Rice did not survive the sophomore slump of The Snow Garden with this third novel. I was a big fan of A Density of Souls and have been dissappointed ever since. It was almost painful to listen through to the end of this one, but I needed some closure. I also wanted Rice to somehow salvage this mess.
Do not waste a book credit or even 37 cents on this audio book. The plot has some interest at times, but, goodness it goes on forever along tangents that are incomprehensible. The author wrote some wretched dialog and I'm still trying to figure out why the law professor husband didn't just sue and divorce his adulterous wife. Character development was non existent. I never did listen to the end and I don't even care.
Anne Rice is one of the most talented writers I've read. Her ability to set a scene that the reader can see in the mind's eye is exquisite. That ability is totally wasted in the latest of her Vampire Chronicles. That this is actually considered part of the chronicles escapes me. Lestat's only part in this story is on the receiving end of a boring-as-heck tale told by the fey newbie vamp Quinn Blackwood. Rice did her best to interest fans by again merging the Mayfair witches with the vampires. The idea is exciting but the execution was lacking. True Rice fans like me will unexplainably forgive her and continue to buy her stuff, but, I have a feeling we'll never get another like Interview with a Vampire, Queen of the Damned, or Feast of All Saints from the lady again. I caution you to not operate heavy equipment while listening, however, this one will induce sleep.
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