The Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice

The Queen of the Damned

byAnne Rice

Kobo ebook | November 17, 2010

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In a feat of virtuoso storytelling, Anne Rice unleashes Akasha, the queen of the damned, who has risen from a six-thousand-year sleep to let loose the powers of the night. Akasha has a marvelously devious plan to “save” mankind and destroy the vampire Lestat—in this extraordinarily sensual novel of the complex, erotic, electrifying world of the undead.

**Look for a special preview of Anne Rice’s Prince Lestat in the back of the book. The Vampire Chronicles continue in Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis, available for pre-order now.

Praise for The Queen of the Damned

“Mesmerizing . . . a wonderful web of dark-side mythology.”San Francisco Chronicle
“With The Queen of the Damned, Anne Rice has created universes within universes, traveling back in time as far as ancient, pre-pyramidic Egypt and journeying from the frozen mountain peaks of Nepal to the crowded, sweating streets of southern Florida.”Los Angeles Times
“Imaginative . . . intelligently written . . . This is popular fiction of the highest order.”USA Today
“A tour de force.”**—The Boston Globe **

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Title:The Queen of the DamnedFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:November 17, 2010Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307575896

ISBN - 13:9780307575890

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not my Favourite After reading The Vampire Lestat, I was very excited to start the next book in the series. However, I found the first few chapters difficult to get absorbed in, the way the previous book had held my attention. The story in not bad, and the second half of the book picked up in excitement. However, I felt the first half bounced around a bit too frequently for my tastes, between past reflections and present situations. I would read this book again, so I can pick up the smaller details I may have sped over the first time around.
Date published: 2018-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Movie is Awful but...... The book is pretty good. I love all the vampire chronicles.
Date published: 2018-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite books from the series I absolutely love most books by Anne Rice. She was the pioneer of this genre, deriving influence from Victorian gothic literature. This series is probably written for a slightly more mature audience than most 21st century vampire sagas.
Date published: 2018-02-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, but with flaws The writing is a bit clunky, and there are quite a few flaws, but I can't help but enjoy this series.
Date published: 2018-01-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from basic vampires long novel and hard to get into but great if you are a fan of Anne Rice and her other vampire novels
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from fun to read but man what's wrong with lestat!!
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from FUN READ! Good story and characters, very enjoyable!
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from My Favorite so Far I'm not finished the Vampire Chronicles but out of the one's I have read this one I like the most.Don't bother with the crappy movie of the same name, they butchered it.
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story If you’ve ever wondered where all the creepy undead roaming the earth in Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles stem from, you’ll find out in this book. This is the third installment in that series, and one of the best ones, which features the same characters and a very exciting plot. In this amazing story, mischievous vampire Lestat, the modern day rock star, interrupts the queen of the damned’s 6,000 year snooze and she wakes up pretty darn grumpy. In fact, she’s so peeved about her sleep being disrupted and about all the male violence that she just might have to kill a whole bunch of people like, oh, about 90% of the world’s (human) men. She has come to the conclusion that the only way to achieve world peace is by eliminating most of earth’s males; those rotten, good-for-nothing, war-loving, war-inducing creatures that oppress and persecute women. The world would be a better place, she argues, if it’s ruled by women who are nurturers by nature. Hmmm... How far does she get? And what is the response of the other vampires when she shares her plan of genocide? You don’t expect me to tell you, do you? Read the book and find out! You’re going to love this one. (Incidentally, there is a movie made about this book. But it stinks. Badly. Don’t watch it. Or at least, don’t watch it before reading this book. And if you’ve had the misfortune of watching it first, read this book so you can erase the ‘bleh’ feeling the film left you with.)
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting read I enjoyed this book a lot though it isn't as good as some of her others.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Vampire Novel This is a really enjoyable Vampire Novel. It's got its own mythos going on and its a real page turner. If your a fan of the genre, you really have to read this.
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Thoroughly enjoyed the 3rd in this series.
Date published: 2013-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Love this book! I've heard it wasn't peoples favorite bc of its length, however this is one of my favs bc even though its drawn out a bit w-too much descriptive-ness, it brings everything together. And very nicely! She wrote it in such a way that really has you holding your breath to find out the history & meaning of it all. Absolutely love the chapters separated by characters & so enjoyed getting to know all the characters that's been mentioned in the first two books. Can't wait to read the next in line of her vampire series. Then on to the witch series, then maybe to the angels, but no thanks to the wolf ones. Such a great book!
Date published: 2013-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great :) Best novel in the series. Read this book years ago, So much attention to detail, which is always the case with Mrs. Rice. PS: Never watch the movie!
