By Anne Rice
The Vampire Chronicles proceed with Anne Rice’s spellbinding new novel, during which the nice vampire Marius returns.
The golden-haired Marius, precise baby of the Millennia, as soon as mentor to The Vampire Lestat, regularly and perpetually the conscientious foe of the Evil Doer, unearths in his personal severe but inti-
mate voice the secrets and techniques of his two-thousand-year existence.
Once a proud Senator in Imperial Rome, abducted and made a “blood god” via the Druids, Marius turns into the embittered protector of Akasha and Enkil, Queen and King of the vampires, in whom the middle of the supernatural race resides.
We persist with him via his heartbreaking abandonment of the vampire Pandora. via him we see the autumn of pagan Rome to the Emperor Constantine and the awful sack of the everlasting urban itself by the hands of the Visigoths.
Bravely, Marius seeks a brand new civilization in the middle of glittering Constantinople, basically to fulfill with the blood drinker Eudoxia. We see him finally returning to his loved Italy, the place after the horrors of the Black demise, he's restored via the great thing about the Renaissance. We see him turn into a painter dwelling dangerously
yet fortunately between mortals, giving his center to the nice Botticelli, to the bewitching courtesan Bianca, and to the mysterious younger apprentice Armand.
Moving from Rome to Florence, Venice, and Dresden, and to the English fort of the key scholarly order of the Talamasca, the radical reaches its dramatic finale in our personal time, deep within the jungle the place Marius, having informed his existence tale, seeks a few degree of justice from the oldest vampires on this planet.
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It seems that through the activity of an enzyme known as telomerase, the youth-preserving activity of the telomeres can be extended. In other words, there’s an actual chemical in our cells that may hold the secret to eternal youth, and if so, it may explain how vampires can live forever. Let’s see what the scientists have discovered. In one study, cells of patients suffering from Werner syndrome, a genetic disorder involving premature aging, were treated with telomerase. Generally these cells have a short life span in the lab because they age so fast, but the enzyme-treated cells proved to last indefinitely (at least thus far).
Other authors have recognized the nonsensical nature of this device and discarded it. Anne Rice, for example, shows her vampires preening in front of mirrors, and she explains that putting the reflection back into the mirror was a statement about her agnostic frame of mind. If there’s no God and thus no redeemable soul, then the whole mirror issue is irrelevant. Dracula scholar Elizabeth Miller has also given this issue some thought. “Of course, Dracula is not always a solid entity,” she reminds us.
The name Dracula was actually applied to him, derived from a Romanian word that means “dragon,” which was a reference to his father’s membership in the Order of the Dragon. Vlad was known to impale his enemies on sharpened stakes outside his castle walls—often alive—which earned him the nickname the Impaler. He also led raids over the borders into other lands, and a woodcut from that time shows him dining among the corpses. There was even a legend that he dipped his bread in the blood of his enemies before eating it.