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Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis (Vampire Chronicles Series #12)
     

Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis (Vampire Chronicles Series #12)

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by Anne Rice
 

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From Anne Rice, conjurer of the beloved best sellers Interview with the Vampire and Prince Lestat, an ambitious and exhilarating new novel of utopian vision and power
 
"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 . .

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From Anne Rice, conjurer of the beloved best sellers Interview with the Vampire and Prince Lestat, an ambitious and exhilarating new novel of utopian vision and power
 
"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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/31/2016
Rice teases readers with questions—what is the place called Atalantaya, and what does Amel, the Core that connects all vampires and currently resides in vampire prince Lestat, have to do with it?—for fully half of her 12th Vampire Chronicles novel (after 2014’s Prince Lestat), which spans our entire world and beyond, before a cohesive narrative coalesces around the answers. When any of the 12,000-year-old self-cloning aliens called Replimoids take center stage, there are interesting sparks. They soon fade, though, as Lestat and his confidants (and the reader) wait for anything to happen. But when Kapetria, who speaks for the Replimoids, begins to give real information to Lestat and members of his court about Amel and the Replimoids’ origins, the book finally catches fire. Initially, the concept of adding aliens to vampires, spirits, and witches is an eye roller, but Rice exhibits tremendous skill in making the impossible seem not only possible but logical. She sets up a nail-biting dilemma involving the continued existence of vampires, and the second half of the book roars satisfyingly past. Agent: Lynn Nesbit, Janklow & Nesbit. (Dec.)
Kirkus Reviews
2016-10-19
Having perhaps bled all the possibilities out of earthly children of the night, Rice (Prince Lestat, 2014, etc.) takes a bite out of two big bodies of myth.Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown. Pity poor Prince Lestat; he was once able to roam the world without a care, nipping and frolicking, but now he has administrative duties and, with them, fresh enemies seeking a shot at power. One constant source of irritation is the stately Rhoshamandes who has suddenly come into an all-day sucker of a captive whose ever flowing juice has "nutrients that human blood does not have." A fine thing for a vampire's inventory, to be sure, but a portal as well into a world whose technology, as so often happens, has outpaced its morals. Down in that watery realm, the denizens scorn the place where "a dreadful thing had happened in that mammals had gained self-awareness and intelligence and now ruled the planet." The better to provide vampire chow, one might say. But the Atalantayans have their hungers, too, and the hungriest of them seems to have latched on to poor Lestat. Inner voice, nothing: Amel is much more than a haunting spirit, "as different from ghosts," another superevolved being tells us, "as angels are from humans." Who will prevail? Well, if Amel sometimes conjures Charlie Manson, Lestat sounds like Twiggy once the fussing and feuding between immortal domains is settled: "This is our universe," he says, "We too are made of stardust as are all things on this planet; we too belong." Yeah, well. Fans of Rice's vampire fiction will feast on whatever they can of hers, but Ignatius Donnelly/Edgar Cayce aficionados may twitch at all the "kindred in the Blood" stuff uneasily mixed in with the old lost continent mythos. Rice's latest excursion into otherly realms may leave some readers feeling overstuffed—but others, to be sure, will be hungry for more.
From the Publisher
Excitement about Anne Rice’s
PRINCE LESTAT AND THE REALMS OF ATLANTIS

“Remarkable . . . Prepare to have your imagination shaken. Rice has constructed a wholly original view of Atlantis, and, like all of her luscious descriptions, it will leave you craving for more . . . Readers will be delighted . . . Rice’s ability to ease into her beautiful world with the same seamless transitions readers have come to know and love will assure you that Lestat has never fully left the building and neither has Rice’s immense talent.”
—Rebecca Munro, Bookreporter

Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis will undoubtedly win Rice new fans and welcome back old ones.”
—Toni V. Sweeney, New York Journal of Books
 
“Alluring . . . Rice invites us to look carefully at our society and consider what we are carrying along with us simply by virtue of the path on which we arrived . . . Powerful and thought-provoking . . . We recommend it unreservedly.”
—Andrea Sefler, Pop Mythology
 
“Rice exhibits tremendous skill in making the impossible seem not only possible but logical. She sets up a nail-biting dilemma involving the continued existence of vampires, and the second half of the book roars satisfyingly past.”
Publishers Weekly
 
“Anne Rice is the Queen of Sexy Vampire Fiction.”
—Kelly McClure, Cosmopolitan
 
“A few pages in, I was sold . . . Lestat always felt real to me to a somewhat discomforting degree . . . Beautiful . . . Suave, complex . . . I will always be so grateful that Anne has given me another opportunity to follow the adventures of this very intriguing vampire, who is much more than just a one-dimensional caricature.”
—Carol Hoenig, Huffington Post

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385353793
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/29/2016
Series:
Vampire Chronicles Series , #12
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
1,359
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.90(d)

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Proem

In my dreams, I saw a city fall into the sea. I heard the cries of thousands. It was a chorus as mighty as the wind and the waves, all those voices of the dying. I saw flames that outshone the lamps of heaven. And all the world was shaken.

