Anne Rice is delightfully Victorian in this Vampire drama, and it’s one of the few books in this style that I like – that of a flashback novel. Most of the story is a single person narrative, and every other paragraph starts with a quote, so it’s in no way an easy style to engage readers in, but Rice is wonderful here. I learned to re-love Lestat (pronounced Lesdot, with an emphasis on the second syllable) and the new Vampire introduced: Quinn Blackwood, is unique and infinitely enjoyable. Rice does create great characters. The only flaw perhaps in the novel is the enormous narration throughout the text, however great a writer Rice is, she isn’t able to pull it off quite that effectively; writing this as first person singular could have been much more effective. I liked this.