Anne Rice's trademark is her sensual writing style. Her rhythmic, lyrical style and the use of Hebrew ease the narrative along. The biblical and historical references are excellent and give a strong factual grounding to the story, unlike other novels by her. Rice also avoids the pitfall of making broad pronouncements about religious figures as she did in Memnoch the Devil (1995), incurring the wrath of critic and clergy alike.
Rice's description of the coalescing particles of Azriel's body also lends a factual air to the tale, especially in the explanation that the mechanism is not yet understood by science. In this, Rice joins together liturgical beliefs and scientific fact, paving the way for further such developments in novels to come.
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