Vittorio, the Vampire

Vittorio, the Vampire

New Tales of the Vampire

Book - 1999
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With Pandora , Anne Rice began a magnificent new series of vampire novels. Now, in the second of her New Tales of the Vampires, she tells the mesmerizing story of Vittorio, a vampire in the Italian Age of Gold.

Educated in the Florence of Cosimo de' Medici, trained in knighthood at his father's mountaintop castle, Vittorio inhabits a world of courtly splendor and country pleasures--a world suddenly threatened when his entire family is confronted by an unholy power.

In the midst of this upheaval, Vittorio is seduced by the vampire Ursula, the most beautiful of his supernatural enemies. As he sets out in pursuit of vengeance, entering the nightmarish Court of the Ruby Grail, increasingly more enchanted (and confused) by his love for the mysterious Ursula, he finds himself facing demonic adversaries, war and political intrigue.

Against a backdrop of the wonders--both sacred and profane--and the beauty and ferocity of Renaissance Italy, Anne Rice creates a passionate and tragic legend of doomed young love and lost innocence.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1999
ISBN: 9780375401602
0375401601
Branch Call Number: F Ric

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Quimeras Sep 24, 2015

After reading “The Vampire Chronicles”, it was difficult to consider this story as part of a new and distinct series of vampire tales. I immediately started drawing the parallels. For instance, Vittorio shares the love of art with Marius, he is young like Armand, and the Red Guild is the counterpart to the satanic Parisian coven. And certainly, if only they had met, Vittorio’s knowledge and experience with spirits would have been helpful to Lestat in “Memoch the Devil”. So, even though it borrowed from previous ones, I still enjoyed this novel.

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katie_a
Jul 22, 2014

Even though this is technically part of Rice's New Tales of the Vampires, this book could stand alone. There aren't heavy references to her other works. It was also a fairly fast read, it doesn't have the tedious details her works normally have.

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joshcarr Oct 15, 2009

In 15th century Italy, young wealthy Vittorio's family is butchered by vampires. He is spared by a female vampire who wants him to become her vampire lover.

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