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Ranking Author Anne McCaffrey’s Best Books (A Bibliography Countdown)

“What are Anne McCaffrey’s Best Books?” We looked at all of McCaffrey’s authored bibliography and ranked them against one another to answer that very question!

We took all of the books written by Anne McCaffrey and looked at their Goodreads, Amazon, and LibraryThing scores, ranking them against one another to see which books came out on top. The books are ranked in our list below based on which titles have the highest overall score between all 3 review sites in comparison with all of the other books by the same author. The process isn’t super scientific and in reality, most books aren’t “better” than other books as much as they are just different. That being said, we do enjoy seeing where our favorites landed, and if you aren’t familiar with the author at all, the rankings can help you see what books might be best to start with.

The full ranking chart is also included below the countdown on the bottom of the page.

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The Top Book’s Of Anne McCaffrey



40 ) Violin

	Violin

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 40
  • Amazon: 35
  • LibraryThing: 37

Triana, a 20th-century woman is haunted and inspired by Stefan, a 19th-century ghost. A tale of violence and music set in 19th-century Vienna and ending in modern-day Rio, and of the shifting power struggle between Triana and Stefan, the genius in thrall to the muse and the muse to the genius….



39 ) The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty

	The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 39
  • Amazon: 37
  • LibraryThing: 35

Rice writing as A. N. Roquelaure. In the traditional folk tale “Sleeping Beauty,” the spell cast upon the lovely young princess and everyone in her castle can only be broken by the kiss of a Prince. Anne Rice’s retelling of the Beauty story probes the unspoken implications of this lush, suggestive t…



38 ) Angel Time

	Angel Time

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 38
  • Amazon: 29
  • LibraryThing: 36

Having completed the two cycles of legend to which she has devoted her career so far, Anne Rice gives us now her most ambitious and courageous book, a novel about the early years of CHRIST THE LORD, based on the Gospels and on the most respected New Testament scholarship. The book’s power derives fr…



37 ) Beauty’s Kingdom

	Beauty's Kingdom

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 37
  • Amazon: 25
  • LibraryThing: 34

The erotic Sleeping Beauty trilogy now continues with a fourth novel by master storyteller and bestselling author of “Prince Lestat, ” Anne Rice, writing as A. N. Roquelaure Mega-bestselling author Annie Rice returns to where she left off in “Beauty s Release” with the disappearance of Queen Eleanor…



36 ) Vittorio the Vampire

	Vittorio the Vampire

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 35
  • Amazon: 29
  • LibraryThing: 31

Sixteen-year-old Vittorio, sole survivor of a violent massacre at his father’s Tuscan hilltop palazzo, escapes to the Florence of Cosimo de Medici seeking vengeance. He has been saved from death by a mysterious woman, only to find himself at the mercy of demonic and bloody nightmares….



35 ) Beauty’s Release

	Beauty's Release

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 28
  • Amazon: 37
  • LibraryThing: 25

In the final volume of Anne Rice’s deliciously tantalizing erotic trilogy, Beauty’s adventures on the dark side of sexuality make her the bound captive of an Eastern Sultan and a prisoner in the exotic confines of the harem. In Beauty’s Release, Anne Rice makes the forbidden side of passion a doorwa…



34 ) Beauty’s Punishment

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 29
  • Amazon: 35
  • LibraryThing: 25

This sequel to The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, the first of Anne Rice’s elegantly written volumes of erotica, continues her explicit, teasing exploration of the psychology of human desire. Beauty, having indulged in a secret and forbidden infatuation with the rebellious slave Prince Tristan, is sen…



33 ) Belinda

	Belinda

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 30
  • Amazon: 29
  • LibraryThing: 29

An erotic and controversial tale of seduction and obsession from the best-selling author of Exit to Eden. Belinda is the ultimate fantasy. A golden-haired object of desire, fresh and uninhibited. But to Jeremy Walker, a handsome and famous 44-year old illustrator of children’s books, Belinda is a fo…



32 ) Called Out of Darkness

	Called Out of Darkness

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 30
  • Amazon: 29
  • LibraryThing: 28

Anne Rice has written magnificent tales of otherworldly beings: novels that explore the realms of good and evil, love and alienation, pageantry and ritual, each a reflection of her own moral journey. Now, in a powerful and haunting memoir—her first work of nonfiction—she writes about her own life as…



29 ) The Master of Rampling Gate

	The Master of Rampling Gate

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 19
  • Amazon: 34
  • LibraryThing: 33

The Master of Rampling Gate was Anne Rice’s first short story about Vampires. It was first released as a short story and was published in a compilation with other authors. This is the first release as a Graphic Novel and although there are graphic novels for the first three books in the Vampire Chro…



29 ) Exit to Eden

	Exit to Eden

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 32
  • Amazon: 22
  • LibraryThing: 32

Lisa, the founder of an exclusive sexual fantasy resort called The Club, finds her stern self-control disrupted when she falls in love with Elliot, a photojournalist who has been contracted as a slave to the resort….