I woke, in the dark, unable to leave the coffin in the vault in which I slept for fear that the setting sun would burn the young ones.

I held the root now of the great vampire vine on which I was once only another exotic blossom. And if I were cut, or bruised or burned, all the other vampires on the vine would know the pain.

Would the root itself suffer? The root thinks and feels and speaks when he wants to speak. And the root has always suffered. Only gradually had I come to realize it -- how profound was the suffering of the root.

Without moving my lips, I asked him: “Amel, what was that city? Where did the dream come from?”

He gave me no answer. But I knew he was there. I could feel the warm pressure on the back of my neck that always meant he was there. He had not gone off along the many branches of the great vine to dream with another.

I saw the dying city again. I could have sworn I heard his voice crying out as the city was broken open.

“Amel, what does this mean? What is this city?”

We would lie together in the dark for an hour like this. Only then would it be safe for me to throw back the coffin lid and walk out of the crypt to see a sky beyond the windows full of safe and tiny stars. I have never taken much comfort from the stars, even though I've called us the children of the moon and the stars.

We are the vampires of the world, and I've called us many such names.

“Amel, answer me.”

Scent of satin, old wood. I like seasoned and venerable things, coffins padded for the sleep of the dead. And the close warm air around me. Why shouldn't a vampire love such things? This is my marble vault, my place, my candles. This is the crypt beneath my castle, my home.

I thought I heard him sigh.

“Then you did see it, you did dream it too.”

“I don't dream when you do!” he answered. He was cross. “I am not confined here while you sleep. I go where I want to go.” Was this true?

But he had seen it, and now I saw the city flashing bright again in the very midst of its destruction. Suddenly it was more terrible than I could bear. It was as if I saw the myriad souls of the dead released from their bodies rising in a vapor.

He was seeing it. I knew he was. And he had seen it when I dreamed of it.

After a while, he gave me the truth. I'd come to know the tone of his secret voice when he admitted the truth.

“I don't know what it is,” he said. “I don't know what it means.” His sigh again. “I don't want to see it.”

The next night and the night after he was to say the same thing.

And when I look back on those dreams I wonder how long we might have gone on without ever knowing any of it.

Would we have been better off if we had never discovered the meaning of what we saw?

Would it have mattered?

Everything has changed for us, and yet nothing has changed at all, and the stars beyond the windows of my castle on the hill confide nothing. But then the stars never do, do they? It's the doom of beings to read patterns in the stars, to give them names, to cherish their slowly shifting positions and clusters. But the stars never say a word.

He was telling the truth when he said he didn't know. But the dream had struck a chord of fear in his heart. And the more I dreamed of that city falling into the sea, the more I was certain I heard his weeping.

In dreams and waking hours he and I were bound as no two others. I loved him and he loved me. And I knew then as I know now that love is the only defense we ever have against the cold meaninglessness around us --- the Savage Garden with its cries and songs, and the sea, the eternal sea, ready as ever to swallow all the towers ever created by human beings to reach Heaven. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes for all things, endures all things, says the Apostle. “And the greatest of these is love….”

I believed it and I believe in the old commandment of the poet-saint who wrote hundreds of years after the Apostle: “Love and do what you will.”

Meet the Author

ANNE RICE is the author of thirty-five books. She lives in Palm Desert, California.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Rancho Mirage, California
Date of Birth:
October 4, 1941
Place of Birth:
Rancho Mirage, California
Education:
B.A., San Francisco State University, 1964; M.A., 1971
Website:
http://www.annerice.com

