Queen of the Damned

background image is photo of female figures on a 1889 Tiffany silver punch bowl
The plot’s as faint as the photo.

The Queen of the Damned is the third of Anne Rice’s novels about vampires. Perhaps if one has read the previous two, Queen might be interesting, or at least intelligible.

As a stand-alone, it’s a dud.

The title character doesn’t appear until page 123. Up to that point, the book has been assorted ramblings from various characters living at various times in various places around the world.

Some characters are spirits, some are vampires. Each is totally self-absorbed and incredibly boring.

The main male character is Vampire Lestat, a rock star whose fan’s think “Vampire” is his stage name:

At rock concerts, nobody knows if you’re a vampire.

Lestat’s enemies attack one of his concerts, killing masses of people.

Lestat escapes thanks to the Queen of the Damned, Akasha, who regards him as “the essence of masculinity.”  Akasha wants Lestat to join her program for world improvement: She’s going to kill 99 percent of all males, keeping 1 percent for breeding purposes.

While there are some human characters in the novel, they are depicted primarily as great, unwashed masses, fit only as food for non-humans.

Rice includes some of her husband’s poems in the book. They’re better than her story.

Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice
Chronicles of the Vampires ; v. 3
Knopf. ©1988. 448 p.
1988 bestseller #7; my grade:

©2019 Linda G. Aragoni

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Linda Aragoni

I read. I write. I think. I make big ideas simple for learners. I help teachers teach expository writing to teens and adults. In my free time, I read and review old novels.

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