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Prince Lestat by Anne Rice – A Review

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Prince Lestat is the eleventh novel in Anne Rice’s “The Vampire Chronicles”. After the success of the film adaptation of the most famous (and probably the best) book of “The Vampire Chronicles”, Interview with the Vampire, Rice obviously feels she can milk a little more money out of the franchise by writing just one more book, even though Blood Canticle was originally supposed to finish the series. It feels a little as though Rice is running out of new and interesting ideas to keep these series afloat, and Prince Lestat doesn’t have anywhere near the same sort of depth or level of interest as the previous books in the series.

This novel follows the most famous vampire of Rice’s imagined world and the best-loved character from previous books, Lestat de Lioncourt, who is still extremely well written. This part of the novel is by far the best: Rice’s characterization of her main character is familiar and continues well the things she has already established in other books, whilst not neglecting to develop Lestat and other characters who have already been seen in other novels. The writing is still of the same great quality and is compelling: the descriptions of the places, the building of tension and intrigue… The problem is, the really good ideas just aren’t there anymore, and what ideas there are really aren’t new or interesting enough to hold the reader’s attention for very long.

Overall, the atmosphere of this book is good, but is let down by the tired tropes and the themes that are either underdeveloped or are overdone. The series would have been better off without this addition, since it actually brings nothing new or innovative to Rice’s vampire world that hasn’t already been seen before. Really, the best thing about this book is that it highlights how good the rest of the series is.

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