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  • Mass Market Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (March 31 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345404319
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345404312
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 3.1 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #71,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In a swirling universe filled with death and life, corruption and innocence, this mesmerizing novel takes us on a wondrous journey back through the centuries to a civilization half-human, of wholly mysterious origin, at odds with mortality and immortality, justice and guilt. It is an enchanted, hypnotic world that could only come from the imagination of Anne Rice... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Cutting-edge gene mapping intertwines with ancient mysteries in this continuation of Rice's series of novels about witches and the supernatural. A "taltos" is the superhuman result of the crossbreeding of two human witches who possess an extra chromosome; almost a monster, the creature is capable of beastly behavior fuelled by an extraordinary sex drive. In Lasher , the eponymous offspring of Michael Curry and Rowan Mayfair of the New Orleans Mayfair witch clan proved to be just such a mutant; before he was slain, he repeatedly raped his own mother, siring a little "goblin" daughter, Emaleth. This new novel features a second taltos, also fathered by Curry, but mothered by a 13-year-old sexpot niece of Rowan's named Mona, who is herself the most powerful witch of the Mayfair clan. Other plot elements involve renegade members of the secret order of Talamasca, who want to kidnap and crossbreed two taltoses; a 200-year-old taltos from New York named Ashlar, who is posing as a toy-industry magnate specializing in dolls; and a dwarf called Samuel from the witches' holy glen in Donnelaith, Scotland. Pulsing with a persisent sense of foreboding, the novel is soggy with meandering, atmospheric prose that verges on softcore porn. And, as usual, what happens in the book is clearly less important to the author than the number of chills she can send down readers' spines. She has not lost her touch. 600,000 first printing; Literary Guild main selection.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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This is the last volume of the trilogy on the Myfair witches, that starts with "The Witching Hour". This book is not as good as the first volume, but it's nevertheless fascinating and you definitely won't be tempted to abandon this book in the middle.
The main character here is Mr. Ash, who is the last Taltos alve, or so it seems. This fascinating, misterious creature's life will become intertwinned with that of the current designee of the Mayfair family legacy in and odd way, and despite all that occurs throughout the book you won't be prepared for what happens at the end.
Though the mistake made in the 2nd volume of the trilogy ("Lasher")is repeated here when Ash talks about his life - some 3 chapters devoted to describing everything in detail, which is interesting at first but then becomes boring and kind of makes you want to skip that section - this book is much more intense and involving than "Lasher", especially if you are a faithful follower of the Mayfair family. I just read the whole trilogy for the second time and I already feel like starting over again! This is the most fascinating story, full of mystery, history, love (and a pinch of erotism)... a mix that will win you over!
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After Lasher dies in the previous book ("Lasher"), a new Taltos is introduced to this series: Ashlar (aka: Ash, Mr. Ash, Ash Templeton, Saint Ashlar), who is supposedly the oldest Taltos alive, and was often confused in history as Lasher and vice versa. However, the two characters are completely separate beings. While Lasher had been a devious, evil Taltos spirit that haunted the Mayfair family for generations, Ash is a more even-tempered, kinder flesh-and-blood Taltos that lives in Manhattan as a very rich doll-making entrepreneur. (Between the two, I still prefer Lasher because he was so wicked. ;)
For centuries, Ash has been alone, never encountering another of his kind, until news from his good friend, Samuel (one of the Little People in Donnelaith), has Ash traveling overseas to London in the hopes of finding another Taltos. While abroad, Ash roots out the corruption in the Talamasca and kills those who are guilty. Aaron Lightner's murder in this book is among the many occurrences that prove the Talamasca's fall. Because he was so loyal to the Mayfair family, despite his obligations to the Order, it was sad to see Aaron go.
During Ash's search, one of the Talamasca members (Stuart Gordon) claims to have a real Taltos and entices Ash to meet her (Tessa) for his own selfish reasons. However, Tessa is barren and cannot carry on the Taltos line; yet Ash is still hopeful in finding a mate. His persistence pays off when he eventually meets Rowan and Michael, who are attempting to avenge Aaron's death. Through their meeting, Ash unknowingly makes a connection with another Taltos, one that isn't born yet. Remember Mona from "Lasher"? Well, she has a big surprise for everyone: she's pregnant with a Taltos (Morrigan).
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By Bruce Rux on April 15 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If there is reincarnation, surely Anne Rice is Mary Shelley. Taltos, especially, hearkens back to Frankenstein.
I have not read the other Mayfair Witches books, so I can't compare Taltos to them, though I have read most of Rice's books and a good portion of The Witching Hour (first in the Mayfair series), which is generally better written than Taltos.
Taltos has extremely well-developed and interesting characters, and more straight plot than is usual for Rice. The Taltos are a "mythical" race of near-immortal demigods, the history and exploits of which are recorded by a sort of occult research Order known as the Talamasca, who are also aware of (Rice's) vampires and the Mayfair family of witches. In fact, the Mayfairs are related to the Taltos, deriving much of their psychic ability from that genetic line. The mating of Taltos and humans is a precarious affair at best, often resulting in madness or death, which the Mayfairs have had to deal with as a sort of family curse throughout their known lineage.
In Taltos, friends of the Mayfairs in the Talamasca are being murdered by a person or persons unknown. The Talamasca are as anxious to figure out who is responsible as are the Mayfairs, themselves. Into their midst arrives Ashlar, the last known survivor of the Taltos race, which is a potentially catastrophic circumstance both for him and any of the Mayfair line, since they are compulsively drawn to breed with one another and the result is far from pleasant - the present head of the Mayfair clan only recently survived one such attempt, and is just now coming out of her trauma to rejoin the world of the living.
It's hard to say more without giving too much of the game away, and Taltos is worthy of reading.
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I'll not go into the plot... other reviews here do that, so do avoid repetition here are my thoughts about Taltos...
Unlike Lasher, Taltos is completely self-contained so you need not read the previous two books in this trilogy.
Throughout this book I was completely spellbound. Having already read The Witching Hour and Lasher, I was expecting a continuation of the lives of the Mayfair family, but in Taltos, Rice's imagination runs wild. Once again, her descriptive powers soar above writers such as Stephen King and Deane Koontz, dragging you into what seems like a completely different universe.
The only qualm I have is the ending - it was such an anti-climax. Up until the end I was completely engrossed and loved every second. Perhaps such a weak ending has been used to 'prophesise' a future sequel. Perhaps.
Don't let this deter you, though. Taltos, in its entirety, is another fantastic novel. You'll be drawn in from the beginning and love every second just as much as I did.
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