Date published: 2013-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unique and worth reading This book was unique compared to the other books in the Vampire Chronicles. It showed many different views points and gave great insight to the creation of vampires. This book tells the story of the vampire Lestat awakening Akasha or ‘the Queen of the Damned’ the first vampire made with his rock music. Akasha awakens and kills her mate and returns to the world eager for violence and her idea of world order. The ancient vampires band together such as Marius, Santino, Eric, Armand, Daniel, Louis and Gabrielle (mentioned in the earlier Vampire Chronicles) to stop her. They are joined by Khayman and Maharet who were changed to vampires at the beginning by Akasha. Maharet tells the story of her and her twin sister Mekare who were witches in the time of Akasha. Maharet tells the story of the creation of vampires and the great injustice Akasha performed to Maharet and Mekare by separating them from each other. Mekare has not been seen by anyone for thousands of years but she did vow to kill Akasha one day. Akasha confronts the group of vampires informing them to declare their allegiance to her or be destroyed. Mekare appears and destroys Akasha. Overall, a well written book that has a great plot and it binds a lot of characters together.
Date published: 2012-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent As with all of her books, this one is excellent as well. 5 stars.
Date published: 2010-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Finally we get to read about some other interesting Vamps I really enjoyed "Interview with the Vampire" and "The Vampire Lestat" both books are very different though. In this one we pick up when TVL left off but now we don't hear the whole story from the viewpoint of Lestat. In short the book is about Akasha, 6000 year old mother to all vampires, awakes from her slumber after listening to Lestat's music. It's finally time for her to wake up and change the world, in her opinion. But really the best parts of the book are the inclusion of all the other vampires and getting to hear their stories. Besides Lestat there's Marius, Armand, Mael, Maharet, Jesse, Gabrielle, and more but in my opinion the best is to see the return of Louis, the vampire who started it all in IWTV. While his role isn't extremely important, it is potent. We get to hear stories from the past and present. And most interesting we finally get to find out how vampires came into existence in the first place. I've heard that after this book the series goes downhill but I am still going to continue on.
Date published: 2009-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it The movie does no justice to the book.
Date published: 2007-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Anne The Queen of Vampires The third book in the Chronicles of the Vampires series and the best of all of them. Don't rent the movie, the movies doesn't give it justice to the quality of the book. " The Queen of the Damned" captured my attention the first moment i've read the first pages. Anne Rice is the queen of author who writes about Vampires. Don't skip this one in the series you will regret it.
Date published: 2006-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the read This book is very good and keeps you wanting to read more but if you have seen the movie you may be disappointed as the two are very different. The book moves you back and forth, over centuries, from the present to the past when the first vampire was created. You learn how it all began and how the vampires band together to end the terror. You are introduced to characters that will be reintroduced in depth further in the series of books. This is a must read.
Date published: 2006-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb! "The Queen of the Damed" is truly a unique book in comparison to the rest of the Vampire Chronicles I've read so far. The preceding and proceding books focus primarily on a certain character, whereas "Queen of the Damned" focuses on a variety of events of several new (and old) characters. It's wonderful because in this book, Anne Rice uses flashbacks to have the reader have a better understanding of the characters, as well as foreshadow a certain climactic event later on in the novel. There's so much more in this novel, and for me to conitnue writing about it would cause me to ruin the plot (and no one likes to have a book spoiled). Anyways, for Anne Rice fans, this is an excellent book(as I'm sure you'd know already). For those who haven't read the preceding books, do not fear, for you don't necessarily need to read "Interview with the Vampire" and "The Vampire Lestat" to understand "The Queen of the Damned".
Date published: 2006-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of her best To say that this book is awesome is almost an understatement. As I keep up with all the chronicles books, this was probably my favorite so far. It is different in that she takes us back and establishes(very strongly) her own idea of the beginning of the breed(vampires) and writes it almost as though she was there herself. A MUST read.
Date published: 2006-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great!!!! i loved this book she really did this book..i loved it ive read this book 6 times and yet i still love to read it!!!! im looking forward to her next BIG book. mona G
Date published: 2005-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!!!!! Anne Rice displays her true talentt for writing in this book. She opens your mind to the most abstract ideas, and makes them seem realistic. Akasha and her distruction of the earth becomes almost understandable. Anne Rice's truly hipnotic powers creates a tale no one can put down (not even me, and im 15-read it 2 years ago!) This book is for all ages who want to open their minds abit, or just want to escape everyday. Lestat will take you on a ride you will never forget!)
