Books by Anne Rice

RAMSES THE DAMNED by Anne Rice
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"Despite its perks, immortality can, apparently, be a bore."
An ageless Egyptian pharaoh and his band of immortal friends (and enemies) descend on England on the eve of the Great War in a sequel co-authored by mother and son Rices. Read full book review >
PRINCE LESTAT AND THE REALMS OF ATLANTIS by Anne Rice
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"Rice's latest excursion into otherly realms may leave some readers feeling overstuffed—but others, to be sure, will be hungry for more."
Having perhaps bled all the possibilities out of earthly children of the night, Rice (Prince Lestat, 2014, etc.) takes a bite out of two big bodies of myth. Read full book review >
PRINCE LESTAT by Anne Rice
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Rice fans probably need not fear a drought of her thirst-quenching tales, then. As for this one, it's trademark Rice: talky, inconsequential, but good old-fashioned fanged fun."
Armand, Seth, Akasha and, of course, Lestat de Lioncourt are back with a vengeance—and, natch, they're looking to put the bite on someone. Read full book review >
THE WOLVES OF MIDWINTER by Anne Rice
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"Fans will welcome Rice's return to the realm of eccentric immortal predators."
Second in Rice's series (The Wolf Gift, 2012) featuring a cultured pack of do-gooder werewolves. Read full book review >
THE WOLF GIFT by Anne Rice
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"Despite some of the creakiness of the machinery, Rice finds new permutations in an old tale."
The "gift" of the title refers to a werewolf who acts more like Batman than like a bestial agent of disorder, for he goes about rescuing damsels (and guys) in distress and in the process killing the bad guys. Read full book review >
OF LOVE AND EVIL by Anne Rice
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

"A bullet of a book—and an absolute bull's eye."
Murder and mayhem are served up alongside metaphysical musings in Rice's latest (Angel Time, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >
ANGEL TIME by Anne Rice
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 29, 2009

"Angelically inspiring. Devilishly clever."
Time travel, ultraviolence and medieval madness—divine intervention rendered fantastically by Rice (Called Out of Darkness, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >
CALLED OUT OF DARKNESS by Anne Rice
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2008

"Rice's rather banal prose doesn't do justice to the anguished content, but her story is honest and moving nonetheless."
In her first work of nonfiction, Rice (Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana, 2008, etc.) tells the story of her departure from, and return to, her Creator. Read full book review >
Released: March 4, 2008

"Rice's Christ is both convincing and compelling. Another winner."
Rice continues the story of Jesus, which she began with 2005's stunning Out of Egypt. Read full book review >
CHRIST THE LORD by Anne Rice
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2005

"Joins Nikos Kazantzakis's The Last Temptation of Christ and Shusaku Endo's A Life of Jesus as one of the bolder re-tellings."
A riveting, reverent imagining of the hidden years of the child Jesus. Read full book review >
BLOOD CANTICLE by Anne Rice
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 31, 2003

"Though one wishes to give the recently widowed author a free ride, Blood Canticle is as gaily slipshod, gushy, and first-draftish as Merrick."
Rice in short form after the lengthy Blackwood Farm (2002), this time featuring characters shuffled together from the Vampire Lestat series and the Mayfair Witches series. Read full book review >
BLACKWOOD FARM by Anne Rice
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 31, 2002

"With a little nip in the night, Anne's fangs offer us the Dark Gift."
The Vampire Chronicles Annual Rice Report on vampirism in Louisiana (Blood and Gold, 2001, etc.) finds Queen Anne's tiara firmly in place for a sweeping plot. Read full book review >
BLOOD AND GOLD by Anne Rice
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 31, 2001

"Given her historical antecedents, Rice-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed writes like a damned Queen. Pure vellum in the chronicle."
Large arterial heart-piece in Rice's Vampire Chronicles. Read full book review >
MERRICK by Anne Rice
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 19, 2000

"Rice has recovered from some gaily slipshod work, but this feels first-draftish, as if e-mailed straight to the printer without a second thought, while the arch dialogue already feels a hundred years old."
The Queen of the Vampires offers one of the more wobbly works in the Vampire Chronicles. Read full book review >
VITTORIO THE VAMPIRE by Anne Rice
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1999

"Drink up, Riceans!"
The second entry in a new series of short vampire fabulisms began with Rice's well-received Pandora (1998), set in ancient Rome. Read full book review >
THE VAMPIRE ARMAND by Anne Rice
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 21, 1998

"Rice at her ripest, with research easily absorbed by the voluptuous text, though she fawns over her weaker, or more sentimental, moments."
Here continue the stories of Armand, first met in Interview with the Vampire (1976), and Marius, encountered in the ancient Rome of Pandora and still alive in New Orleans, where he tends the comatose body of top vampire Lestat, who's returned from Heaven and Hell with Veronica's Veil (Memnoch the Devil, 1995). Read full book review >
PANDORA by Anne Rice
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 19, 1998

