Blood Communion

Blood Communion

The Vampire Chronicles continue with a riveting, rich saga--part adventure, part fairy-tale--of Prince Lestat and the story of the Blood Communion as he tells the tale of his coming to rule the vampire world and the eternal struggle to find belonging, a place in the universe for the undead, and how, against his will, he must battle the menacing, seemingly unstoppable force...

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Title:Blood Communion
Author:Anne Rice
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Blood Communion Reviews

  • Erin Clemence

    Anne Rice is back with “Blood Communion: A Tale of Prince Lestat”, her most recent novel in the Vampire Lestat series. As a huge fan of Anne Rice

    the Vampire prince, I have been awaiting this novel for months, and of course, as usual, I was not disappointed.

    Anne Rice is back with “Blood Communion: A Tale of Prince Lestat”, her most recent novel in the Vampire Lestat series. As a huge fan of Anne Rice

    the Vampire prince, I have been awaiting this novel for months, and of course, as usual, I was not disappointed.

    In “Blood Communion”, we are re-introduced to many of the original characters from Chronicles. Louis, Marius, Armand, even Jesse and David. Through his narration, Lestat reminds us of the pertinent facts from the other novels, both necessary and convenient after so many years. Rice spans the globe through Lestat as he tells of his travels, and we are soon in France, than New Orleans, and then eighteenth-century St. Petersburg, detailing the beautiful settings that have made her novels so enjoyable.

    Although there are many characters in this novel, they are familiar and comforting and as each character is re-introduced, their storyline is added to, rebuilding the connections with the reader.

    It is a challenge to accept the version of Lestat that has been presented in the last few Lestat novels. Gone is the arrogant, self-centred rock star who taunted his peers to reveal their identity. Now a human-loving, pacifist is in his place, one full of love for all kinds and desperate to live in a world of peace. I suppose we all grow with age, but I do miss the rebel rock star Lestat a little.

    The new Lestat novels are a must-read for fans of Rice’s Vampire Chronicle’s. Beautifully told through Rice’s powerful descriptive language and breathtaking settings, this novel brings some hope and peace into the vampire and human world as they continue to co-exist under Lestat’s leadership.

    The Queen of Vampires is back, and I am so thrilled to see her creative talent at work once again. Lestat has changed so much over the years and I am anxious to see where he will lead us next.

  • Lori Cornett

    This book feels like an ending and a very regal one. But also like a promise of so much more beyond what part of the story we got to hear, and we may never hear that part, but still I like to imagine that it’s there. I don’t want to say much more about a yet unpublished book, just know that Lestat shines as always.

  • Jenna

    Oh, what to say, what to say? I am so torn by this latest installation of Lestat's antics, don't know how I really feel about it. Don't get me wrong, the writing is beautiful, pure and classic Anne Rice. Anyone who loves her writing style will be delighted with this book. I think perhaps my reading preferences have changed, think

    have changed. I'm just not feeling the love anymore. That really bothers me; I have loved Anne Rice since I first read

    25 years ago, have

    Oh, what to say, what to say? I am so torn by this latest installation of Lestat's antics, don't know how I really feel about it. Don't get me wrong, the writing is beautiful, pure and classic Anne Rice. Anyone who loves her writing style will be delighted with this book. I think perhaps my reading preferences have changed, think

    have changed. I'm just not feeling the love anymore. That really bothers me; I have loved Anne Rice since I first read

    25 years ago, have eagerly awaited and pre-purchased each and every new novel. This is the first I have not pre-purchased but instead waited for a library copy and oh! I feel so guilty over that! Can anyone relate to the loss of love for a series or author? Is it just me -- surely it is not!-- who has fallen out of love with an author. I'm still intrigued by Lestat and all the other characters Anne Rice has so lovingly and meticulously created over the years; I still care about them. However, I no longer find myself craving to know more and more and more; no longer have the patience to wade through all the poetic sentiment and flowery descriptions that Anne does so well. I feel a little as though I'm grieving for a lost love. Times change though, and hopefully we as individuals do too. For this reason, I never re-read a book, no matter how much I loved it. Indeed, the

    I love a book, the more reason I have not to re-read it. I don't want to read again and find it doesn't quite mean the same thing or that it has lost some of its luster. To be sure, we might re-read beloved books and find even deeper layers of meaning, have an even larger appreciation, care about the characters even more. However, that is not assured, and I just don't want to fall out of love with a book I cherished.

    So for this reason, perhaps I should have stopped reading Anne Rice a couple of books back when I noticed I was getting a bit impatient with them. Instead, like an addict, I continued to devour every book and every word, searching and longing for that old rush, that old high I would get when reading her books. Alas, it now evades me, my blood no longer courses faster and faster through my veins with each word, my brain no longer drenched with endorphins at the mere sight of her books. I have fallen out of love.

