By Anne Rice
The Vampire Chronicles proceed with Anne Rice’s spellbinding new novel, within which the good vampire Marius returns.
The golden-haired Marius, actual baby of the Millennia, as soon as mentor to The Vampire Lestat, regularly and ceaselessly the conscientious foe of the Evil Doer, finds in his personal extreme but inti-
mate voice the secrets and techniques of his two-thousand-year existence.
Once a proud Senator in Imperial Rome, abducted and made a “blood god” by way of the Druids, Marius turns into the embittered protector of Akasha and Enkil, Queen and King of the vampires, in whom the center of the supernatural race resides.
We stick to him via his heartbreaking abandonment of the vampire Pandora. via him we see the autumn of pagan Rome to the Emperor Constantine and the bad sack of the everlasting urban itself by the hands of the Visigoths.
Bravely, Marius seeks a brand new civilization in the course of glittering Constantinople, simply to fulfill with the blood drinker Eudoxia. We see him finally returning to his loved Italy, the place after the horrors of the Black loss of life, he's restored by means of the great thing about the Renaissance. We see him turn into a painter residing dangerously
yet fortunately between mortals, giving his middle to the nice Botticelli, to the bewitching courtesan Bianca, and to the mysterious younger apprentice Armand.
Moving from Rome to Florence, Venice, and Dresden, and to the English fort of the key scholarly order of the Talamasca, the radical reaches its dramatic finale in our personal time, deep within the jungle the place Marius, having instructed his lifestyles tale, seeks a few degree of justice from the oldest vampires on the planet.
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I brushed fingertips against my own lips and drew them away, bloodied. He saw the object of my dismay, and his expression transformed itself into one of fathomless shame. " I demanded as I lowered my gaze, unable to look further at him, to see anything but my own spread fingers, covered with an unknown victim's blood. "Go, please! I cannot—I cannot bear even to think—" His voice was calm and soft but carried an undercurrent of steel resolve. "You must. Just as I had to return. It was too much for me to have come tonight, too soon after your loss.
A madwoman, they said, but my brother had seen something more, and I saw from the expression on his face as he peered through the bars at her that she had already captured his heart. As she did mine that day. As a boy, Bram constantly brought home stray and injured animals; his generosity is as deep and boundless as the ocean that surrounds us. As a man, he has not changed; but now his strays are of the two-legged variety, and just as needy. She was one of his charity cases, Gerda was, abandoned by her father to the sanitorium, deemed intractably mad.
How can this be evil, for two souls who so love each other to unite? We coupled silently, violently; such was my excitement that I soon was spent. At once, she tore herself from me and hurried off into the darkness, leaving me to sink gasping to my knees upon the hearth. Distraught at this abrupt abandonment, I struggled to rise, desiring to follow her, to profess my love and gain reassurance from her; desiring only to be near her. But before I could regain my balance, the front door slammed and I heard familiar footfall: Bram.