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Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis (Vampire Chronicles Series #12) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Have been a fan of almost all of Anne Rice's Novel's since 1985. I have not ever read any of Her tales yet that in some way or other not moved me Emotionally.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Enjoy!
LynetteK 8 months ago
This latest Lestat adventure, "Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis" was amazing. I received an ARC through Justin Boyer's giveaway though the Lestat Book Coven on FaceBook. I finished it on Oct 15th and sent my thoughts straight to Anne Rice that night. It is so beautifully written, you can tell there was a lot of thought and research taken for this novel. Her take on the mythology of Atlantis was brilliant. I was so happy she was finally able to write about it, having read of Anne's fascination with it over the years. She has taken her vampires and her readers to a whole other world. It was very satisfying to see the story of Amel unfold and continue on. Questions from previous installments are answered and some are yet to be told. We see the growth of Lestat in ways we haven't before. His total acceptance of his situation and sacrifice. The part with Lestat and Magnus was very touching. I hope we get to see more of Magnus and the ghosts. Interesting to see who else may be a part of that clan. Slight spoiler here, there is mention of Memnoch...I must say came as a bit of a shock when I read it. What a horrible beastie to be so full of such darkness to prey on others in such a way. There was a particular part that I found fascinating which I will try and describe without spoilers. Amel and Lestat, two conscious minds in the same body. And to connect that with Fareed's somewhat obsessive thoughts on the matter. And how could I forget the Replimoids. These characters were a bit out of left field for me but they work out so well. Very true to her character development and story telling, I was not disappointed. I have been a fan of her work for 21 years. I am dyslexic and hated to read when I was younger. So when the movie Interview with the Vampire came out I went to see it and then discovered her books. Her work made reading a joy, a pleasure. And with every new release of her work, I feel like I am that 14 year old again, loving something so beautifully written. I stayed up till 2 am that October night finishing up the last few chapters. I did not want to put it down nor it to end! It is so hard for me, once reading a new work of hers, to find something that with satiate me like her work does. So I long and cannot wait for the next one. ~Lynette K.
Silk-Serif 10 days ago
Anne Rice has an interesting take on Atlantis and the vampire origin story in Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis. As a chronicle story, Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis wasn't bad, but it deviates from what I expect from an Anne Rice novel. One part sci-fi, one part new age inspiration and finally a choppy, rambling narrative created a novel that was lackluster. Perhaps Rice has grown tired of her vampire tales hence the lack Ingenuity and character development in her latest (and last?) entry into the chronicle lore - I can't really say. I remember in middle school picking up the chronicles and selecting a few of her earlier titles from the library shelves in high school when they stopped barring me from the adult section. The original vampire stories were dark, decadent and froth with inner demons: something a teenager could appreciate in the years of angst. Unfortunately, I haven't kept up with this series so plenty has changed: Lestat is now Prince, there is fire magic (if this is part of the original chronicles I don't remember) and Amel is now a sentient being recapturing memories of his past. Without going much into the plot and therefore spoilers, there are Replimods of an undetermined genus, the revelation of why vampires have "thought speech" and the mythology of Atlantis has a fresh, new entry into its literature. I was nervous about the title of this book since it predominantly features Atlantis. Fortunately, Rice tackles the history and utopian tale of Atlantis is a realistic and respectful way. I am not entirely sure how I feel about this latest chronicle, but I can appreciate the uniqueness of the tale and the clever take on vampire history in relation to the cataclysm that destroyed Atlantis. The concept of Replimods is an interesting addition to the Lestat Universe - mixing science and history to develop a worthy opponent for Rice's Vampire species. I am not certain if this is my favourite addition, but the characters themselves as complex and interesting. Having lived millions of years, the secret pre-history of humanity is slowly revealed through the character's own backstory. Also, the strange ability to replicate exact copies of oneself is a bit odd. The strangeness of the Replimod physiology, immortality and unknown reason for existence is merely written off by revealing the existence of another race of beings. Things get weird and I'm still not certain how I feel about that - or the obvious lacklustre attempt to tie up all the loose ends. The links between Amel and the Replimods is also an odd one: a mix of really great story telling, supreme creativity and weird mythologies to create an ancient relationship still playing out in the modern day era. In the end, Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis can be read as a stand alone or as part of the the chronicles without issue. I could understand the plot without reading much of the previous books and this edition also includes a brief history of the series in order to help the reader catch up on all the drama unfolded in the prior Lestat books. I am not certain if die hard Rice fans will be satisfied with this addition to the series, but story on its own is interesting. There is definite hints that Rice may be thinking about writing about aliens in her next books. Received from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Kiss ur hand three times post this on three other books and look udr ur pillow
rokinrev 5 months ago
"Fate is merciless to the living who lack flesh and blood.” Lestat and his minions return in the twelfth volume of the popular series. And within this story, more of the earlier story unfolds in new ways, much to the chagrin of several fans of Rice's full series, who have complained that Lestat has been lost in the babble. This time the Court comes in contact with people no one ever imagined. The discussion/story turns on theology,education, philosophy and the biologic imperative as well as evolution in an intelligent conversation on just what it is to be sentient. And just who makes those decisions? A pre-release sensation, I was excited to find Rice's interests have again peppered an absolutely wonderful book