Blood and Gold, Or, The Story of Marius

Blood and Gold, Or, The Story of Marius

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The Vampire Chronicles continue with Anne Rice's spellbinding new novel, in which the great vampire Marius returns.

The golden-haired Marius, true Child of the Millennia, once mentor to The Vampire Lestat, always and forever the conscientious foe of the Evil Doer, reveals in his own intense yet inti-
mate voice the secrets of his two-thousand-year existence.

Once a proud Senator in Imperial Rome, kidnapped and made a "blood god" by the Druids, Marius becomes the embittered protector of Akasha and Enkil, Queen and King of the vampires, in whom the core of the supernatural race resides.

We follow him through his heartbreaking abandonment of the vampire Pandora. Through him we see the fall of pagan Rome to the Emperor Constantine and the horrific sack of the Eternal City itself at the hands of the Visigoths.

Bravely, Marius seeks a new civilization in the midst of glittering Constantinople, only to meet with the blood drinker Eudoxia. We see him ultimately returning to his beloved Italy, where after the horrors of the Black Death, he is restored by the beauty of the Renaissance. We see him become a painter living dangerously
yet happily among mortals, giving his heart to the great Botticelli, to the bewitching courtesan Bianca, and to the mysterious young apprentice Armand.

Moving from Rome to Florence, Venice, and Dresden, and to the English castle of the secret scholarly order of the Talamasca, the novel reaches its dramatic finale in our own time, deep in the jungle where Marius, having told his life story, seeks some measure of justice from the oldest vampires in the world.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2001.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780679454496
0679454497
Branch Call Number: FIC RICE
Characteristics: 471 p. ; 25 cm.
Alternative Title: Story of Marius
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Quimeras Sep 16, 2015

This is one of my favorites from “The Vampire Chronicles”. It is the least religious; instead it focuses on art and history. Whatever happened to Bianca?

teacupfaerie Sep 12, 2010

I remember this book the most out of all of hers. Excellent storyline. hard to believe that she only writes Christian based fiction!

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