29 ) The Wolf Gift

	The Wolf Gift

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 34
  • Amazon: 22
  • LibraryThing: 30

MAN OR MONSTER? Anne Rice reinvented the vampire legend. Discover what she’s done with the werewolf myth. After a brutal attack Reuben finds himself changing. His hair is longer, his skin is more sensitive and her can hear things he never could before. Now he must confront the beast within him or lo…



27 ) The Road to Cana

	The Road to Cana

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 6
  • Amazon: 37
  • LibraryThing: 38

Having completed the two cycles of legend to which she has devoted her career so far, Anne Rice gives us now her most ambitious and courageous book, a novel about the early years of CHRIST THE LORD, based on the Gospels and on the most respected New Testament scholarship. The book’s power derives fr…



27 ) Pandora

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 21
  • Amazon: 22
  • LibraryThing: 38

Presents the first in a series of novels featuring David Talbot, a fledgling vampire, who sets out to become a chronicler in Paris, where he meets Pandora, a two-thousand-year-old vampire….



26 ) Of Love and Evil

	Of Love and Evil

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 36
  • Amazon: 17
  • LibraryThing: 25

Anne Rice’s magnificent Songs of the Seraphim continues with a lyrical and haunting new novel of angels and assassins set in dark and dangerous worlds – in our time and in centuries past. Toby O’Dare, former government assassin, is summoned by the angel Malchiah to fifteenth-century Rome – the city …



25 ) Blood Canticle

	Blood Canticle

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 24
  • Amazon: 25
  • LibraryThing: 22

Anne Rice continues her astonishing Vampire Chronicles in a new novel that begins where Blackwood Farm left off – and tells the story of Lestat’s quest for redemption, goodness, and the love of Rowan Mayfair. Welcome back to Blackwood Farm. Here are all of the brilliantly conceived characters that m…



24 ) Taltos

	Taltos

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 15
  • Amazon: 17
  • LibraryThing: 38

The third volume in the series featuring the Mayfair witches, following “The Witching Hour” and “Lasher”. The Taltos are the spirits – immortal, dangerous and damned – from whom the Mayfairs derive their occult powers, and at whose mercy they are….



23 ) The Vampire Armand

	The Vampire Armand

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 20
  • Amazon: 25
  • LibraryThing: 15

This new volume in the Vampire Chronicles returns to the story of Armand, mesmerizing leader of the vampire coven at the 18th-century Theatre des Vampires in Paris. His story begins in Russia, from where he was sold as a slave in Renaissance Venice, and sweeps through several hundred years….



21 ) Merrick

	Merrick

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 24
  • Amazon: 9
  • LibraryThing: 24

In this seventh volume of the Vampire Chronicles, it is Lestat’s friend and coeval Louis de Pointe du Lac who takes centre stage, tortured by the memory of the child vampire, Claudia, whom he loved and lost. Merrick must use black witchcraft to call up her ghost, however dangerous this may be….



21 ) Out of Egypt

	Out of Egypt

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 32
  • Amazon: 3
  • LibraryThing: 22

Having completed the two cycles of legend to which she has devoted her career so far, Anne Rice gives us now her most thoughtful and powerful book, a novel about the childhood of Christ the Lord based on the gospels and on the most respected New Testament scholarship. The book’s power derives from t…



20 ) Memnoch the Devil

	Memnoch the Devil

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 22
  • Amazon: 17
  • LibraryThing: 16

Visited by two beings who claim to be God and the Devil, the vampire Lestat is offered an ultimate chance at redemption when he is invited to be a witness at the creation in a purgatorial land beyond death….



