The Vampire Lestat by Anne RiceThe Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice

The Vampire Lestat

byAnne Rice

Mass Market Paperback | September 12, 1986

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#1 New York Times Bestselling author - Surrender to fiction's greatest creature of the night - Book II of the Vampire Chronicles

The vampire hero of Anne Rice’s enthralling novel is a creature of the darkest and richest imagination. Once an aristocrat in the heady days of pre-revolutionary France, now a rock star in the demonic, shimmering 1980s, he rushes through the centuries in search of others like him, seeking answers to the mystery of his eternal, terrifying exsitence. His is a mesmerizing story—passionate, complex, and thrilling.

Praise for The Vampire Lestat
“Frightening, sensual . . . Anne Rice will live on through the ages of literature. . . . To read her is to become giddy as if spinning through the mind of time, to become lightheaded as if our blood is slowly being drained away.”San Francisco Chronicle
“Fiercely ambitious, nothing less than a complete unnatural history of vampires.”The Village Voice
“Brilliant . . . its undead characters are utterly alive.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Luxuriantly created and richly told.”—The Cleveland Plain Dealer
Anne Rice is the author of thirty-two books. She lives in Palm Desert, California.
Title:The Vampire LestatFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:576 pages, 6.9 × 4.2 × 0.9 inPublished:September 12, 1986Publisher:Random House Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0345313860

