I’m currently reading ‘Blackwood Farm’ by Anne Rice, published in 2002. Blackwood Farm is the 9th instalment from the Vampire Chronicles, the first being Interview with the Vampire, published in 1976.
Anne Rice has to be up there as one of my all time favourite authors. Although known primarily for the Vampire Chronicles, she has also written other collections. I have read both the ‘Mayfair Witches trilogy’ and ‘The Wolf Gift Chronicles’. Many of Anne Rice’s novels are set in New Orleans where she was born.
I wouldn’t call any of Anne’s books I have read ‘easy reads’, and I’m saying this as a positive rather than a negative. Her descriptions are vivid and transport you through time and place. She is able to write characters like no other author I have come across; forcing you to care about them whether you want to or not. For example Lestat, the brat prince, really shouldn’t evoke empathy in the reader but somehow Anne Rice does just that.
So, if you haven’t yet read a book by Anne Rice, I urge you to. You will be swept up in her epic storytelling and enigmatic characters. If you really don’t favour vampires, the Mayfair Witches Trilogy is a likewise fantastic read with subtle cross overs with the Vampire Chronicles. Oh, and whilst I think the film adaptation of Interview with the Vampire was better than most book – film adaptations, it still doesn’t compare.