Blood and Gold Mass Market Paperback – Oct 29 2002
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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.
From School Library Journal
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
The problems were these:
1) most of the story line has already been told in the previous books;
2) I'm tired of all the vampires loving all the humans and always crying at the slightest provocation. They are becoming a bit too wimpy for me. Marius most often alternated between being sad and being shocked (is that the limit on vampire's emotions?)
What was also very irritating was the mention of other stories (previously untold) that Marius says that happened to him but he is not allowed to talk about them by the author. Instead, Anne Rice rehashes old plots. A bit boring.
Another irritating thing was the fact that after introducing a new and interesting vampire Thor (to whom Marius tells his story) she hardly gives us any insight into him. Not only that, but because we don't know much about Thor, the ending of the book makes no sense whatsoever, since it involves him and his history with his maker, the ancient vampire Maharet.
To sum up, a bit disappointing but okay. I say okay because I'm a big fan of Anne Rice (so I can take a lot of maudlin stuff from her), however, a casual reader would probably be irritated by this book.
THE MOST INTERESTING PART OF THE BOOK IS THE TIME IN MARIUS' LIFE WHEN HE LIVES IN ROME AMONGST HUMANS OPENING HIS HOME & ALLOWING HIS HEART TO BE HEALED BY THE BEAUTY OF FLORENCE...GIVING HIS LOVE TO THE LOVELY COURTEASAN BIANCA, HIS YOUNG APPRENTICE ARMAND WHOM HE LATER ON BRINGS OVER TO THE DARK SIDE & OF COURSE IMMERSING HIMSELF IN THE WORKS OF BOTTICELLI. THROUGH HIS EYES & MINGD WE WITNESS THE WONDERS OF AN ANCIENT GLORY. WHILE SOME READERS MAY MISS THE NON STOP ACTION OF SOME OF RICE'S OTHER BOOKS LIKE "QUEEN OF THE DAMNED" THE SHEER DESCRIPTIVENESS I FEEL MORE THAN MAKES UP FOR IT. ITS LIKE LOOKING AT A BEAUTIFUL PAINTING...EXCEPT THAT THE AUTHOR HAS USED WORDS INSTEAD OF PAINT. HOWEVER I FOUND THE END OF THE BOOK RATHER ABRUPT.IT WAS ALMOST AS THOUGH RICE GOT TIRED OF IT & DECIDED TO WRAP IT UP. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE IF THERE WAS SOME SORT OF CLOSURE BROUGHT TO THE MARIUS-PANDORA EPIC LOVE STORY. IT SEEMS AS THOUGH EVEN AFTER TWO THOUSAND YRS. THEY CAN'T LIVE WITH EACH OTHER & CAN'T LIVE SANS EACH OTHER AS WELL. ALL SAID & DONE ANNE RICE SCORES AGAIN IN THIS BLOOD DRENCHED,SENSUAL DRAMA THAT MAKES ONE WANT TO SINK ONE'S TEETH INTO THE JUGULAR ALL OVER AGAIN & FEEL THAT WARM,RICH GUSH FLOW INTO YOUR MOUTH...
As you read you wonder how she can make her characters evolve in so short a time. And you don't need to have read the other previous books to know what is going on. There was always something going on and unlike a few other books in the series you weren't bombarded with characters. I can't wait to see what happens next. This was my favorite book in the series.
On a lighter note, if you are open minded and looking for those books begging for its pages to be turned...look no further. I just read a copy of Edgar Fouche's 'Alien Rapture,' which also blew me away. Fouche was a Top Secret Black Program 'insider', whose credibility has been verified over and over. Another fun book is Brad Steiger's 'Werewolf.' I also really liked Dan Brown's 'Deception Point,; and 'Angels and Demons.' Want to be shocked, check out Dr. Paul Hill's 'Unconventional Flying Objects' which NASA tried to ban, and always read the Amazon reviews.
Anyone who enjoys the Vampire Chronicles should enjoy this book. It introduces some new and intriguing characters like the brooding Avicus and the powerful Eudoxia. We also learn a little more about what happened to Mael and how he became a vampire before hooking up with Maharet. The book does rehash some of the material from Pandora and the Vampire Armand, but that doesn't detract from the overall positives.
Most recent customer reviews
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