clothing, and decor, which stretches the book to more than six hundred pages. Truthfully, my hand hurt from ...more
Jessica Halleck
Aug 01, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
And the plunge downhill begins in earnest. Lestat is empty; the writing is horrible. Only a waning sense of loyalty to Ms. Rice kept me reading.
Kathryn
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror, fiction
It's hard to put into words what I feel about this book. It was fun. It was interesting. It certainly wasn't a bad book, I'm just not really sure it was exactly good.

There was too much going on, for one thing. You've got a vengeful spirit, a poltergeist/doppleganger, the return of the Mayfair witches, and a fantastically wealthy Louisiana family, with all the dark family secrets and Anne Rice's constant daydreams about renovating houses and showering money on poorer relations. There are vampires
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Sara
Tarquin Blackwood, young vampire and heir to the impossibly rich Blackwood estate in Louisiana, recounts his life story to the vampire Lestat. He has spent his life haunted by a spirit named Goblin - a spirit who looks remarkably like himself - and would now be rid of it.

This book is primarily told in flashback style, with the only current action at the beginning and end of the book. I felt that it detracted from the intensity of the novel. Telling a story in the past tense gives a different moo
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Amanda
May 18, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book broke my heart. It is my least favorite of all the novels from the Vampire series. The character of Quinn was just too whiny and self indulgent for me to connect with and care for. And non of the other characters stepped up either. Even the presence of fictional character icon Lestat de Lioncourt couldn't save this story.

Grampybone
Aug 09, 2009 rated it did not like it
Trying to squeeze the last possible drop of blood from what has been an extraordinary series of books, Anne Rice comes up with Blackwood Farm. Halfway through the book, I still can't bring myself to care for any of the characters. Big letdown in my not so humble opinion.
Dorian de Jandreau
I don't know... a book is written marvelous, all the adventures, story of Quinn, action, not a single boring sentence...but I simply didn't like how Quinn's life turned on. And Lestat's... but I don't like Quinn with Mona and Lestat with Rowan (which will happen in last book). I will never accept these relationships. Besides... Lestat TWICE said HE LOVES QUINN. And Quinn like a puppy runs to that Mona. Who needs mortal family when you are a vampire? Just go, hunt, visit countries, have money, do ...more
Justin Longino
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Once again i am completely hooked by Anne Rice. The history on armand and marius was great but i felt almost too much. i appreciate the history of the character's. I usually love this for a series. In this circumstance, i love the brisk and in depth story.

Blackwood Farm introduced Tarquin Blackwood, the prodigy son. Tarquin can see spirits and has a doppelganger himself. The story advances as Quinn life grows and grows. He feels the typical guilt of who do i love and why do i
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Johnny Virgil
Sep 27, 2011 rated it liked it
I liked the language but the story seemed slow to me. Pages and pages of nothing going on. I still feel like the places and people really exist somewhere, so that's a testament to the descriptive, detailed quality to Anne Rice's writing. Overall, I came away thinking that the entire book was just sort of boring. And the big reveal at the end was a bit lame. Or maybe it wasn't telegraphed as much as it seemed to be and the reason I saw through it so easily was because a very similar theme was exp ...more
Katey
Apr 19, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I couldn't even finish this one. It was the last Anne Rice book I read, and probably will remain so. She seemed to write this one like I used to write my silly little stories when I was young: they were only vehicles for my girlish ambitions to have everything I wanted- wealth, power- and this book seemed to have little to do with a real plot. It bothered me immensely.
Troy Blackford
Oct 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
A great story that keeps you guessing unless you've read 'The Dark Half' (written over a decade before) by Stephen King in which case it simply seems familiar.
Angela
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Blackwood Farm is the ninth book in The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice. Interview with the Vampire introduced me to Anne Rice many years ago now, and I have been a fan of her work ever since. I think I have now read everything she has ever written, some several times over. Every so often I work my way through this series again and I found myself reading the Vampire Chronicles for about the fifth time, as a friend of mine who had never read any of Ms. Rice’s work asked me to ‘buddy read’ them wi ...more
Damian Serbu
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So, I know - rating an Anne Rice book with five stars hardly surprises anyone who knows me, since I love her stuff/she's my favorite author. But to celebrate Halloween, I re-read this one, which has long been one of my favorites. Because it came later, it does not get talked about as often or recognized. Lestat is here, and still it is relatively unknown. But I find it to be one of the most haunting and enchanting of all her stories. It leaves me spent, invigorated, and longing to know more abou ...more
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Abby Goldsmith
Aug 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sff, immortality
Ever since Memnoch the Devil, I've become disenchanted with Anne Rice, and I stopped reading her books after the dull Vampire Armand. But rave reviews of this one persuaded me to give it a try.

