Prior to reading the Queen of the Damned I only knew a handful of things about it I knew that everyone RAVED over the book I knew that Aaliyah had been cast for the movie and died during the filiming of it But mostly, being the metal junky that I am, I knew that the soundtrack was the bee s knees featuring Korn, Static X, Deftones, Disturbed, Lincoln Park and other awesome bands that rocked my world at the time the movie was coming out I actually never watched the movie being the purist that I am I wanted to read the book first But I listened to that soundtrack a whole lot This book is jam packed with information As an audio book it was a little hard to follow and overwhelming at times I am not ashamed to admit I had to look it up on Wikipedia to make sure I was getting the story straight before trying to write this review.I ll skip over most of the details and give the rundown of what really got my motor going OHMYGODTHEAWESOMENESSTHATISTHEBEGINNINGOFVAMPIRES.Yup And in case you want that in English the creation of vampires was the coolest fucking thing on the face of the planet Pre Egyptian royalty, witches, cannibalism, evil spirits, heads being severed, brains being eaten I mean come ON people Shit does not come cooler than that It just doesn t I really can t get too much into the story without telling you all of it, so that s all I ll say about it.With as confusing as it was as an audio book I still really enjoyed the story being told I loved learning about the origin of the vampires and how it had been warped over time by the whispers of legend It was quite fascinating Simon Vance did an incredible job, once again, as narrator you may have better luck reading it as a physical book rather than listening to it. This was the best one of them all It fills in all the holes and makes for a fascinating read The only character who didn t seem to fit in with the story was the Baby character who killed her mother and father The only thing I could figure out was that she gave us Anne Rice s ideas of the afterlife That you just go up into a wonderful loving place with all the people in your life even if you were a horrible person The rest was sheer creativeness That a vampire could be so ancient and complete he she didn t need to kill any was cool The idea that an ancient making a new vampire made a super vampire was cool also And Lestat was right, Louis does whine a lot Librarian S Note An Alternate Cover Edition Can Be Found HereIn , A Uniquely Seductive World Of Vampires Was Unveiled In The Now Classic Interview With The Vampire In , A Wild And Voluptous Voice Spoke To Us, Telling The Story Of The Vampire Lestat In The Queen Of The Damned, Anne Rice Continues Her Extraordinary Vampire Chronicles In A Feat Of Mesmeric Storytelling, A Chillingly Hypnotic Entertainment In Which The Oldest And Most Powerful Forces Of The Night Are Unleashed On An Unsuspecting WorldThree Brilliantly Colored Narrative Threads Intertwine As The Story Unfolds The Rock Star Known As Vampire Lestat, Worshipped By Millions Of Spellbound Fans, Prepares For A Concert In San Francisco Among The Audience Pilgrims In A Blind Swoon Of Adoration Are Hundreds Of Vampires, Creatures Who See Lestat As A Greedy Fiend Risking The Secret Prosperity Of All His Kind Just To Be Loved And Seen By Mortals, Fiends Themselves Who Hate Lestat S Power And Who Are Determined To Destroy Him The Sleep Of Certain Men And Women Vampires And Mortals Scattered Around The World Is Haunted By A Vivid, Mysterious Dream Of Twins With Fiery Red Hair And Piercing Green Eyes Who Suffer An Unspeakable Tragedy It Is A Dream That Slowly, Tauntingly Reveals Its Meaning To The Dreamers As They Make Their Way Toward Each Other Some To Be Destroyed On The Journey, Some To Face An Even Terrifying Fate At Journey S End Akasha Queen Of The Damned, Mother Of All Vampires, Rises After A , Year Sleep And Puts Into Motion A Heinous Plan To Save Mankind From Itself And Make All Myths Of The World Real By Elevating Herself And Her Chosen Son Lover To The Level Of The Gods I Am The Fulfillment And I Shall From This Moment Be The Cause These Narrative Threads Wind Sinuously Across A Vast, Richly Detailed Tapestry Of The Violent, Sensual World Of Vampirism, Taking Us Back , Years To Its Beginnings As The Stories Of The First Brood Of Blood Drinkers Are Revealed, We Are Swept Across The Ages, From Egypt To South America To The Himalayas To All The Shrouded Corners Of The Globe Where Vampires Have Left Their Mark Vampires Are Created Mortals Succumbing To The Sensation Of Being Enptied, Of Being Devoured, Of Being Nothing Vampires Are Destroyed Dark Rituals Are Performed The Rituals Of Ancient Creatures Prowling The Modern World And, Finally, We Are Brought To A Moment In The Twentieth Century When, In An Astonishing Climax, The Fate Of The Living Dead And Perhaps Of The Living, All The Living Will Be Decided From The Hardcover Edition The Queen of the Damned is the third book of the successful Vampire Chronicles saga by the author Anne Rice For me, it s a novel that is impossible to understand without reading Lestat, the vampire In this chapter, Rice immerses you in the bowels of the origin