"This is Rice in top romantic form, despite a slippery page here and there."
First sheaf in a new series by Rice, picking up where The Tale of the Body Thief (1992) left off and telling of 2,000-year-old Pandora, who is seduced in Paris by newly-fanged David Talbot, an elderly scholar, into writing her memoirs. Read full book review >
VIOLIN by Anne Rice
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 31, 1997

"Of the gilded pen that single-handedly revived the vampire genre much can be forgiven, but this soul-mush is worse than Marie Corelli's, who molded such lavender vapors into novels a century ago (The Sorrows of Satan, etc.) and is now well-forgotten."
Anne Rice in her short form, and yet dreadfully in need of a caustic edit. Read full book review >
SERVANT OF THE BONES by Anne Rice
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Lesser readers may wish she'd stayed in Babylon, where their suspension of disbelief and her imaginative energies are at their strongest."
Farewell, bloodsuckers! Read full book review >
MEMNOCH THE DEVIL by Anne Rice
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 21, 1995

"Not Christ and the Grand Inquisitor, but a vastly daring change of pace for the atheist Lestat, a tormented Ivan Karamazov tied into spiritual knots and left disbelieving his own senses."
The fifth volume in the Vampire Lestat chronicles (The Tale of the Body Thief, etc.) finds Lestat pitted against the greatest adversaries of his bloody life: God and the Devil. Read full book review >
TALTOS by Anne Rice
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 30, 1994

"Still, this third (of a promised two, for those keeping count) Mayfair Witches novel clocks in at a 'trim' 480 pages, which qualifies this as minute-Rice, certain to be hungrily devoured by her legions of fans."
Anne Rice's Mayfair Witches are back (after Lasher, 1993), this time to help a lovelorn mystical being overcome a curse. Read full book review >
LASHER by Anne Rice
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 15, 1993

"Too much Rice-A-Roni, but addicts will lick the pot."
The sequel and conclusion to Rice's The Witching Hour (1990) shows Rice both at her best and at her hackiest. Read full book review >
THE TALE OF THE BODY THIEF by Anne Rice
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 31, 1992

"Irresistible as Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin's All of Me."
Rice fans awaiting the finale of 1990's The Witching Hour will be only temporarily dismayed by the author's fourth bloodletting and the return of the Vampire Lestat—in what is Rice's most strongly plotted novel yet. Read full book review >
THE WITCHING HOUR by Anne Rice
Released: Nov. 14, 1990

"A writing mishmash, but a strong story stamps itself onto the brain."
First behemoth installment (800+ pp.) in a new occult romance by Rice—now moving back into the bougainvillea and the New Orleans Garden District for her steamy new world of southern witchcraft. Read full book review >
THE MUMMY or Ramses the Damned by Anne Rice
Released: June 1, 1989

"Meanwhile, more adventures of Ramses are planned."
Here, Rice varies the seasoning for her famous dish: the damnation of immortality. Read full book review >
THE QUEEN OF THE DAMNED by Anne Rice
Released: Oct. 31, 1988

"There are a few winning new characters, and early on, some good scenes, but these are more than offset by Maharet's long tale (told in a tone of mock-solemnity, dragging thinly on and on), the silliness of Akasha's plan, the sophomoric debate that goes with it, and her deus-ex-machina defeat."
The sensual atmospheres and wonderfully human monsters that made Interview With a Vampire and The Vampire Lestat so delightful can be found here, but only briefly: the third book in Rice's Vampire Chronicles is thin, unconvincing, and a grave disappointment. Read full book review >
THE VAMPIRE LESTAT by Anne Rice
Released: Oct. 31, 1985

"One giant step beyond Bela."
Vampires are getting classier. Read full book review >
CRY TO HEAVEN by Anne Rice
Released: Sept. 14, 1982

"Rice has convincingly reconstructed performance and training highlights in this era of ornamental vocalization; and the dialogue, assassin-filled plot, and erotica moments all oom-pah away to a splendidly flowery operatic tempo—con amore, con brio, con carnage."
More period exotica by the author of such languorous entertainments as Interview with a Vampire and The Feast of All Saints: this time Rice explores the musical demiworld of the 18th-century castrati—those flute-voiced, angelic singers who as boys were "mutilated to make a choir of seraphim, their song a cry to heaven that heaven did not hear." Read full book review >
THE FEAST OF ALL SAINTS by Anne Rice
Released: Jan. 1, 1979

Interview with a Vampire's (1976) commercially tailored front-runner that also manages to find some fresh energy in an overworked genre. Read full book review >
INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE by Anne Rice
Released: May 5, 1976

The word is that readers will be "enrapt." Read full book review >