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Vittorio the Vampire (1999)
by Anne Rice
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13 Ann Rice: Exit to Eden, Feast of All Saints, Interview With the Vampire, Lasher, Merrick, The Mummy, Pandora, Queen of the Damned, Servant of the Bones, Tale of the Body Thief, Vampire Lestat, Vittorio the Vampire, The Witching Hour by Anne Rice
Vittorio The Vampire, The Vampire Lastat, Interview with The Vampire, The Vampire Armand, Queen of the Damned, Merrick, The Witching Hour, Blood Canticle, The Mummy, Memnoch the Devil, Taltos (11 Books by Ann Rice) by Anne Rice
Set of 8 Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice~Interview With The Vampire/The Witching Hour/The Queen of the Damned/Merrick/The Vampire Lestat/Vittorio the Vampire/Taltos Lives of the Mayfair Witches/Violin by Anne Rice
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0345422392, Mass Market Paperback)Tired of the same old vampires? Check out Anne Rice's new race of undead bloodsuckers, independent of the Lestat series. Her alterna-vamp books began with Pandora, but the second of her New Tales of the Vampires, Vittorio, is truly a new beginning--a more controlled story and probably the best of her last half-dozen books.
Rice has called Vittorio her vampire version of Romeo and Juliet. The hunky Vittorio is sweet 16 and "incalculably rich" in 15th-century Italy, the epoch of the Medicis and Vittorio's favorite painter, madly passionate Filippo Lippi. Florence is to Vittorio what New Orleans is to Interview with the Vampire.
One night, Vittorio's family is butchered by vampires. The gorgeous Ursula spares Vittorio to make him her reluctant undying sweetheart. Ursula's ravishings of Vittorio recall the erotica Rice wrote under her own name and the pen names Anne Rampling and A.N. Roquelaure.
Vittorio flees to the creepy town of Santa Maddalana, which has made a pact to sacrifice its young to Lord Florian's vampire horde. Vittorio is bent on revenge as he invades the eerie Court of the Ruby Grail (i.e. blood), as angry with the child-sacrificing humans as he is with Florian's fang gangsters. Torn between lust, murderous rage, and vampire thirst, Vittorio is one interestingly troubled soul.
Rice urges readers to enter Vittorio's world by reading the sources she embroiders, Fra Filippo Lippi and Public Life in Renaissance Florence, and to get a feel for the scary communion Vittorio sees in the Court of the Ruby Grail by listening to All Souls' Vespers. --Tim Appelo
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:39:48 -0400)
A 15th century Florentine knight sets out to avenge the massacre of his family by vampires. Vittorio di Riniari owes his life to Ursula, a beautiful vampire who had him spared so she could ravish him. He is keen on her too, but family honor comes first. By the author of Pandora.
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