    As for the book itself, anyone who still loves Anne Rice (ah, how I envy you!) will no doubt love this book. Lestat is back, perhaps better and more mature in many ways. Most of the characters we know and love from previous books are included in this one, and there are a few new vampires as well. There is beauty and gore, passion and horror, love and hate. There is opulence everywhere you turn, the vampires life one of such extravagance. I found it a bit slow-going and more description than action. However, I think that has always been true of Anne's books, and one of the reasons I loved her so in the past. I loved and submerged myself in the depth of emotions, in the life that these who were not alive still felt.

    It's difficult to decide whether to give this a 4 or 5 stars. How much did I like it? Merely, sadly, only a 3. However, it deserves a higher rating and I could never give Anne less than a 4. She is as ever, a brilliant writer. If you love her, you will not be disappointed with this book, except perhaps that it's rather short at only 256 pages. You might be left feeling hungry for more.

  • Lindsey

    I will always defend Anne Rice. She's made questionable choices over the years but her initial vampire books still mean so much to me, and I will always jump at the chance to read her ARCs.

    In this book, Lestat, now the "prince" of the vampires, is settling into his role. It's a difficult one for him because he's rebellious by nature, but his title means he is guarded at every moment and advised (read: nagged) by elders on matters he would rather ignore. Still, he must do what is best for his Cou

    I will always defend Anne Rice. She's made questionable choices over the years but her initial vampire books still mean so much to me, and I will always jump at the chance to read her ARCs.

    In this book, Lestat, now the "prince" of the vampires, is settling into his role. It's a difficult one for him because he's rebellious by nature, but his title means he is guarded at every moment and advised (read: nagged) by elders on matters he would rather ignore. Still, he must do what is best for his Court, which means facing the vampires that threaten its stability. Among these are Arjun (Pandora's abusive progeny), Rhoshamandes (I had high hopes for him and Benedict), and Baudwin, a bitter fiend who claims to descend from the legendary Gundesanth. (The jury is still out on whether Gundesanth, who appears later and goes by "Santh," is actually as good as he appears. I kept expecting him to turn on Lestat, and I'm still not convinced by him.)

    I took a number of notes as I read this book, so here they are.

    • There is a glut of vampires. I can barely keep track of them. I'd adjusted to the vampires introduced in

    , some even intrigued me, but more keep coming. I'm not sure it's necessary to bring all of them to Court, and I find it hard to believe that they can possibly maintain discretion with that many vampires partying all the time.

    • It seems like every vampire under the sun (ha) is at Court except Daniel. Where the hell is Daniel Molloy? He appeared in

    but I don't think he was even mentioned in this book, and I can't remember if he made an appearance in

    . Daniel is a fan favorite so I find his absence pretty troubling.

    • The book is very talky. I miss Anne's lush descriptions.

    • I still can't bring myself to care about Benji and Sybelle.

    • I also don't care about the Replimoids (the creatures from

    ) and I find it incredibly fucked up that they seem content to enslave their own clones. Kapetria dressed it up prettily and swore they put a stop to the kind of cloning that produces mindless, subservient beings (cloning from clones), but even she admitted that her curiosity would get the better of her eventually. It's clear that the Replimoids will keep doing whatever they want. Armand begged Lestat to destroy them, for the sake of humanity, but nothing really came of that discussion. I guess the jury is out on them, too.

    • I'm pretty sad that Rhosh and Benedict have already left us. I found them fascinating and I wanted more of their history. Maybe I just have a thing for sweet monks.

    • On the other hand, Benedict's suicide was so deliciously dark. I'm used to Anne's vampires committing themselves to the sun or the flames. Offering his blood to the coven, plucking out his eyes, requesting kettledrums and the

    ... it was all so ancient and sacrificial. I loved it. I still think Benedict was gone too soon, though.

    • I liked the violence in this book, which is something you won't hear me say often. The destruction of Rhosh was so brutal, and the image of Louis, Gabrielle and Marius with their heads twisted completely around took me by surprise. Anne really lingered over those gory details like she did in the older books. The violent nature of her vampires (juxtaposed with their humanity and their passion) is one of the reasons why I love this series so much.

    • Man, these vampires spend a lot of money. They're perfect capitalists! They're also constantly dancing.

    • Armand claims to love Lestat more than anyone. That kind of hurts my heart. I adore Marius and Armand, and Daniel and Armand. I don't know that I believe him.

    • I want to know more about Notker and his alpine boy choir. Come on, why haven't we gotten his story yet?

    • Why would Lestat agree to keep mortal victims in his dungeon? Sure, they're evildoers, they're treated well, and Lestat isn't exactly a paragon of morality, but wouldn't he encourage the hunt? It seems to me that this practice will make the new crop of young vampires lazy.

    The book felt slightly unfinished to me, perhaps because I have so many questions, and there are so many characters she hasn't explored in detail, but I still tore through it. Anne's writing just compels me. One night I read a hundred pages. I wanted more from this book but I still liked it. More than anything, I'm buzzing with anticipation over the upcoming "Vampire Lestat" TV series.

