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The Queen of the Damned

(The Vampire Chronicles #3)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  144,758 ratings  ·  2,549 reviews
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In 1976, a uniquely seductive world of vampires was unveiled in the now-classic Interview with the Vampire . . . in 1985, a wild and voluptous voice spoke to us, telling the story of The Vampire Lestat.  In The Queen of the Damned, Anne Rice continues her extraordinary "Vampire Chronicles" in a feat of mesmeric
Paperback, 448 pages
Published November 29th 1997 by Ballantine Books (first published 1988)
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Jezebel The Duchess de Nuit: A Tale of Lust and Blood was great. I'm a huge Anne Rice fan and loved how the author blends history with paranormal. I'm reading…moreThe Duchess de Nuit: A Tale of Lust and Blood was great. I'm a huge Anne Rice fan and loved how the author blends history with paranormal. I'm reading the sequel now and it's incredible (The Duchess de Nuit: A Tale of Redemption). Oh, the author is C. De Melo.

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Danielle Sepulveda
Dec 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: vampire lovers
Of all of the vampire chronicles this is by far my favorite. If you have seen the movie and were not impressed. It's ok because neither was I. The movie is nothing like the book in any way. The book goes into detail and answers a lot questions. Goes into detail of the family tree and tells you how Akasha and Enkil became to be. I love every single part of this book and it really was a page turner for me. I love everything from the twins, to Armand and Daniel. Everything! All of these characters ...more
Aug 09, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Rice/Lestat enthusiasts
This was the book that pretty much killed my desire to read anything more by Rice. Only 3 books into the Chronicles and I was already weary of her style. As it was, the book was so dull that it took me ages to finish it.

I despised a great deal of the new characters and their stories, but as usual, I enjoyed the history (particularly Egypt) where certain stories took place. I could not stand the inclusion of the whole Talamasca thing and found myself rolling my eyes whenever that mess came into
Oct 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, horror
I read a lot of Anne Rice in the 80s, both her Vampire Chronicles and her Mayfair Witches series. I always find her very readable and there is always some dark beauty in her prose. However, like most series the quality tend to drop off after three or four volumes, the authors either begin to repeat themselves or try something radically different or experimental which does not work. As far as The Vampire Chronicles is concerned I think Ms. Rice has done a bit of both, and I lost interest after th ...more
Beckie Shotwell
Aug 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This was the best one of them all. It fills in all the holes and makes for a fascinating read. The only character who didn't seem to fit in with the story was the Baby character who killed her mother and father. The only thing I could figure out was that she gave us Anne Rice's ideas of the afterlife. That you just go up into a wonderful loving place with all the people in your life even if you were a horrible person. The rest was sheer creativeness. That a vampire could be so ancient and comple ...more
Toria (some what in hiatus)
Dec 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
I started my reading adventure with Anne Rice vampire novels and I'm still very much enjoying them. However the news of her death made it a little difficult to finish this book and do a review. Had to take a little break not to get influenced by my feelings for the real events and wait a little until i could get fully invested in the story itself. I enjoyed her writing and that it wasn't has romance heavy and cringy as I thought the series was before reading it. Will definitely continue on with ...more
Miquel Reina
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Queen of the Damned is the third book of the successful "Vampire Chronicles" saga by the author Anne Rice. For me, it's a novel that is impossible to understand without reading "Lestat, the vampire". In this chapter, Rice immerses you in the bowels of the origin of vampires and the myths and legends of the ancient Egypt. Akasha is The Queen of the Damned, an exotic, dangerous and trapped in a remote time character. Rice guides us in a world of strong contrasts where darkness and evil mix in ...more
Jan 21, 2013 rated it did not like it
I like books. I like reading them, writing them, sleeping with every word I have ever read staring down at me in a legacy of comforting language. I have only ever in my life put down two books without finishing them, and throughout this whole torturous affair I had to continuously remind myself that I don't want that figure to reach three. In short, this was slow, painful and pointless, more of an elongated love affair with Rice's beloved Lestat than any honest attempt to, y'now, educate or ente ...more
Nicola O.
Aug 04, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I kept waiting for it to get interesting but it never did. It got stupider and stupider until I thought my brains were leaking out. If I were on a desert island with nothing to read but this book, I would scratch out old 80's pop lyrics with a twig in the sand before trying to read this dreck again. ...more
Cody | CodysBookshelf
The Vampire Chronicles — Anne Rice’s seminal work — keeps getting better. While I was lukewarm on Interview With the Vampire (though my reading of its sequels has deepened my appreciation of that dark little novel), I quite enjoyed The Vampire Lestat and was blown away by The Queen of the Damned. This novel shows Rice getting a firm grip on her vampires; she juggles action and exposition (and angst — oh, the angst!) expertly here, never allowing the story’s pace to flag. Not once was I bored or ...more
Ashley Daviau
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn’t enjoy this book quite as much as the first two in the series but it is a thoroughly entrancing read nonetheless! Rice has such a way with words, she writes so beautifully and it amazes me more with each book I read by her. I enjoyed the more historical aspect of this one, getting to know the background of the vampires and how they came to be was incredibly interesting. My only complaint is the shifting POVs, normally I’m a fan of multiple POVs but it just didn’t work with this book for ...more
Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight)
3 Stars

