My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Queen of the Damned in the third in Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. I read the book, for the first time, many years ago, and only recently picked it back up as the 6th book in Chronicles (Prince Lestat) will soon be released. So, I’m gradually working my way through them.
Queen of the damned is different from all the other Vampire Chronicles in that it is predominently written in third person POV, rather than Lestat’s POV. He is, as stated, the writer of the book, but in order to bring the story together with multiple characters, it didn’t make sense to use first person.
I remember when I first read QOTD that I missed Lestat’s voice; it didn’t feel like The Vampire Lestat (the previous book in the Chronicles), but having re-read it, I think it works tremendously as a book written in third person. In fact, I would say, of all the Chronicles, this book impressed me the most.
Without giving too much away, the first part of the book introduces a number of characters and their stories leading up to the massive Vampire Lestat Concert that happened at the end of the previous book. We are introduced to Jesse, a member of a secret order called the Talamasca, who is drawn towards Lestat for reasons I best not go into. We also meet Daniel Malloy, the boy reporter from the first of the Vampire Chronicles (Interview with the Vampire). He was the person interviewing Louis. Other – much older – Vampires are introduced for the first time, and we realise that in the scheme of things, Lestat, Louis, and even Armand (who is also in this book) are mere fledgelings in comparison to some of the other Vampires. These vampires, were the first ever made. The direct decendants of the first ever vampires – Akasha and Enkil.
We learn of the Vampire mythology in this book; where they came from, how they came to be, and what drives them to drink blood. This is one of the things that makes this book so amazing.
I was also amazed by the structure of this book; it’s long, and it has many new characters in it, and yet the book flowed well. It didn’t feel disjointed or confusing. On the contrary, it was clear, very well written, and a terrific read.
I strongly recommend reading The Queen of the Damned. It’s a terrific book; the best in the series (so far).