The novel opens in present-day Paris in a crowded café, where David meets Pandora. She is two thousand years old, a Child of the Millennia, the first vampire ever made by the great Marius. David persuades her to tell the story of her life.
Pandora begins, reluctantly at first and then with increasing passion, to recount her mesmerizing tale, which takes us through the ages, from Imperial Rome to eighteenth-century France to twentieth-century Paris and New Orleans. She carries us back to her mortal girlhood in the world of Caesar Augustus, a world chronicled by Ovid and Petronius. This is where Pandora meets and falls in love with the handsome, charismatic, lighthearted, still-mortal Marius. This is the Rome she is forced to flee in fear of assassination by conspirators plotting to take over the city. And we follow her to the exotic port of Antioch, where she is destined to be reunited with Marius, now immortal and haunted by his vampire nature, who will bestow on her the Dark Gift as they set out on the fraught and fantastic adventure of their two turbulent centuries together.
Pandora to me was like a breath of fresh air taken with some desert dust. The book starts with Pandora writing her own story into David’s notebooks, her story that should had been more about Marius and her love for him and the ages that they had spend together in sin. The first 200 pages were like walking through the hot desert without any water, the story was dry, Pandora describing more the actions that happened in ancient Rome and talked more about Caesar and Tiberius than her own life which to be honest was a bit boring. I love that the author has a passion for history and story telling but I don’t think that this kind of approach matched Pandora that much. But if you are a fan of Anne’s vampires and decided to finish the book like I did, it’s great. The book is a piece of history driven by a powerful vampire and love nonetheless. After the dusty 200 pages Marius appears again into Pandora’s story and it’s hauntingly beautiful. Pandora’s story is a story about betrayal, love and greatness.
Please bare with me and read those first 200 pages. It is good, I promise but you’ll need a lot of coffee to start with. I gaved it only 3 stars just because of the slow beginning.