Date published: 2005-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MUST HAVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I read this last year. Admitting I read this since the movie was so hauntingly GREAT! the movie had nothing to do with the novel but it was still a great movie all together! This is the first of Anne Rice books i have read, and in the beginning, i looked at it to see if i might buy it, i got bored and i put it back. maybe a month later, i happened to pick it up again and made myself buy it. At first, bored and confusing, who was who now? But as the story progressed, so did my hunger for more. Each page was hypnotizing, i would be doing nothing except reading the book, trying to finish it which i thank god that i didn't have school work! i bought this when i was 11, now i'm 12. this says something, Anne Rice's books are so good, even pre-teens are hooked!!!!...and don't take it the other way because Anne Rice makes all her long descriptions like conversations. I've always hated long descriptions but hers were so decribing and everybody in it was great! Loved the tale of the twins! A little weird erotica but that didn't push down the book. Buy this book, then buy the movie! Even if they aren't exactly the same thing, in the book, you get Anne Rice and in the movie, well, you get Stuart Townsend! :D This book rocks so freaking much!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2004-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Damn fantastic! This book was the catalyst for me in deciding to purchase the rest of the Anne Rice books that are available today. The book fills in all the gaps that are in the movie, and adds so much more to it. If you're interested in old folklore - about how the vampires came to be, exactly, this is the book for you to read. The section in the book called The Legend of The Twins , especially piqued my interest, because it is told in such great depth and detail. If you love vampires, then READ THIS BOOK!!!
Date published: 2003-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Queen of the books? Anne Rice is undoubtedly our generation's best author and in this book she brought the vampire chronicles to life again. Her characters are fully developed in detail and her plot is mesmerizing. If you have watched the movie I feel sorry for you because it doesn't do any justice for the book. The book is so much better and more interesting than the movie. I definitely recommend it to anyone who likes vampires, Egypt, Anne Rice, or just an amazing book.
Date published: 2003-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Queen of the damned This is an excellent book by Anne Rice! Akasha, Queen of the damned is awakend by Lestat, a vampire rockstar. All Akasha wants is hell on earth. If you like vampires this is an excellent book for you! Don't forget to see the hit movie with: Stuart Townsed and Aaliyah.
Date published: 2003-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wow amazing amazing amazing!!! what a great book, if you read this, you have to read the rest of the vampire chronicles. much better than the movie!!!
Date published: 2002-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A MUST read book!!! Anne Rice brings around characters (once again) that give you a completely different look at the paranormal. I could not put down this book!!!
Date published: 2002-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A MUST read book!!! Anne Rice brings around characters (once again) that give you a completely different look at the paranormal. I could not put down this book!!!
Date published: 2002-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A page turner Each of the books in the Vampire Chronicles series is an absolute page-turner. Once you pick this book up, you won't be able to put it down. Bewitching, sensual and emotional, the reader is pulled into the lives of the feel their joys and pains. I highly reccommend every book in this in order of course! Once you start, you'll be frantically ordering the rest of the series!
Date published: 2001-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enchanting This book,the first Anne Rice book I have read,is enchanting,bewitching you,making you turn page after page, pulling you into the book, as if you were really there. Capturing your intrest, bewitched so that you are not able to put the book down.I love to read,love to be pulled in the book, as if you were standing right there,not missing an aspect.If you ask me,that is the most important part of a book,being enchanted, and wanting more.
Date published: 2001-01-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A book for the sake of one. I noticed that everyone has rated this book a 5 star, I on the other hand found this book to be a bore compared to her first two. It felt like she was trying to squeeze blood from a stone to produce a novel. Truly not one of her better pieces.
Date published: 2000-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of Anne Rice's masterpieces! I just finished reading this book and I found it excellently written. The book had a way of holding you, making you turn the page to find out what magic takes place on the next page. The suspense built through out the book is strong and finally when you get to the end and you find out what happened the ending is an excellent one and a surprise, not a disapointment. Another great addition to the vampire chronicals, guarenteed to make you go out and buy the next one, because Anne Rices characters become real people and you have to find out what these rich characters are going to do next. Thought provoking and magical, I strongly recomend this book.
Date published: 2000-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Seductive, Sensual Indulgence Yet another masterpiece by Anne Rice. The characters are unique, passionate, and at the same time mysterious. Let yourself be seduced by the Vampire Lestat and his quests and journeys. The thickly woven plot is enthralling, taking the reader back to the very origins of Vampirism. This novel is guaranteed to entice you.
Date published: 2000-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful This book is so enchanting. It immediately took me away to another place where i was a part of all the dark splendor that is the Vampire Chronicals.
Date published: 2000-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from HOLLY COW! This is the continuation of the Anne Rice Vamp chronicles and the finale of the Queen Akasha. It also tell the gripping tell of the creation of the first Vampire and how and why it happened. It explains and reveal the past of the vampire existence!!! It is a wonderful book and after reading this review you should scramble to your book store and buy and read it.
Date published: 2000-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Queen of the Damned This book was truly a work of art!
Date published: 1999-09-05