Once a proud Senator in imperial Rome, kidnapped and made a "blood god" by the Druids, Marius becomes the embittered protector of Akasha and Enkil, Queen and King of the vampires, in whom the core of the supernatural race resides. We follow him through his heartbreaking abandonment of the vampire Pandora. Through him we see the fall of pagan Rome to the Emperor Constantine and the horrific sack of the Eternal City itself at the hands of the Visigoths. Bravely, Marius seeks a new civilization in the midst of glittering Constantinople, only to meet with the blood drinker Eudoxia. We see him ultimately returning to his beloved Italy, where after the horrors of the Black Death he is restored by the beauty of the Renaissance. We see him become a painter living dangerously yet happily among mortals, giving his heart to the great Botticelli, to the bewitching courtesan Bianca, and to the mysterious young apprentice Armand.
Moving from Rome to Florence, Venice, and Dresden, and to the English castle of the secret scholarly order of the Talamasca, the novel reaches its dramatic finale in our own time, deep in the jungle where Marius, having told his life story, seeks some measure of justice from the oldest vampires in the world.
©2001 Anne O'Brien Rice; (P)2001 Random House, Inc., Random House Audio, a Division of Random House, Inc.
A great continuation of the, ?hopefully?, endless ?Vampire Series?, it is thrilling, chilling and mind expanding. Rice gives yet another rendition of her spiritual world. Excellent!!
I found this reading of Blood and Gold to be luxurious, Roger Rees evoking the majesty and timelessness of Marius without sounding like a caricature. His inflection with the female characters was mildly saccharine, but this long and detail-rich story was awesome to have in this format. I loved every minute detail, and the delivery was really well done. If you want action, read Tom Clancy or what have you. If you want deep relationships, painstaking picture-painting, and really distinct characters, this book is worth a long and exciting listen. I will listen to it again, eventually, the way I re-read the books, when I am ready to revisit these places.
Blood and Gold, the story of Marius, is one of the better books of the latter cycle of Vampire Chronicles. Yes, it does rehash some of the material from The Vampire Armand and Pandora, but it doesn't take from the overall story and the great rapport between Marius and Thorn. Roger Rees does a good job with the text, although his accent for Thorn sounds more like Dracula than a former Viking. Definately worth reading and listening to.
The best story told is marius, I injoy this from beginning to end, I love listening to Roger Rees tell this story, once again Anne Rice at her best!!!
If you are an Anne Rice reader of her "Vampire Chronicles" this gives an explanation of the life of Marius far more in depth.
It is a worthwhile read if you have read the "Chronicles," and are looking for more information regarding this character to fill in the gaps.
Also, it brings in new characters as well as expounding on a few of the past characters. I looked at it more as an autobiography of Marius.
It is a worthwhile read once only in my opinion.
I was very happy to see some unabridged versions of Anne Rice novels. I started with Merrick, and I was not disappointed! The narrator did an excellent job, and the prose was beautiful. I actually enjoyed this audio version even more than I enjoyed reading the book. A great choice for Anne Rice fans.
Finally the history of the immortal blood-drinker Marius is told from beginning to end. It is absolutely facinating, historically descriptive, thoroughly entertaining, and all encompassing. I loved it from beginning to end.
I have listened to all of her books and this one does not disappoint. If you are an Anne Rice fan it is a must listen.
Blood and Gold must be one of the best of the Vampire Chronicles. It keeps your attention and the story line is consistant.
My wife and I listened to 3 hours of this on a long car journey, we couldnt bear to listen to any more. What we heard consisted of endless rumination on the Queen of the Damned, Those who must be Kept, Lestat and the twins. Over and over again. Tiresome, disapointing and not particularly intelliegent. It seems that the author has become tied up in the plotlines of the her world without actually adding anything new.
I adored this book... so far I've found the best Anne Rice novel. Some of the ending is convoluted, but that's my only criticism. Otherwise atmospheric, enthralling, complex and a emotional Gothic masterpiece.
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