Servant of the Bones

Servant of the Bones

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by Anne Rice
     
 

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In a new and major novel, the creator of fantastic universes o vampires and witches takes us now into the world of Isaiah and Jeremiah, and the destruction of Solomon's Temple, to tell the story of Azriel, Servant of the Bones.

He is ghost, genii, demon, angel—pure spirit made visible. He pours his heart out to us as he journeys from an ancient Babylon of

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In a new and major novel, the creator of fantastic universes o vampires and witches takes us now into the world of Isaiah and Jeremiah, and the destruction of Solomon's Temple, to tell the story of Azriel, Servant of the Bones.

He is ghost, genii, demon, angel—pure spirit made visible. He pours his heart out to us as he journeys from an ancient Babylon of royal plottings and religious upheavals to Europe of the Black Death and on to the modern world. There he finds himself, amidst the towers of Manhattan, in confrontation with his own human origins and the dark forces that have sought to condemn him to a life of evil and destruction.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Rice's works (e.g., Memnoch the Devil, Audio Reviews, LJ 10/1/95) have ascended to the best sellers lists, and this one is no different. As usual, her central character, a human being in the ancient world, has been made immortal by ancient magic. Yet immortality has its limits. In this case, Aziel, a Jewish boy in Babylonian exile, is sacrificed in a ceremony that houses his living spirit in gold-plated bones. He can be summoned to do his master's bidding, however. Soon, Aziel is called forth by a cult leader as the second millennium approaches. Aziel hates his evoker's aims and realizes that he has free will and powers that he has never tested. Can he save the world from destruction and spiritual bondage?...For most popular collections. James Dudley, Copiague, N.Y.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345389411
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/06/1998
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
258,749
Product dimensions:
4.15(w) x 6.85(h) x 0.94(d)

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This is Azriel's tale as he told it to me, as he begged me to hear witness and to record his words. Call me Jonathan as he did. That was the name he chose on the night he appeared in my open door and saved my life.

Surely if he hadn't come to seek a scribe, I would have died before morning.

Let me explain that I am well known in the fields of history, archaeology, Sumerian scholarship. And Jonathan is indeed one of the names given me at birth, but you won't find it on the jackets of my books, which the students study because they must, or because they love the mysteries of ancient lore as much as I do.

Azriel knew this—the scholar, the teacher I was—when he came to me.

Jonathan was a private name for me that we agreed upon together. He had plucked it from the string of three names on the copyright pages of my books. And I had answered to it. It became my name for him during all those hours as he told his tale—a tale I would never publish under my regular professional name, knowing full well, as he did, that this story would never be accepted alongside my histories.

So I am Jonathan; I am the scribe; I tell the tale as Azriel told it. It doesn't really matter to him what name I use with you. It only mattered that one person wrote down what he had to say. The book of Azriel was dictated to Jonathan.

Meet the Author

Anne Rice is the author of sixteen books. She lives in New Orleans with her husband, the poet and painter Stan Rice, and their son Christopher.

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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Servant of the Bones 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 80 reviews.
Novica More than 1 year ago
I wasn't really a "reader" when I read this book. And although it was not the book to catapult me into what I've come to know as a beloved escape, it did a hell of a job with my confidence in reading. I saw it in the airport, and rather than buying a heavy metal magazine, I saw the skull on the cover and thought, "what the hell?". HIYOOO!!!! Imagine being a 17-year old guitar wielding teenager and reading a book that blew your mind, but you can't talk to your friends about it because they wouldn't be caught dead reading ANYTHING! It will always be apart of my library because it was a catalyst for something in my life that is sacred, and that everyone should try to find joy in. Reading. Thanks Anne!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I fell fast for Anne Rice's vampires and I almost swore off all other books. But I found that her talent was slipping, her books became too wordy. But then I read this one and I simply ADORED it. It was magical and entranceing as well as filled with things to spellbind you and keep your attention. I read it two times in a row and recomended it to a now devoted fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am an avid reader and a fan of all of Anne's work with the exception of few. This piece deserves much praise and accolades as her intricate descriptions and dialouge bring the reader into its embrace! I have re-read this work numerous times and have always been intrigued by how well this book was put together. An excellent read for those whom steer clear of the Vampire stories.

I give this an A++.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book hot off the presses!! It has been 10 years since I first read this golden gem, and still I can't get the words, characters, nor the story out of my mind. Very few books/authors have that kind of power for me. I have added Ms. Rice to my rapidly growing list of author Koontz, Patterson, Quick, Brown,Roberts,Kellerman. Great Job!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was crying while reading this. Heart breakingly good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the only Anne Rice book I have read, but it falls into my top 5 favorite books. It is a great story and a must read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is an awesome book. It is so deep and lifting. Its not something you can just read and not think about. Once you start to read this book it will fallow you everywhere. I could not put it down and would reccomend that anybody read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is FANTASTIC and beyond anything Anne Rice has EVER written! I LOVED IT!!!!! I'd reccomend it to ANYONE who loves Anne Rice or is just beginning to read her! It's insperational and magical!
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I have ever read. Rice has done it again. Both captivating and taking me on a thrill ride that kept me holding on till the very end. WOW!!!
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Not my favorite of Anne Rice's books. Found this tedious to keep up with.
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miss_dobie More than 1 year ago
A wonerful, captivating, heart-warming story from beginning to end.
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