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3.59 out of 53.59 out of 53.59 out of 53.59 out of 53.59 out of 5 3.59 (38 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Rice Narrator: Graeme Malcolm Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Vampire Chronicles Release Date: January 2000 ISBN: 9781415920756
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At the center is the beautiful, unconquerable witch, Merrick. She is a descendant of the gens de colors libres, a cast derived from the black mistresses of white men, a society of New Orleans octoroons and quadroons, steeped in the lore and ceremony of voodoo, who reign in the shadowy world where the African and the French—the white and the dark—intermingle. Her ancestors are the Great Mayfair Witches, of whom she knows nothing—and from whom she inherits the power and magical knowledge of a Circe.

Into this exotic New Orleans realm comes David Talbot, hero, storyteller, adventurer, almost mortal vampire, visitor from another dark realm. It is he who recounts Merrick's haunting tale—a tale that takes us from the New Orleans of the past and present to the jungles of Guatemala, from the Mayan ruins of a century ago to ancient civilizations not yet explored.

Anne Rice’s richly told novel weaves an irresistible story of two worlds: the witches’ world and the vampires’ world, where magical powers and otherworldly fascinations are locked together in a dance of seduction, death, and rebirth.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 2/17/2014

    " Rice melds her two series (Vampire Chronicles and Mayfair Witches) in this book. It's a good thing I had read the previous Witch books. I like the idea of the two stories in this book, and it doesn't feel too contrived to me because David Talbot is the connector. I will admit that I had to revisit/skim a few sections of both series so I could see how the characters all fit into this story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Myra | 2/13/2014

    " Anne Rice is the best storyteller! I'm sure some of the imagery she generated in this book will stay with me forever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monica | 2/4/2014

    " One of my favorties in Rice's Vampire saga. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 2/2/2014

    " Merrick is OK for CD listening on a long car trip. I read many of the Anne Rice books years ago, and either I have moved on in taste or this Rice book just is not on par with others. It seems long and rambling. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Serenity | 1/25/2014

    " Along with Tales of the Body Thief, and The Vampire Armand, Merrick was one of the few books within the Vampire Chronicles that I didn't care much for. I didn't like the character Merrick, and I did not like the general plot. It only furthered Louis' depression and we can never be fully sure whether or not he came to an inner peace. It seemed poorly written, and only half-hearted. Not a favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vanessa | 1/25/2014

    " For me, The Vampire Chronicles are the be-all-end-all of vampire novels. And while I have my favorites within the series, I find myself comparing every other vampire novel I read to the entire set. So, if you want to discuss them, go ahead and send me a note. And if you're new to the vampire genre, you can't go wrong with Anne Rice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 1/21/2014

    " Ok she's starting to merge the Vampires and the Witches. Not bad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 1/19/2014

    " Merrick, although slightly out of the Vampire tale, is a very interesting and beautiful story. Not as flowery as some of other Vampire Chronicles became after the first 3 so it made for a very nice read. Really interesting and romantic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie Nickell | 1/15/2014

    " I don't remember much of this book. I've never liked witches though. They used to give me nightmares. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 12/7/2013

    " just got it today - what a great storyteller - stay tuned! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denae | 7/23/2013

    " I would say this is where it seriously jumped the shark. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Charley | 7/8/2013

    " Only cared for Anne Rice's big five. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kara | 6/28/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. I think I skipped the one before it but it wasn't very hard to know what happened. Great read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Florence | 6/2/2013

    " A unique cross-over of the Vampires and Mayfair Witches. Very well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 5/17/2013

    " A new witch, eh? Okay, I'm in. Once again, adds to the Mayfair history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scooter Monkey | 4/20/2013

    " Not bad, but not great either. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sean | 2/19/2013

    " LOVED THIS ONE! This series just was so rich and kept giving and giving chills thrills and enjoyment! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 1/24/2013

    " Provides good history and perspective on the vampire "world" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sophie | 10/18/2012

    " Not as enthralling as her usual novels, but still enjoyable. Through telling the background of Merrick, it seemed to detract from the story of what was happening later. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meirav Rath | 9/18/2012

    " Only the plot barely saves this book from the Crap Rice pile. Seriously, the Mayfair witches are perfect, their house is perfect, and they have perfect life which they are now going to live forever because some of them are vampires!! C'mon, Anne... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen Pate | 9/12/2012

    " Voodoo and vampires in New Orleans and I love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jd | 5/22/2012

    " One of the facts why I love this book is that they have a namesake character that plays only on 1 page in the book... Justine Dela Torre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey Bauer | 5/4/2012

    " I always enjoy reading Anne Rice books. She writes with such detail that I can become completely immersed in the setting and characters. This book has a twist with a witch involved which I quite enjoyed. I haven't read the witch chronicles yet, but I will. I am sure I will enjoy the books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yomna hosny | 11/15/2011

    " this is probably the first Anne Rice book I didn't have to set down then revisit weeks later. I really liked Merrick, she's a wonderful edition. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melia | 10/22/2011

    " Loved this as a follow up to Anne Rice's Witches Chronicles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 6/28/2011

    " it was strange this time around. a female vampire that was a child, and louie and lestat were acting really strange... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 6/15/2011

    " this is the one about the witch right
    *sigh* it's been a long time since I read
    it so I've kind of forgotten most of it.
    but at the time I loved it.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melody | 3/25/2011

    " Enjoyed going back to see what these vampires were doing versus Twilight! It was a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Max | 3/5/2011

    " Getting tired of Anne Rice's often used framed story lit device. The book, while well written and tolerable, didn't really get truly enjoyable until the end.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 2/15/2011

    " wow i didnt realize it was number seven in a series that makes sense......... i couldnt finsh it "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 gypsybird | 11/28/2010

    " meh. the only reason i bothered to finish it is was a certain nostalgia for a few characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Valissa | 11/24/2010

    " "Life belongs to those who are alive." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angel | 10/18/2010

    " el punto de intersección con las Brujas de Mayfair, de mis historias favoritas. Sandra la Fría y Honey Rayo de Sol me visitaron en algunas pesadillas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 9/29/2010

    " Merrick, although slightly out of the Vampire tale, is a very interesting and beautiful story. Not as flowery as some of other Vampire Chronicles became after the first 3 so it made for a very nice read. Really interesting and romantic.
    "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 8/26/2010

    " I don't remember much of this book. I've never liked witches though. They used to give me nightmares. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 8/22/2010

    " This is the first overlap between the vampires and the Mayfair witches, as well as the point when the Vampire Chronicles start picking up again after the rather dull Memnoch and Armand. Merrick is a great character, and it's nice to get more insight into the Talamasca. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittany | 8/13/2010

    " Read it about almost a year ago. "

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About the Author
Author Anne Rice

Anne Rice was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She holds a Master of Arts degree in English and creative writing from San Francisco State University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in political science. She is the author of over thirty books, including tales of the Mayfair Witches. Her first novel, Interview with the Vampire, was published in 1976 and has gone on to become part of one of the bestselling series of all time. She continued her saga of the Vampire Lestat in a series of books, collectively known as the Vampire Chronicles, which have had both great mainstream and cult followings. She lives in Palm Desert, California.

About the Narrator

Graeme Malcolm has performed on Broadway as Pharaoh in Aida and as Sir Edward Ramsay in The King and I. His television credits include Law & Order, Against the Law, Criminal Intent, and Guiding Light. He has narrated hundreds of audiobooks.