Rice's Vampire Chronicles continue with the story of the vampire Marius. Once a proud senator in Rome, Marius is made a vampire and witnesses the fall of pagan Rome and the horrific scourge of the Black Death. Years later, during the Renaissance, he becomes an artist and takes on a mysterious young apprentice named Armand. But it is in the present ...Read MoreRice's Vampire Chronicles continue with the story of the vampire Marius. Once a proud senator in Rome, Marius is made a vampire and witnesses the fall of pagan Rome and the horrific scourge of the Black Death. Years later, during the Renaissance, he becomes an artist and takes on a mysterious young apprentice named Armand. But it is in the present when Marius will meet his fate.Read Less
12 cassettes. Unabridged, 13 hours. VG in gold and brown pictorial box. Read by Roger Rees. Time heals all wounds, unless, of course, you're a vampire. Cuts may heal, burns vanish, limbs reattach, but for the blood god, the wounds of the heart sometimes stay open and raw for centuries. So it is for Marius, Anne Rice's oft-mentioned and beloved scholar. We've heard parts of his tale in past volumes of the Vampire Chronicles, but never so completely and never from his own lips. In Blood and Gold, Rice mostly (but not entirely) avoids the danger of treading worn ground as she fills out the life and character of Marius the Lonely, the Disenchanted, the Heartsick--a 2, 000-year-old vampire with all the conviction of a mortal man. Plucked from his beloved Rome in the prime of his life and forced into solitude as keeper of the vampire queen and king, Marius has never forgiven the injustice of his mortal death. Thousands of years later, he still seethes over his losses. Immortality for Marius is both a blessing and a curse--he bears "witness to all splendid and beautiful things human, " yet is unable to engage in relationships for fear of revealing his burden...
This is a book that even people who hate the vampire chronicles will have to read because of the description of Ancient Roman and the way that life was when Rome ruled the world. This tells you everything that you would like to know about Marius and also tells you about his love Pandora. Marius is an eccentric painter and a host to grand parties in society. I truly loved this book and everything that was in it. I hope that everyone will read this book to understand how the world can change almost instantly and than take hundreds of years to catch up. If you want to know about his care of the Queen and what really happened and how he endured you have to pick this up.
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