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A VAMPIRE IN THE ITALIAN AGE OF GOLD...Sixteen years old, Vittorio is the sole survivor of a bizarre and violent massacre at his father's Tuscan palazzo. Escaping to the Florence of Cosimo de Medici, he seeks vengeance and retribution. But though he has been saved from death by a mysterious woman, he finds himself at the mercy of demonic, bloody nightmares, war and political intrique. And, beyond even these perils, Vittorio faces being torn apart by a dangerous love. Against a backdrop of the wonders - both sacred and profane - of Rennaisance Italy, with it's art and ferocity, angels and demons, Anne Rice introduces a seductive new character and creates a passionate traggic legend of doomed young love and lost innocence.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099271093
ISBN-10: 0099271095
Format: Paperback
(178mm x 110mm x 22mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Arrow Books Ltd
Publisher: Cornerstone
Publish Date: 2-Mar-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Reviews

UK Kirkus Review » Perhaps most famous for her six-volume Vampire Chronicles, Rice has now written a new series of short vampire novels, beautifully produced by her publishers in a stylish small-format design. Set amid the splendours - and political intrigues - of the Italian Renaissance, Vittorio follows the fortunes of a 16-year-old survivor of a violent massacre at his father's Tuscan palazzo. A passionate tale of doomed love and lost innocence, which vividly evokes this extraordinary period in history while the drama unfolds, this is a hugely enjoyable read by a true mistress of her craft. (Kirkus UK)

US Kirkus Review » The second entry in a new series of short vampire fabulisms began with Rice's well-received Pandora (1998), set in ancient Rome. Now Rice's charm-weaving about bloodsuckers moves up to Italy's Age of Gold. As ever with her historicals, including Servant of the Bones (1996), Rice seems at her most thoughtful when blending research into neatly melodic paragraphs. Here, the action debuts five hundred years ago in the Florence of the Medicis. Young Vittorio, son of an incalculably wealthy father, lives in a mountaintop castle built on formerly Etruscan land (its graves predate Christ) and is trained for the knighthood at age 13. When demons invade the castle and kill all the adults (and steal all the children), Vittorio fights the demon Ursula and cuts off her arm, which she sticks fight back on, while another demon beheads Vittorio's younger brother and sister before his eyes. With no one left alive in the castle, Vittorio vows vengeance on the demons, arranges his family's bodies in a crypt, then takes all the money and jewelry he can rustle up and sets out for Florence. But as night falls, Ursula reappears and ravishes the 16-year-old in his bed, insisting that she's saved his life. Soon he finds himself adrift in a town that's under a strange spell - it's a sort of Pleasantville without any known illnesses, any need for nuns, or any hospitals. Another donnybrook with demons, though, lands Vittorio in the court of the Ruby Grail, whose kitchen serves as a holding cell for all the sick people who've been missing from the village below. Vengeance redux, though his feelings for Ursula take an odd upsurge. The story then mires down joyously in the blissful vigors of demonic blood, with blood flowing everywhichway, and in the horrid hungers it brings. Love blooms in blood. Drink up, Riceans! (Kirkus Reviews)


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Author Biography - Anne Rice

Anne Rice is the author of more than thirty internationally bestselling books including 'The Mayfair Witches' sequence, 'The Songs of the Seraphim' and 'The Wolf Gift Chronicles'. The phenomenon that became 'The Vampire Chronicles' started with Interview with a Vampire in 1976, later made into a film starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt, and culminated with Blood Canticle in 2003. Prince Lestat, published in 2014, and her new novel, Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis, are the first new Vampire Chronicle novels for over a decade. Anne Rice lives in California.

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