The rock star known as Vampire Lestat, worshipped by
millions of spellbound fans, prepares for a concert in San Francisco. Among the
audience, pilgrims in a blind swoon of adoration, are hundreds of vampires,
creatures who see Lestat as a “greedy fiend risking the secret prosperity of
all his kind just to be loved and seen by mortals,” fiends themselves who hate
Lestat’s power and who are determined to destroy him.
The sleep of certain men and women, vampires and mortals
scattered around the world, is haunted by a vivid, mysterious dream: of twins
with fiery red hair and piercing green eyes who suffer an unspeakable tragedy. It
is a dream that slowly, tauntingly reveals its meaning to the dreamers as they
make their way toward each other, some to be destroyed on the journey, some to
face an even more terrifying fate at journey’s end.
Akasha, Queen of the Damned, mother of all vampires, rises
after a six thousand year sleep and puts into motion a heinous plan to “save”
mankind from itself and make “all myths of the world real” by elevating herself
and her chosen son/lover to the level of the gods: “I am the fulfillment and I
shall from this moment be the cause.”
These narrative threads wind sinuously across a vast, richly
detailed tapestry of the violent, sensual world of vampirism, taking us back six
thousand years to its beginnings. As the stories of the “first brood” of blood
drinkers are revealed, we are swept across the ages, from Egypt to South
America to the Himalayas to all the shrouded corners of the globe where vampires
have left their mark. Vampires are created, mortals succumbing to the sensation
of “being emptied, of being devoured, of being nothing.” Vampires are
destroyed. Dark rituals are performed, the rituals of ancient creatures
prowling the modern world. And, finally, we are brought to a moment in the
twentieth century when, in an astonishing climax, the fate of the living dead, and
perhaps of the living, all the living, will be decided.
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