New Tales of the Vampires

Paperback - 1999
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Anne Rice, creator of the Vampire Lestat, the Mayfair witches and the amazing worlds they inhabit, now gives us the first in a new series of novels linked together by the fledgling vampire David Talbot, who has set out to become a chronicler of his fellow Undead.

The novel opens in present-day Paris in a crowded café, where David meets Pandora. She is two thousand years old, a Child of the Millennia, the first vampire ever made by the great Marius. David persuades her to tell the story of her life.

Pandora begins, reluctantly at first and then with increasing passion, to recount her mesmerizing tale, which takes us through the ages, from Imperial Rome to eighteenth-century France to twentieth-century Paris and New Orleans. She carries us back to her mortal girlhood in the world of Caesar Augustus, a world chronicled by Ovid and Petronius. This is where Pandora meets and falls in love with the handsome, charismatic, lighthearted, still-mortal Marius. This is the Rome she is forced to flee in fear of assassination by conspirators plotting to take over the city. And we follow her to the exotic port of Antioch, where she is destined to be reunited with Marius, now immortal and haunted by his vampire nature, who will bestow on her the Dark Gift as they set out on the fraught and fantastic adventure of their two turbulent centuries together.

Look for Anne Rice's new book, Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis , coming November 29, 2016.

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 1999, c1998.
ISBN: 9780345422385
Characteristics: 344 pages ;,18 cm.
Alternative Title: Pandora : a novel


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Quimeras Sep 16, 2015

I enjoyed this story of Marius and Pandora but I wish it would have revealed what happened to her after their separation. Who was Arjun (from “Vampire Chronicles”) and why did he have such a strong hold on her? Also, whatever happened to Flavius?

Jul 02, 2014

This is an easier Anne Rice read. It for the most part can stand alone, but is much easier to understand if you have recently read the Vampire Chronicle books, as they are referenced a few times throughout this story.

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