The 5 Anne Rice books to introduce you to her talent
Today we are celebrating the birthday of an intriguing writer that is loved and adored by everyone who reads her literature. If you have not yet had a chance to read her work but you are looking for a great place to start, let these 5 books be your guide.
- Interview with the Vampire
Part of The Vampire Chronicles, this book is possibly best known for the movie adaptation starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. Sticking to what horror fan truly expect vampires to be, this fantastic novel is arguably what helped to cement Anne’s fame and status as a writer. Horror, seduction and a great story line come together to tell the story of vampire confessing all the things he has done over the centuries of his existence, tales that are upsetting and interesting. When introducing yourself to her novels, start here you won’t be disappointed.
- The Queen of the Damned
This novel turned 30 this year, and it is still a must read. The book has 3 narrative lines that work exceptionally well together, making the book really difficult to put down. Again it is a novel that is all about vampires, their obsessions, lusts and loves. The story line is immensely rich and full of expression, and one that will take you around the world. The Queen of the Damned dives into the fantasy history of the vampires and takes us into an uncertain future, where the fate of everyone hangs in the balance.
- The Witching Hour
Anne Rice is not only famous for writing about the fantastic world of vampires, she is interested in all things paranormal…and we are reaping the benefits of her wonderful mind. Once you have got your vampire fill, the next best place to continue your Anne Rice journey is by reading the series called Lives of the Mayfair Witches. In the first novel she introduces us to a powerful witch family who are themselves being haunted. Every page is a thrill as you are taken into the lives of the characters as they experience existence in New Orleans.
- Servant of the Bones
Are you looking for something truly supernatural without the clichés that some novels fall into? This is exactly what you can expect when you read Servant of the Bones. The story is about an ancient spirit known as Azriel who can be summoned by those who have control over the coffin of golden bones that he has become attached to. Azriel spends 2500 years looking out at the world and watching all of the events of human kind as he is stuck between the plains of heaven and hell. But now he is about to be unleashed in the present as for the first time in what feels like eternity, he is summoned. The amount of history in this novel and the amount of research done is what makes this book a mesmerizing and intriguing read.
In an almost completely different style, Violin is about love and passion shared between two people, and of course a ghost is thrown in to torment the female character. The woman, Triana is eventually driven to complete madness as she is cursed by the violin playing ghost that stalks her. Romance, drama and a story that only Anne Rice could write is what transforms this novel into something amazing.
Once you have read these 5 books you will have had an eclectic taste of the skillful imagination that Anne Rice has. These books will give you are great deal of what to expect from her novels.