Sunday, 11 December 2016

Holiday Gift Guide: Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis

Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis
by Anne Rice

Publisher: Knopf
Pub. Date: November 29, 2016
Retail: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0385353793
Pages: 480

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Book Description:

At the novel's center: the vampire Lestat de Lioncourt, hero, leader, inspirer, irresistible force, irrepressible spirit, battling (and ultimately reconciling with) a strange otherworldly form that has somehow taken possession of Lestat's undead body and soul. This ancient and mysterious power and unearthly spirit of vampire lore has all the force, history, and insidious reach of the unknowable Universe.

It is through this spirit, previously considered benign for thousands of vampire years and throughout the Vampire Chronicles, that we come to be told the hypnotic tale of a great sea power of ancient times; a mysterious heaven on earth situated on a boundless continent--and of how and why, and in what manner and with what far-reaching purpose, this force came to build and rule the great legendary empire of centuries ago that thrived in the Atlantic Ocean.

And as we learn of the mighty, far-reaching powers and perfections of this lost kingdom of Atalantaya, the lost realms of Atlantis, we come to understand its secrets, and how and why the vampire Lestat, indeed all the vampires, must reckon so many millennia later with the terrifying force of this ageless, all-powerful Atalantaya spirit.

Billy's Thoughts: Wow! It's almost hard to believe that there are now 12 novels in The Vampire Chronicles series by author Anne Rice. I've been reading her books ever since I saw the film version of Interview with the Vampire when I was teenager back in the middle 1990s.

The newest novel in the series is titled, Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis, which picks up after the events of Prince Lestat (2014). Unlike many of the past books in the series, this installment doesn't have that the horror erotica feel to it, but it instead it's more of a fantasy novel focusing on the Atlantis myth. The Gothic tone that the other books had is completely gone here; not that that's necessarily a bad thing as the last entry in the series felt a bit stale.

With a complex plot, I'm not going to give away any spoilers that aren't already included in the official blurb for the title.

Overall, Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis is an intriguing read. Anne Rice's writing skills have gotten better with age, and this really shows in all the descriptions and dialogue throughout the novel. I enjoyed reading the book and I recommend it to other readers.

*I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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