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Lestat el Vampiro (The Vampire Chronicles #2)

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Once an aristocrat in the heady days of pre-revolutionary France, the vampire Lestat has rushed through the centuries in search of others like him, from Rome in the age of Augustus, to Britain during the time of the druids and the frantic world of American rock music, seeking the answer to the mystery of his terrifying existence. Determined to achieve international fame as ...more
Paperback, 800 pages
Published September 28th 2005 by Ediciones B (first published 1985)
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Cidney S. Hi. Even though this question was posted a year ago, I decided to answer just in case there are others who have the same question. Also, this is one…moreHi. Even though this question was posted a year ago, I decided to answer just in case there are others who have the same question. Also, this is one of my absolute favorite books, and Lestat just might be my favorite character of any book I've read. That being said, I don't think it's necessary to read IWAV first.

Something to consider is that The Vampire, Lestat is written from Lestat's point of view, whereas, IWAV is written from Louis' viewpoint. Personally, while I thoroughly enjoyed IWAV and did read it first, I did not like the character, Lestat as depicted by Louis. Because of that, I almost didn't buy TVL. However, after reading a few pages, I decided to read it - so VERY glad I did. Lestat in the second book (his book LOL) is much more engaging, interesting, and ... ahem ... dare I say, fleshed out.

Lastly, it seems a good thing in a lot of cases, to read the first book in a series before moving on, but this book can stand alone. While you won't be lost, you will probably become very curious to know the first.

EliasAlucard The Vampire Lestat is a far superior novel compared to Interview with the Vampire, for various reasons, and many at that. The most important reason is…moreThe Vampire Lestat is a far superior novel compared to Interview with the Vampire, for various reasons, and many at that. The most important reason is that IWTV is basically a vampire family drama, with some occasional violence, and nothing really hardcore. In that regard, the Cruise/Pitt film, is actually a much better film than the novel is a novel, because IWTV is a boring reading about Louis' endless whining, conscience, guilt, humanism and so on. That was done well in the film, but reading several hundred pages of Louis being a crybaby, was no fun, I can tell you that. Had Anne not written the other sequels in the Vampire Chronicles, I find it hard to imagine that IWTV would be a well known novel today. Not knocking on it, it's not a bad book, it was actually a unique and revolutionary vampire novel in its own way for its time, and well written and all, but 'the Anne Rice magic' didn't really begin in the first book.

Now TVL on the other hand, was written like a decade after IWTV, and at this point, Anne Rice had not only matured as an author (IWTV was her first novel), but she had also become more erudite and enlightened in anthropology, religion. history and the arts. TVL is a testament to that, because a novel like IWTV isn't really difficult to write (not saying it's a piece of cake, but TVL requires far more erudition), but TVL was something else.

Basically every Vampire Chronicles novel that has been written after TVL, all followed or built upon the vampire universe and laws, first seen in The Vampire Lestat. Queen of the Damned is a direct sequel to TVL, and followed its recipe very closely; The Vampire Armand as well as Blood and Gold, are short stories we first read in TVL, and so on. Even Memnoch the Devil, though clearly Anne was influenced by Paradise Lost when she wrote it, is a continuation of the theme Armand and his Satanist posse had going on in Paris, as first seen in TVL, not in IWTV (where Armand had become a theater guy). When and where The Vampire Chronicles deviated from The Vampire Lestat formula, those novels were never really as good and purist as TVL (Vittorio, Merrick, Blackwood Farm and Blood Canticle). Anne simply had her best ideas in TVL; this was her prime; The Vampire Lestat, was Anne Rice's moment of glory and grandeur.

The best part about TVL is that it was this book, that gave Anne's vampire universe, a great origin story, that was not only an original take or spin on it (you know, as opposed to the traditional, "it all started with Dracula or Carmilla" stuff), but also paid homage to ancient Mesopotamian proto-vampire myths about blood drinking spirits and so on (you can tell that Anne had thoroughly done her research on vampire mythology, before penning TVL). It was like we got all the answers Louis (Brad Pitt) was asking Armand (Antonio Banderas) but which Armand couldn't answer, but The Vampire Lestat gave gave us those answers; Lestat answered all our questions.

