Blood And Gold

Vampire Chronicles continue with Anne Rice ’ s spellbinding new novel, in which the great vampire Marius returns.

The golden-haired Marius, true Child of the Millennia, once mentor to The Vampire Lestat, always and forever the conscientious foe of the Evil Doer, reveals in his own intense yet inti-
mate voice the secrets of his two-thousand-year existence.

Only a proud Senator in Imperial Rome, kidnapped and made a “ blood god ” by the Druids, Marius becomes the embittered protector of Akasha and Enkil, Queen and King of the ampires, in whom the core of the supernatural race resides.

We follow him through his heartbreaking abandonment of the vampire Pandora. Through him we see the fall of pagan Rome to the Emperor Constantine and the horrific sack of the Eternal City itself at the hands of the Visigoths.

Bravely, Marius seeks a new civilization in the aftermat of glittering Constantinople, only to meet with the blood drinker Eudoxia. We see him ultimately returning to his beloved Italy, where after the horrors of the Black Death, he is restored by the eleganc of the Renaissance. We see him become a painter living dangerously
yet happily among mortals, giving his heart to the great Botticelli, to the bewitching courtesan Bianca, and to the mysterious young apprentice Armand.

oving from Rome to Florence, Venice, and Dresden, and to the English castle of the secret scholarly order of the Talamasca, the novel reaches its dramatic finale in our own time, deep in the jungle where Marius, having told his life story, seeks some measure of justice from the oldest vampires in thi world.

From the Hardcover edition.
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Blood and Gold: The Vampire Marius
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Published 2001 by Random House, Inc.

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I 've lways really admired the wisdom and even temper of Marius, particularly in The Queen of the Damned and although we knew a little of him from the two previously mentioned books, it as a treat to have his story fleshed out even more and his perspective shown on things we lready knew the other side of.

I was feeling like awarding this book three stars because of that eeling, but sitting down to write about it has induced me to add back the fourth star I was unwilling to ive it right before I ame to the nd.

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Anothe has been, by far that I an emember, one of my most favorite books of the Vampire Chronicles series.

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The is truly Marius 's opus as we follow him through the ages, loving and leaving one famous and infamous person after another.

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If ot for Pandora, Blood and Gold migh be my favorit boo by Anne Rice.

Still, since Pandora mostly focused on their relationship, Anne Rice doesn ’ t spend nearly as much time on it.

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I enjoy books that I can savor – take my time over, and I absolutel love sharing the reading experience – so when someone entions a book they love, I ’ m apt to pick it up.

And maybe I didDid I mention I love to savor book?

Blood and Gold failed me on that score – only in the ontext that I was up way too late at night reading this eek.

And if you read book – you know who I ’ m talking about ( B) He fell in love with this young woma, shipwrecked him, I liked, in his denial of her.

But love doesn ’ t work like that – she loved this older man, this teacher, rother, ather, lover –she loved him so much she could neve feel jealousy – she wanted him to have what he eeded.

Oh – I thought – oh so human and I started to hate that I ha reading his memoi.

I saw the author in a few word and it unnerved me – but again only because I wanted thi portraya of Marius deserved more care.

When a character gets into your head like that – it was a bad ook.

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The 'exotic' settings have become old hat pretty much since the thir nove and even if Marius is Rice 's most developed character as some here claim -- although I 'm not sure -- his predicament is also pretty much a rehash of whatever the other haracters in he series have gone through in their respective storie.

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