ISBN - 13:9780345313867


Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite of the first 3 in the VC! This was my favorite of the original VC trilogy. This is where Lestat really shines, and his voice and personality really come alive. His backstory is fascinating, and I loved the characters, especially his former lover Nicolas. Their relationship is beautiful. A must-read in the VC series.
Date published: 2018-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Yet another masterpiece from amazing Anne Rice! Best vampire series in my opinion and very well-developed characters.
Date published: 2018-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great amount of fun lestat's point of view really comes into its own here
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun to read If you haven’t read ‘The Vampire Lestat’, please give it a try. You will simply adore this youthful and quirky character who, after a half century of being underground, wakes up in the 1980s to the cacophony of electronic sounds and images that characterizes the MTV generation. He is entranced by the modern world and is eager to become a part of it. The novel moves effortlessly between the late 18th century to the late 1980s as it follows the 200-year-long life of Lestat de Lioncourt, and his rise from humble beginnings as an impoverished aristocrat in the countryside of France to the city of Paris where he becomes a vampire. This is a beautifully written tale by a master storyteller.
Date published: 2017-04-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Fun and easy read. Enjoyed the main character a lot
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Read it in high school It took me a while to get into it. I think I got bored halfway before I tried reading it again. But it picked up half way in and gives you insight to Lestat before he meets Louis and continues with his side of the story that Louis told.
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hard to follow and boring. I just couldn't get into this book and didn't make it to the end. But I loved Interview with a Vampire... #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lestat, my one true love She does it again! Another enchanting book that brings you into the romance of the vampire world. The brat prince is my favorite character of the entire series. I love him. The book is very detailed, sometimes graphic, but a wonderful read. My praises go out to Anne, a million times over.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The brat prince This book is a gothic dream. If you love well written vampire books then this book is a great buy.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Vampire Lestat Great book! Excellent descriptions of each place and time, it made me feel as if I were there seeing, hearing, smelling and feeling the same things.
Date published: 2014-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic I'm so wrapped up in this world. Great job Anne Rice!
Date published: 2014-04-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A rich and interesting tale Decided to go back and read the whole vampire chronicles again, it's been roughly ten years since I first read the series. IWTV the first book is still spell bounding, with the forever tragic Louis as the narrator. But here in The Vampire Lestat we can to hear his side of the story and more importantly all of the things he did and people he met long before he ever turned Louis. We finally hear about Lestat's mother Gabrielle, his first fledging, Marius the vamp who turned him and Armand who did not start out as suave and charasmatic as he becomes by the time Louis meets him. A great book. Loved reading about Lestat's past, present and the hints of the future, which will be fleshed out in the next book The Queen of the Damned.
Date published: 2009-05-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting From what I remember, just that: Interesting.
Date published: 2008-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great This is one of many of Anne Rices Books. The style of writting in this book is so detail you can see each characters image in your mind. In this book you learn more about the magic world of vampires.
Date published: 2008-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lestat--You Gotta Love Him He's back and he's better than ever. No, this isn't the half-mad monster we found in Interview, but rather a deeply misunderstood, soul-searching man-turned-vampire protagonist of his own novel. More than any of her Vampire Chronicles, I believe this one brings us in-depth into the life of a vampire. We feel such a connection with Lestat in this that it's scary. We can almost feel what he feels when he gains his supernatural powers and wonder what we would do if we were him. The detail is rich, especially the historical aspects. And Lestat speaks with such candor that one will fall for his character. He is witty, petty, and very much human, although a little undead. This is the Lestat that readers will adore in the future Chronicles; forget stoic Louis--we want cool Lestat! Read this novel if you haven't already, and be seduced by its majesty. Live on Lestat!
Date published: 2004-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing The vampire you despised in Interview with the Vampire, becomes the most amazing creature you've ever encountered. You understand so much more why he acted as he did in Interview. You share his love, his joy, his pain, his despair, and his hatred on this mesmerizing journey. I shut myself in my room for two days just so I could finish the story without any distraction that might break the spell it created.
Date published: 2003-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Vampire Lestat, a truly amazing work. This book is an amazing book centered on a vampire and his conflict with his maker, i loved it the first time that i read it, and for many a time afterwords, though i did find it dissapointing that when the movie was made after the book that they casted Tom Cruise as the Vampire Lestat. Otherwise Anne Rice is an amazing author and i would recomend any of her woks to a lover of gothic literature.
