An Introduction to Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles
Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles series has entranced readers all over the world since the release of Interview with the Vampire in 1976. Now, the eagerly anticipated fifteenth book in the series, Blood Communion, has been released in paperback, delighting readers with the story of how Prince Lestat came to rule the vampire realm.
With the help of painstaking research, and an enviable imagination, Rice built an entire world, complete with its own history, genealogy, and customs, not to mention a dizzyingly extensive cast of beloved characters. When an author creates a universe this complex, it can be difficult for readers to keep track of past characters and details. To help you navigate the series, whether you’re rereading or just getting started, we’ve provided a brief summary of each book below, in recommended reading order. This guide will get you and your reading group up to speed on the Vampiredom in no time.
Interview with the Vampire
The book that started it all introduces readers to the legendary vampire Lestat through the confessions of Louis, his progeny.
The Vampire Lestat
Get to know Lestat more intimately in this enthralling account of his life as he seeks out answers to the mystery of his own immortality.
The Queen of the Damned
Meet Akasha, the mother of all vampires, and learn of her plan to “save” mankind and destroy the vampire Lestat after waking from a six-thousand-year-long sleep.
The Tale of the Body Thief
Lestat, alone and lonely, embarks on his most dangerous adventure yet to regain his lost humanity.
Memnoch the Devil
As Lestat searches for Dora, a mortal who has claimed his heart, he comes face to face with the Devil himself, who tells him the story of creation (from his perspective) in an effort to convince Lestat to serve his cause.
Learn the life story of Pandora, a two thousand-year-old vampire, in her own words. This is the first book in Rice’s offshoot series New Tales of the Vampires.
The Vampire Armand
Armand, who first appeared in Interview with the Vampire, tells us his own story, stretching from ancient Constantinople to Venice during the Renaissance to present-day New Orleans.
Vittorio, the Vampire
The second of Rice’s New Tales of the Vampires tells the tragic tale of Vittorio, a vampire in the Italian Age of Gold.
Merrick is a descendant of the great Mayfair witches, bringing us our first crossover tale between The Vampire Chronicles and Rice’s other series The Lives of the Mayfair Witches. Her haunting story of sorcery stretches from New Orleans to the jungles of Guatemala.
Blood and Gold
The great vampire Marius, once mentor to Lestat, reveals the secrets of his own existence after two thousand years of life.
This is another crossover novel between The Vampire Chronicles and The Lives of the Mayfair Witches. Rice takes us into the Deep South to tell the tale of Quinn Blackwood, a young man (and later vampire) haunted by a mysterious spirit named Goblin. Quinn sets out to find the vampire Lestat in the hopes of ridding himself of the creature.
Picking up where Blackwood Farm left off, Blood Canticle continues Lestat’s quest for redemption as he sets out to help the Mayfair family. The witches are grappling with a genetic plague that has afflicted their family for generations.
Prince Lestat picks up where Queen of the Damned left off. The vampire world is in crisis and Lestat has been called upon to reestablish order. Familiar characters reappear, including Armand, Pandora, and Marius, to name a few.
Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis
Lestat now rules the world of vampires. In this, the fourteenth installment of The Vampire Chronicles, he explores one of the great legends of modern times: Atlantis.
Finally, in the latest installment of the series, Prince Lestat tells the story of how he came to rule all of vampiredom, and his eternal struggle to find belonging. Meanwhile, a seemingly unstoppable force determined to destroy the entire vampire world plots against him.