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Blood and Gold [Mass Market Paperback]

Anne Rice
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Oct. 29 2002 Vampire Chronicles
“RICE WRITES WITH HER USUAL EROTIC AND HISTORICALLY EVOCATIVE FLAIR.”
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Once a proud Senator in Imperial Rome, Marius is kidnapped and forced into that dark realm of blood, where he is made a protector of the Queen and King of the vampires–in whom the core of the supernatural race resides. Through his eyes we see the fall of pagan Rome to the Emperor Constantine, the horrific sack of the Eternal City at the hands of the Visigoths, and the vile aftermath of the Black Death. Ultimately restored by the beauty of the Renaissance, Marius becomes a painter, living dangerously yet happily among mortals, and giving his heart to the great master Botticelli, to the bewitching courtesan Bianca, and to the mysterious young apprentice Armand. But it is in the present day, deep in the jungle, when Marius will meet his fate seeking justice from the oldest vampires in the world. . . .

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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.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars All gold if you ask me July 24 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 Chronicles series. "Blood and Gold" delves further into Marius' past which delighted me since he is one of my favorite characters.Anne Rice is truly a gifted writer. She remains true to real life history as she creates her characters' history. Each character is deep and complex. We may not like the fact that Armand went on to led a Vampire Cult, but when we recall that as a child he was raised knowing that he would enter a monastery, it makes sense. Only a truly talented writer would venture so deeply into her characters' psychoses. There is some homosexual overtones that may disturb some readers, but remember vampires see beauty in everything. They don't really acknowledge traditional male/female roles, except on occasion.
Also recommended: BARK OF THE DOGWOOD
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3.0 out of 5 stars Haven't we heard most of this before? May 27 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This novel is about Marius, my favourite vampire. Although I have quite a few problems with this book, it was still okay to read.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A vampirical trip through history. April 20 2004
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A great book about a vampire that carries from the roman empire to present day.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A LUSH, RICH & INTOXICATING TAPESTRY March 26 2004
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A WORLD AS ENTICING,SENSUAL & SUBLIMELY INTOXICATING AS COULD ONLY COME OUT OF THE MIND OF ANNE RICE. HERE SHE TAKES US BACK TO ANCIENT ROME & THE DARKNESS OF THE DRUID TIMES AS SEEN THROUGH THE EYES OF THE GREATEST VAMPIRE OF ALL...MARIUS. AFTER BEING MADE INTO A BLOOD GOD WHILE STILL IN HIS PRIME MARIUS EVEN AFTER ALL THESE YEARS STILL CLINGS WITH THE LAST VESTIGES OF HIS STRENGH TO THAT PART OF HIS SOUL WHICH IS STILL HUMAN. HOWEVER HE ALSO REALISES THAT IT IS HIS NATURE TO HUNT & KILL...SURVIVE ON BLOOD.BUT AS HE SAYS...ONLY THE BLOOD OF THE EVIL-DOER.
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...
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5.0 out of 5 stars More Than Ever - An Enormous Fan of Anne Rice Feb. 29 2004
By A Customer
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I am an enormous fan of Anne Rice, so of course as soon as any new book comes out I get it immediately. I was taken aback with this book. She is so descriptive and I love the way she writes her characters, they seem to come alive and even after you finish the book you wonder what they are doing. You can't help but feel compassion and care for the main character Marius. He comes across as a sensitive, sensuous, and interesting being, as he tells his tale of the years you almost feel like you are there with him. I really enjoyed the way she made a whole world within these pages.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of The Best of The Vampire Chronicles
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Been There, Done That
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 more
Published on July 16 2004 by Swampsprite
5.0 out of 5 stars Marius, the exquisite vampire
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 more
Published on Feb. 7 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Memorizing
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. 26 2004 by N. Fares
4.0 out of 5 stars Anne Rice at her Best
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 more
Published on Jan. 19 2004 by K. Patterson
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth It!
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 more
Published on Jan. 16 2004 by Dave
2.0 out of 5 stars A partial return to form for Anne Rice
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 more
Published on Dec 4 2003 by debvh
4.0 out of 5 stars Marius is THE MAN!
Having found the first four Vampire books absolutely riveting, I was a tad disappointed here: "B and G" is not as tightly written, the characters are not quite as compelling and... Read more
Published on Dec 3 2003 by Brad Shorr
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