OF LOVE AND EVIL By Anne Rice [Review]
I have to admit a little frustration, a tiny seed growing within my heart that many of my favorite authors and shows are going angelic. I don’t know if angels are the vampires of the up-and-coming teens of the 21st Century or everyone is merely bracing for an apocalyspe that I didn’t get the memo about, but whatever it is, angels are everywhere. And Anne Rice is no exception. That’s right, Anne Rice, creator of Lestat has gone angelic and not just once, no, OF LOVE AND EVIL is subtitled Songs of the Seraphim, Book 2. And the way things shape up? Book 3 is a strong possibility.
Of Love and Evil is the story of Toby, an ex-killer removed from the modern world and taken back to the 16th Century Rome by the angel Malchiah where Toby is assigned the task of saving a young man accused of poisoning his master. True to her style, there is a modern storyline and in the modern world Toby grapples with the reappearance of a former girlfriend, a child he never knew about and a faith shaken to its very core.
Rice’s prose is the highlight of the book. The story is nothing to get excited about and pretty stock, story within a story, within a story, within a story and so on ad infinitum Anne Rice. It’s her words, as always, that what make the book worth reading, should you choose to pick it up. One of things that has brought me back to Rice over the years is that no matter what she is writing, even the most gruesome of horror, her words are so beautiful, so magnificently put together the book is worth reading for the prose alone. In point of fact, that’s what kept me going as I plowed through Toby’s story. I found I really couldn’t care less about him, but I was caught up in Rice’s words. Sad, really, when you think about it.
Of Love and Evil is one of those books primarily for hardcore Rice fans or read for the prose alone. There is not much here, and I mean that quite literally, at 192 pages is is a slim volume by any standard, and an Amazon list price of almost $15 (and considerable higher elswhere) some people might feel a little… um… ripped off when it arrives in the mail.
Unless you loved the first of this series or are one of those died-hard fans that just must have every single thing she’s every written, I would say skip this and read one one of her earlier works if you really want an Anne Rice fix. Overall, Of Love and Evil (Songs of the Seraphim, Book 2) can be missed with no regrets.
Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars | Pages: 192 | Source: Purchased | Buy on Amazon