Date published: 2003-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW!! what a book!! this was the best book ever!! i read a lot of vampire novels, but this one was my favorite one by far!! it was the first anne rice novel i read, and i got totally hoooked!!!!!! i love this book, i'm now reading interview with the vampire, and it rocks too!!! thank god for Anne Rice!!!
Date published: 2002-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from *AMAZING* this novel is amazing - everyone who reads this novel will fall in love with lestat. you will admire him and want to be him!!!
Date published: 2002-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth the While A note to anyone just starting to read Anne: keep going! The Vampire Chronicles get more rich and enthralling with each book, and by the last one you'll find yourself aching for more...
Date published: 2001-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enthralling Anne Rice hasn't let down her readers in this one! She has lead me, and many other readers, through a world of vampiric action. Lestat is a young man who becomes a vampire. Through the eyes of this young man you may become enthralled by his visions painted in words. I have read few of Anne Rice's books, but this one compells me to want to read more.
Date published: 2001-04-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lestat: The Literary Character We All Want to Be Anne Rice is truly a gifted author! She combines soul and love with a bitter yet sweet twist that tantilizes us, enchants us and haunts us to our very core. As we read on, we crave for more. You cannot compare her characters to those found within a typical Hollywood vampire movie. She blends the immortality of the vampire with hummanity so artistically, that you could swear that Lestat was just another person, alive and well. To fully gain an appreciation of the beauty and philosophy of the book and it's characters, we need to first understand Lestat. He is vivacious, tenacious and delicious. He is the character we all want to be. Lestat has freedom, beauty, excitment, desire and passion. With all of his power he is mighty but refined and delicate. He speaks his mind and dictates his views on life in such an inspiring way, that you can't help but get swept up in his words. He is the part of us that urnes to be graceful, intelligent and excited by all the joys and senses of human life. I highly recommend this book to anyone regardless of whether they are familiar with any of Anne Rice's works. It is a book that is worthy of every second you spend reading it. It will enchant you and drain you with it's fierce and poetic verses. Anne Rice has made the perfect balance of love and hate, light and darkness and above all, life and death, or should I say, living death?
Date published: 2001-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Vampire Sequel Better Than the First An absolutly amazing novel. Written in true Anne Rice style, rich, sensual, and full of detail. It delves deeply into vampire myths and origins, answering many questions raised by Rice in the first novel of The Vampire Chronicles. My only problem while reading this book was reconciling the mad, and ignorant seeming Lestat of the first book with the curious, intellegent and moral vampire we meet here. Though it does touch briefly on the first novel, "Interview with the Vampire", it stands alone as great a vampire epic.
Date published: 2001-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from exquisitely twisted I bought this book as a book of the month in my book club expecting it to be a third choice kind of book since the bookclub members agreed to it as I did to yet kind of. Once I picked this book up and sat down to start reading it, it was like a member of the family that I was talking to. I could relate to this book in a sintch. As could many avid ANNE RICE readers. Lestat's tales are a simple wonder to the vampire readers imagination. Excellence is found in this ANNE RICE book. Have fun reading.
Date published: 2000-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lestat, the Damnedest Creature After his first appearance in Interview with the Vampire, not many fall in love with Lestat at first "sight". In his biography, the reader is taken to the very heart and soul of Lestat. All questions that were left unanswered are now revealed with intricate detail. The ultimate Brat Prince charms his way into the hearts of the reader and leaves them yearning for the next lick of his blood. In one word: Delicious!
Date published: 2000-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read! I never thought that I would ever read a book that wrote about vampires but Anne Rice must be the greatest story teller with an amazing imagination. I guarantee that once you read this one, you will read all the books in this series.
Date published: 2000-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This is the kind of book that makes you wish it would go on forever. Anne Rice at her best. ^v^
Date published: 2000-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from HOLLY COW! Personally I love to read supernatural and mystical stuff, but this is way out there. It is very good. It only took me about four days to read it because it is so good. I have never experience a read as powerful as this. It has suspense and heartbreak and it will keep you on your toes to find out what happen to wicked vampire that had been so bad in Interview with the Vampire and you will have sympathy for him. Anne Rice is truly magnificient.
Date published: 2000-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating This book is absolutly amazing. i loved it with a passion. I have finished it no more than a few hours ago and i already want to by the next book in the chronicles. And i suggest everyone else to do the same as i.
Date published: 1999-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply exquisite! In "Interview with a Vampire" I hated Lestat with a passion. He grated on my last nerve and I hoped that he would just die. But in this telling of his life it surprised me how much I misunderstood him. He was'n as bad as I believed and this quickly made me fall in love with the book. It is truly one of my favorites.
Date published: 1999-05-14

