or The story of Marius
The Vampire Chronicles #8
Once a proud Senator in Imperial Rome, Marius is kidnapped and forced into that dark realm of blood, where he is made a protector of the Queen and King of the vampires — in whom the core of the supernatural race resides. Ultimately restored by the beauty of the Renaissance, Marius becomes a painter, living dangerously yet happily among mortals, and giving his heart to the great master Botticelli, to the bewitching courtesan Bianca, and to the mysterious young apprentice Armand. But it is in the present day, deep in the jungle, when Marius will meet his fate seeking justice from the oldest vampires in the world …
This story is only about Marius, about how he had to lose chuncks of his immortal life to serve The Mother and The Father of all blood drinkers, how he was hauntingly in love and obsessed by a love that was not shared, his great love for Botticelli and art in general, Marius the King of all beautiful things and castles.
This novel was seductive but not in an erotic way, unless you can get excited by art and artists and ancient times/arhitecture. I was expecting it to be more tantalizing amongst the vampires, you know some cute love making scenes, but I didn’t encounter much of those anyway.
Marius talks about how he left Pandora, the love he had for Bianca and how he discovered Amadeo or the vampire Armand and how he took care of him and took him under his protective damaged wings. Telling his life story to an old but freshly awoken vampire named Thorne, a vampire viking.
This book was completely similar to Pandora’s without the notebooks of the Talamasca’s Order but Marius levitated from Ancient Greece to Ancient Italy and to nowadays Rome. It was a story of seduction and about every little thing that characterized Marius as a powerful vampire.
Over the years and after many novels read from Anne Rice I can get why her books couldn’t be shorter but I would have loved a little less descriptions to read although they all were beautiful and hauntingly alluring. I do support the fact that the book could have been shorter or more easy to read but if it was like the way I would prefer it, it wouldn’t wear the outstanding signature of the Queen of Vampires, Anne Rice.