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.

  • 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 Chronicles 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

  • Fabian

    Indeed, it's right there on the cover. "A tale of Prince Lestat."

    Yeah, the whole vampire kingdom faces annihilation again (which makes me recall the fabulous "Queen of the Damned") and we revisit the coterie that we've come to love (and almost forget). And the entire thing is an encyclopedia of what's occurred thus far in the series (such as the Atlantis People one assumes from the previous Rice novel, "Prince Lestat & the Realms of Atlantis"), one more anecdote to jot in the Terrible Histo

    Indeed, it's right there on the cover. "A tale of Prince Lestat."

    Yeah, the whole vampire kingdom faces annihilation again (which makes me recall the fabulous "Queen of the Damned") and we revisit the coterie that we've come to love (and almost forget). And the entire thing is an encyclopedia of what's occurred thus far in the series (such as the Atlantis People one assumes from the previous Rice novel, "Prince Lestat & the Realms of Atlantis"), one more anecdote to jot in the Terrible Historie des Vampires. Just a jot, not a story, or an epic of the Chronicles. No. One thing occurs--the apex of the tale is misplaced, the climax arrives very early--and that's it. Wake me from my eternal slumber once something more fun and befalls Lestat & Co.

  • 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.

  • Devann

    I don't know what's worse, that Anne Rice keeps consistently writing the worst book I've ever read or that I keep reading them even though I KNOW what I'm getting into. Well, I think she finally broke me with this one. I don't know if she's planning on continuing the Vampire Chronicles further [please just let it die], but if she does I genuinely don't think I can read it at this point. I know I know, I got through the fucking bird aliens book but THIS one broke me? Well, read on. I did a pretty

    I don't know what's worse, that Anne Rice keeps consistently writing the worst book I've ever read or that I keep reading them even though I KNOW what I'm getting into. Well, I think she finally broke me with this one. I don't know if she's planning on continuing the Vampire Chronicles further [please just let it die], but if she does I genuinely don't think I can read it at this point. I know I know, I got through the fucking bird aliens book but THIS one broke me? Well, read on. I did a pretty in-depth liveblog over on Tumblr when I was first reading this [

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    ] so head over there if you want to see my chapter-by-chapter reactions but I'm just gonna try to put together a condensed review here.

    All the racism and sexism you expect from an Anne Rice book but now with the added bonus of at least half the page space being devoted to recapping shit you already know! As if people are literally just starting this series now. As if anyone still bothering to put up with this who are not people who basically have the entire series memorized and probably know more about it than Anne herself at this point. Be ready for plenty of rambling about stuff that has no relevance to anything even mildly masquerading as a plot point. Also be ready for the plot to flit in shortly about halfway through and then flit back out again so they can have a ball or something.

    Also Lestat doesn’t WANT to kill people, no matter what he has done in the recent past or will do in the near future. Really, it's totally not his fault and we should feel sorry for him even though he's literally in charge of everything at this point. He has to kill all these random vampires because reasons! People sit around and talk about things that have already happened instead of showing any action on the page. There are 500 characters with 500 new powers and 500 unrelated plotlines. Also Lestat is the only one who can do [X thing] even though he actually totally isn’t. Gary Stu powers activate! Just when we thought we were finally done let’s introduce even more characters in the very last chapter! #yikes

    The creation of this stupid vampire court is literally the worst thing to have ever happened to this series. The absolute best explanation of this whole new trilogy that I have seen was by goth-mabel on Tumblr who called the whole thing "an absolute monarchy run by rapists" and I've never read anything more accurate in my life. Not only has Anne ruined her main character by refusing to acknowledge his many many flaws, but she's taken literally all the fun out of being a vampire. I'm not reading a vampire book to read about bullshit bureaucracy.

    All the vampires lives at Lestat's stupid castle where he burns their clothes and dresses them up in Lestat Approved Fashions TM. Villains are anyone who doesn't fawn all over him and do exactly what he wants all the time. The regular classist and racist justifications for killing random vampires that are just so par for the course in this series that I honestly can't bring myself to spend time going over them all in detail but rest assured they're still there.

    Oh and he makes a lot of the younger vampires into servants in the castle and makes them wear uniforms and call him 'sir'. I shit you not. There's one woman who just follows him around and keeps brushing his hair. And they give him a throne to sit on and a ring that everyone can kiss. Barf. You know what my idea of hell is? Spending eternity brushing your hair and doing your goddamn taxes, Lestat. Literally what is the point of being immortal if you're still in the same shitty situation you were in during life basically. Remember the last time they made a coven and it was just them hanging out on an island sized shopping mall? So much more relatable.

    Lestat spends the whole book going on about how wrong it would be to keep humans in the dungeons for them to feed on and then they're like 'well let's do it though' and then he's just like OKAY! I mean I know this is a series about vampires so you kind of HAVE to do some hand wavey bullshit with like …being okay with them being killers and all. But there is SUCH a difference between ‘I went out and killed this dude relatively quickly because I need his blood to live’ and 'we are keeping live people locked up in our dungeon indefinitely so we can continuously feed off them’.

    Like this would almost be brilliant if she was TRYING to turn Lestat into the very thing he hated back when he was human / a young vampire but she HAS NO IDEA AND THINKS ALL HIS BAD CHOICES ARE TOTALLY JUSTIFIED! It's incredible. I used to love Lestat so much and now I just wish he would die. Like the whole 'brat prince' thing was never supposed to ...actually turn into him being given any kind of political power. He's not fun if he literally IS the establishment. Anne Rice's crusty old ass sitting here writing this book like: what are kids into today? the monarchy? public executions? So relatable, Anne. All I could think of when he started keeping humans in the dungeons was Lestat freaking out over all the bodies in Magnus' dungeon back when he was made. Give me that Lestat back!

    Itwas both slightly better than the last book [less bird aliens, half the length] and also infinitely worse [Anne is entirely out of touch with reality, all this monarchy bullshit, characters we like get no page time, literally everything fun about immortality has been stripped away in favor of the same bullshit bureaucracy we all hate so much in the mortal world, Anne could not structure a coherent plot to save her life]. If there is another one I genuinely don’t think I can read it. I know it seems over-dramatic but she has genuinely taken every single piece of fun and magic out of this world and it’s just awful. Usually I can see how someone would like a book even if I rate it low but I am genuinely baffled that anyone enjoys this shit.

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