Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis is book #12 in The Vampire Chronicles series written by Anne Rice.
Best selling author Anne Rice has written over 35 books and has sold almost nearly 100 million copies. Two years since her triumph return to The Vampire Chronicles series with Prince Lestat Rice is back once again with a sequel and this time she is exploring the mythology of Atlantis and of course many of her famous vampires are back. She has been an openly avid fan of the mythology of Atlantis worked on the novel for some time with it originally being title 'Born for Atlantis' and then 'Blood Paradise' but once she saw a way to include her beloved Prince Lestat and the other vampires from The Vampire Chronicles everything fell into place thus giving birth to Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis.
After the catastrophe that occurred in Prince Lestat the Brat Prince Lestat de Lioncourt, beloved main character and (anti)hero of The Vampire Chronicles, had to step up and become the Prince/leader of the tribe of the Undead to bring all the vampires together to unite changing the Vampire Chronicles series as we know it.
Now Prince Lestat is back once again with more challenges that begins with a simple dream of seeing a city falling into the sea in flames and hearing thousands of people crying:
"In my dreams, I saw a city fall into the sea. I heard the cries of thousands. I saw flames that outshone the lamps of heaven. And all the world was shaken..."
Some of the other vampires start having similar dreams but blow it off.. That is until a strange entity is captured by Armand after trying to seek out Benjamin Mahmoud and talk to him about a mutual 'person' they both know. The entity in question is unlike anything they have ever seen even baffling the famous vampire doctor Fareed. The entity has the appearance of a human, can walk in the sun, but has the 10x the strength of a normal human being.
Before the Prince Lestat and the Vampire Court is able to examine the creature any further the unexplained creature causes a scene putting others in danger and is released to go free in exchange to leave without harming anyone. After seeing what the mysterious entity is capable of it causes a panic around the world among the Blood Drinkers raising many questions:
What is he? Where did he come from? Why was he seeking them out? And most importantly... Are there more like him?
Meanwhile, across the world Lestat's old foe Rhoshamandes takes another creature named Derek, who appears to be kin of the one found by Armand, from his friend Roland who has been keeping him hostage for 10 years in basically a dungeon. Rosh's is planning to keep the mysterious creature, Derek, hostage until Prince Lestat accepts him back and demands that the other vampires who keep harassing him for his previous crimes be called off. But his hatred for Lestat holds him back and his plans fail once Derek escapes and goes off in search for his kin and going as far as to attempt to get in contact with the Prince to explain who they are, what they are, and where they are from more importantly.. what their purpose is, in exchange for not harming him or his kin and to protect them against Rosh and his rebels.
Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis is terrific change to The Vampire Chronicles. The vampires in this book are forced to have to confront the unknown and the mysterious that was once seen as only fiction by the philosopher Plato, Atlantis, The Lost City of Atlantis.
When people hear of Atlantis most people relate it to swimming and mermaids.. I may or may not have been secretly hoping for mermaids 😉, this isn't your typical Atlantis. This Atlantis built by Anne Rice is more of a futuristic version called Atalantaya which is a utopia where the Atalantayans live in peace away from the rest of the world in a domed island with unimaginable technology and medical advancements to those who live outside of the Atalantaya. Rice takes the stories of Atlantis and explores why, how, and what could have caused the fall of a city so great as Atlantis.
Like all of Anne's work she explores the meaning of life. The good and evil in the world, love and hate, compassion and forgiveness written in her lyrical and sensuously detailed writing style that we have all came to love over the years.
This novel contains more elements of science which may seem intimidating to some who are not familiar with sci-fi, which I wasn't so it did intimidate me in the beginning, but the way Anne writes and describes everything really makes everything understandable as well as making you believe that the impossible could be possible and logical to any audiences even people like me who are sci-fi noobies.
By Anne creating all the new creatures/entities/beings and expanding the Realms she is making the possibilities for future books endless. One thing that I love about The Vampire Chronicles is that the books all flow perfectly and correspond to one another, it is almost as if she planned them all then released them, which we know isn't the case but it just shows what a talented author she really is.
When the Realms of Atlantis' chapter sample was released most fans was of course excited but there was some that was apprehensive about the new entity concept which if I could talk to them I would say don't be and give the book a chance. If you have been following The Vampire Chronicles which has a wide variety of different supernatural creatures, beings, and entities why can't there be more?
The way Realms of Atlantis ends leads to so many possibilities and I can only hope that more books are on the way! If not I am grateful for all the art that she has put down in words for us all the years she has been writing.
I also want to thank the publishers at Knopf for providing me an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review that I could publish on the release day.
P.S. I do plan on rereading the finished version once my pre-ordered book arrives in the mail so my rating and review is subject to change~
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*Also feel free to check out the links below for my book reviews #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10 & #11 in The Vampire Chronicles series*
Review: Interview with the Vampire
Review: The Vampire Lestat
Review: The Queen of the Damned
Review: The Tale of the Body Thief
Review: Memnoch the Devil
Review: The Vampire Armand
Review: Blood and Gold
Review: Blackwood Farm
Review: Blood Canticle
Review: Prince Lestat
+ Review: Pandora
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