And so, with Anne Rice‘s “Blood and Gold” (Vampire Chronicles 8; ISBN 0099271494; 752p.; Goodreads) I finish the classic run of the Vampire Chronicles. For I have read the other two long ago, and consider them the break-point in my life. The other two in my head are marked under “Prince Lestat Series“, and I can’t help it. And the New Vampire Stories are just that – a different line in the same branch. So be assured, I’ll get to all of these, and maybe will even re-visit Blackwood farm and Blood Canticle to make a review for them.
A red haired warrior from the north slept deep in ice watching with his mind eyes as the world around him went on. Made by the oldest of his kind he had no need to rise, really, not to feed, not to, what, stretch his old bones? But wake he did, and nothing more was to do but to rise, and walk out. Out there, where he met Marius. And Thorne, being so alone in this new world, felt deeply for the company Marius offered, craving the stories over anything else, and Marius had many of these.
We learn how he was made, for what purpose, with what reasons. We learn of how he went on, all the way until he formed into what we met in Armand’s book. In fact, we do meet Armand again, and see another side to the story he told. We get to know why and how he turned Bianca, and how Armand was unable to keep secrets from her. We get to know of Marius’ mad love – Pandora, and her even madder fear of Those Who Must be Kept. Now this part I found the most interesting, for it shone a whole different light on Akasha, what she’s like, what she was like. In their immobile state, Marius and her, saved each other time and again, all the way until the day Lestat entered the chambers (“and spoiled everything!”). I dare say that this book could be a good thing to read right after Lestat’s biography, for it gives perspective on Akasha that I didn’t have, and didn’t form through the Queen of the Damned book/movie.
While I still believe that Blackwood Farm is the very best in Chronicles, Blood and Gold earned the 5 out of 5, fully. Marius is an odd creature, at times as ridiculous as a clumsy moose, other times as graceful as a deer. How he fought every woman in his life, and hoped to keep them all, just to realize that such sharing of the heart is not meant for all, and that some take “I said what I had to say in the moment” as no excuse at all.