The Vampire Chronicles
Blood Canticle

Author: Anne Rice
Chatto & Windus
RRP 17.99
ISBN 0 701 17355 6
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Lestat is back with a vengeance, and in thrall to Rowan Mayfair. Moving through the worlds of Blackwood Farm and the Mayfair family, he finds himself ensnared by love and loyalty. Told in Lestat's inimitable style - mocking and seductive, cool but full of passion - the Vampire Lestat takes up once more the story of his own struggle between the lust for blood and his quest for love...

Blood Canticle is the latest in The Vampire Chronicles series from master storyteller Anne Rice. It's probably fair to say that unless you have been following Lestat's life (or death) in previous novels then you are likely to find this a little heavy going. If, on the other hand, you have read all of the previous novels then you will have eagerly awaiting the launch of this novel.

Lestat, once the embodiment of evil, is following the transformation set in motion with Memnoch the Devil, struggling with his vampiredom, drawn to kill but tempted by goodness. All of the other characters familiar to readers of this series are present and correct including Mona Mayfair who returned to Blackwood Farm in order to die and ended up being brought into the realm of the undead; Her uncle, Julian Mayfair, Mona's guardian who has sworn to torment Lestat for the injustice he served Mona; Rowan Mayfair; Michael Curry; Ash Templeton and Patsy.

This, the tenth book in the series sees Lestat fighting to save Patsy's ghost from the dark realm of the Earthbound, to uncover the mystery of the Taltos, and to decide the fate of his beloved Rowan Mayfair. What more could you ask for?

As usual, Anne Rice has pulled out all the stops to produce yet another winner worthy of The Vampire Chronicles label. Fans of the series will not be disappointed.

Amber Leigh

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