of vampires and the myths and legends of the ancient Egypt Akasha is The Queen of the Damned, an exotic, dangerous and trapped in a remote time character Rice guides us in a world of strong contrasts where darkness and evil mix in an almost inseparable way with hope and kindness The Queen of Damned is a book that I recommend to all fans who have begun to discover the books of Anne Rice and for those who have not yet done so PD If you have watched the film try to forget it, in my opinion, is one of the worst book adaptations of all time D Spanish version La Reina de los condenados es el tercer libro de la exitosa saga Cronicas Vamp ricas de Anne Rice Para mi es una novela que es imposible de entender sin haber le do Lestat, el Vampiro En esta novela Anne Rice nos sigue sumergiendo en las entra as del origen de los vampiros y de sus mitos y leyendas m s ancestrales hasta transportarnos a pocas tan remotas como las del antiguo egipto Akasha es la reina de los condenados, un personaje ex tico, peligroso y atrapado en un tiempo remoto De nuevo Rice consigue hacernos sumergir en un mundo de fuertes contraposiciones en el que las tinieblas y la maldad se mezclan de forma casi indisoluble con la esperanza y la bondad Un libro que recomiendo a todos los fans que hayan empezado a descubrir los libros de Anne Rice y para los que a n no lo hayan hecho pd Si has visto la pel cula intenta olvidarla, para m es una de las peores adaptaciones que nunca se han hecho de un libro. I didn t enjoy this book quite as much as the first two in the series but it is a thoroughly entrancing read nonetheless Rice has such a way with words, she writes so beautifully and it amazes mewith each book I read by her I enjoyed thehistorical aspect of this one, getting to know the background of the vampires and how they came to be was incredibly interesting My only complaint is the shifting POVs, normally I m a fan of multiple POVs but it just didn t work with this book for me I kept waiting for it to get interesting but it never did It got stupider and stupider until I thought my brains were leaking out If I were on a desert island with nothing to read but this book, I would scratch out old 80 s pop lyrics with a twig in the sand before trying to read this dreck again. I like books I like reading them, writing them, sleeping with every word I have ever read staring down at me in a legacy of comforting language I have only ever in my life put down two books without finishing them, and throughout this whole torturous affair I had to continuously remind myself that I don t want that figure to reach three In short, this was slow, painful and pointless,of an elongated love affair with Rice s beloved Lestat than any honest attempt to, y now, educate or entertain her audience I wish I hadn t started it, because then I could have read something else.Plot There is effectively none The whole thing is told through a series of side stories and flashbacks, with the actual conflict resolved in a handful of pages at the back end of the book, about two or three hundred after I started actually, verbally yelling at the thing to get to the point already Nothing at all is accomplished Rice cleans up her mythology a little bit and injects a bitvampiric superpowers into her fictional crush Lestat This,than anything, is what grates about the story Every character spends far too much time worrying over Lestat It is an elongated aggrandizing, a chance to reiterate just how attractive, devilish, powerful and irresistible the irritating little godlet is Every other character spends far, far too much time worrying over him, and each mewling phrase sticks out of the narrative like a staple in a quiche Even the titled Queen of the Damned herself, who at points showed the potential to be a well realized character with a handful of villainous virtues and flaws, is inevitably defeated because Lestat is just too damned beautiful for anyone to resist It s tiresome, it s awful, and it makes me angry because there ARE hints, here and there, of surprising narrative potential, if only when the author pulls her head out of her own ass long enough to write a chapter that has absolutely nothing to do with her favorite dead, white masturbation fodder.Skip it watch the movie if you must, it s shorter. The Vampire Chronicles Anne Rice s seminal work keeps getting better While I was lukewarm on Interview With the Vampire though my reading of its sequels has deepened my appreciation of that dark little novel , I quite enjoyed The Vampire Lestat and was blown away by The Queen of the Damned This novel shows Rice getting a firm grip on her vampires she juggles action and exposition and angst oh, the angst expertly here, never allowing the story s pace to flag Not once was I bored or wanted to skim, as has been the case at times in the previous two Vampire books.At the end of book two, Lestat awakened Akasha, the Queen of the Undead, from a six thousand year slumber, and upon wakening she yearns to rule with an iron fist The worlds of the mortal and immortal alike are in peril some Vampires are spared from certain deathwhy What is She saving them for Read and find out.This book features, on