Sixteen-year-old Vittorio, sole survivor of a bizarre and violent massacre at his father's Tuscan hilltop palazzo, escapes to the Florence of Cosimo de Medici seeking vengeance. He has been saved from death by a mysterious woman, only to find himself at the mercy of demonic and bloody nightmares, war and political intrigue, and torn apart by a dangerous love.
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FIRST SENTENCE: When I was a small boy I had a terrible dream.
MEMORABLE MOMENT: But I think we all - human, vampire, all of us who are sentient and can weep - we all suffer under a curse, the curse that we know more than we can endure, and there is nothing, absolutely nothing, we can do about the force and the lure of this knowledge.
KEEP IT OR NOT?: A charity shop buy this shall either be returned for others to purchase or taken to the book exchange.
Having read and reviewed my first Anne Rice novel (VIOLIN) last year and being very disappointed with it I was persuaded by several people to give the author another try.
A great start, atmospheric, sensual (but not graphically so) and moody, I could hardly believe this was the same author. And then, just short of half way through, it changed and, for a while I was lost, wondering just what exactly had happened and how. Thankfully this was explained further on but I have to admit this period of events not making sense did mar my enjoyment somewhat. Still, on the whole, I did find this an enjoyable read and must confess that I prefer the 'old school' vampire (think Dracula, think Vittorio) as opposed to their new counterpart, Twilight's Edward.
Basically, a good old-fashioned romance (without too much 'mush') the story of Vittorio and Ursula melted my heart. And yet at the same time there were other aspects of the story - the town of Santa Maddalana for example where there were next to no children/young people nor 'cripples' nor 'ruffians' - that completely chilled me to the bone as did the very gory scenes of the Court of the Ruby Grail.
The 29th book read in the 100+ Reading Challenge.