Blood and Gold (Vampire Chronicles)

By Anne Rice

“RICE WRITES along with her ordinary EROTIC AND traditionally EVOCATIVE FLAIR.”

Once a proud Senator in Imperial Rome, Marius is abducted and compelled into that darkish realm of blood, the place he's made a protector of the Queen and King of the vampires–in whom the center of the supernatural race is living. via his eyes we see the autumn of pagan Rome to the Emperor Constantine, the bad sack of the everlasting urban by the hands of the Visigoths, and the vile aftermath of the Black demise. eventually restored through the great thing about the Renaissance, Marius turns into a painter, residing dangerously but fortunately between mortals, and giving his middle to the good grasp Botticelli, to the bewitching courtesan Bianca, and to the mysterious younger apprentice Armand. however it is today, deep within the jungle, whilst Marius will meet his destiny looking justice from the oldest vampires on the earth. . . .

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I had idea the "god" of the Druid woods to be a monster. and that i understood that during her personal means Akasha used to be a monster. i used to be a monster to boot. I had no purpose of making a devotion for her. She was once a mystery. And from the instant she got here into my arms she and her consort have been so much really those that needs to be saved. This didn't cease me from adoring her in my middle, and growing the main lavish shrine for her, and dreaming that, having spoken to me as soon as with the brain present, she could communicate to me back. the 1st urban to which I took the mysterious pair was once Antioch, a so much remarkable and engaging position. It was once within the East as we acknowledged in these days, but it was once a Roman urban and have been formed through the large impression of Hellenism—that is, the philosophy and ideas of the Greeks. It was once a urban of recent and luxurious Roman constructions, and it was once a urban of serious libraries and colleges of philosophy, and even though I haunted it through evening, the ghost of my former self, there have been incredible males to be spied upon and wondrous issues to be heard. however my first years because the keeper of the mummy and the daddy have been sour in my loneliness, and the silence of the Divine mom and dad struck me usually as quite merciless. i used to be pitifully ignorant as to my very own nature, and ceaselessly brooding on my everlasting destiny. Akasha's silence struck me as terrifying and complicated. in spite of everything, why was once I requested via Akasha to take her out of Egypt if she intended simply to take a seat upon her throne in everlasting stillness? It appeared occasionally that self-destruction used to be most advantageous to the life I persisted. Then got here the beautiful Pandora into my midst, a lady i would identified considering that her girlhood in Rome. certainly, i might as soon as long gone to her father to hunt her hand in marriage whilst she'd been just a precocious baby. And the following she used to be in Antioch, as gorgeous within the leading of existence as she'd been in her formative years, flooding my strategies with very unlikely wish. Our lives grew to become fatally intertwined. certainly the rate and violence with which Pandora was once made a blood drinker left me vulnerable with guilt and confusion. yet Pandora believed that Akasha had willed our union; Akasha had hearkened to my loneliness; Akasha had drawn Pandora to me for those who observed our council desk, around which we sat whilst Akasha rose, then you definitely have noticeable Pandora, the tall white-skinned good looks with the specific rippling brown hair, person who is now a strong baby of the Millennia simply as you're and simply as i'm. Why am I now not together with her now, you'll ask? what's it in me that won't recognize my admiration for her brain, her attractiveness, her beautiful realizing of all issues? Why cannot i'm going to her! i do not understand. i do know basically bad anger and discomfort divides us simply because it did such a lot of years in the past. i will not admit how a lot i've got wronged her. i can't admit how a lot i've got lied approximately my love of 32 Blood and Gold her and my desire of her. And this want, possibly this want is the object which retains me at a distance, the place i'm secure from the scrutiny of her smooth and clever brown eyes. it is also actual that she judges me harshly for issues i've got in recent years performed.

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