top of many exquisitely horrific moments, some superb character development Marius, Armand, Pandora, Jesse, Daniel, the TwinsI loved these characters, one and all, and can t wait to read about them in future volumes Lestat and Louis s relationship is also brought full circle in a heartbreaking callback scene to Interview With the Vampire I was choking back the tears when reading that.What can I say, I had a blast with this book I will soon be starting volume four I read a lot of Anne Rice in the 80s, both her Vampire Chronicles and her Mayfair Witches series I always find her very readable and there is always some dark beauty in her prose However, like most series the quality tend to drop off after three or four volumes, the authors either begin to repeat themselves or try something radically different or experimental which does not work As far as The Vampire Chronicles is concerned I think Ms Rice has done a bit of both, and I lost interest after the fifth volume Memnoch the Devil.Most readers of The Vampire Chronicles agree that the first three books of the series are the best I would go as far as to say that these are the best vampire fiction I have ever read Bram Stoker has nothing on Anne Rice as far as literary talent is concerned Stephenie Meyer does not even deserve to be mentioned in the same breath.OK, enough useless preamble I reread The Queen of the Damned as part of my Halloween horror binge I have long neglected the horror genre in favor of sci fi, fantasy and even mainstream fiction It never occurred to me to reread the first twoVampire Chronicles books Interview with the Vampire and The Vampire Lestat because I still remember the stories very well even decades after reading them the Tom Cruise movie adaptation is evenfresh in my memory The Queen of the Damned however, is only remembered in term of broad plot outline, and I the denouement totally escaped me I think this is because there is so much in this book It isepic is scale andcomplex in structure and characterization Akasha Art by by Klodia007In the previous book The Vampire Lestat Lestat, the rebellious star of the Chronicles has become a rock star with hit albums I think he made some kind of hair metal with weird lyrics His vampiric brand of metal mayhem has the unfortunate effect of waking up Akasha the original vampire, with megalomaniac tendencies Soon she is dispatching young or crappy vampires left and right with her mental powers and human males in general are on her s hit list Who can stop the most powerful vampire ever I won t spoil it for you, but it is probably not whoever it is you are thinking of.There are long flashback chapters where the narrative is set in ancient Egyptian time where the human queen Akasha is turned into the first vampire almost by accident This part of the tale involves good and evil spirits, cannibalism and curses, it really is quite riveting The sections set in the modern world is almost as exciting, Anne Rice s world building and vampire mythos is some of the most vivid fantastical creation ever I particularly like the Talamasca, the secret society for investigation of the paranormal where Fox Mulder would feel right at home.Anne Rice s prose always go down well with me, I particularly like her description of the elation and shame of vampire feedingWhen they drank the blood they felt ecstasy Never had they known such pleasure, not in their beds, not at the banquet table, not when drunk with beer or wine That was the source of the shame It hadn t been the killing it had been the monstrous feeding It had been the pleasureAkasha by Deathstars69 Her descriptions of characters are always quite vividHer skin was white and hard and opaque as it had always been Her cheek shone like pearl as she smiled, her dark eyes moist and enlivened as the flesh puckered ever so slightly around them They positively glistered with vitalityThe Queen of the Damned is definitely worth rereading if you have read it ages ago like I have, of course if you have not read it before it is evenof an imperative though I would recommend reading the previous two books in the chronicles first This should not be much of a hardship as they are seriously gripping reads That said if you were to read it as a standalone I think it would still be quite understandable.A great read from first page to last Notes Fans of Twilight may find this interesting The 2002 movie adaptation is indeed a mess, but Aaliyah actually did a good job, and she died soon after the movie s release, poor girl Aaliyah as Akasha This was the book that pretty much killed my desire to read anythingby Rice Only 3 books into the Chronicles and I was already weary of her style As it was, the book was so dull that it took me ages to finish it I despised a great deal of the new characters and their stories, but as usual, I enjoyed the history particularly Egypt where certain stories took place I could not stand the inclusion of the whole Talamasca thing and found myself rolling my eyes whenever that mess came into play And Louis fan that I am, I was disappointed to see so little of the character I had bonded with in the first book.Not a book I would care to ever read again.