Farm, with its grand
Southern mansion, harbours a family of ghosts. Heir to them
all is Quinn Blackwood, young, rash and beautiful, himself
a tyro bloodhunter whom Lestat takes under his wing. But Quinn
is in thrall not only to the past and his own appetites but,
even more dangerously, to a companion spirit - a goblin succubus
who could destroy him and others. Only the unearthly power
of Lestat combined with the earthly powers of the ubiquitous
Mayfair clan could hope to save Quinn from himself and his
ghosts, or to rescue the doomed girl Quinn loves from her
is the ninth volume of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles
series. After a number of her previous volumes have been given
the Hollywood treatment (Interview with a Vampire and
The Queen of the Damned) it almost seems that she has
switched into 'writing for the movies' mode - every scene
is so vivid that you can almost picture the boom mic accidentally
appearing in shot.
her work is as strong and calculated as it has always been,
reading Blackwood Farm you can't help but think that
Rice is now a one-trick-pony. While there is much more to
her work than stories of bloodsucking fiends, I am getting
to the point where I want more from her work - I have grown
up on her books and she has failed to grow with me.
Farm is exceptionally well written and it's great to see
Rice on such good form. It's just that, for me, it's time
she did something a little different to break away from the
realm of the vampires.
you are already bitten (no pun intended) by the Rice bug then
this will be a welcome addition to the Chronicles series.
Just don't expect too much from it or you will be a little
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