Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly series hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming book releases we can’t wait to get our hands on.
This week’s Waiting on Wednesday pick takes Lestat de Lioncourt, the star of The Vampire Chronicles, and sends him to Atlantis for some reason: Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis by Anne Rice.
That’s right, Prince Lestat is back once more, and this time he’s going to visit the lost city of Atlantis. Or something.
Why? Who knows! How? Who cares! This sounds ridiculous and we cannot wait to hate read it.
The fever dream that is Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis — the twelfth book in The Vampire Chronicles — will hit shelves and our funny bones on November 29, 2016.
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.