So, my review is once again… really long. I can’t help it! I have so many thoughts! I’m trying to at least divide these up as much as possible so that you all can choose which sections interest you and just read those if you don’t want to read the whole thing :-)

Things I Disliked/Things I Didn’t Mind but Others Might Dislike:

– A lot of the writing choices in this series are strange. For example, the book started off with Lestat breaking the fourth wall, explaining how he was going
Jess The Bookworm
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite-books
I am completely in love with this series. I love the way that Anne Rice weaves a tale, her writing is so hypnotic.

This book continues from the events of the Vampire Lestat, which gave an introduction to Akasha, the Queen of the Damned, and her back story in ancient Egypt. This book takes the tale further and explains the supernatural origin of vampires as a species. The book stepped away from Lestat's point of view in the Vampire Lestat, and takes us through the minds of various vampires as the
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Prior to reading the Queen of the Damned I only knew a handful of things about it. I knew that everyone RAVED over the book. I knew that Aaliyah had been cast for the movie and died during the filiming of it. But mostly, being the metal junky that I am, I knew that the soundtrack was the bee’s knees featuring Korn, Static-X, Deftones, Disturbed, Lincoln Park and other awesome bands that rocked my world at the time the movie was coming out. I actually never watched the movie- being the purist tha
Matthew Leeth
Sep 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vamps, sexy
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5.0 stars. This is the book in which this phenomenal series reached its considerable peak. This is on my short list for best vampire novels. HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION!!

Nominee: Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel (1989)
Nominee: Locus Award for Best Horror Novel (1989)
RJ - Slayer of Trolls
The third installment in Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles picks up right where The Vampire Lestat left off, and - as you might be able to guess from the title - revolves around Akasha, vampire Patient Zero. As with the prior installment, another layer is added to the history of vampires and the case of characters expands greatly, this time with some very interesting additions in Khayman, The Great Family, and the Talamasca. As usual, Rice's prose is long-winded and her characters tend to be ov ...more
Fangs for the Fantasy
Jul 11, 2014 rated it did not like it
Lestat has rocked the vampire world with his music and his book revelations. But his voice has reached far more than he imagined – it has come to the ears of Akasha, the first vampire, the Queen of the Damned. For the first time in millennia, she has woken up

And she has plans – plans for Lestat, plans for the world of vampires and plans for all humanity.

It falls for a few ancient vampires to try and stop her as she unleashes carnage to realise her vision of what the world should be.

This book is
Jamie (TheRebelliousReader)
5 stars. That last scene between Lestat and Louis was worth reading this book alone. What a way to end a book!

