Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis. Really? Does this title make anybody else think of Percy Jackson? Or Harry Potter? Seriously, I’m having a hard time retaining my excitement with this one. Unlike a lot of people, I loved Prince Lestat (see my review) and was eagerly anticipating the release of this next Vampire Chronicle. I’ll read it, don’t get me wrong. But Atlantis? Come on. Then again, Lestat’s been to both Heaven and Hell (Memnoch the Devil), so why not Atlantis?
Here’s the blurb:
From Anne Rice, conjurer of the beloved best sellers Interview with a Vampire and Prince Lestat, an ambitious and exhilarating new novel of utopian vision and power, uniting the ancient worlds and the legends of the Vampire Chronicles.
“In my dreams, I saw a city fall into the sea. I heard the cries of thousands. I saw flames that outshone the lamps of heaven. And all the world was shaken . . .” –Anne Rice, Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis
At the novel’s center: the vampire Lestat de Lioncourt, hero, leader, inspirer, irresistible force, irrepressible spirit, battling (and ultimately reconciling with) a strange otherworldly form that has somehow taken possession of Lestat’s undead body and soul. This ancient and mysterious power and unearthly spirit of vampire lore has all the force, history, and insidious reach of the unknowable Universe.
It is through this spirit, previously considered benign for thousands of vampire years and throughout the Vampire Chronicles, that we come to be told the hypnotic tale of a great sea power of ancient times; a mysterious heaven on earth situated on a boundless continent–and of how and why, and in what manner and with what far-reaching purpose, this force came to build and rule the great legendary empire of centuries ago that thrived in the Atlantic Ocean.
And as we learn of the mighty, far-reaching powers and perfections of this lost kingdom of Atalantaya, the lost realms of Atlantis, we come to understand its secrets, and how and why the vampire Lestat, indeed all the vampires, must reckon so many millennia later with the terrifying force of this ageless, all-powerful Atalantaya spirit.
Amel is from Atlantis, I take it?
You can read the Proem here.
On her Facebook page, Anne Rice says she’s diving right into the next “Prince” Lestat novel. I’m a little afraid to ask.