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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