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Lives of Mayfair Witches Series

Anne Rice
The Witching Hour by Anne Rice
Lasher by Anne Rice
Taltos by Anne Rice

Lives of Mayfair Witches Series : Titles in Order

Book 3
NATIONAL BESTSELLER • “Taltos is the third book in a series known as the lives of the Mayfair witches … Their haunted heritage has brought the family great wealth, which is exercised from a New Orleans manse with Southern gentility; but of course such power cannot escape notice … or challenge … [Taltos] is a curious amalgam of gothic, glamour fiction, alternate history, and high soap opera.”—The Washington Post Book World

Taltos 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.
Book 2
"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)
Book 1
From the author of the extraordinary Vampire Chronicles comes a huge, hypnotic novel of witchcraft and the occult through four centuries.

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 to incest, to murder and to philosophy; a family that, over the ages, is itself haunted by a powerful, dangerous, and seductive being.

On the veranda of a great New Orleans house, now faded, a mute and fragile woman sits rocking . . . and The Witching Hour begins.

It begins in our time with a rescue at sea.  Rowan Mayfair, a beautiful woman, a brilliant practitioner of neurosurgery–aware that she has special powers but unaware that she comes from an ancient line of witches–finds the drowned body of a man off the coast of California and brings him to life.  He is Michael Curry, who was born in New Orleans and orphaned in childhood by fire on Christmas Eve, who pulled himself up from poverty, and who now, in his brief interval of death, has acquired a sensory power that mystifies and frightens him.

As these two, fiercely drawn to each other, fall in love and–in passionate alliance–set out to solve the mystery of her past and his unwelcome gift, the novel moves backward and forward in time from today’s New Orleans and San Francisco to long-ago Amsterdam and a château in the France of Louis XIV.  An intricate tale of evil unfolds–an evil unleashed in seventeenth-century Scotland, where the first “witch,” Suzanne of the Mayfair, conjures up the spirit she names Lasher . . . a creation that spells her own destruction and torments each of her descendants in turn.

From the coffee plantations of Port au Prince, where the great Mayfair fortune is made and the legacy of their dark power is almost destroyed, to Civil War New Orleans, as Julien–the clan’s only male to be endowed with occult powers–provides for the dynasty its foothold in America, the dark, luminous story encompasses dramas of seduction and death, episodes of tenderness and healing.  And always–through peril and escape, tension and release–there swirl around us the echoes of eternal war: innocence versus the corruption of the spirit, sanity against madness, life against death.  With a dreamlike power, the novel draws us, through circuitous, twilight paths, to the present and Rowan’s increasingly inspired and risky moves in the merciless game that binds her to her heritage. And in New Orleans, on Christmas Eve, this strangest of family sagas is brought to its startling climax.

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