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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (17,849 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Rice Narrator: Derek Jacob Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Vampire Chronicles Release Date:
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Here is the gorgeous and sinister story of Marius, patrician by birth, scholar by choice, one of the oldest vampires of them all, which sweeps from his genesis in ancient Rome, in the time of the Emperor Augustus, to his meeting in the present day with a creature of snow and ice. Thorne is a Northern vampire in search of Maharet, his 'maker', the ancient Egyptian vampire queen who holds him and others in thrall with chains made of her red hair, 'bound with steel and with her blood and gold'. When the Visigoths sack his city, Marius is there; with the resurgence of the glory that was Rome, he is there, still searching for his lost love Pandora, but bewitched in turn by Botticelli, the Renaissance beauty Bianca, with her sordid secrets, and the boy he calls Amadeo (otherwise known as the Vampire Armand). Criss-crossing through the stories of other vampires from Rice's glorious Pantheon of the undead, haunted by Pandora and by his alter ego Mael, tracked by the Talamasca, the tale of Marius, the self-styled guardian of 'those who must be kept' is the most wondrous and mind-blowing of them all.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Serenity | 2/12/2014

    " I loved this book. After reading Queen of the Damned I was always left curious and wandering about the life of Marius. Well, this book definitely delivers it, and it gives some more insight into the life of Akasha, which I loved. A great book, like many she's wrote, and its good to read consecutively before or after Pandora. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Samara | 1/23/2014

    " Marius was always one of my favorite characters in the series. I was excited to get to his story then found him tedious, whiny and not at all what I had built in my head based on other passages. I was wicked disappointed and a bit bewildered over it. I stopped reading the Vampire Chronicles after this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ashly | 1/21/2014

    " The last of the Vampire series before she switched to Christianity "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by kimmie | 1/20/2014

    " I loved this one; the story of Maurius, i think was his name, formerly Pandora's man--Maurius tells the story wonderfully! "

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