Blood Communion: A Tale of Prince Lestat by Anne Rice
Penguin, HB, £20.00
Reviewed by Sarah Deeming
The court Prince Lestat is forming in his loving restored ancestral chateau in the mountains of France, but peace is short-lived. As his court is finding its place, other, older vampires are struggling with the changes Lestat has brought to their people. Soon he is under attack from vampires stronger, more cunning and more ruthless than him. As his world crumbles and he starts to lose those dearest to him, Lestat must uncover new depths of courage and resolve to keep his vision from failing.
I am a huge fan of the Vampire Chronicles and have been for more years than I’m going to admit here, but I have to confess I was a little disappointed. This is not a long book and if all the descriptions and the word beautiful were removed or at least trimmed down, it would be an awful lot shorter.
There was a lot of unnecessary back story, half a chapter dedicated to the way the staff in Lestat’s chateau have been organised and who by. But the housekeeper is such a minor character that her back story could be removed and we wouldn’t miss a thing.
Everything also feels too neat. Everyone is in love with everyone else, people die without anyone mourning them, and arguments are solved quickly. I never felt that Lestat or his vision for his court’s future were at risk. For me, there wasn’t enough conflict, the characters didn’t suffer enough or long enough for me to really get behind them.
I wanted more from this book. I loved the Vampire Chronicles when I first read them, so maybe the fault is mine, expecting I could return to this world and find it unchanged. As it is though, if there are any more in the series, I may not pick them up so I don’t