Did you ever wonder where all those mischievous vampires roaming the globe in Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles came from? In this, the third book in the series, we find out. That raucous rock-star vampire Lestat interrupts the 6,000-year slumber of the mama of all bloodsuckers, Akasha, Queen of the Damned.
Akasha was once the queen of the Nile (she has a bit in common with the Egyptian goddess Isis), and it's unwise to rile her now that she's had 60 centuries of practice being undead. She is so peeved about male violence that she might just have to kill most of them. And she has her eye on handsome Lestat with other ideas as well.
The same two gay male vampires, Louis and Lestat, who were in 'Interview with the Vampire' and 'The Vampire Lestat'. Worth reading if you've read the previous two.
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Besides a few sweet words shared by Lestat and Louis, and a declaration of love to Armand by Marius, this book held little else in the ways of eroticism. However, the plot and action throughout the novel was excellent and left me breathless.
By: Yolanda ( Yolio@cw.net )
I'm a total Anne Rice fan, because I feel that her stories can relate to what real vampire would feel.
Luxurious, intriguing and filled with horror and excitement these books will ensnare you. The stories show vampires enjoying an amount of pleasure in love that society would never allow mortals to have. But in spite of this love, these creatures seem to be cursed with a loss of lovel.
By: Anna ( Annbay2@yahoo.com )
This story is great. I am reading the book now and have almost finished it. I love the book and find that I am a really big fan of Ann Rice. Her novels speak to me in a way that few others do.
By: MadRandella ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Where Ms. Rice tends to pack her novels full of homoerotica, ' The Queen' and 'Interview' as examples, she tends to stay away from open acknowledgement of same-sex desire. She has her reasons, but I am of the opinion that the stories would tell better if at least two of the characters in the novels had been emotionally and sensually (openly) involved during the telling. The story of The Queen is wonderful in and of itself - but a bit more spark between Lestat and one other would have lent an excellent romantic angle to all that occurs.
Making a movie of 'Queen' was a good idea, but I do wish the producers, etc., would have been truer to this one story. I have read 'Queen' many times and don't recall the human lead being female (No offense intended). I have always thought David was the one human with whom Lestat was most fascinated.
By: Midnite_Monster ( Midnite_Monster@gay.com )
Queen of the Damned was an awesome book and the movie completely disregarded greatly needed information to make the film stand on two feet.
By: jOinMeInDeAtH ( Xxpunk_chiqxX@yahoo.com )
I loved this book and personally would give it an A+ rating. However, my queer horror rating would be an F because there was nothing queer about the book.
By: Melamphoros ( email@example.com )
Queen of the Damned is a very good read. Like Interview with the Vampire, the same-sex relationships in this book are alluded to, but the affection is present nonetheless. You can especially feel the love the vampires had for each other in the scene where Marius and Armand are reunited.
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