By Anne Rice
In 1976, a uniquely seductive global of vampires was once unveiled within the now-classic Interview with the Vampire . . . in 1985, a wild and voluptous voice spoke to us, telling the tale of The Vampire Lestat. In The Queen of the Damned, Anne Rice keeps her outstanding "Vampire Chronicles" in a feat of mesmeric storytelling, a chillingly hypnotic leisure during which the oldest and strongest forces of the evening are unleashed on an unsuspecting world.
Three brilliantly coloured narrative threads intertwine because the tale unfolds:
- The rock celebrity referred to as Vampire Lestat, worshipped by means of hundreds of thousands of spellbound fanatics, prepares for a live performance in San Francisco. Among the audience--pilgrims in a blind swoon of adoration--are 1000s of vampires, creatures who see Lestat as a "greedy fiend risking the key prosperity of all his style simply to be enjoyed and obvious by way of mortals," fiends themselves who hate Lestat's energy and who're made up our minds to spoil him . . .
- The sleep of definite males and women--vampires and mortals scattered round the world--is haunted via a brilliant, mysterious dream: of twins with fiery pink hair and piercing eco-friendly eyes that suffer an unspeakable tragedy. It is a dream that slowly, tauntingly finds its intending to the dreamers as they make their manner towards every one other--some to be destroyed at the trip, a few to stand a fair extra terrifying destiny at journey's finish . . .
- Akasha--Queen of the Damned, mom of all vampires, rises after a 6,000 yr sleep and places into movement a heinous plan to "save" mankind from itself and make "all myths of the area real" by way of raising herself and her selected son/lover to the extent of the gods: "I am the achievement and that i shall from this second be the cause" . . .
These narrative threads wind sinuously throughout an unlimited, richly special tapestry of the violent, sensual global of vampirism, taking us again 6,000 years to its beginnings. As the tales of the "first brood" of blood drinkers are published, we're swept around the a while, from Egypt to South the US to the Himalayas to the entire shrouded corners of the globe the place vampires have left their mark. Vampires are created--mortals succumbing to the feeling of "being enptied, of being gobbled, of being nothing." Vampires are destroyed. Dark rituals are performed--the rituals of old creatures prowling the fashionable world. And, ultimately, we're dropped at a second within the 20th century while, in an magnificent climax, the destiny of the residing dead--and maybe of the dwelling, the entire living--will be determined.