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Blood Communion

(The Vampire Chronicles #13)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,000 Ratings  ·  197 Reviews
The Vampire Chronicles continue with a riveting, rich saga--part adventure, part fairy-tale--of Prince Lestat and the story of the Blood Communion as he tells the tale of his coming to rule the vampire world and the eternal struggle to find belonging, a place in the universe for the undead, and how, against his will, he must battle the menacing, seemingly unstoppable force ...more
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by Knopf
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Tammy
Aug 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lacking that certain bite, the Brat Prince is back. The Vampire Chroncles are becoming a bit long in the tooth to be truly entertaining.
Sh3llraiser
Aug 17, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: vampires
Prince Lestat: ★★★
Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis: ★★★★

Yep, I will be reading this one too. Because, Vampire Chronicles and Lestat and stuff.
Jenna
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: horror aficionados, Anne Rice fans
Shelves: fantasy
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Oh, what to say, what to say? I am so torn by this latest installation of Lestat's antics, don't know how I really feel about it. Don't get me wrong, the writing is beautiful, pure and classic Anne Rice. Anyone who loves her writing style will be delighted with this book. I think perhaps my reading preferences have changed, think I have changed. I'm just not feeling the love anymore. That really bothers me; I have loved Anne Rice since I first read Interview with the Vampire 25 years ago, have
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Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
It's been a LONG time since I've read Anne Rice. Years... decades even! I've always been a fan so was excited to get my hands on her latest, Blood Communion. At less than 300 pages, this is considerably shorter than most of her books so was a quick read. The first few chapters summarizes what you may have missed up to this point (this is book 13 in the Vampire Chronicles after all). I did enjoy this since, as I said, it's been really long since I've been in this world.

What I found interesting wi
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Erin Clemence
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anne Rice is back with “Blood Communion: A Tale of Prince Lestat”, her most recent novel in the Vampire Lestat series. As a huge fan of Anne Rice and the Vampire prince, I have been awaiting this novel for months, and of course, as usual, I was not disappointed.

Lestat is now the reigning prince of what he calls the ‘Blood Communion’, blood drinkers young and old who are loyal to him. When one of his own threatens his and his followers’ existence, Lestat must go against what he has promised and
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Lindsey
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Elise Pool
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

It was better than Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis but it still wasn't good. I genuinely hope that this is the last book in the chronicles because Anne has clearly run out of ideas, and it's time that she just quits, you can't continue forever you know...

This book basically has the same plot as Prince Lestat and also Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis. There is a threat and Lestat and his endless group of people in the court have to find a solution. Every complaint I had
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Lori Cornett
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book feels like an ending and a very regal one. But also like a promise of so much more beyond what part of the story we got to hear, and we may never hear that part, but still I like to imagine that it’s there. I don’t want to say much more about a yet unpublished book, just know that Lestat shines as always.
Gary
Oct 04, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the first book by Anne rice that I can only give 3 stars to for me to so that is truly shocking but I think it's time to let lastat go into history now
Paul
Nov 08, 2018 rated it liked it
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Dana Aprigliano
Oh my god.

I've never written a review for any of the books in the Vampire Chronicles before because I love this series so much that I find it hard to put into words exactly what I'm thinking when I finish each new book.

But OH MY GOD.

This book, more than any of the last four or five books in this series, made me feel SO MANY THINGS. It was brutally violent, it was shocking, it was fast-paced, it was emotional, and I was 100% along for the ride.

I do agree with a lot of the other reviewers who are
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❀⊱Rory⊰❀
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars
Angela
Apr 28, 2018 marked it as not-for-me
Wait.

WTF. (view spoiler) dies?!?! And I quote (from the blurb - but don't read it, I guess, if you're still catching up on this series): (view spoiler)

Now I'd believe that (view spoiler)
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Lynette
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved it. The first 2 chapters were a little slow and a bit of a rehash on what has gone on in previous book. I can see the point in that, in case it was your first time picking up one of her books or, like me, you forget and need reminding. I had a good time reading it and did not want to put it down or it to end. A great little adventure for our dear Prince Lestat...enjoyed seeing the growth in him through out the novel. And the message of love through out as well...something we should live ...more
Devann
I don't know what's worse, that Anne Rice keeps consistently writing the worst book I've ever read or that I keep reading them even though I KNOW what I'm getting into. Well, I think she finally broke me with this one. I don't know if she's planning on continuing the Vampire Chronicles further [please just let it die], but if she does I genuinely don't think I can read it at this point. I know I know, I got through the fucking bird aliens book but THIS one broke me? Well, read on. I did a pretty ...more
Hanna  (lapetiteboleyn)
I barely kept myself from just giving this book 5* for no better reason than that it's a great example of Anne Rice doing her thing: there's a multitude of characters with names I wouldn't even begin to think about pronouncing, there's evil that's quickly resolved through means of gratuitous violence, even more gratuitous descriptions of clothes and architecture... I suspect if you did a shot every time you read the word 'velvet' you'd be dead by p.100. There's a whole lot that tumblr will tear ...more
Teri Drake-Floyd
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I won an ARC of this book in a contest so I don't want to say too much since spoilers (this book isn't being released till next month, I think!).

