The Tale of the Body Thief
The Vampire Chronicles
Random House Digital, Inc.
In 1992 Miami, the immortal vampire Lestat finds himself alone, yearning to regain his soul and to once again experience the joys and anguish of being a mortal man. A new worthy counterpoint character to Lestat is introduced, Raglan James. James is a vampire hunter, and a formidable adversary for Lestat. James offers Lestat the opportunity to switch bodies temporarily with a young mortal. Against Louis' advice, Lestat accepts and discovers he hates everything about being human. He also finds that James has disappeared with Lestat's powerful vampire body. Louis refuses to help Lestat become a vampire again, and he turns to another mortal to help him trick James into switching souls, and giving up Lestat's body.
Truly interesting departure from the previous three books. Lestat seeks mortality again but find true in the adage “Be careful what you wish for.” He also finds out that a great deal often isn’t as good as it looks. This is more action and adventure in many ways. It also has some true warnings about letting ourselves get out of control. Warning: there is a rape in the book so be aware of that. I love some of the predicaments that Anne Rice puts him Lestat into. There is a note on Anne Rice.com about the writing of this book.
Anne planned and wrote large parts of The Tale of the Body Thief while on a Caribbean cruise, recalling later that she became Lestat, figuring how to escape from this deck to that.
As always, I love Anne Rice’s voice and writing style.