I’ve had Violin sitting in my to read pile for far too long. I figured now was time to return to Anne Rice.
Customary warning: This is a reminder that these are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this knowledge. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.
That being said… Spoilers ahead.
Violin by Anne Rice
Synopsis From The Book
While grieving the death of her husband, Triana falls prey to the demonic fiddler Stefan, a tormented ghost of a Russian aristocrat who uses his magic violin first to enchant, then to dominate and draw her into a state of madness.
But Triana understands the power of the music perhaps even more than Stefan — and she sets out to resist him and to fight, not only for her sanity, but for her life. The struggle draw them both into a terrifying supernatural realm where they find themselves surrounded by memories, by horrors, and by overwhelming truths. Battling desperately, they are at last propelled toward the novel’s astonishing and unforgettable climax.
Short Synopsis By Me
Initial Thoughts Before Reading:
Anne Rice was one of those authors my mother said “read” growing up, but I did not listen to her. I’ve had a few books in her Vampire series for some time but it wasn’t until the end of college that I read one of her books in full: The Witching Hour. The Witching Hour was long and hard to get through, for the beginning, but I absolutely loved her world building and her history (her history — must repeat twice for emphasis). I am excited for this. It’s a stand alone work and perhaps will get me into reading more of her stuff.
Initial Thoughts After Reading:
I feel that I would have liked it, had I not hated the beginning. Going through this book took me weeks. Which is why I’m not really about to write a review for this book. Unlike some other books that I vastly hated, I feel like I would have liked this one. Its just that Anne Rice takes forever in the beginning of her novels, and I just hated everything about this character from the beginning. I know I will revisit this book in the future, and I’ll mark this book down on one to re-review once I have.
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Time Taken To Read
2 weeks and 2hrs