by Linda Wolverton
Marius sends Lestat out to live a complete human lifetime which will
enable him to come to terms with his existence as a vampire.
travels to New Orleans where he impulsively makes Louis into a
vampire because he reminds him of Nicolas. Filled with guilt and
remorse, Louis threatens to leave Lestat who makes the child
vampire, Claudia, to keep Louis with him.
The little vampire family
thrives for thirty years. As Claudia matures, she grows bitter and
vengeful against Lestat for trapping her in a child's body forever.
Without Louis knowing, Claudia carries out a plot to "murder" Lestat
by drugging him and slitting his throat. But she doesn't understand
that a vampire cannot die that way. Louis protects her by burning
the house down as Lestat lays on the floor begging for help.
years later, Lestat finally has gained the strength to return to
Europe. He goes to the vampire coven at the theater, where Armand
has regained control. Armand does not let on that both Louis and
Claudia have joined the coven. Armand lays a trap and takes the
unsuspecting Lestat to a performance where he sees Claudia and Louis
performing in a "vampire" play. Despite Lestat's protests, Claudia
is tried and executed by the coven for attempting to kill Lestat.
Devastated by the loss of their child, Louis leaves Lestat forever.
Armand admits to Lestat that he orchestrated Claudia's death purely
for revenge. Lestat retaliates by telling Armand that Marius has
nothing but disdain for him and feels great remorse for giving him
the gift of immortality. Enraged, Armand throws Lestat from the
Despite his injuries and many losses, with the help of
Marius Lestat realizes that he is not evil and that he will "Live