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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Warner Books (Feb. 8 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0708860729
  • ISBN-13: 978-0708860724
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 3.5 x 17.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 299 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (211 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,615,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 23 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Anne Rice revamped vampire fiction in "Interview with the Vampire," the first volume of her bestselling Vampire Chronicles. But the highest point of the entire series was "Queen of the Damned," an epic vampire story full of sensuality, terror, and a haunting picture of greed and power's effect.

Not only are vampires everywhere having odd dreams, but they are getting peeved about Lestat's music videos, which reveal secrets about vampire history. Some even plan to kill him. But those same music videos wake Akasha, the mother of all vampires, who kills her sleeping husband and casts Marius into an icy prison.

Then she goes on a rampage, setting vampires on fire and finally escaping with the Brat Prince himself. The vampire cast thus far gather together, hoping to defeat the malignant Akasha; elsewhere, Lestat begins to think the same when he finds that Akasha is a mad megalomaniac. But Akasha cannot be destroyed without killing every vampire on earth...

Out of her entire bibliography, Anne Rice wrote only one epic story -- one that spans the world, time, and three novels' worth of characters (Armand, Gabrielle, Marius, Louis...). Lots of fictional memoirs, but no more epics. Perhaps she should write more, because this book remains not only her finest novel, but a stirring, creepy read on its own.

Rice's lush prose is well-suited to many characters, whether they're rogue Talamasca or biker vampires. She skips effortlessly from ancient Egypt to a hard-rock concert, with the same level of skill. And most importantly, she creates a stunning explanation for why the vampires exist, wrapped up in ancient Egyptian imperialism and malevolent spirits.
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By Brian on Nov. 17 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have read this book twice.
It vies with "Interview with the vampire" for the honour of being my favourite Rice novel. Though interview is likely better, it has the advantage of being the first, whereas this has the disadvantage of being a sequel.
The book's imagery is top quality as it explores the coming of an apocalypse for vampires all over the world. Akasha, the mother vampire, the source of vampirism, and the one who's death would bring about the deaths of all vampires, has awoken from her long sleep and is travelling the world, slaughtering her own kind, and creating visitations among third world communities, where she encourages them to slaughter their males to bring about a 'perfect' world, free of war, rape etc.
Step in all the vampires we know and love from the previous two books (Armand, Louis, Marius, Lestat, Gabrielle), and a few new (and in my opinion even more interesting) ones led by a vampire as old as Akasha, the fascinating and bizarre character of Maharet, an old foe of hers, who was indirectly responsible for making Akasha a vampire 6000 years ago. These survivors gather and await a final meeting with their queen who's awakening was caused by the irreverent rock music of the vampire Lestat. There is also a love interest between Lestat and Akasha, and the highlight of the book, a spellbinding recounting of the events of six thousand years ago the Legend of the Twins, which is so skillfully and subtly brought to life.
The book is packed so full of interesting new characters, that eventually even Marius begins to look unspectacular in comparison. There is the enigmatic Khayman who is as old as Akasha, and Mael, Eric and Azim, as well as Jesse and Daniel. I reallu enjoyed reading this book, and i would strongly recomend it to anyone who enjoys quality fiction.
I can only give it four stars because a book that gets five should be nothing short of outstanding. But for me, four stars = excellent.
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The main message remains as clear and complicated as ever, the art of being human and what it is to be human.
Rice's books have always had an underlying tone of loneliness, that aching feeling that immortality would wrought. It is the obsessions of all humans as it continues but never ends and hopefully it never will. This story is tinged with a note of nostalgia, regret, longing, pain and suffering infused with wonder, beauty, love, questioning, pain and hope. It is philosophy eloquently captured in the words and phrases of a gifted, talented and insightful writer. What more could you ask for? I completely fell in love with Queen of the Damned.
Readers who want a straight forward translation or a simple expression of words will not only be somewhat dissatisfied but may not find the patience that it need and takes for this kind of book. She does doesn't just do 'recap' but goes more indepth with the mythology of Akasha. In the 2nd book, we only got one perspective and a limited one at that. Perosnally, I enjoyed the historical tale behind the main story.
Each chapter is its own, diverse in the beginning and all coming together quite beautifully. The stories that are within the story give you a broader perspective on many different characters. Many new characters are reintroduced, no new chracters actually come up, everyone in QotD have been mentioned before.
However, I definitely loved certain parts better than others. With the 2nd one, I loved the whole thing, end of story. QotD, while I absolutely love it, a few small parts, I felt, could have been left out, shortened or expanded on. These are parts where many people get bored or impatient...BUT...don't give up!!! Keep going and read, you won't regret it.
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