author: Anne Rice
published: 1984
characters featured: Lestat, Akasha, Gabrielle, Marius, Pandora, Armand, Maharet and Mekare, Louis, Khayman, Jesse, David, Daniel, Santino, Mael, Eric, Enkil, Baby Jenks
Story: The days leading up to Lestat's concert for Pandora, Marius, Khayman, Daniel, Jesse, Lestat, Armand, and Lestat. Akasha's rising, Jesse's life with Maharet, Maharet's Legend of the Twins, Akasha's destruction, the aftermath.

Book 3 in the Vampire Chronicles

Quotes from The Queen of the Damned

"Do you love me now?" I asked. He smiled; oh, it was excruciating to see his face soften and brighten simultaneously when he smiled. "Yes."

- Lestat in Queen of the Damned p. 480

The earth here is beautiful. And it still belongs to the dead.

- Khayman in Queen of the Damned p. 127

" Let the spirits witness: for theirs is the knowledge of the future - both what it would be, and what I will: You are the Queen of the Damned, that's what you are! Evil is your only destiny. But at your greatest hour, it is I who will defeat you. Look well on my face. It is I who will bring you down."

- Mekare's threat to Akasha in Queen of the Damned p. 135

" I kissed him suddenly, loving the warmth of him, the soft pliant feel of his near-human skin."

- Lestat about Louis in Queen of the Damned

"Centuries ago in a palazzo in Venice, he had tried to capture in imperishable pigment the quality of this love. What had been its lesson? That in all the world no two souls contain the same secret, the same gift of devotion or abandon; that in a common child, a wounded child, he had found a blending of sadness and simple grace that would forever break his heart? This one had understood him! This one had loved him as no other ever had."

-About Marius & Armand, Queen of the Damned

"Acid. His thoughts were acid as he followed. He could not be of use to these immortals. Yet he walked on with Mael and Santino into the light streaming from the windows beyond. The redwood forest had receded into shadow; not a leaf moved. But the air was good here, warm here, full of fresh scents and without the sting of the north.
Armand. It made him want to weep."

-Marius POV, Queen of the Damned

"We shall live even in this state of living death, we shall love, we shall feel, we shall defy all who would judge and destroy us."

- Akasha, Queen of the Damned

"In the chapple you preyed to be a saint and now I will make you a god."

- Akasha, Queen of the Damned