The Queen of the Damned Characters
Many characters in The Queen of the Damned have appeared before in the Vampire Chronicles, including Lestat, Louis, Narius, Gabrielle, Armand, and Nael. Akasha and Enkil are introduced in The Vampire Lestat (1985), and Akasha is a principal character in The Queen of the Damned. New characters are also introduced: Jesse (Jessica), Maharet and Mekare, the red-haired twins; Daniel; and Khayman, an Egyptian who like Maharet and Mekare was one of the first vampires. Daniel was the interviewer in Interview with the Vampire (1979).
Akasha, revived from a centuries-long catatonic state by the music and antics of Lestat, the vampire rock star, sets about to remold the world. It should be peopled by newly liberated women and only a limited number of males, until such time as men are genetically or culturally freed of their aggressive tendencies. In pursuit of this goal, she begins annihilating whole villages of men as well as all the vampires who might oppose her. Lestat, along with his friends, are among the chosen few that she spares. When told by Lestat that her plan is horribly brutal, she says that limiting the number of males is no different from what has been happening to females over the centuries; "Don't you think the peoples of this earth have limited in the past their female children? Don't you think they have killed them by the millions because they wanted only male children so that those children could go to war?" She believes the eradication of males would produce a serenity the world has never before known: "We shall see for the first time since man lifted the club to strike down his brother, the world women could make and what women have to teach men. And only when men can be taught, will they be allowed to run free among women again."
Maharet, the keeper of the records of the Great Family, is one of the original vampires and has apparently evolved into such a benevolent creature that the reader tends to forget she is a vampire. Her main mission seems to be the preservation of the record of her family and finding her long-lost twin sister Mekare. She represents all that is admirable in those who would cherish family, who see family as a unifying concept, transcending ethnicity, nationality, and religion. Through Maharet, Rice contends that "we can search for love and maintain it and believe it ... this age has...
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