And the powers of the vampires, were shown off more here, such as telepathy, telekinesis, pyrokinesis and so on. Louis in IWTV had basically no powers other than being immortal (he can't even read minds), and Lestat barely showed off his powers there, whereas TVL had a lot more action. IWTV was basically a story about two guys drinking blood and pretending to be parents to a little girl. That was it. TVL is more like an action/adventure tale about a powerful, self-confident and cocky vampire, who loves being a vampire and goes all the way with his immortality, as opposed to being depressed and emo 24/7.

Anyway, The Vampire Lestat is probably the best book in the entire Vampire Chronicles series, although I have to say, it's right up there with Memnoch. Not everyone likes Memnoch though, due to all its theology, but I personally loved it. I still reread TVL and Memnoch from time to time, like every 5 years or something.

To summarize: The Vampire Lestat is vampires done right; Interview with the Vampire (the novel, not the film, which is actually a classic film and a masterpiece) was an interesting experimental, first attempt of Anne Rice becoming a great author. She became one when she published The Vampire Lestat. That was when Anne Rice cemented her status as a cult legend.(less)
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Eddie Black
Jan 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that defined me. I don't mean that I turned goth or vampire or whatever. No... it started me thinking.

I was born and raised in the South. I didn't read anything else other than fantasy novels (like Dragonlance). I joined the Marines in 89 and while watching a movie about a teenage vampire it was mentioned that Dracula is 'good literature'. I went to the base library to check out Dracula and beside it on the shelf was this book. I took this one instead.

The book was grea
Christine (AR)
Dear Anne Rice:


Signed, All Fictional Vampires Who Are Not Lestat

This was a re-read for me, but in all honesty, I don't think I was ready for this book the first time I read it. Or at least, I didn't appreciate it for the sheer masterpiece of storytelling that it is, and it's not just the mood and the world and the mythology and the fast-moving plot -- more than anything, it's the characters.

Lestat, of course, Rice's 'brat prince', arrogant and compassionate and impossible, all at the
¿Recuerdan a Lestat?

El vampiro “malo” de Entrevista con el vampiro

Pues él ha despertado de su letargo en el siglo XX, el maravilloso siglo XX con toda su modernidad, su moda, su televisión, su tecnología y su música, pero para sorpresa de Lestat se encuentra con un libro que narra parte de su existencia, contado por su compañero Louis, un libro que, según Lestat, está lleno de mezquindad y mentiras...

ahora es su turno, si Louis conto su versión ¿porque no Lestat? y Lestat lo hará mejor y más gr
Oh, how I love Anne Rice.
I actually started reading these books after I read Twilight. Yes, surprisingly, I went back to vampire fiction after that. Meyer is a good writer, but once you've met Anne's Vampires, you're never going back. Anyhow, this book was great. It still has the good kind of vampires: the ones that sleep in coffins, drink human blood and burn in the sunlight.


This second book in the series wasn't disappointing, although I feared it might be, after reading the amazing 'Interview
Crystal Starr Light
The year is 1984, and Lestat is the famous lead singer of the group, The Vampire Lestat. He stumbles upon a simple little book, "Interview with the Vampire", starring Louis, his ersatz lover of sorts (because vampires don't exactly have lovers the same way humans do). So Lestat sets the record straight and tells the tale of his life as a vampire.

When people say this is better than Interview with the Vampire, they are not kidding. This book is light years better than "Interview". I almost wish th
Inés Izal
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Lestat fue el primer vampiro del que me enamoré.
Nov 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is my suggestion that, if you want to sample Anne Rice, and have never read any of her other works, this may be the book you want to read instead of her most famous novel, "Interview with a Vampire." let me explain.
"The Vampire Lestat" is quite a different novel from the first in the series, because we are dealing with an entirely different vampire than the depressed and vulnerable Louis from Rice's first book. Don't get me wrong, Lestat was the antagonist in Interview but towards the end of


The second installment of Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles switches perspective. The story is now being narrated by the one and only Lestat de Lioncourt. He is outraged by Louis’ tale and feels the need to defend himself. He decides to write a book detailing his long life as a vampire.

