On the veranda of a great New Orleans house, now faded, a mute and fragile woman sits rocking. And the witching hour begins...Demonstrating once again her gift for spellbinding storytelling and the creation of legend, Anne Rice makes real for us a great dynasty of witches - a family given to poetry and incest, to murder and philosophy, a family ...
On the veranda of a great New Orleans house, now faded, a mute and fragile woman sits rocking. And the witching hour begins...Demonstrating once again her gift for spellbinding storytelling and the creation of legend, Anne Rice makes real for us a great dynasty of witches - a family given to poetry and incest, to murder and philosophy, a family that over the ages is itself haunted by a powerful, dangerous, and seductive being. A hypnotic novel of witchcraft and the occult across four centuries, by the spellbinding, bestselling author of The Vampire Chronicles.
Readers must get the two follow up books to get the whole story.
Jun 30, 2011
Atmospheric and Mesmerizing
In view of the vampire dramas in new books and television lately, this book is right on the mark, although written in the mid-90's. The architecture, history, and ghost stories of New Orleans intertwined with a scary family's dynasty make for exciting reading. I was a bit put off by the antics at the end, until then the strange recurring character of a ghosty gentleman seemed very realistic. However, the main characters in this love story are quite likeable.
Apr 24, 2010
Love the Mayfair witches!!!
I have read all of Anne Rices' books and this is my favorite. I loved the Mayfair witches and reading all the details Ms Rice provided about their history.
May 9, 2007
Amazing Trip into a new world.
This is a book that lays the foundation for many of her other ones. Later in the series she brings the Mayfair?s and Vampires together and to understand what Rowan went through and why her family is the way that they are then you must read this. I think this tell an interesting story that shows its southern colors by the description given on the area and the home. This is worth buying!
Apr 3, 2007
By far the Best Anne Rice book
This is my favorite Anne Rice book. Her characters really draw you in. You can read it in one setting. It is such a page turner. Leaves you wanting more, once again.
Publishers Weekly, 1990-09-21 ``We watch and we are always here'' is the motto of the Talamasca, a saintly group with extrasensory powers which has for centuries chronicled the lives of the Mayfairs--a dynasty of witches that brought down a shower of flames in 17th-century Scotland, fled to the plantations of Haiti and on to the New World, where they settled in the haunted city of New Orleans. Rice ( The Queen of the Damned ) plumbs a rich vein of witchcraft lore, conjuring in her overheated, florid prose the decayed antebellum mansion where incest rules, dolls are made of human bone and hair, and violent storms sweep the skies each time a witch dies and the power passes on. Newly annointed is Rowan Mayfair, a brilliant California neurosurgeon kept in ignorance of her heritage by her adoptive parents. She returns to the fold after bringing back Michael Curry from the dead; he, too, has unwanted extrasensory gifts and, like Rowan and the 12 Mayfairs before her, has beheld Lasher: devil, seducer, spirit. Now Lasher wants to come through to this world forever and Rowan is the Mayfair who can open the door. This massive tome repeatedly slows, then speeds when Rice casts off the Talamasca's pretentious, scholarly tones and goes for the jugular with morbid delights, sexually charged passages and wicked, wild tragedy. 300,000 first printing; BOMC main selection. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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