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Blood And Gold

(The Vampire Chronicles #8)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  31,812 ratings  ·  671 reviews
Here is the gorgeous and sinister story of Marius, patrician by birth, scholar by choice, one of the oldest vampires of them all, which sweeps from his genesis in ancient Rome, in the time of the Emperor Augustus, to his meeting in the present day with a creature of snow and ice. Thorne is a Northern vampire in search of Maharet, his 'maker', the ancient Egyptian vampire q ...more
Paperback, 752 pages
Published November 7th 2002 by Arrow (first published 2001)
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Brianna Rohlfs
Dec 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The first Anne Rice book I read was The Mummy or Ramses the Damned. I was in the 8th grade. I loved it, and tried to read Interview with the Vampire but never finished it.
Almost five years later, I was in Sestriere, Italy, a small mountain town outside of Torino, near the French and Swiss borders. I was there for almost a week, and it was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been in my entire life. I could spend hundreds of words describing it all, but I'm getting off track. It was the e
Sep 07, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampires
The primary question with this book, the sixth in Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, is, why would we, the readers, want to read a book from the point of view of the self christened Marius de Romanus, the Roman vampire with a tendency towards pederasty and pompous pronouncements?

This question becomes even more pressing as the book goes on and Marius proves himself entirely arrogant and obnoxious, applying a form of moral blindness that makes his own actions acceptable while everyone else's deserve
Orphic {Ally}
Aug 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shall I say Marius de Romanus is my new favorite vampire, in all of his oozing sensuality? Why, yes.
Reading this book made me excited to reread The Vampire Chronicles. I have to admit, I actually found myself falling in love with Marius, or at least developing a crush on him, towards the end of the book. Oh, how I would gladly pin a poster of this Ancient Roman Blood Drinker to my wall if ever they made one of him.
Besides, Anne Rice's perpetual glorifying sensuality found so prominently in almo
May 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm kind of glad I waited more than a year to read this book after having read the first eight, plus the Mayfair Witches book all pretty much right in a row. I think I would have found the parts where Marius is retelling things that Lestat told us in The Vampire Lestat and that Armand told us in The Vampire Armand rather boring and repetitive. As it was, it was a nice reminder of things I'd forgotten, and I was able to jump right back in without re-reading, which would have been quite the undert ...more
Titus Hjelm
Jul 29, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not the worst (see 'Memnoch' for that) but certainly the most boring of all the Chronicles so far. I pretty much gave up on the series after 'Queen', but since I bought the whole lot, I'm wading through it still. However, it took me this long to realise that the problem with Rice's writing is that there is no beginning, middle and end. Funnily enough, real life biographies have more sense of a dramatic arc than this book, for example. The 'exotic' settings have become old hat pretty much since t ...more
Oct 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
I love a story - a good story. I read to escape, yes but even then, even when I pick up a book with the intention of running away – I end up, well thinking about the book. I read to study, relate to or learn from characters, story lines plots, drama. I don’t read to just read, make my chalk mark and on to the next book.
I enjoy books that I can savor – take my time over, and I truly love sharing the reading experience – so when someone mentions a book they love, I’m apt to pick it up.
And so I d
Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm quite surprised at how mixed the reviews are here as I thought this was yet another winner from Anne Rice!

Blood and Gold follows the history of Marius and his long and troubled existence as he travels and strives to keep his secret of 'Those Who Must be Kept' and forges relationships to keep him sane and to stave off his loneliness; from the peculiar bond with Mael and Avicus to the love and devotion of Amadeo and Bianca. For someone so strong Marius does a lot of running to save his secret
Apr 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-trade, vampire
This is truly Marius's opus as we follow him through the ages, loving and leaving one famous and infamous person after another. Can a vampire really love another more than himself? This question is never really answered here.Marius is smitten by Pandora, Botticelli, and dozens of others and has to leave them all behind, in one way or another.
He slogs through the Black Death with out a mark( he's a vamp after all he's already dead right?) Even a plague of that magnitude won't slow our beauteous b
Fangs for the Fantasy
Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
Thorne, his long sleep interrupted by the waking and rampaging of the Vampire Queen Akasha, is now driven to find the one who made him, the one he saw in his visions – Maharet, one of the two oldest vampires in the world

He emerges from his icy tomb to seek his own kind – and finds Marius, the Roman, Child of the Millennium, Former Keeper of Those Who Must be Kept. And avid biogorapher – who recounts his history to the Norse vampire

Thorne emerges from his centuries of sleep, trying to find answer
Carrie Slager
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-bought
If not for Pandora, Blood and Gold would be my favourite novel by Anne Rice. The story of Marius, a logical Roman man, kidnapped and turned into a vampire against his will. But what stands out for me is the amazing amount of detail Anne Rice puts into her historical fiction. The splendor of ancient Rome, the horror of the Black Death, the energy and creativity surrounding the Italian Renaissance…all of the settings come alive and you feel like you’re really there along with Marius.

Marius himself
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Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Boring to say the least.
In this book we are told the story of Marius from his own lips as he explains it to a newly risen vampire named Thorne. His story was already captioned and a couple of the previous books.
Perhaps I liked his story better as a caption instead of in full. Instead of wise he comes off to me as very pretentious and self-righteous. His story is boring because he is always in the right about everything and everyone else is in the wrong. And at first glance this may sound like th
Jess The Bookworm
Dec 29, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the 8th installment in the Vampire Chronicles. After Merrick I wasn't sure if I'd carry on with this series, but then I saw this one at the library, so decided to give it a go.

