Of Love and Evil : The Songs of the Seraphim (Hardcover)

Author: Rice, Anne

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Rice''s lyrical, haunting new novel is a metaphysical thriller of angels and assassins that once again summons up dark and dangerous worlds set in times past.


Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9781400043545
SKU 213822077
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 1400043549
Release Date 11/30/2010
Dimensions (in Inches) 9.3H x 5.9L x 1T
Author Info
Anne Rice
Born Howard Allen O'Brian, Anne Rice legally changed her name at the age of 6. When she was 16, two years after her mother died in 1955, the family moved to Texas, where she met her future husband, Stan Rice, and graduated from high school. After they married in 1961 and moved to California, Rice received a B.A. from San Francisco State in 1964, had a child named Michelle in 1966, spent two years at the University of California at Berkeley, and then received an M.A., also from San Francisco State, in 1971. Their daughter Michelle then died of leukemia before her sixth birthday. After a period of alcoholism directly related to this loss, Rice wrote INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE over a few weeks in 1973. Eventually published in 1976 to somewhat lukewarm reviews, INTERVIEW..., according to Roz Kaveney in THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF FANTASY, "is responsible, if not for creating, at least popularizing and in many respects crystallizing the mythology of the revisionist-fantasy version of the vampire." Rice wrote two more novels, THE FEAST OF ALL SAINTS and CRY TO HEAVEN, before embarking on a series of novels written under pseudonyms, ranging from soft- to relatively hardcore pornography. She wrote EXIT TO EDEN as Anne Rampling and the Sleeping Beauty trilogy as A. N. Roquelaure. In 1986 she wrote a sequel to INTERVIEW, called THE VAMPIRE LESTAT, in which the title character disputes certain events depicted in its predecessor. With this book, Rice officially became a best-selling author. In 1986, Rice and her family moved to New Orleans, a prominent setting in much of her writing. Since then, she has become simultaneously more and less of a public figure. While the immense popularity of her books has forced her to cease listing her telephone number in the phone book, which she did well into the late '80s, Rice has been active in New Orleans, purchasing a lot of property around the area for restoration. Sometimes to the consternation of other residents, she has taken out full-page ads in the local newspaper to express her opinions on various matters, and she regularly responds to questions delivered to her via the Internet at her official Web site. With a staggeringly huge worldwide fan base, Rice is likely to remain at the top of the bestseller lists regardless of which of her several series titles she is writing.
"The prose is flawless. Written in a tone that can only be described as biblical, Rice's lyrically haunting style of writing suits her newest work very well. Her descriptions...are vivid and tangible, a difficult balance to achieve when writing of supernatural beings. Although not archaic, Rice's prose carries the weight of the historical era.... "
"For such a slender novel, OF LOVE AND EVIL also dramatizes the plight of the Jews in Renaissance Italy and includes plenty of meditations on religious belief that sound like Rice's own explanations about why, earlier this year, she quit organized Christianity for a simpler form of faith. Toby's lessons seem to be her own."
"OF LOVE AND EVIL arrives in the wake of Rice's well-publicized rejection of Roman Catholicism. Her struggle with a bruised faith seems to bristle on every page."
From the Publisher
Annotation In the sequel to ANGEL TIME, vaunted gothic author Anne Rice brings back Toby O'Dare, the time-traveling mercenary employed by the angel Malchiah, to solve a case of poisoning and demonic possession in Renaissance-era Rome. O'Dare digs into a multilayered conspiracy that mixes sibling rivalry with papal politics while learning secrets connected to his own shadowy past in OF LOVE AND EVIL. Rice's classic mix of spookiness and suspense hurls O'Dare to the core of the mystery and back again, while packing the punches of religious mystique characteristic of the series.
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0171
Publisher Knopf Publishing Group
Series Part 02

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