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Servant of the Bones [Audiobook] [Audio Cassette]

Anne Rice
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July 29 1996
In a new and major novel, the creator of fantastic universes o vampires and witches takes us now into the world of Isaiah and Jeremiah, and the destruction of Solomon's Temple, to tell the story of Azriel, Servant of the Bones.

He is ghost, genii, demon, angel--pure spirit made visible. He pours his heart out to us as he journeys from an ancient Babylon of royal plottings and religious upheavals to Europe of the Black Death and on to the modern world. There he finds himself, amidst the towers of Manhattan, in confrontation with his own human origins and the dark forces that have sought to condemn him to a life of evil and destruction.

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Her first book since Memnoch the Devil, Anne Rice takes us now into the world of Isaiah and Jeremiah, and the destruction of Solomon's temple, to tell the story of Azriel, Servant of the Bones. He is ghost, genji, demon, angel--pure spirit made visible. He pours his heart out to us as he journeys from an ancient Babylon of royal plottings and religious upheavals to the Europe of the Black Death and to the modern world. There he finds himself, amidst the towers of Manhattan, in confrontation with his own human origins and the dark forces that have sought to condemn him to a life of evil and destruction. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly

Neither a vampire nor a witch nor a mummy, but a genie provides the focus of Rice's latest (after Memnoch the Devil). The queen of high-decadent gothic deviates from her formula of interlacing spirituality and carnality here: only in the novel's latter pages do lusty sensuousness and brisk pacing leaven a series of cerebral metaphysical struggles. This unusual approach arises from the central dilemma of the story. "Servant of the Bones" Azriel is a "genii" who, until his emergence in 1995 New York, is only a shell filled with spirit, not a corporeal presence ripe for Rice's usual dark eroticism. In the novel's first half, Azriel tells his tale: born a Hebrew in Babylon at the time of Cyrus, he is sacrificed in order to free his people, his body boiled down to golden bones. He then is cursed by a necromancer to be bound to the bones. Over the millennia, he is a spirit at the beck and call of a series of "Masters" who possess his casket. When Azriel calls himself into human form in the present day, he encounters plastic, airplanes?and the Temple of the Mind, a cult of computer-created creed that threatens to kill two-thirds of the earth's population. Azriel's emergence as a sensual being and the suspense generated by the Temple's Last Days project will help readers to forget the book's initial 300 pages, in which they must track Azriel from swirling particles to thickening flesh. Yet Rice's impeccable research into science, history and Jewish scholarship will probably leave readers impressed and entertained. 1,000,000 first printing; BOMC and QPB main selections.
Copyright 1996 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 Another wonderful story Aug. 8 2003
By S. Dye
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Anne Rice has yet to write a book that I haven't adored. Regardless of those few "cool" people in the world that think hating a famous author makes them look intelligent, they are crazy. This story is about a young boy, thrust into becoming a man far too early, and becoming something much worse. I couldn't stop reading it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating New Twist March 18 2003
By A Customer
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I just finsihed reading this wonderful book by Anne Rice. For some reason I am a devoted fan but I never got around to reading this book until now. I love Azriel the Genie. He is an tantalizing, alluring figure.I found the beginning of the tale with the "author" Jonathan taping Azriel's richly detailed tale of ancient Babylonia fascinating.
After reading every one of Anne's Vampire and Witch stories I found a different type of supernatural character very refreshing. I also realized how timely the idea of Gregory Belkin's mastermind plot of mass destuction is during these times of terrorism. Leave it to Anne Rice to tell such a tale.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating New Twist March 17 2003
By A Customer
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I just finsihed reading this wonderful book by Anne Rice. For some reason I am a devoted fan but I never got around to reading this book until now. I love Azriel the Genie. He is an tantalizing,sensuous and alluring figure.I found the beginning of the tale with the "author" Jonathan taping Azriel's richly detailed tale of ancient Babylonia fascinating.
After reading every one of Anne's Vampire and Witch stories I found a different type of supernatural character very refreshing. I also realized how timely the idea of Gregory Belkin's mastermind plot of mass destuction is during these times of terrorism. Leave it to Anne Rice to tell such a tale.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Historical Fiction Feb. 14 2003
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Don't read this book if you are looking for a Vampire caper involving Lestat and his friends. This is about Azriel and his transformation into the Servant of the Bones. The story is actually in 2 parts. The first part about Azriel's past life in Babylon and the second part about Azriel's present situation. I found the first part to be more enjoyable due to Anne's lively and vivid description of Babylon. The 2nd part of the story about Azriel's present lacks drama and pace. The story could have been better if Azriel's past with his many masters had been fleshed out in detail.
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This is an intersesting story, and it's just dripping in Anne Rice's writing style. It's a little predictable that way. And, the ending is sort of like Queen of the Damned. Since I didn't yet read the book I'm a little confused and don't really feel Azriel the way I get her Vampire characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of the best....... Dec 5 2002
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This is one of the best books I have ever read. This book has it all, history, romance and suspension. I think that everyone should read at least one Anne Rice book throughout their lifetime. Her novels for the most part are very informative. This book is proof of just that. Azriel is a great character, read this book and get to know him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great stori Dec 3 2002
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what can I say, except that I really liked this book. It was very interesting, it had a good history and a good storyline. I thought that Azriel was a very interesting character. I think that everyone should read this book. Thanks
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite Rice novel... Oct. 8 2002
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Probably my second least favorite novel by Rice (second only to Memnoch the Devil). I found it boring, slow, and too complicated. It was difficult to follow and the character's motivations for doing anything were unclear. Otherwise, I'm a huge Anne Rice fan.
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