Anne Rice’s third book in the Interview with the Vampire series, Queen of the Damned pulses with menace, mystery, sensuality, and violence verging on the apocalyptic. Lestat and all other vampires pay the price for his obsessive need for fame, and for his reckless honesty in describing the “blood drinkers among us.” Lestat’s kiss awakens Queen Akasha from her 6000 year sleep, and she immediately begins a wholesale slaughter of the world’s vampires. She spares only a small few, including Lestat whom she expects will join her in her crazed crusade against male mortals. Meanwhile, vampires and psychic humans around the globe are having the same terrifying dream in which twin red-haired women weep over the body of another woman, whose eyes and brains are on a plate nearby. Read on to see how Anne Rice masterfully intertwines these with additional players and subplots to bring us a most entertaining and thought provoking story.
Review by Michele P.