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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (11,908 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Rice Narrator: David Pittu Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Vampire Chronicles Release Date: August 2003 ISBN: 9781415900970
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Anne Rice continues her astonishing Vampire Chronicles in a new novel that begins where Blackwood Farm left off — and tells the story of Lestat’s quest for redemption, goodness, and the love of Rowan Mayfair.

Welcome back to Blackwood Farm. Here are all of the brilliantly conceived characters that make up the two worlds of vampires and witches: Mona Mayfair, who’s come to the farm to die and is brought into the realm of the undead; her uncle, Julian Mayfair, guardian of the family, determined to forever torment Lestat for what he has done to Mona; Rowan Mayfair, brilliant neurosurgeon and witch, who finds herself dangerously drawn to the all-powerful Lestat; her husband, Michael Curry, hero of the Mayfair Chronicles, who seeks Lestat’s help with the temporary madness of his wife; Ash Templeton, a 5,000-year-old Taltos who has taken Mona’s child; and Patsy, the country-western singer, who returns to avenge her death at the hands of her son, Quinn Blackwood. Delightfully, at the book’s centre is the Vampire Lestat, once the epitome of evil, now pursuing the transformation set in motion with Memnoch the Devil. He struggles with his vampirism and yearns for goodness, purity and love, as he saves Patsy’s ghost from the dark realm of the Earthbound, uncovers the mystery of the Taltos and unselfishly decides the fate of his beloved Rowan Mayfair.

A story of love and loyalty, of the search for passion and promise, Blood Canticle is Anne Rice at her finest.


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 2/20/2014

    " It took a solid 10 chapters for me to not despise Lestat's new voice/Anne Rice's colloquial, disjointed writing style. I completely understand what she we trying to do in showing the drastic change to his character after the traumatic entanglements of previous Chronicles. But, it was almost too much to stand until the plot really picked up. I did enjoy the story and Lestat did regain some of his insightfulness by the end. But I miss the lyrical, poetic descriptions and all that seemed forced, obligatory, and rushed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alison | 2/15/2014

    " i love lestat. that is all. ;-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Florence | 2/14/2014

    " A shame that this was the last in the Vampire Chronicles. It was like letting go of an old friend that had been on a long journey and then decided that they couldn't go on. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chrissy | 2/8/2014

    " I thought this was a crappy ending to the Vampire Chronicles [I'm not a big fan of Anne mixing the Mayfair Witches with the Vampires Chronicles:], but I'm afraid it will take a miracle to get her to continue the series. :( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Drkoolfool | 1/31/2014

    " nothing better than the Taltos and the Vampires in one book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Coraline | 1/10/2014

    " sequel to blackwood manor i love quinn and i'll read anything with him in it unfortunately ther wasn't much of him i honestly don't think Mona deserves such a beautiful trusting man-boy quite as loyal as quinn "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 A. R. | 1/9/2014

    " I was lucky enough to read this on audiobook, the whole thing read with a vampire voice like Dracula's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle (In Libris Veritas) | 1/9/2014

    " Once again Lestat is back to his ol' writing game. I must say at times I was wondering why he was talking like some new age kid, but then he's old suave and articulate style would seep back in. It was a fairly quick moving book all the way through which is somewhat rare for a Vampire Chronicle and I got through it in about three days...which is probably the quickest I've read one of the books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Missie | 1/4/2014

    " It was nice to have things wrapped up but I don't believe the changes in Rowan's personality. But changing character traits seems to be a favorite of Anne Rice. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kristin | 12/31/2013

    " Very disappointing end to this series, you can tell her heart was not in it. Dialog was un-natural and characters did things that they would not do in the other books in this series. I almost didn't finish it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vivian Ann | 12/15/2013

    " loved it ! completed the Blackwood Farm story for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 12/11/2013

    " to read again. going through the chronicles again after reading them years ago as they came out. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melissa De La Torre | 11/19/2013

    " The ending of the two most intriguing series of Anne Rice "Mayfair Witches" "Vampire Chronicles"... I did not at all expected it to be like this, but all things must come to an end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lana | 8/11/2013

    " Best vampire book I've read in years. I haven't read Anne Rice in about 5 years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darlene Grant | 6/1/2013

    " Was better than I had expected. I loved the combination between Lestat and the Mayfair witch family and the story of the Taltos creatures. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Noemi Labarga | 9/21/2012

    " It gets one star only because I like the author. My least favorite book of all her books. Lestat makes himself sound like a washed up rockstar who is still trying to be cool. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nikki Wilson | 9/16/2012

    " I think I need to read more Mayfair books to appreciate this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhonda Graser | 1/24/2012

    " This book is what made me want to read the Mayfair Witches series "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 12/6/2011

    " It was good....especially if you can read it right after Blackwood Farm. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 11/9/2011

    " Better and Better, you can't go wrong with this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 10/19/2011

    " I like this more the second time I read it. Lestat waxing poetic? It's different, but in the end he's still an unrepentant blood sucker. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Wouter | 5/30/2011

    " I'm amazed, looking at her previous accomplishments, how Rice managed to write such utter crap as this book. And why noone had the decency to point this fact out to her before this book was published. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gayle | 5/19/2011

    " The last book in Anne Rice's vampire series. Unfortunately it tries too hard to tie up the vampire, witch, taltos threads and makes a sad ending mess. If Interview With the Vampire was a powerhouse way to begin - this is a whimpering end. I was hoping for much more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renne | 4/8/2011

    " Overall, not bad. Once you get use to Lestat's way of talking and how he thinks about things, that is. Sometimes he rambles on and you want to shake him, but he and the rest of the characters pull you into their plight very well. So, it's worth the confusion at the beginning of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derek | 4/6/2011

    " It's pretty sad that this is the last one. I didn't really get much of a sense of closure. Hopefully she'll come back to the series at some point. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 3/4/2011

    " The last book of the chronicles was an entertaining read- if you like the character Lestat- you will enjoy this book. I have enjoyed the whole series, some more than others- for the most part the earliest better than any others. For those who are fans of Vampire books- these are a must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 TeraD | 1/8/2011

    " I love the characters of Tarquin Blackwood and Mona Mayfair. Lestat, as always, drives me a bit crazy, but the story of the mysterious Taltos has finally resolved itself and was happy to see Lestat's restraint in the end. I always enjoy Anne Rice's novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kris | 9/24/2010

    " An interesting twist on the Rice's infamous character, Lestat. I did not read the book before it, so there were a few characters and references I had to figure out for myself (or ignore). Of course, I have to say the strangest turn of events Anne's ever written... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 9/15/2010

    " It has been years since I read Anne Rice and I am sooo enjoying this book! "

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About the Author
Author Anne Rice

Anne Rice was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She holds a Master of Arts degree in English and creative writing from San Francisco State University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in political science. She is the author of over thirty books, including tales of the Mayfair Witches. Her first novel, Interview with the Vampire, was published in 1976 and has gone on to become part of one of the bestselling series of all time. She continued her saga of the Vampire Lestat in a series of books, collectively known as the Vampire Chronicles, which have had both great mainstream and cult followings. She lives in Palm Desert, California.

About the Narrator

David Pittu is an American actor known primarily for his work on the New York stage, in both plays and musicals. He is also a writer and director and a member of the Atlantic Theater Company. He has twice been nominated for a Tony Award.