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Publisher's Summary

Perennial best-seller Anne Rice fuses her two uniquely seductive strains of narrative - her Vampire legend and her lore of the Mayfair witches - to give us a world of classic deep-south luxury and ancestral secrets. 

Welcome to Blackwood Farm: soaring white columns, spacious drawing rooms, bright, sun-drenched gardens, and a dark strip of the dense Sugar Devil Swamp. This is the world of Quinn Blackwood, a brilliant young man haunted since birth by a mysterious doppelgänger, “Goblin”, a spirit from a dream world that Quinn can’t escape and that prevents him from belonging anywhere. When Quinn is made a Vampire, losing all that is rightfully his and gaining an unwanted immortality, his doppelgänger becomes even more vampiric and terrifying than Quinn himself. 

As the novel moves backwards and forwards in time, from Quinn’s boyhood on Blackwood Farm to present-day New Orleans, from ancient Athens to 19th-century Naples, Quinn seeks out the legendary Vampire Lestat in the hope of freeing himself from the spectre that draws him inexorably back to Sugar Devil Swamp and the explosive secrets it holds. 

A story of youth and promise, of loss and the search for love, of secrets and destiny, Blackwood Farm is Anne Rice at her mesmerizing best. 

Please note: This is the abridged edition. An unabridged version is also available.

©2002 Anne O'Brien Rice (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“Rice breathes new life into the long-running Vampire Chronicles with the tale of Quinn Blackwood, a young vampire haunted by a menacing doppelganger.... Rather than extrapolating from previous Vampire Chronicles, the latest presents a completely fresh story, a gripping gothic yarn that revives the series.” (Booklist)

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Narrator was painfully bad

Narrator was painfully bad. It was like being read to by Cleveland Brown with a terrible fake southern accent.

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Abomination

What an abomination of a story. The narrator's voice is just the worst, so annoying - nasally and flamboyant. Anne Rice has this new Tarquin character dip to new levels of degeneracy - like she's pushing the envelope to see how twisted and immoral she can make him. I just never liked him ever, never warmed up to him, hardly cared for him. There's a part where the main character is gone on a European holiday for 3 1/2 years.... he was supposed to go for a few weeks, maybe a season - but he was gone for 3 1/2 years. All while his home, family, and love of his life are back home. No one is like that. No one just decides to up and leave everything and stay gone for so long,, even if they have loads of money.. There's just a huge disconnect in this book... And Merrick Mayfair.. don't even get me started. Fuck this book, read the cliffnotes instead. It's a shame to even have Lestat's name dropped in this. It's shocking that this book comes after Blood and Gold which was fantastic . This book was just trash. Anne Rice was clearly slipping mentally when she wrote this.

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Very nice filler story in the vampire Chronicles.

the narrator was the best part he pulled it together nicely.

the scene where he is changed to a vampire was disgusting . but the rest of the book was great.

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