Rice’s new novel continues the epic occult saga that began with The Witching Hour and Lasher. Taltos takes readers back through the centuries to a civilization part human and part of wholly mysterious origins, at odds with mortality and immortality, justice and guilt.
"SEDUCTIVE MAGIC…SPELLBINDING…Rice stages her scenes in a wide variety of times and locales, tapping deeply into the richest veins of mythology and history." –San Francisco Chronicle "STEAMY…FAST-PACED AND HUGELY ENGROSSING…Rice’s title character–a seductive, evil, highly sexual and ultimately tragic creature–is fascinating." –The Miami Herald "BEHIND ALL THE VELVET DRAPES AND GOSSAMER WINDING SHEETS, THIS IS AN OLD-FASHIONED FAMILY SAGA….Rice’s descriptive writing is so opulent it almost begs to be read by candlelight." –The Washington Post Book World "RICE SEES THINGS ON A GRAND SCALE…There is a wide-screen historical sweep to the tale as it moves from one generation of witches to the other." –The Boston Globe "EROTIC…EERIE…HORRIFYING…A tight tale of the occult in present-day New Orleans…Anne Rice is a spellbinding novelist…. LASHER quenches." –Denver Post A MAIN SELECTION OF THE LITERARY GUILD(c)
“[A] huge and sprawling tale of horror.” —The New York Times Book Review
Demonstrating once again her gift for spellbinding storytelling, Anne Rice makes real for us a great dynasty of four centuries of witches—a family given to poetry and incest, murder and philosophy, a family that over the ages is itself haunted by a powerful, dangerous, and seductive being called Lasher who haunts the Mayfair women.
Moving in time from today’s New Orleans and San Francisco to long-ago Amsterdam and the France of Louis XIV, from the coffee plantations of Port-au-Prince to Civil War New Orleans and back to today, Anne Rice has spun a mesmerizing tale that challenges everything we believe in.