Lestat runs away with his lover when he is a young man. The two men run away to France where they drink wine and cry over the beauty of music and art. They’re of course madly in love and enjoy nothing more than th
Jan 20, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gothic, read-2012
This was the Audible audio book, unabridged, read by Simon Vance. Who gives a really good performance, I love his vampire voice!

Lestat de Lion court rises from his long hibernation in 1980 and decides to become a rockstar. He puts out an album and to accompany this he writes his autobiography - revealing the story of his youth as well as the history of the race of vampires, which started 4000 years ago in Ancient Egypt.

Some gleaned facts: Anne Rice loves the words: 'preternatural' and 'savage ga
Phew!!! Spent most of yesterday and some of today finishing this book. Very seductive read indeed, I do like how the author writes but from time to time I felt my concentration slipping because she goes on just that little bit more than is needed sometimes.
Apr 25, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers in general
Recommended to Bart by: Todd
A happy surprise indeed. Perhaps it was a result of low expectations or a prior experience with the movie "Interview with the Vampire" that had me so unprepared to enjoy this novel.

The Vampire Lestat is a great read. It may not have all the literary quality of, say, Cormac McCarthy's equally gruesome accounts, but it is more enjoyable on its first reading.

What makes authors great, of course, is how their works hold up on revisits. Knowing the plotting and the conclusion of Anne Rice's novel, I'm
4.0 to 4.5 stars. Anne Rice's re-imagining of the "vampire" mythos is excellent and Lestat is on my list of "All Time Favorite" characters. As good as this novel is, the books that follow:The Queen of the Damned, The Tale of the Body Thief and Memnoch the Devil are even better. Highly Recommended?

Nominee: World Fantasy Award for Best Novel (1986)
Nominee: Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel (1986)
Olivier Delaye
Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my fourth reread (in 15 or so years, mind you) of The Vampire Lestat and honestly it gets better every time. It's just incredible how well this book ages; like, it doesn't feel passé at all and is still very much up to date, even though it was written nearly 30 years ago! The prose is absolutely gorgeous, the story is downright engrossing and, history-wise, very well researched. Really, gothic literature doesn't get any better than this. That said, let me add a caveat here: if long and d ...more
Oh Lestat de Lioncourt, how can you be this rebel,
how dare you create such trouble while not giving a single thought to your actions.

This is the second book on The Vampire Chronicles, and it is time for Lestat to tell his story. It starts in the year 1984 if my mind is not playing tricks on me,

(wow, i just realized that i was reading this book at the same time with the book 1984. Isn't that weird? book set in 1984 while i was reading 1984... no?... but... are you sure?... not even a little?.
Sep 14, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
TL;DR - it's worth reading if you enjoy the franchise, the characters, and are willing to self-edit (that is, skip the repetitive expositions).

Although I read this book when it was first published, and reread it a time or two in the intervening decades, most recently I "read" this book as an audio book, which is an interesting test for a book. The book is in the first person, so listening to it heightens the effect of Lestat telling you his story; however, I hadn't realized how much of the ponti
Miquel Reina
Anne Rice is definitely one of my favorite authors but as I said in my review for "Interview with the Vampire", in my opinion, Vampire Chronicles saga is divided into two parts; Interview with the Vampire and the rest of the books, especially by the shift in their point of view: the first point of view lies on Louis while in second lies on Lestat. That makes the "Vampire Lestat" and subsequent novels a more passionate and less melancholic mood than Interview with the vampire. Rice plunges us int ...more
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Was a 4 star but changed for personal reasons to a one.
Jess The Bookworm
This is the sequel to Interview with the Vampire, in which Lestat de Lioncourt awakens in the 1980s, reads Louis' account of the events in Interview with the Vampire, and decides to set the record straight.

Lestat takes us back to his upbringing as the son of a Marquis in France, where even as a mortal, he was in the thoes of an existential crisis, filled with the need to escape his family home. He runs away with his lover to Paris, where they join the theatre. It is here that Lestat is turned,
Sep 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In "Interview With a Vampire", Lestat was the villain, and could be viewed as a cold, unfeeling monster. In the sequel, Lestat gets a chance to 'set the record straight.' Reading HIS account on his life, and the years spent with Louis, he actually manages to gain sympathy, and he fully admits to being a brat prince of the undead, and you fall in love with this vampire who listens to Beethoven while riding a motorcycle down the moonlit streets. Lestat has an ego so large, it is little wonder that ...more
Dec 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: vampire lovers
Shelves: anne-rice, vampires
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Sep 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that defined me. I do mean that I turned goth or vampire or whatever. No... it started me thinking.