19 ) Prince Lestat

	Prince Lestat

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 15
  • Amazon: 17
  • LibraryThing: 20

A stunning departure, a surprising and compelling return… From Anne Rice, perennial best-seller, single-handed reinventor of the vampire cosmology – a new, exhilarating novel, a deepening of her vampire mythology, and a chillingly hypnotic mystery-thriller. Rice once again summons up the irresisti…



17 ) The Wolves of Midwinter

	The Wolves of Midwinter

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 23
  • Amazon: 9
  • LibraryThing: 19

The tale of THE WOLF GIFT continues . . . In Anne Rice’s surprising and compelling best-selling novel, the first of her strange and mythic imagining of the world of wolfen powers (“I devoured these pages . . . As solid and engaging as anything she has written since her early vampire chronicle fictio…



17 ) The Wolf Gift: The Graphic Novel

	The Wolf Gift: The Graphic Novel

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 24
  • Amazon: 25
  • LibraryThing: 2

When reporter Reuben Golding arrives at a secluded mansion at the request of the home’s mysterious female owner, he doesn’t expect this assignment will lead to him being inexplicably attacked-bitten-by a beast shadowed in darkness. This single event prompts a terrifying but seductive transformation …



16 ) The Passion of Cleopatra

	The Passion of Cleopatra

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 15
  • Amazon: 17
  • LibraryThing: 17

From the iconic and bestselling author of The Mummy and The Vampire Chronicles, a mesmerizing, glamorous new tale of ancient feuds and modern passions. Ramses the Great, former pharaoh of Egypt, is reawakened by the elixir of life in Edwardian England. Now immortal with his bride-to-be, he is swept …



15 ) The Tale of the Body Thief

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 24
  • Amazon: 3
  • LibraryThing: 21

Miami, 1992. Lestat – vampire-hero, rockstar, seducer of millions is desperate to be free from the nightmare of his own immortality. The next in the series of “Vampire Chronicles”, including “Interview With the Vampire”, “The Vampire Lestat”, “The Queen of the Damned” and “The Mummy”….



13 ) Servant of the Bones

	Servant of the Bones

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 2
  • Amazon: 37
  • LibraryThing: 2

This story begins with a murder on modern-day Fifth Avenue in New York and reaches back across the centuries to an equally ruthless Old Testament world. Through the hero, Azriel, it explores the pogroms, the diaspora, arcane mysteries of the Kabbalah, the Fall, and the nature of good and evil….



13 ) Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis

	Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 15
  • Amazon: 9
  • LibraryThing: 17

From Anne Rice, conjurer of the beloved best sellers Interview with the Vampire and Prince Lestat, an ambitious and exhilarating new novel of utopian vision and power “In my dreams, I saw a city fall into the sea. I heard the cries of thousands. I saw flames that outshone the lamps of heaven. And al…



12 ) Lasher

	Lasher

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 11
  • Amazon: 9
  • LibraryThing: 14



11 ) Interview with the Vampire: Claudia’s Story

	Interview with the Vampire: Claudia's Story

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 1
  • Amazon: 29
  • LibraryThing: 1

A richly-illustrated adaptation of Anne Rice’s INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE, told through the eyes of the vampire Claudia, who was just a little girl when she was turned by the vampire Lestat. Though she spends many years of happiness with her two vampire fathers, she gradually grows discontent with t…



10 ) Blood Communion

	Blood Communion

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 9
  • Amazon: 9
  • LibraryThing: 11

The Vampire Chronicles continue with a riveting, rich saga–part adventure, part suspense–of Prince Lestat and the story of the Blood Communion as he tells the tale of his coming to rule the vampire world and the eternal struggle to find belonging, a place in the universe for the undead, and how, a…



9 ) The Queen of the Damned

	The Queen of the Damned

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 8
  • Amazon: 9
  • LibraryThing: 11

After 6000 years of stillness, Akasha, mother of vampires and Queen of the Damned has risen from her sleep. Her monstrous plan of ruling the worlds of the living and the undead must be stopped. The challenge is left to the vampire Lestat, for it was he who woke her from her sleep….



