WHO: Anne Rice
WHAT: PRINCE LESTAT AND
THE REALMS OF ATLANTIS, a novel
WHEN: Published by Knopf November 29, 2016
WHY: “Anne Rice is the great and enduring chronicler of vampires, ghosts, and witches.
“Lestat is changing the lives of vampires worldwide. As Rice continues the new sequence in her Vampire Chronicles, Lestat is the host for Amel, the spirit who allows all vampires to exist. Lestat’s court is developing into a strong, governing force that is uniting the undead. But with the resurgence of vampire culture comes a new creature, one even the oldest vampires have never seen.
“These four beings are immortal, intelligent, and hold the key to the mystery Lestat and his followers have been desperately trying to crack: Who exactly is Amel, and where did he come from? And why do Amel’s consorts dream of a beautiful oceanic city burning?
“Lestat and his four new acquaintances find themselves intertwined together in a way they never anticipated, with Amel and the city of Atalantaya at the center of it all. Rice is the great and enduring chronicler of vampires, ghosts, and witches, and these new creatures fit seamlessly into her imaginative world as she offers fans a new perspective on the mythical origin of her beloved Lestat and his vampires.”
—Amy Dittmeier, BOOKLIST
“She exhibits tremendous skill in making the impossible seem not only possible but logical…and she sets up a nail-biting dilemma.”
From the beginning of the book:
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.
Knopf. 451 pages. $28.95 ISBN 978-0-385-35379-3