  • Tammy

    Lacking that certain bite, the Brat Prince is back. The Vampire Chroncles are becoming a bit long in the tooth to be truly entertaining.

  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)

    It's been a LONG time since I've read Anne Rice. Years... decades even! I've always been a fan so was excited to get my hands on her latest, Blood Communion. At less than 300 pages, this is considerably shorter than most of her books so was a quick read. The first few chapters summarizes what you may have missed up to this point (this is book 13 in the Vampire Chronicles after all). I did enjoy this since, as I said, it's been really long since I've been in this world.

    What I found interesting wi

    It's been a LONG time since I've read Anne Rice. Years... decades even! I've always been a fan so was excited to get my hands on her latest, Blood Communion. At less than 300 pages, this is considerably shorter than most of her books so was a quick read. The first few chapters summarizes what you may have missed up to this point (this is book 13 in the Vampire Chronicles after all). I did enjoy this since, as I said, it's been really long since I've been in this world.

    What I found interesting with this story was that there was more dialogue and less vivid descriptions as I'm used to getting from Rice. There is still that standard luscious violence that happens and the kinship between the majority of the vampires to survive while still having to manage and almost police their own kind. So many questions as to why some things were happening in this book and good lord, if we didn't have enough vampires to try and remember, here's a hundred more! However, I did notice at the back of the ARC that there is an appendix to list the vampires and places so that would've been helpful I think (though to be quite honest, I'm one of the people that rarely reference these types of things in books).

    The Blood Communion - the community of vampires that deal with their uniqueness but still have the "human" tendencies of loyalty, love and camaraderie and all the issues pertained to these fallible qualities.

    It was definitely nice to be back with Lestat and in this vampiric world. It didn't quite hit me with sharp enough fangs as I would have liked... but with the new Lestat tv series coming up, I'm glad I was able to read about his journey and growth... although, I do think my time reading these chronicles just may be up. EEP! Devoted fans will power through and love this one.

  • Paul

    problem for Anne rice is she opened with a bang. interview was a bestseller upon publication and the 2 follow ups may have been as well. maybe that's why Anne rice

    tried to return to her roots as a relatively

    short focused story. yet she couldn't resist overpopulation of characters

  • Elise Pool

    2.5 stars

    It was better than Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis but it still wasn't good. I genuinely hope that this is the last book in the chronicles because Anne has clearly run out of ideas, and it's time that she just quits, you can't continue forever you know...

    This book basically has the same plot as Prince Lestat and also Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis. There is a threat and Lestat and his endless group of people in the court have to find a solution. Every complaint I had

    2.5 stars

    It was better than Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis but it still wasn't good. I genuinely hope that this is the last book in the chronicles because Anne has clearly run out of ideas, and it's time that she just quits, you can't continue forever you know...

    This book basically has the same plot as Prince Lestat and also Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis. There is a threat and Lestat and his endless group of people in the court have to find a solution. Every complaint I had with the previous book still stands, the books never will go back to that amazing Gothic writing that the first books had, now Rice opts for endless discriptions of clothing and what people look like, this time paired with pages and pages filled with describing a ballroom dance. I also found the whole message of Lestat loving everyone very repetivive and I would never describe him as having that characteristic at all if you go back to previous books. Not only Lestat's personality has changed a lot throughout the 3 most recent books, a lot of the characters that we know well have changed significantly in the way they act, and it doesn't fit with the personalities that we have grown to know them having.

    She pulled the same trick which she did at the end of Memnoch and then getting into The Vampire Armand. This was done very unconvincingly and I never felt any emotion over the things that were supposed to be emotional because I knew that we were being "lied to". (If you want to know what I'm referring to, read the text with the * which is at the end of this review, it's a spoiler.) I think that Rice would have been much braver actually deciding to go the dark route, but she didn't, and I think it's purely because she would get a lot of hate from long-time readers who don't agree with her decisions. It's all about making money anyways....

    Some random things that I didn't like:

    - Vampires suddenly become weak when there's a lot of iron around. (Why introduce this in book 13?!) That didn't at all work for the believability of some things that happened in this book.

    - Random people like Barbara and that architect guy (I already forgot his name and I finished the book not even an hour ago) being treated as if they are miracles, but we as readers couldn't care less about them.

    - How believable is it that a village of people would not notice that there are 2000 immortals gathered in a castle on a mountain?

    Rice tried to make things right, but this book was full of things we've already read before, so you can't get any improvement that way. It was just nothing special.

    SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS

    * We are made to believe Louis, Gabrielle and Marius got killed by Roshamandes but it's done so badly that I sensed from the first moment that they were presumed dead, that it was all just fake.

  • Sh3llraiser

    : ★★★

    : ★★★★

    Yep, I will be reading this one too. Because, Vampire Chronicles and Lestat and stuff.

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