My love affair with THE VAMPIRE LESTAT began when I was 15 years old.
I picked up this book, instead of it’s predecessor INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE, because I liked the cover better. Even then, I was choosing books based solely on their covers. I went on to read every single book that followed in The Vampire Chronicles. I even read the whole Mayfair Witches series and some other random books before finally returning to read the first book in the series.
I have read over 30 books by Anne Rice to date. This book, THE VAMPIRE LESTAT, I have read at least 3 times. It is my favorite vampire book of all time. In my opinion, this is the best Vampire book of all time. So honestly, if you are really looking for an unbiased review you should probably look elsewhere.
When I read this book, I literally fell in love with a fictional character. After reading this book for the first time, I prayed that Lestat was real and would find me and ask me to join him. I was a dire hard fan of Lestat. I am still to this day.
When I started blogging books, I shied away from Anne Rice books. I heard somewhere that Anne Rice didn’t even like bloggers and that saddened me. I wouldn’t want to offend the queen author of my favorite book with a lackluster review. I also worried that maybe my tastes had changed. Whst if I re-read Anne Rice and find the books were not as good as I remember? Not only was I wrong, but I could kick myself for staying away from her books for so long. This book was better then I remember.
THE VAMPIRE LESTAT tells the complete story of Lestat
From his beginnings in the 1700s in France, this story follows Lestat as the outcast child of his family. A child who felt too much, who at first wanted to become a monk, then he tried to join the traveling players to become an actor, then back to his family to save the town from a band of wolves.
His stay in France as a mortal sets us up to understand that Lestat is hard to please. Lestat becomes fast friends with Nicolas, a rich boy who is also a rebel in his family. Nicolas and Lestat run away to Paris to fulfill Lestat’s mother’s dying wish. There he meets Marcus who changes Lestat forever.
Lestat tells us his whole story. Not just to counter Louis’ story in INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE, but to set the record straight on what being a vampire for centuries has been for him. His story encompasses so many characters. With painstaking details, Lestat tells the story of all the Vampires he encounters, including The Ones Who Must Be Kept.
The only thing Lestat didn’t go into great detail about was his time with Louis and Claudia. Whether that is because it has already been told or it is just too painful for Lestat to talk about is yours to guess. He does explain how he survived that knife fight with Claudia and how it changed him. Sort of.
The histories given of all the vampires Lestat encounters is reason enough to read this book. There is also Lestat himself who is constantly breaking rules, pushing boundaries, ignoring warnings, and doing whatever the hell he wants. Lestat is truly the perfect devil. He suffers loneliness and that drives him to make all kinds of mistakes.
I don’t even think I need to talk about how well everything is described in this story. The main reason I think this book wasn’t put into film becomes very clear to the reader as the story unfolds. It is too much for television. It would be an epic lasting hours if done right and would probably need to be broken up into parts. Also, imagining Lestat and the many vampires he encounters is just so much better than Hollywood could ever conceive. No matter what the book would always be better. Although, here is some new-ish news from Anne Rice about a possible series.
Through all the tales being told and secrets revealed in this book the story remains exciting and very engaging. If I had any complaint it would be that Lestat cries in this book. He cries a lot. It seems like the best way for me to understand that his senses are overwhelmed but I felt at times that his insanity was showing through those tears. Even as a crazy weeping devil, I still love him. Maybe even more so, for his tears seem genuine.
The page count for this book says less than 500, but this book felt much longer. It took me almost a week to read this book and not because it was hard but because it just so grand and covers so much time.
This story starts with Lestat waking up in New Orleans with the idea to become a rock star and the story takes the very long way and brings us right back to that. The journey is necessary so that the reader can understand all the key players that show up at the end and to understand why Lestat would do something like become a rock star.
In case you haven’t guessed by my 950+ word count review, I really loved this book. Again. Still. Always. I promptly went out and bought the audible version of THE QUEEN OF THE DAMNED. I think I will end this year on an Anne Rice reading binge.
The Vampire Chronicles
The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice
Series: The Vampire Chronicles #2
Published by Knopf on January 1st 1985
Genres: Fiction, Horror, Paranormal, Vampires
Also by this author: Ramses the Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra
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#1 New York Times Bestselling author - Surrender to fiction's greatest creature of the night - Book II of the Vampire Chronicles
The vampire hero of Anne Rice’s enthralling novel is a creature of the darkest and richest imagination. Once an aristocrat in the heady days of pre-revolutionary France, now a rock star in the demonic, shimmering 1980s, he rushes through the centuries in search of others like him, seeking answers to the mystery of his eternal, terrifying exsitence. His is a mesmerizing story—passionate, complex, and thrilling.