SERVANT OF THE BONES is Anne Rice's new electrifying novel, with a hero as mesmerising, seductive and ambivalent as the vampire Lestat. Azriel is a restless Jewish spirit, born almost 2500 years ago in Babylon, who can be called forth by whoever holds and understands the arcane mystery of the casket of golden bones he is tied to. Caught between ...
SERVANT OF THE BONES is Anne Rice's new electrifying novel, with a hero as mesmerising, seductive and ambivalent as the vampire Lestat. Azriel is a restless Jewish spirit, born almost 2500 years ago in Babylon, who can be called forth by whoever holds and understands the arcane mystery of the casket of golden bones he is tied to. Caught between heaven and earth, Azriel is forced to bear witness to the long and troubled history of Western civilisation, from the household of an ancient Greek philosopher and the deathbed of Alexander the Great, to the Mongolian Steppes and fourteenth century Strasbourg, where Jews were made scapegoats for the Black Death. And finally in the present, he is summoned to witness and avenge a brutal murder on Fifth Avenue. The dead woman is Esther, step-daughter of Gregory Belkin, fanatical messianic leader of a worldwide cult, the Temple of the Mind. Belkin is known to be the son of Holocaust victims, but he has a secret history which binds Azriel's fate to his. SERVANT OF THE BONES is as rich and terrifying, as sensual and violent as any novel by Anne Rice - an enthralling epic which conjures up more than two thousand years of Jewish history and penetrates the unfolding mysteries of evil, redemption, life and death.
The book was in good quality and more than worth the small price that I paid for it. Well worth it.
Nov 22, 2007
One of her best
I have read everybook Anne Rice has ever written and I can honestly say that this is one of her best. Although technically the book is about a genie, it turns into a historic story of one mans immortality thru magic and despair. He suffers thru time in a near daze,obeying or destroying the masters who call on him til something happens to return him to solid form ,dragging him from a self-imposed coma. The mystery to his awakening unfurls slowly,dragging you into the life and mind of a self-professed prophet bent on controlling destiny. Once you pick up this book it becomes damn near impossible to put it down. This is a wonderful story that will take you away to times past and entertain your mind for hours.
Sep 17, 2007
I can't get over no one has done a review on this gem. I wasn't too keen on the whole geenie storyline. The only reason i bought the book in the first place was because Anne Rice came to an area Media Play and was signing. Since this was the newest one at the time i bout it and boy was i surprised on how good it is. The geenie is a tragic hero who met his end by becoming a living statue. The book is simply beautifully written and though it lacks action it still gives the reader a wide range of character. This is probably Anne Rice's best work.
Publishers Weekly, 1996-06-03 Neither a vampire nor a witch nor a mummy, but a genie provides the focus of Rice's latest (after Memnoch the Devil). The queen of high-decadent gothic deviates from her formula of interlacing spirituality and carnality here: only in the novel's latter pages do lusty sensuousness and brisk pacing leaven a series of cerebral metaphysical struggles. This unusual approach arises from the central dilemma of the story. "Servant of the Bones" Azriel is a "genii" who, until his emergence in 1995 New York, is only a shell filled with spirit, not a corporeal presence ripe for Rice's usual dark eroticism. In the novel's first half, Azriel tells his tale: born a Hebrew in Babylon at the time of Cyrus, he is sacrificed in order to free his people, his body boiled down to golden bones. He then is cursed by a necromancer to be bound to the bones. Over the millennia, he is a spirit at the beck and call of a series of "Masters" who possess his casket. When Azriel calls himself into human form in the present day, he encounters plastic, airplanesęand the Temple of the Mind, a cult of computer-created creed that threatens to kill two-thirds of the earth's population. Azriel's emergence as a sensual being and the suspense generated by the Temple's Last Days project will help readers to forget the book's initial 300 pages, in which they must track Azriel from swirling particles to thickening flesh. Yet Rice's impeccable research into science, history and Jewish scholarship will probably leave readers impressed and entertained. 1,000,000 first printing; BOMC and QPB main selections. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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