This installment follows Marius, the vampire from ancient Rome, the guardian of Those Who Must Be Kept.

I did enjoy the glance into his viewpoint of the glory and the fall of the Roman Empire, the establishment of Constantinople and I did like him as a character.

But I found the story very boring in places. We alread
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Blood and Gold is the eighth 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 w ...more
Dorian Jandreau
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Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For avid readers of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, the character of Marius, the ancient Roman, is one of the most fascinating and colorful--and one of the least well known. We first meet Marius in "The Vampire Lestat", when he answers Lestat's call and explains the story of the vampiric origins to Lestat and shows him Akasha and Enkil, the ancient Egyptian parents of all of the vampires. He also appears briefly in "Queen of the Damned", which tells the story of the vampires' origins. But until ...more
Jan 28, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommended to Lisa by: Jade Brelsford
A melancholy walk through ancient history in the company of Marius, the two thousand year old vampire known and loved by both Lestat and Armand.

The history again is the main draw for me in this instalment (and what I felt was largely missing from Merrick), as we get to see the rise and fall of great civilizations as well as their cultures and art through the eyes of the more intellectual and learned of Rice's vampires.

There were moments when I felt like we were revisiting old themes a little too
Max Ostrovsky
Another book-end story by Rice and no surprises. I'm determined to finish the series, but it is getting tedious. While this book seemed to have an easier prose than most of the Chronicle books (Body Thief aside), the lack of plot or tension or drama or really anything going on kept this book from a higher rating.
That said, and despite all that said, it was a page turner. Rice's prose in this volume is engaging and forward driven. While not much is actually going on, I was interested in what not
Jun 09, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
My first step into the Vampire Chronicles...
Blood and Gold also happens to be my favorite--pregnant with history, rich storytelling, and lovable murderers this book puts Anne Rice's other vampire books to shame.
P.S.- It is kind of smutty, if you aren't into that kind of thing, then I would shy away from pre-epiphany Anne Rice.
P.P.S.- I read this book in high school, so take this review with a grain of sea salt.
Chelsea chan
Jan 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is the most enriching when it comes to being lost in the vampire chronicles world. It is great for anyone that hasn't read the whole series because it explains everything about the supernatural world according to Anne Rice, unlike the previous books before this. it was a bit boring in some parts, but in all it was worth it and i enjoyed this book.
Jason Schneeberger
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is a prime example of why I don't put too much stock into reviews of people that I don't know and/or at least trust their opinion on books because a lot reviews said this book was bad and I couldn't disagree more. I loved this entry in the series! Marius' story is so rich, deep, sad and made for a very entertaining read that further added to Rice's remarkable Vampire Chronicles series.
Ian Herold
Apr 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes vampires or Anne Rices writing
This was my favorite book. As I can relate so much to Marius. It fallows the tail of Marius the Vampire. As he deals with problems and meets many interesting people through out the story like Lestat. Overall a very interesting book when it was finished i wanted to keep reading.
Patrick Atchison
Apr 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The only book that I have ever been able to read cover to cover multiple times!
Jun 08, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book though...
So apparently, the whole 'Vampire Chronicles' series goes backwards from the first book being last and so on, if I understood correctly and this entry is about Marius and Pandora, how they fell in love and Thorne also and some other vampires. The story was too long and had too many characters and too many plotlines. I got tired of it and got lost in it. I like Anne Rice's writing very much but this was a downfall...
@ P.S. I love that book!

EXPECTATIONS: If you have been following our blog for some time you know that recently I have been marathoning Vampire Chronicles of Anne Rice. I started then when I was fourteen and thought it is about time I finish this series. So here we go.

THE WORLD: As it is a book about Marius and he is from old Rome we of course spend a lot of time there. Actually this book I think is more historical fiction than fiction simply due to the fact that Marius is one of the oldest Anne
Feb 26, 2009 rated it liked it
The cover of this book really caught my attention since it pictures a slightly gay looking angel wrapped in a ribbon. Blood and Gold is the first of Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles I have read and it’s not a let down. The style of the writing is romantic and detailed, or as my English teacher described it “curly q baroque” type writing. I’ll admit it’s not a short read at all and I took my time pondering the texture and words of the book. Marius the main character is complex and struggles with th ...more
Feb 06, 2011 rated it liked it
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Dec 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
I've read all the books beginning from the Vampire Lestat which is my favorite of the lot so far. But anyway, having read them, I kind of knew what to expect from this one but seriously, I think it's getting worse..
The ending felt like, "oh yeah I forgot, I have to connect the story back to the present so lemme stretch the story a bit here, add a confounding element there and... voila! That's it. Thanks for taking time to read!" I mean come on... this was Marius... Marius. One of the more impecc
Aug 05, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 30, 2010 rated it did not like it
Now, however, I am quite honest really quite for years a loyal fan of Anne Rice and her vampire chronicles, so slowly I would like to spend on her new books no more money. They are not simply worth it any more. High song of the book was very disappointing. If one knows only the vampire chronicles as well as me, it is not to be kept in this book often so quite simply with her witch things the overview. There so many ne names and characters.

To the history can be only said: Boringly and a vampire’s
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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