Blackwood Farm is book 9 in the “Vampire Chronicles” by Anne Rice. Like the last book (Merrick), there is far less talk of vampires than the earlier books. Instead, Rice writes an interesting story about a young man with a spirit companion and just bolts the vampire bits in to bring it into the series. I guess there is enough vampire stuff to keep the faithful happy.
Rice sticks to the formula that has worked well before, which although a little lazy, makes for a good read. If you liked any of the books beyond book 3 (Queen of the Damned), you will like this. If you felt confused and disappointed by them, you will get the same from this.
Interestingly, Rice continues to make links between the “Vampire Chronicles” series and the “Lives of the Mayfair Witches” series, which is a very sensible business move. I’ve already been suckered in to buying that series, which was her intention, but that will have to wait until I’ve finished the final book in this series.