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Pandora : new tales of the vampires
Anne Rice
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Although Rice bid goodbye to the vampire Lestat in Memnoch the Devil, her fifth novel in The Vampire Chronicles, she has not abandoned vampires altogether. Two installments are planned this year in her New Tales of the Vampires series, and in the first of these, the ancient vampire Pandora tells her story. Urged on by David Talbot‘fledgling vampire, self-appointed chronicler and former psychic detective‘Pandora documents in sophisticated detail her pre-vampire existence as the privileged daughter of a Roman senator. She's a curious character, first introduced in The Queen of the Damned, in which Marius described her as the Greek courtesan who seduced him into making her a vampire and helped him care for the vampire progenitors until strife forced them apart. Here, Pandora herself sets the record straight. Born early in Augustus's reign, the educated, spirited Pandora was no courtesan‘though we do see her challenge the sexual mores of her moment. When Tiberius brings chaos to Rome, and dishonor and death to Pandora's family, she goes to Antioch and tries to solve the mystery of her compelling blood dreams about Egypt. There, she reunites with her childhood crush, Marius, and learns from him what it means to be a vampire. Along the way, we find little of Rice's trademark eroticism, but Pandora has long been one of her more elusive characters, so fans will relish this vivid rendering of her life and times. Random House audio.(Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

In Queen of the Damned (LJ 10/1/88), the third volume of Rice's "Vampire Chronicles," readers were introduced to the psychologically wounded immortal Pandora, who roused herself long enough to rescue her lover, Marius. In this first novel of a new series, Pandora tells fledgling vampire David Talbot the story of her mortal life as a woman of privilege in the Rome of Augustus Caesar. When Tiberius ascends the throne, most of Pandora's family is murdered, but she manages to escape to the city of Antioch. There her interest in the cult of the ancient Egyptian goddess Isis is reawakend. At the same time, Pandora suffers from nightmares of blood drinking and torture. Also in Antioch is Marius, a recent initiate into the world of the vampire. He knows that Pandora is being led to this same terrible fate, which he desperately wants to prevent. Throughout, Rice interjects tantalizing bits of the vampiric history and horrors that pervade her earlier books. Although Pandora's story has enough substance to be read and enjoyed on its own, those already familiar with the Chronicles will find added insight to the characters of Pandora and Marius. For all fiction collections. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 11/15/97.]‘Patricia Altner, Information Seekers, Bowie, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Daughter of a senator of ancient Rome.

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Ex-psychic detective; self-appointed chronicler.

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