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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.
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.
I like all of Anne Rice books but re-reading this one has lost some of the zest it had in the beginning.Published 19 months ago by Gladys Wroblewska
anything written by Anne Rice is excellent. Book is in excellent condition and I will be able to resell laterPublished 22 months ago by sharon wilson
A very good read as expected! Very descriptive making you feel as though you know the characters and places personally....wish there was a part 4. Read morePublished on Feb. 21 2013 by Nealz
ok, easily the best book i have ever read. all of her books just seem to lead up to this masterpiece. Read morePublished on April 27 2004 by brennan
I agree with another reviewer on this list that Rice should have stopped while she was ahead. She told a wonderful and gripping story in the Witching Hour. Read morePublished on Dec 9 2003
Haunting and mysterious. The strange non-human Tessa sent shivers up my spine, and to this day, I spend evenings wondering about her and her peculiar kind. Why does she weave? Read morePublished on Sept. 10 2003 by Susan Roche
I think that I was the odd one in my family who actually like this book. I enjoyed learning more about the main characters. Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2003 by Brandi Bechtel
Although I find this to be the weakest of the three books in the Lives of the Mayfair Witches, Rice has undoubtedly mastered the art of characterization and reinventing history. Read morePublished on June 17 2003 by Timothy M Forry