Mentre si trova bloccato in fin di vita in una baita d'alta montagna, uno studioso dell'antica civiltà sumera viene salvato dall'inattesa quanto provvidenziale visita di un misterioso, bellissimo giovane che dice di chiamarsi Azriel e di essere un demone con una lunga e struggente storia da raccontare. Azriel è lo spirito di un giovane ebreo babilonese che per amore verso il suo popolo prigioniero in Mesopotamia è caduto in un inganno ordito da sacerdoti pagani e negromanti, i quali gli hanno strappato l'anima e ne hanno fatto un angelo del male in balia del mago che di volta in volta possiede le ossa delle sue spoglie mortali. Dalla Babilonia dei mille dèi all'Asia Minore dei filosofi greci, dalla Parigi satanista di fine Ottocento alla New York di oggi, il viaggio di Azriel, attraverso i secoli, sta volgendo al termine...
- ISBN: 8878188069
- Casa Editrice: TEA
- Pagine: 350
- Data di uscita: 14-04-2000
Like most of Anne Rice's later work, this book is written in a loose, breathy semisoftcore, purple overwrought style and is sprinkled with too many one sentence paragraphs. The premise of the story isn't bad and I didn't have a hard time getting through it, but it does give one that creepy squirrely Leggi tutto
This one seems to be written during the height of Rice's creative talents. Although it did have a few boring moments, I actually really liked it. The mythology and ritual of how djinn work in her universe is actually pretty cool. I like that the continuity of how spiritual beings kind of coalesce by Leggi tutto
The basic idea of this story seemed to come out of left field: A charming, fairly spiritual Babylonian sacrifices himself in a beautiful ceremony for the sake of his people. He dies (very, VERY horribly), and becomes a powerful spirit in the control of whoever owns his gold-plated skeleton. It's qui Leggi tutto
The story of Azriel was an interesting one. I am more used to Anne Rice's vampires, and the occasional mummy, than I am with her other works. Servant of the Bones was a solid introduction to the other supernatural works she has written. The book shines when it focuses on Azriel's past in Babylon and Leggi tutto
This was the first Anne Rice book that I've read, so I can't say for sure if this is a typical Rice book or not. Either way, I'll give my impressions of it. The book is written in first person, and therefore comes with the limitations of that type of narration. I didn't perticularly like the narrator Leggi tutto
I started reading all of Anne Rice's vampire books, then started with the Mayfair Witches, which for the most part, enjoyed thoroughly. After a while, however, I was wanting something more. After all, how many times can you re spin books with the same central theme? Then I found Servant of the Bones Leggi tutto
Libro que me ha gustado bastante, sigue en la misma línea de los demás de esta colección y hace que quiera leer más
DNF @ 11% I thought I'd give Anne Rice another try. I read enough of this to remember how much her style bugs me. Plus, this is yet another novel about an ancient supernatural being recounting his life story to a scribe. I read that already in Interview with the Vampire .
This book had it's problems, but it was a fast and easy read with an interesting premise. I really enjoyed the main character, and his struggle with his own identity. I also enjoyed all the historical bits, and I liked the author's take on the concept of spirits. The ending was somewhat predictable, Leggi tutto
The bones of a truly fascinating literary novel, but regrettably fleshed out into a light and mediocre quick-read I find the topic fascinating to contemplate: a millenia-old spirit, incredibly powerful, yet confused regarding his own provenance, and unsure even what he is: Angel of Wrath? Demon? Knowi Leggi tutto
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