Catchwords – Irresitable Vampires, Pre-Revolutionary Parisian Theatre, Beautiful Male Relationships, Vampiric Historical Fiction, Meaning of Beauty
Immediately upon beginning this sequel, I began to recollect how much I fell in love with Interview with the Vampire. Just like it’s precursor, The Vampire Lestat is beautifully written and full of emotions and original characters. I found myself lingering over certain lines or passages of the book that resonated a sense of literary brilliance in me. I truly enjoyed every moment of this book and wished I had picked it up sooner.
One of my favourite things about vampiric tales is how fantasy and historical fiction are melded together so that they are neither one or the other, but something totally unique. Anne Rice’s vampire lore is definitely one of my favourites and this tome doles out quite a lot of history and background to the underworld she has created. I found the stories within stories to be a truly fluid and magnificent conduit of her vampire lore. Hearing Armand’s and Marius’s tales from themselves was magical.
Lestat. The Vampire Lestat. He was wondrous in the first instalment of The Vampire Chronicles, and continues to shine as a multi-faceted and intriguing character. I fell in love with his relationships to others such as Nicholas (oh sweet child) and their “conversation”, Armand and the Theatre of the Vampires, as well as Gabrielle. It was awesome to see Lestat’s mortal beginnings and I love that the story started so normally and ended up going so many interesting places.
The Paris of Lestat’s mortal life was vivid and alive on the pages. I could see Nicholas and him going about their lives in this pre-revolutionary city.
The theme of beauty was strewn all throughout and was articulated with such brilliance. You could see Rice musing on the purpose and existence of beauty and life through her characters who were masterfully created to ponder this unanswerable queries. I also enjoyed the contemplation of humanity’s need for gods, relative to a universal and uniting purpose. When the story is told over so many differing time periods when faith in higher powers was commonplace and attached to the identity of humanity, it was interesting to see characters contemplate changing temperatures in belief and how this would affect humanity and vampires alike.
I adore these books and the stories found within. I am enamoured and can’t wait to pick up the next one.
Rating – 5/5 stars