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Time heals all wounds, unless, of course, you're a vampire. Cuts may heal, burns vanish, limbs reattach, but for the "blood god," the wounds of the heart sometimes stay open and raw for centuries. So it is for Marius, Anne Rice's oft-mentioned and beloved scholar. We've heard parts of his tale in past volumes of the Vampire Chronicles, but never so completely and never from his own lips. In Blood and Gold, Rice mostly (but not entirely) avoids the danger of treading worn ground as she fills out the life and character of Marius the Lonely, the Disenchanted, the Heartsick--a 2,000-year-old vampire "with all the conviction of a mortal man."
Plucked from his beloved Rome in the prime of his life and forced into solitude as keeper of the vampire queen and king, Marius has never forgiven the injustice of his mortal death. Thousands of years later, he still seethes over his losses. Immortality for Marius is both a blessing and a curse--he bears "witness to all splendid and beautiful things human," yet is unable to engage in relationships for fear of revealing his burden.
New readers to the Chronicles may wish for a more fleshed-out, less introspective hero, but Rice's legions of devoted fans will recognize Blood and Gold for what it is: a love song to Marius the Wanderer, whose story reveals the complexities and limitations of eternal existence. --Daphne Durham --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
What we've all been waiting for: the 2000-year history of Marius, mentor to the Vampire Lestat. At 750,000 copies, the first printing measures up to Marius's long reign.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is one of my favourites by Anne Rice. I love the history and story of Marius the Vampire. Rice has a way of bringing the rich history to life.Published on Feb. 18 2009 by E. Teskey
By far, my favorite book by this author. Most Anne Rice fans would know that we were given a brief glimpse of Marius' life in "The Vampire Lestat", the second book in the Vampire... Read morePublished on July 24 2004
I was torn between giving this book a 3 or a 4 star rating. I enjoyed it, of that there is no doubt. I do love Anne Rice, and her work rarely fails to impress. Read morePublished on July 16 2004 by Swampsprite
A great book about a vampire that carries from the roman empire to present day.Published on April 20 2004 by Benjamin
I love Rice's books, but this one is for me the best. It was the first one I ever read. (Talk about reading the series backwards!! Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2004
Its hard to put how awesome this story was of Marius. This is a story that definately diserves Anne Rice as the author. I couldn't put this book down. A must read!!Published on Jan. 25 2004 by N. Fares
Let me start off by saying that if Marius was a real person, I would be stalking him. I love him. I love everything about him. Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2004 by K. Patterson
I didn't actually go out to but this book, but I got it for a VERY low clearance price. It was actually the first Anne Rice book that I have read, though I have seen a few of the... Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2004 by Dave
I thoroughly enjoyed Anne Rice's first few Vampire Chronicles but began to lose interest as she moved away from epic romance and character development in favor of overly detailed... Read morePublished on Dec 3 2003 by debvh