Read from the Book

IN THE WINTER OF MY TWENTY-FIRST YEAR, I WENT out alone on horseback to kill a pack of wolves.This was on my father's land in the Auvergne in France, and these were the last decades before the French Revolution.It was the worst winter that I could remember, and the wolves were stealing the sheep from our peasants and even running at night through the streets of the village.These were bitter years for me. My father was the Marquis, and I was the seventh son and the youngest of the three who had lived to manhood. I had no claim to the tile or the land, and no prospects. Even in a rich family, it might have been that way for a younger boy, but our wealth had been used up long ago. My eldest brother, Augustin, who was the rightful heir to all we possessed, had spent his wife's small dowry as soon as he married her.My father's castle, his estate, and the village nearby were my entire universe. And I'd been born restless--the dreamer, the angry one, the complainer. I wouldn't sit by the fire and talk of old wars and the days of the Sun King. History had no meaning for me.But in this dim and old fashioned world, I had become the hunter. I brought in the pheasant, the venison, and the trout from the mountain streams--whatever was needed and could be got--to feed the family. It had become my life by this time--and one I shared with no one else--and it was a very good thing that I'd taken it up, because there were years when we might have actually starved to death.Of course this was a noble occupation, hunting one's ancestral lands, and we alone had the right to do it. The richest of the bourgeois couldn't lift his gun in my forests. But then again he didn't have to lift his gun. He had money.Two times in my life I'd tried to escape this life, only to be brought back with my wings broken. But I'll tell more on that later.Right now I'm thinking about the now all over those mountains and the wolves that were frightening the villagers and stealing my sheep. And I'm thinking of the old saying in France in those days, that if you lived in the province of Auvergne you could get no farther from Paris.Understand that since I was the lord and the only lord anymore who could sit a horse and fire a gun, it was natural that the villagers would come to me, complaining about the wolves and expecting me to hunt them. It was my duty.I wasn't the least afraid of the wolves either. Never in my life had I seen or heard of a wolf attacking a man. And I would have poisoned them, if I could, but meat was simply too scarce to lace with poison.So early on a very cold morning in January, I armed myself to kill the wolves one by one. I had three flintlock guns and an excellent flintlock rifle, and these I took with me as well as my muskets and my father's sword. But just before leaving the castle, I added to this little arsenal one or two ancient weapons that I'd never bothered with before.Our castle was full of old armor. My ancestors had fought in countless noble wars since the times of the Crusades with St. Louis. And hung on the walls above all this clattering junk were a good many lances, battleaxes, flails, and maces.It was a very large mace--that is, a spiked club--that I took with me that morning, and also a good-sized flail: an iron ball attached to a chain that could be swung with immense force at an attacker.Now remember this was the eighteenth century, the time when white-wigged Parisians tiptoed around in high-heeled satin slippers, pinched snuff, and dabbed at their noses with embroidered handkerchiefs.And here I was going out to hunt in rawhide boots and buckskin coat, with these ancient weapons tied to the saddle, and my two biggest mastiffs beside me in their spiked collars.That was my life. And it might as well have been lived in the Middle Ages. And I knew enough of the fancy-dressed travelers on the post road to feel it rather keenly. The nobles in the capital called us country lords "harecatchers." Of course we could sneer at them and call them lackeys to the king and queen. Our castle had stood for a thousand years, and not even the great Cardinal Richelieu in his war on our kind had managed to pull down our ancient towers. But as I said before, I didn't pay much attention to history.I was unhappy and ferocious as I rode up the mountain.I wanted a good battle with the wolves. There were five in the pack according to the villagers, and I had my guns and two dogs with jaws so strong they could snap a wolf's spine in an instant.Well, I rode for an hour up the slopes. Then I came into a small valley I knew well enough that no snowfall could disguise it. And as I started across the broad empty field towards the barren wood, I heard the first howling.Within seconds there had come another howling and then another, and now the chorus was in such harmony that I couldn't tell the number of the pack, only that they had seen me and were signaling to each other to come together, which was just what I had hoped they would do.I don't think I felt the slightest fear then. But I felt something, and it caused the hair to rise on the backs of my arms. The countryside for all its vastness seemed empty. I readied my guns. I ordered my dogs to stop their growling and follow me, and some vague thought came to me that I had better get out of the open field and into the woods and hurry.My dogs gave their deep baying alarm. I glanced over my shoulder and saw the wolves hundreds of yards behind me and streaking straight towards me over the snow. Three giant gray wolves they were, coming on in a line.I broke into a run for the forest.It seemed I would make it easily before the three reached me, but wolves are extremely clever animals, and as I rode hard for the trees I saw the rest of the pack, some five full-grown animals, coming out ahead of me to my left. It was an ambush, and I could never make the forest in time. And the pack was eight wolves, not five as the villagers had told me.Even then I didn't have sense enough to be afraid. I didn't ponder the obvious fact that these animals were starving or they'd never come near the village. Their natural reticence with men was completely gone.I got ready for battle. I stuck the flail in my belt, and with the rifle I took aim. I brought down a big male yards away from me and had time to reload as my dogs and the pack attacked each other.

Editorial Reviews

“Frightening, sensual . . . Anne Rice will live on through the ages of literature. . . . To read her is to become giddy as if spinning through the mind of time, to become lightheaded as if our blood is slowly being drained away.”—San Francisco Chronicle   “Fiercely ambitious, nothing less than a complete unnatural history of vampires.”—The Village Voice   “Brilliant . . . its undead characters are utterly alive.”—The New York Times Book Review   “Luxuriantly created and richly told.”—The Cleveland Plain Dealer