Also, this movie tie in cover is my favorite cover of this book just for the fact that the beautiful Aaliyah (R.I.P) is on it and yes I went out of my way to get this particular edition. I have no regrets.

Aside from that ending this book was damn good. It wasn’t as good as book two, The Vampire Lestat (I honestly don’t think any other book in this series will be able to touch that one
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
Ordinarily, for a book I enjoyed so much, I would give it five stars. The Legend of the Twins was actually my favorite story arc in Queen of the Damned, and the Twins are two of my favorite characters. Infact, I'd say that this book is my favorite in the entire Vampire Chronicles.

But the reason I take away a star is due to the abrupt ending. It is clear that Akasha is deluded in her thinking, and that what she believes is good for mankind is not. But I wonder after 6000 years of sleep, she would
Nov 07, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
I am so unbelievably glad to be done with this series. Let me re-iterate here (in case it is not apparent), if I had not checked out a large e-volume that contained all three novels, I would never have started this one (given that The Vampire Lestat was so unappealing). Unfortunately, my kindle said I was only 63% done with the book after that one and I felt compelled to finish (sometimes I really hate my OCD). The third book was hands down the worst of the set. I can't believe she really kep wr ...more
Crystal Starr Light
At the end of The Vampire Lestat, Lestat, narrowly escaping an attack at his opening concert in San Francisco, was getting read to sleep during the day when a figure hovers over him. This book picks up immediately - Lestat narrates what happens in the days that follows. To do this, he backs out and we get third person POV from some sideline characters - Baby Jinx, a young vampire girl who is on her way to Lestat's concert; Khayman, a thousands-year old vampire just awakened; Daniel, the young in ...more
Jun 01, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2022
Another reread. In my memory from 30 years ago my favourite book book of the series. Although in reality that turned out to be an amalgamation of this and the previous book. And I am being charitable when calling them favourites and giving them 4 stars each, due to nostalgia. Both were much too slow and scattered for present day me.

Part I was a good reminder of all the characters from previous books. Felt very much like a collection of short stories though. Took me forever to get through this p
Sophie Elizabeth
Mar 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Literally could not put this book down. It was my first experience with Anne Rice and I honestly wanted to jump on the bandwagon and read all of her works after this.

It's really wonderful because, as it was my first experience with Rice, I was still able to follow it without reading the books that come before it in the series. It stands as its own individual piece and I really appreciated not having to hunt the others down before starting on this one (my mom bought it for me at a thrift store).

Sep 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
In this book you go on an adventure with the vampire Lestat, while he is lost in finding the meaning of immortality. He wakes from a 200 year sleep to find the world he knew so much more develop from what it was. He finds a liking to rock music and from it creates the biggest rock band in history. in the music he is open about being a vampire, this goes against all codes from being a vampire and angers all others. This created a whole new meaning of Lestats life, and opens doors for the amazing ...more
Oh how I love Lestat at the end of this book! He really is such a damnable creature. <3
Parvati Patil
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good, but I'm done with this series. ...more
Eric Allen
Jun 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Yeesh, that one was a bit hard to get through.

This book is NOT as good as I remember it being.

A huge portion of this book is devoted to the life stories of characters we've never seen before now, and I'd say about 85% of it is completely irrelevant to the plot. I mean, a lot of them are pretty interesting in themselves, they just don't have anything to do with what's happening in the book. I mentioned this in my review of The Vampire Lestat, but Anne Rice REALLY likes to go off on tangents, and
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gothic, owned, vampires
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Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
OK, I have no idea why in hell Anne Rice allowed Hollywood to make that movie that's "supposedly" an adaptation of this book! They are so utterly & completely different it makes me hate the film. There was SO much of the plot and so many characters that were in the book but left out of the film it makes me confused as to how anyone can see them as the same let alone similar. I'm partial to the film Interview with the Vampire, however Queen of the Damned is nothing but a poppy vampire fad film no ...more
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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

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