This book keeps you engaged until the end. The characters are well developed and you want to hear more from them. Hope there is a sequel.
Having been born and raised near the San Francisco Bay Area, I was pleasantly surprised by the vivid and accurate detail of the Northern California coast. Anne Rice transported me back home and tells a gripping and somewhat tragic tale of loss and discovery, acceptance and separation. The protagonist is a little too unbelievably "perfect", but have no problem bonding with. The villain/s make rare and short appearances and are predictably easily defeated. If your a fan of Anne Rice's beautifully poetic writing then your not going to be disappointed.
I love Ann Rice, but I have said for years that she is just too descriptive. I don't need to know the exact shade of red a flower is or how many petals... it is just funny now but it used to really frustrate me. This story is a favorite. Great characters and themes. I hope that she returns to this world again with more history and maybe a run-in with a vampire.
loved every second of this story and the performance was extraordinary. the plot was genius. Honestly, there is nothing neggative I can say about this book. I highly recommend it. Also, I hope we will see a sequel. well done Ms. Rice
From start to finish I wanted to hear more and look forward to reading the next book in the series. Anne's characters are people I want to know in places I want to be.
This book tries far too hard to incorporate principles of science, theology and philosophy, at the expense of the domains that Rice has owned in past work: magic, fantasy and the supernatural. Other readers/listeners have noted that the work is laborious and rambling at times, lacking focus, plot and direction. I found this to be true. We didn't need a DNA and genetic breakdown as part of the richness of the Vampire Chronicles (although we unfortunately eventually got it down the road), and we don't need it here. Also, some of Reuben's exploits are downright appalling, to the degree that he doesn't even make the entertaining anti-hero that Lestat makes. In fact, Reuben is often shallow, and lacking the depth of personality or conviction to be a good cardboard cut-out. I would love to see more character development, more storyline plot and purpose, a developed atmosphere (I mean, the mansion is splendid fodder, almost a character in and of itself!), and a reliance on readers' collective desire to escape into the mystic and supernatural. Hate to say it, Anne, but that's the beast you feed best. Give us more story, more magic, less medicine and science. We don't need them.