With bated breath, I was repeatedly checking my phone this morning looking for the big announcement promised from Anne Rice. In my heart, I knew it had to be a continuation of the work she began with Prince Lestat, but she has hinted about other stories in recent years that she wanted to tell, and it really could have been anything from the amazing author with her seemingly limitless imagination.
The announcement came at 7am Pacific Time this morning. Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis will be released on November 29th. This is Rice’s 36th book and if it is anything like its most recent predecessor, I believe we are in for a real treat.
Rice has spoken before about her desire to write about a race of immortals who were not vampires, who didn’t need to kill to survive, and who have observed humanity as it has evolved and become what we call modern civilization. These immortals would be tied to Atlantis and the Atlantean mythology that has grown with study over the centuries. The idea of Lestat meeting these immortals sparks possibilities that will have ardent fans of Rice’s work counting down the days.
The official synopsis from the publisher reads:
“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…” –Anne Rice, Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis
At the novel’s center: the vampire Lestat de Lioncourt, hero, leader, inspirer, irresistible force, irrepressible spirit, battling (and ultimately reconciling with) a strange otherworldly form that has somehow taken possession of Lestat’s undead body and soul. This ancient and mysterious power and unearthly spirit of vampire lore has all the force, history, and insidious reach of the unknowable Universe.
It is through this spirit, previously considered benign for thousands of vampire years and throughout The Vampire Chronicles, that we come to be told the hypnotic tale of a great sea power of ancient times; a mysterious heaven on earth situated on a boundless continent–and of how and why, and in what manner and with what far-reaching purpose, this force came to build and rule the great legendary empire of centuries ago that thrived in the Atlantic Ocean.
And as we learn of the mighty, far-reaching powers and perfections of this lost kingdom of Atalantaya, the lost realms of Atlantis, we come to understand its secrets and how and why the vampire Lestat, indeed all the vampires, must reckon so many millennia later with the terrifying force of this ageless, all-powerful Atalantaya spirit.”
Rice has a history of bringing ancient civilizations to life in her stories. From the days leading up to the decadent life of the famed and tragic Castrati to ancient Rome, Gaul, and beyond in the Vampire Chronicles and even going so far as writing about the early life of Jesus in vivid detail, she has shown a masterful grasp of time and place, bringing to life moments in time that most of us only encounter in the driest of text books.
With the synopsis above and her history of powerful storytelling, I’m positive this will be a special holiday gift for fans of Rice’s work and students of Antlantean mythology alike. Check out this link to Entertainment Weekly where you can read an excerpt from the beginning of the novel and take a look at the cover artwork below!