The great vampire Marius has figured at many places elsewhere in the Vampire Chronicles, as the lover of Pandora and the creator of Armand; now, his two-thousand-year-old story will be told. Once an Imperial Roman Senator, now he is bound to take care of the parents of the Vampire race, an obligation which bars him from any true happiness or sense of connection during his undead 'lifetime.' Marius loves but must abandon Pandora in the last days of the Roman Empire, lives through the shocking fall of Rome, dallies in Constantinople, finds a measure of happiness in the Italian Renaissance, and eventually winds up in the present asking the parents for justice after they have heard his tale.
Throughout the Vampire Chronicles I have always been in love with Louis from Interview with the Vampire, just because of his suffering and pain. That to me made him seem so real. That he was always longing for something better. Once I picked up Blood and Gold my heart was instantly captivated by Marius. It's full of agony, love, loss and obsession. He touched every sense that I had, fully covering me. I traveled with him from the moment he left his lover Pandora, I listened as he described the tedious fashion of caring for the vampire elders, and I danced with him at the balls, and hid in dark corners stalking prey with him. I argued with him about truly beautiful art, I cursed all his enemies to a dark painful death, I cried with him when he lost his beautiful Armand, and I held his hand as he stood telling his tale to the powerful vampire parents. I would recommend this story every day for the rest of my life. Marius has a beautiful tale and he shares it with such beauty and worldly knowledge that it can captivate even the most stubborn of readers.
Once a proud Senator in Imperial Rome, Marius is kidnapped and forced into that dark realm of blood, where he is made a protector of the Queen and King of the vampires-in whom the core of the supernatural race resides. Through his eyes we see the fall of pagan Rome to the Emperor Constantine, the horrific sack of the Eternal City at the hands of the Visigoths, and the vile aftermath of the Black Death. Ultimately restored by the beauty of the Renaissance, Marius becomes a painter, living dangerously yet happily among mortals, and giving his heart to the great master Botticelli, to the bewitching courtesan Bianca, and to the mysterious young apprentice Armand. But it is in the present day, deep in the jungle, when Marius will meet his fate seeking justice from the oldest vampires in the world. . . .