I was very disappointed by Blood and Gold by Anne Rice. The story itself was bizarre with so much detail in places where we didn’t need it and so little in the places we did. Rice is very knowledgeable in the ancient Egyptian origins of the story, and the birth and duty of Marius, but she does not know a lot about the history in which Marius passed. Marius comes across as a self-serving ego-maniac the whole time. He envisions himself as a great teacher and cannot stand it when his pupils actually begin to learn. Not as good as Armand’s story.