New year, new look!
To usher in 2015, I decided to revamp this blog, based on the feedback, which I have received from my friends. The main changes include:
1. The blog theme/ background has been changed so that the font and colours are easier on the eye.
2. I will divide the blog contents for each book into 2 blog posts. Posts titled “The Book: (insert book name)” will cover the summary and/ or my opinions on the book, while posts titled “The Style: (insert book name)” will cover the outfits which I have put together based on the themes and characters in the book.
3. I will try to cut back on my coverage of the plots to avoid boring people and/ or accidentally giving away spoilers.
Hopefully the above improvements will provide a more entertaining and user-friendly experience for everyone. Now on to the fun part!
The first book that I am going to cover for 2015 is “Queen of the Damned”, which is the third novel in Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles series. It is set in the 1980s when Lestat has awoken up from his deep slumber. Carried away by the modern world, Lestat shocks and delights vampires and humans alike by becoming a rock star and telling the world about the origins of the vampires through his memoirs, songs, and music videos.
What he did not count on was how his actions roused Akasha, the titular character and nominal “mother” of the vampires, from HER far longer and deeper slumber. Unfortunately, she arose with a dark and obsessive purpose: to rebuild the world from scratch to create a sort of dark Eden where her chosen vampires will rule the night. Believing that human men are the source of the violence, poverty and generally all that is wrong in the world and that women would be more receptive to her teachings on how to improve the world, she plans to cull their numbers to obtain a world with a heavily skewed gender balance. Akasha also set out to destroy the “rogue” or “trash” vampires who did not fit into her scheme of global domination.
The main plotline of “Queen of the Damned” follows how various vampires, both old and new, came together as a council to find some way to stop Akasha. We also learn about the complete story of the origins of the vampires from the horse’s mouth. Moreover, we are privy to Lestat’s mental torment of simultaneously loving Akasha and being chosen as her King for the new world, versus wanting to stop her from destroying the world that he loves.
This is my favourite book in the series, because of the sheer energy and exhilaration of its atmosphere. Not only does the novel tear its way to and fro between the mysticism and bloodshed of ancient Egypt and the chaos and shining lights of the 20th Century, it also lets us in the minds and lives of the “secondary” vampires, who normally don’t get much of a look-in.
I especially liked the chapters depicting the relationship between Daniel and Armand. While it was a surprisingly domestic vignette, centred on human hobbies and acquisitions and revealed much more about them than we have ever known, the almost dark and violent undercurrent throbbing in every interaction between them reminds you that you are fully ensconced in the Vampire Chronicles universe.
Part 2 of my post on the “Queen of the Damned” can be found here: The Book: Queen of the Damned (QoTD).
The first of my series of posts on the Vampire Chronicles novels can be found here: Interview with the Vampire.