I was born and raised in the South. I didn't read anything else other than fantasy novels (like Dragonlance). I joined the Marines in 89 and while watching a movie about a teenage vampire it was mentioned that Dracula is 'good literature'. I went to the base library to check out Dracula and beside it on the shelf was this book. I took this one instead.

The book was great.
You'll notice this took me well over a month to read, which should say all that needs to be said considering how much time I have to read at the moment and how fast I normally read books.

That was going to be my entire review, until I came across this little gem of a line while powering through trying to finish yesterday: (said by Marius to Lestat) "The truth is most women are weak, be they mortal or immortal. But when they are strong, they are absolutely unpredictable" (page 409 in my edition).
Krista Baetiong Tungol
I was so spellbound by this book that I had actually mulled over the idea of stealing Lestat away from Anne Rice—in any way possible :-)

It has been several years since I read The Vampire Lestat, but I still remember how I’d written Lestat several love poems and fancied myself becoming his vampire fledgling; dreamed of hunting alongside him to the very roofs of the Cathedral of Notre Dame or sleeping beside him in his extravagant sarcophagus (ha-ha, those teenage fantasies!).

I finished this book
Jan 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, own
I really enjoyed this novel and was so drawn in by the mind of Lestat. It took me awhile to pick this up after reading "Interview W/ The Vampire" because I felt like Louis was so depressing and I needed a break after reading it. Lestat is so much more charming and his life contains far more intrigue than his American counterparts. This novel cast Lestat in a completely different light, and really shows you just how ridiculous Louis & Claudia may have been being. (Saw that coming, total drama ...more
Maria  (Mhemnoch)
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, relecturas
Me atrevería a decir que es el mejor de las crónicas, si no... uno de los mejores sin duda.
Con su re lectura, sigo opinando lo mismo o mejor!
Brutales todos los de la saga, al igual que brutal es Rice :)
Todas las crónicas ocupan lugar de honor en mi estantería.
Al igual que decía con la primera entrega, pese a haberlo leído un par de veces, no "me atrevo" a hacer reseña, por el tiempo que ha pasado, además, no puedo ser objetiva, porque como han sido tantos años de crónicas vampíricas, tantas sen
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the best vampire story by far
A few random thoughts because I won't be reviewing this on my website:

1. Simon Vance is a fantastic narrator.
2. I forgot how sensual Rice's writing is. Not "sexy" but overloaded with sensation. Lestat is a very emotional person who is captivated by sensation and prone to love easily. Rice really infuses her book with that. It's quite astonishing.
3. I absolutely loved how she wove history and myth into it all.
4. Vampires are dark, as they should be.
5. Some parts of the novel were a bit too dra
Ladies and gentlemen, we want to introduce you to a new publication based on true story, a new autobiography written by famous vampire Lestat de Lioncourt who you might know from his partner, Louis de Pointe du Lac's (one day I will learn his full name), interview released several years ago. This time the narrator is Lestat, he is ready to tell his haunting tale. Here I want to say I liked the idea, someone created, noted or whatever, saying that maybe our beloved narrator invented some facts. T ...more
Maria Laura
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Qué bueno que leí este libro casi pegado a Interview with the Vampire porque me completó la versión de Louis. Además, me respondió algunas cosas de aquí y de allá, como por ejemplo la cuestión del origen, Dios y el demonio. Eso me sorprendió también. Me gustó el ritmo y hacia la mitad más o menos toma aún más intensidad. Y finalmente sucedió y se dijo lo que esperaba, o no sé si lo que esperaba pero sí lo que quería.
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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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Other Books in the Series

The Vampire Chronicles (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1)
  • 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)
  • Blackwood Farm (The Vampire Chronicles, #9)
  • Blood Canticle (The Vampire Chronicles, #10)
  • Prince Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles, #11)
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