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"In my dreams, I saw a city fall into the sea. I heard the cries of thousands. I saw flames that outshone the lamps of heaven. And all the world was shaken...." (Anne Rice, Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis)
At the novel's center: the vampire Lestat de Lioncourt, hero, leader, inspirer, irresistible force, irrepressible spirit, battling (and ultimately reconciling with) a strange otherworldly form that has somehow taken possession of Lestat's undead body and soul. This ancient and mysterious power and unearthly spirit of vampire lore has all the force, history, and insidious reach of the unknowable universe.
It is through this spirit, previously considered benign for thousands of vampire years and throughout the Vampire Chronicles, that we come to be told the hypnotic tale of a great sea power of ancient times, a mysterious heaven on earth situated on a boundless continent - and of how and why, and in what manner and with what far-reaching purpose, this force came to build and rule the great legendary empire of centuries ago that thrived in the Atlantic Ocean.
And as we learn of the mighty, far-reaching powers and perfections of this lost kingdom of Atalantaya, the lost realms of Atlantis, we come to understand its secrets and how and why the vampire Lestat, indeed all the vampires, must reckon so many millennia later with the terrifying force of this ageless, all-powerful Atalantaya spirit.
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By Shaun on 02-18-17
A bunch of vampires preach against Christianity
This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
Maybe if they did something besides sit around and talk. A little action at all would be nice.
Would you ever listen to anything by Anne Rice again?
She is usually preachy. But she is really reaching to promote some sort of socialism/utopia and uses this story as a preaching platform almost completely.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Any additional comments?
It would be great if she would cut the philosophy down. And actually have some story and some action. She has these "godlike" powerful vampires that do nothing.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
By Liberty on 12-01-16
Don't Miss This Masterful Modern Morality Play!
Whether you are an Anne Rice fan or not, this riveting story painted in lush, eloquent prose brought to life in a magnificent performance by Simon Vance, delivers a deep examination of God, Soul, universal connectivity, equanimity, community, justice, love and even diplomacy. Although I've been an Anne Rice fan for nearly forty years, I did not realize The Vampire Chronicles embodied the internal and external components of a modern morality play until I heard them performed by Mr. Vance. Each of the twelve volumes grinds the characters through grief, physical and psychic pain no mere human could ever survive, thus the vampire, immortal metaphor. Prince Lestat gives us both male and female response to the tribulations and agony of life in 'the savage garden.' I've read and listened to the Vampire Chronicles many times and feel strongly that Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis is, without doubt, her best work yet.
If you are looking for blood and guts gratuitous violence, you won't find it here. Violence is the amazing artistic device she uses as pivotal events to change everything you've experienced up until that point. If you love beautiful writing, you will love this book.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful