By Anne Rice

“RICE WRITES together with her traditional EROTIC AND traditionally EVOCATIVE FLAIR.”

Once a proud Senator in Imperial Rome, Marius is abducted and compelled into that darkish realm of blood, the place he's made a protector of the Queen and King of the vampires–in whom the center of the supernatural race is living. via his eyes we see the autumn of pagan Rome to the Emperor Constantine, the bad sack of the everlasting urban by the hands of the Visigoths, and the vile aftermath of the Black demise. finally restored by means of the wonderful thing about the Renaissance, Marius turns into a painter, residing dangerously but fortunately between mortals, and giving his center to the good grasp Botticelli, to the bewitching courtesan Bianca, and to the mysterious younger apprentice Armand. however it is at present, deep within the jungle, while Marius will meet his destiny looking justice from the oldest vampires on the planet. . . .

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The human in me used to be revolted; and the rational Roman was once extra pressured and alarmed than i will be able to convey. It was once Pandora who quick introduced me to my senses and gave me to grasp that we needs to slaughter the complete band. have been we to allow them to move, others might come to us, and shortly the mum and Father could fall into their palms. I, who had slain previous pagan blood drinkers very easily, appeared one way or the other not able to obey her, maybe simply because i noticed for the 1st time that if we remained in Antioch, if we maintained our family and our lives, an increasing number of blood drinkers might come and there will be no finish to killing them so one can guard our fantastic mystery. And my soul all at once couldn't undergo this risk. certainly i presumed once again of demise for myself or even if you needs to be saved. We slaughtered the zealots. It used to be an easy factor to do for they have been so younger. It took purely moments with torches and with our swords. We burnt them to ashes after which scattered these ashes as, i am yes you recognize, has to be performed. yet after it used to be over, I lapsed right into a poor silence and for months wouldn't depart the shrine. I deserted Pandora for my very own soreness. i could not clarify to her that I had foreseen a grim destiny, and whilst she had long past out to seek the town or to do no matter what amused her, I went to Akasha. I went to my Queen. I knelt sooner than her and that i requested her what she intended for me to do. 33 Blood and Gold "After all," I acknowledged, "these are your kids, are they now not? they arrive in new battalions and so they do not know your identify. They likened their fangs to these of serpents. They stated the Hebrew prophet Moses, maintaining up the serpent employees within the wilderness. They said others who may come. " No solution got here from Akasha. No actual solution used to be to come back from Akasha for 2 thousand years. yet i used to be in simple terms starting my lousy trip then. And all I knew in these worried moments used to be that I needed to cover my prayers from Pandora, that i could not allow her see me—Marius, the philosopher—on bended knee. I went on with my praying, I went on with my feverish worship. And as constantly occurs whilst one prays to an motionless factor, the sunshine performed upon the face of Akasha; the sunshine gave a few semblance of existence. interim, Pandora, as embittered through my silence as i used to be through Akasha's silence, turned completely distraught. And one evening she hurled at me an easy family insult, "Would that I have been rid of them and rid of you. " She left the home and he or she didn't go back the subsequent evening or the evening after that. As you will see that, she was once simply enjoying an identical online game with me that I had performed along with her. She refused to be a witness to my hardness. yet she couldn't know how desperately i wished her presence, or even her useless pleas. Oh, it was once so shamefully egocentric of me. It used to be this kind of pointless catastrophe yet powerfully indignant together with her, I took the irrevocable step of arranging for my departure from Antioch through day. certainly, through the sunshine of the dim lamp, in order to not arouse my mortal brokers, I gave orders for myself and people who has to be saved to be transported in 3 massive sarcophaghi to Rome by way of sea.

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