8 ) Blackwood Farm

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 10
  • Amazon: 9
  • LibraryThing: 8

In her new novel, perennial bestseller Anne Rice fuses her two uniquely seductive strains of narrative — her Vampire legend and her lore of the Mayfair witches — to give us a world of classic deep-south luxury and ancestral secrets. Welcome to Blackwood Farm: soaring white columns, spacious drawin…



5 ) Blood and Gold

	Blood and Gold

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 7
  • Amazon: 3
  • LibraryThing: 13

Out of the pages of the Vampire Chronicles steps the golden-haired Marius, true Child of the Millenia, once mentor to the Vampire Lestat, always and forever the conscientious slayer of the evildoer, and now ready to reveal the secrets of his two-thousand-year-long existence in his own intense yet in…



5 ) The Feast of All Saints

	The Feast of All Saints

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 12
  • Amazon: 3
  • LibraryThing: 8

Set in New Orleans before the American Civil War, this is the story of the “Free People of Color”, descended from slaves, and their French and Spanish owners. Among their number is Marcel, an artist in the making, also his gentle sister Marie and Anna Bella, a beautiful young courtesan….



5 ) The Mummy, Or Ramses the Damned

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 14
  • Amazon: 1
  • LibraryThing: 8

Anne Rice, best selling author of The Vampire Chronicles, delves into the mysterious legend of the mummy in this original and poetic tale of romance and horror. It begins in the early 1900s when archaeologist Lawrence Stratford discovers a perfectly preserved mummy in a tomb in Cairo. Little does he…



4 ) Cry to Heaven

	Cry to Heaven

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 12
  • Amazon: 3
  • LibraryThing: 7

Eighteenth-century Naples provides the setting for the pain, fears, resentments, desires, and triumphs of peasant-born Guido Maffeo and patrician-born Tonio Treschi, two castrati–mentor and angel-voiced student–who strive passionately to live full lives….



3 ) Interview with the Vampire

	Interview with the Vampire

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 5
  • Amazon: 9
  • LibraryThing: 6

A vampire with a conscience recounts how he departed from human existence and became a vampire but, reluctant to take human life, he sustains himself on the blood of animals….



2 ) The Vampire Lestat

	The Vampire Lestat

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 4
  • Amazon: 2
  • LibraryThing: 5

Lestat is a vampire, but not one of the conventional undead. He is vivid, esctatic, stagestruck, and in his extravagant story he plunges from the Rome of Augustus to the demonic Egypt of prehistory, and from fin-de-siecle New Orleans to the frenetic world of 20th-century rock stardom….



1 ) The Witching Hour

	The Witching Hour

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 3
  • Amazon: 3
  • LibraryThing: 4

Rowan Mayfair, a neurosurgeon with special powers and the descendant of a dynasty of witches, is drawn to Michael Curry, gifted with strange powers after a near-fatal accident, as they seek to unlock the secret of their talents….



Anne McCaffrey’s Best Books



Anne Rice Review Website Bibliography Rankings

BookGoodreadsAmazonLibraryThingOveral Rank
The Witching Hour 3 3 4 1
The Vampire Lestat 4 2 5 2
Interview with the Vampire 5 9 6 3
Cry to Heaven 12 3 7 4
Blood and Gold 7 3 13 5
The Feast of All Saints 12 3 8 5
The Mummy, Or Ramses the Damned 14 1 8 5
Blackwood Farm 10 9 8 8
The Queen of the Damned 8 9 11 9
Blood Communion 9 9 11 10
Interview with the Vampire: Claudia’s Story 1 29 1 11
Lasher 11 9 14 12
Servant of the Bones 2 37 2 13
Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis 15 9 17 13
The Tale of the Body Thief 24 3 21 15
The Passion of Cleopatra 15 17 17 16
The Wolves of Midwinter 23 9 19 17
The Wolf Gift: The Graphic Novel 24 25 2 17
Prince Lestat 15 17 20 19
Memnoch the Devil 22 17 16 20
Merrick 24 9 24 21
Out of Egypt 32 3 22 21
The Vampire Armand 20 25 15 23
Taltos 15 17 38 24
Blood Canticle 24 25 22 25
Of Love and Evil 36 17 25 26
The Road to Cana 6 37 38 27
Pandora 21 22 38 27
The Master of Rampling Gate 19 34 33 29
Exit to Eden 32 22 32 29
The Wolf Gift 34 22 30 29
Called Out of Darkness 30 29 28 32
Belinda 30 29 29 33
Beauty’s Punishment 29 35 25 34
Beauty’s Release 28 37 25 35
Vittorio the Vampire 35 29 31 36
Beauty’s Kingdom 37 25 34 37
Angel Time 38 29 36 38
The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty 39 37 35 39
Violin 40 35 37 40

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