Readers love to pan what Anne has done with the Vampire Chronicles, both in recent years with the "Prince Lestat" stuff as well as the books from a decade or so ago, namely Blackwood Farm and Blood Canticle. I didn't love Blood Canticle much myself, though Blackwood Farm is one of my favorites and I really liked "Prince Lestat". This one, though? She's
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Connie
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a place as this has never existed before in all our long bloody history...
Lestat still has a vision of a peaceful sanctuary, a haven for Vampires young and old. But with Rhoshamendes keeping a grudge how long will the peace last.
Anne Rice is back to her best. I tried to take my time and savour every page but as usual raced through it. I would love more chronicles of some of the new (ancient) Vampires.
This edition has some lovely illustrations in too.
GONZA
Jun 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another tale of Prince Lestat, that I really think you should read only if you love Lestat and all the old friends we got to know in years, like Marius, Armand and Louis of course. Another big problem for the prince of the undead and his court, another brillant solution, another story.

Un altro racconto che vede come protagonista Lestat e sinceramente vi consiglio di leggerla soltanto se siete grandi fans delle croncache dei vampiri e avete voglia di rivedere i soliti personaggi come Marius, Arma
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Tina Panik
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
A solid addition to the Vampire Chronicles, this is Anne Rice at her best: full of blood drinker mythology and complicated relationships. Devoted fans will devour this.

This was an ARC.
Jacques Coulardeau
Oct 21, 2018 rated it liked it
PHENOMENALLY UN-DRAMATICALLY TERMINAL

Anne Rice is sorting out her life and bringing to a close some long series. The Vampire Chronicles, second period, is coming to an end, the most idealistic, unrealistic and Hollywoodian end possible.

Anne Rice writes marvelously. She is a born storyteller. Her subject, vampires, is most thrilling and exciting. Lestat de Lioncourt, the Brat Prince, has been all along a provocateur, a party pooper, a mess caster, and many other things like that. So you will fin
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Anna
Jul 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, supernatural
I read the majority of this latest Vampire Chronicle at some ridiculous hour of the night while unable to sleep. Although it was pleasantly distracting, being very tired was not sufficient to quiet the more critical parts of my mind. ‘Blood Communion’ is a short and fairly slight novel. As with the previous two books, it is dominated by Lestat. In this case, to the exclusion of all other points of view. There isn’t even a lengthy flashback from another character, the staple of the series. Now, I ...more
William Bitner Jr.
Blood Communion: A Tale of Prince Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles)
By Anne Rice

Genre - Fiction
Category - Historical/Paranormal/Vampire/Gothic/Literary
Pages - 272
Publication Info - Knopf (October 2, 2018)
Format - Hardcover
Rating - 📙📙📙📙📙

In Blood Communion: A Tale of Prince Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles) by Anne Rice, she once again hands the quill over to one of her characters and allows them to tell a story in their own words. The narrative is descriptive and filled with the mannerism of the story
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Patricia Romero
Nov 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
I have read every book Anne has put out. I love her world of vampires and the opulence of their world. And of course who doesn’t love the Brat Prince himself?

In this telling of the Blood Communion and how he came to rule the undead and now is fighting for the entire vampire world, we find most of our favorite characters and we move from Europe to Louisiana with elegance and violence.

As much as I am a fan of her work, I’m rather over it. It feels different. Not as compelling as the first books. I
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Metalpig
Oct 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, novels
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Athena Reyes
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Let me begin by stating I am a huge fan of this series and have read all of the books in the chronicles. I was, like most fans, disappointed with the last book with the inclusion of the replimoids and whatnot, but was eager to read this one in the hopes it would be better than the last. I went into it without any great expectations and I'm glad I did. This book was incredible! It has everything I didn't know I wanted. It starts off explaining what went on in the last books which was a nice remin ...more
Stefan Fergus
3.5*
Full review to come.
Julia
Oct 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While better than her last book, I still find myself wondering why I keep reading Rice's Vampire Chronicles. The sheer abundance of characters gets in the way of the storytelling. I miss the old Lestat and the historical settings, rather than this new world of vampire politics. But, the book still had references that long time readers will enjoy, and included some great moments between Lestat and the characters that we have come to love over the 30+ years this saga has been going. 3 stars, no mo ...more
Nick
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Sadly its another yawn fest from Anne Rice. The first two chapters are a recap and after that despite the escalating issues facing Lestat and co I honestly just felt that he was being a dick. He brought on all the problems in this book and after all the possible shocking events (that turned out alright in the end of course) I just found myself not caring about any of the characters I once loved.

There just was no real good plot to sink your teeth into and hearing about how beautiful and wonderful
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Adriana
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
I love Anne Rice's writing and adore Lestat, so I come into this knowing full well that I can't be very objective about this book. And I'm happy to say that she course corrected after making Atlantis about everyone but Lestat. We now find ourselves following the Brat Prince as he finds his footing as the reluctant leader of those who walk the "devil's road." We are back to discovering the marvels of lives long lived and the horrors that being a vampire entails. The sudden violence that takes pla ...more
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Anne Rice (born Howard Allen Frances O'Brien) is a best-selling American author of gothic, supernatural, historical, erotica, and later religious themed books. Best known for The Vampire Chronicles, her prevailing thematical focus is on love, death, immortality, existentialism, and the human condition. She was married to poet Stan Rice for 41 years until his death in 2002. Her books have sold near ...more

Other books in the series

The Vampire Chronicles (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1)
  • The Vampire Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles, #2)
  • The Queen of the Damned (The Vampire Chronicles, #3)
  • The Tale of the Body Thief (The Vampire Chronicles, #4)
  • Memnoch the Devil (The Vampire Chronicles, #5)
  • The Vampire Armand (The Vampire Chronicles, #6)
  • Merrick (The Vampire Chronicles #7)
  • Blood And Gold (The Vampire Chronicles, #8)
  • Blackwood Farm (The Vampire Chronicles, #9)
  • Blood Canticle (The Vampire Chronicles, #10)
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