Rice has regained the page-turning pace of her earlier novels. I was mesmerized by the main protagonist, Tarquinn Blackwood, and his story, and I had to restrain myself from finishing the book in one night. Unfortunately, the ending was a disappointment. The tense relationships that were cultivated during
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Para ver el resto de la saga Crónicas Vampíricas :

Entrevista con el vampiro (Crónicas Vampíricas, #1) by Anne Rice Lestat el Vampiro (Crónicas Vampíricas, #2) by Anne Rice La reina de los condenados (Crónicas Vampíricas, #3) by Anne Rice El ladrón de cuerpos (Crónicas Vampíricas, #4) by Anne Rice Memnoch el diablo (Crónicas Vampíricas, #5) by Anne Rice Armand el vampiro (Crónicas Vampíricas, #6) by Anne Rice Merrick (Crónicas Vampíricas, #7) by Anne Rice Sangre y oro (Crónicas Vampíricas, #8) by Anne Rice Cántico de sangre (Crónicas Vampíricas, #10) by Anne Rice El Príncipe Lestat (Crónicas Vampíricas, #11) by Anne Rice

Coming soon: El Principe Lestat y los reinos de Atlantis (Crónicas Vampíricas #12)
Karin
Apr 05, 2016 added it
This was so impossibly bad it makes my idea of Harlequin romance seem good.
Sophomoric dialogue that was often repetitive - word count anyone? If I never see the word 'egregious' again... The premise had promise but two wonderful and artfully rendered series were stapled and glued together with zero finesse. If her name wasn't on the cover, I'd think this was some awful 'fan fiction'. I finished it by sheer force of will, finding no redeeming qualities in any of the characters who were fatuous, i
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Jane
Sep 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been trying to gradually eek out reading the vampire chronicles as Anne Rice is my favourite author and the Vampire Chronicles is where it all began for me so every book closer to the end I get the more mixed my emotions are...

And so it was with great consideration I began to read the second to last book, Blackwood Farm.

What a great story teller Anne Rice is! I was gripped from the moment I picked the book up and was able to envisage each scene as it developed.

An interesting story which c
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Meirav Rath
Dec 22, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Teenagers, mostly
Shelves: anne-rice
Anne Rice writes sex *gasp* who'd believe it. There once was a boy with a perfect family who has a spirit haunting him everywhere, but he becomes a vampire so everything's OK in the giant rich house the boy lives in, his trips to Europe, and his wonderful family. Crap Rice.
Maria  (Mhemnoch)
Sep 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aquí mezcla pesonajes de las crónicas vampíricas con la saga de las brujas de Mayfair.
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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)
  • The Vampire Armand (The Vampire Chronicles, #6)
  • Merrick (The Vampire Chronicles #7)
  • Blood And Gold (The Vampire Chronicles, #8)
  • Blood Canticle (The Vampire Chronicles, #10)
  • Prince Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles, #11)
“And books, they offer one hope -- that a whole universe might open up from between the covers, and falling into that universe, one is saved.” 265 likes
“But you love books, then,” Aunt Queen was saying. I had to listen.

“Oh, yes,” Lestat said. “Sometimes they are the only thing that keeps me alive.”

“What a strange thing to say at your age,” she laughed.

“No, but one can feel desperate at any age, don’t you think? The young are eternally desperate,” he said frankly. “And books, they offer one hope —- that a whole universe might open up from between the covers, and falling into that new universe, one is saved.”
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