Non-Spoiler Review of Anne Rice’s “Blood Communion”

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Be sure to click the above link to be directed to Barnes and Noble’s website, in order to pre-order a signed copy of Anne Rice’s upcoming Vampire Chronicles  installment Blood Communion, being released October 2nd, 2018

There’s a good reason for Anne Rice remaining tight-lipped about this newest installment in the much-beloved Vampire Chronicles. It is being done purposefully, at least in my humble opinion, and in order to respect that air of secrecy needed to protect the trepidation that accompanies certain scenes, I’m remaining silent on any plot specifics in this review. This book is highly taut with extreme suspense, more-so than other recent Anne Rice novels. And while feeling stylistically a bit more calculated/controlled in its overall tempo. Blood Communion still swells with signature Anne Rice elements: the measured rapturous descriptions that never overwhelms with purple prose, the lethargic languor of evocative existential dread that sneakingly overwhelms Anne’s language at certain intervals of the story right before a deliberate crescendo into full-blown prose evoking ineffable awe over one’s paradoxical place in the universe. And many parts of this book feel like a purposeful trajectory of Lestat’s series-long solo sojourn on the Devil’s Road, before eventually finding hard-fought transcendence from self-abasement, and self-affirming fulfillment shared in communion with others of his kind, a community of beings that have traveled that same road through his writings. It is the same road we traveled through this entire series; our readership as a whole is a communion of eclectic readers from varying backgrounds finding some sense of solace in the journey of immortal kind.  Blood Communion is a title that fits this novel very well, given it is literally Lestat’s thoughts about the installation of this new community and the fraught challenges that comes with it.

Everything about this latest installment Blood Communion is fine-tuned like a violin, acknowledging all the nuances of notes and levels of meaning played out in the previous two novels. More than ever, it starts to dawn on the reader, an epiphany that sneaks its way to the forefront of your mind that then three novels, beginning with Prince Lestat, were always meant to be read as a trilogy. So you may want to consider re-reading these last two books again in quick succession, before delving into this newest novel.

Without digressing any further and detracting from your enjoyment of this book, I will simply caution you that you might need to retreat away from any distractions of any kind. Also, be mindful that you will have moments of despondency, pure joy, despair- all the contrasting emotions that are so pivotal to feeling utterly immersed in a novel. Just as the last two novels were about the maturation of Amel; this novel portrays Lestat’s own evolution as a character, as he finally takes on the reigns of leadership and responsibility, accepting his fate as a monarchical ruler of sorts over vampire kind, dealing with the needed rigidity of law and order, a chastened sense of moral conduct, which can be so challenging  being someone that is so accustomed to living life within the amoral world of the “Savage Garden.”

After you read this book, I implore you, and really encourage you, to join our lively discussion of Anne Rice’s works on my private Facebook group, Lestat’s Book Coven. Even though this blog will be formally closing in a month’s time, I hope to carve out space and time to continue discussing with each and everyone of you so many of the rich themes present in Anne Rice’s written work.

In a few day’s time, probably a week or so from now, I will be featuring a transcription of an interview I’ll be conducting with author Anne Rice. Beyond that, the blog will formally be closing in November 2018, and the final review ever published on this blog will be The Plague Diaries  by Ronlyn Domingue.

 

 

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