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3.27459459459459 out of 53.27459459459459 out of 53.27459459459459 out of 53.27459459459459 out of 53.27459459459459 out of 5 3.27 (37 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Rice Narrator: Derek Jacobi Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Vampire Chronicles Release Date: October 2000 ISBN: 9780375417566
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In her mesmerizing new novel, the author of The Vampire Chronicles and the saga of the Mayfair Witches demonstrates once again her gift for spellbinding storytelling and the creation of myth and magic. Here, in a magnificent tale of sorcery and the occult, she makes real for us a hitherto unexplored world of witchcraft.

At the center is the beautiful, unconquerable witch Merrick. She is a descendant of the gens de couleur libres, a society of New Orleans octoroons and quadroons steeped in the lore and ceremony of voodoo, who reigned in the shadowy world where African and French--the dark and the white--intermingled. Her ancestors are the great Mayfair Witches, of whom she knows nothing--and from whom she inherits the power and the magical knowledge of a Circe.

Into this exotic 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 past and present to the jungles of Guatemala, from the Maya 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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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 2/20/2014

    " I was rather disappointed with this read as I found it to be completely anti-climatic. I wasn't that interested in the back story of Merrick and David Talbot, so I was rather looking forward to the question of Louis - would he or wouldn't he? But that was almost glossed over or rushed, and the whole book ended rather quickly. I found myself wishing someone else had narrated it, so that I the reader wouldn't feel left out from what I felt were major events that took place outside of the narrator's presence. It seemed, especially towards the end of the book, that the characters didn't know how to interact with each other. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mel | 2/15/2014

    " This volume in the vampire chronicles included a powerful Mayfair Witch. If you have read the Mayfair Witches trilogy by Anne Rice you know what I'm talking about. Like the Mayfair trilogy, some parts seemed long and drawn out. I can say that in the end it was worth it b/c the plot was very interesting and took a turn away from focusing 100% on just vampires. Careful, the end of the book leaves you with a cliff hanger, one that will have you wanting to read the next book in the series to see if the "plot/drama" at the end of this book continues, or if it has ended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marci | 2/12/2014

    " This one was really good. Loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie | 2/12/2014

    " This is one of my favorite Anne Rice books. I think I fell in love with the family in these books, the way the generations interacted through spirits. However, you generally love or hate Anne Rice. I'm okay with that. I love her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Mckinnon | 2/10/2014

    " Very good book. Great to have more Lestat again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 1/25/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eli Perez | 1/19/2014

    " Amazing sensational book Merricks whole story mesmirizes me! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Hodan A | 12/31/2013

    " Not worth my time. It dragged and dragged I really was sooooooo bored I had to finish it-because of ---i dont know. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sophie | 12/25/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/22/2013

    " This book combines the vampire chronicals and the lives of the mayfair witches series together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 12/15/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 11/16/2013

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Qylie | 10/4/2013

    " Even more gay vampires... Did Anne Rice invent the boy-on-boy-for-girls manga genre? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 arthael | 6/11/2013

    " I don't like it at all. This is by far the worst book in the VC series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tami | 10/5/2012

    " I enjoyed this book. Relative to the others (in this series), however, it wasn't as captivating for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 9/4/2012

    " Strong woman. Again family history, mystery, lust "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robyne | 9/3/2012

    " My favorite book in the Chronicles. Merrick is a character that resonated for me - vivid, dynamic, smart. A great character and blended story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire | 8/22/2012

    " absolutely LOVED this book. it merges the mayfair witches with the vampires and the talamasca. excellent read, and the story line seemed very fresh "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 6/2/2012

    " Great book, I love it "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Douglas | 4/16/2012

    " I'm always disappointed in "flashback" motifs in books. They just seem to run on info that has already been explored in the previous parts of the series. Old seems to the new new. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 gypsybird | 2/6/2012

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katrina | 12/19/2011

    " I related a lot to Merrick and David's relationship. I really enjoyed this book, though not as much as I've enjoyed some of her others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mkreunen | 10/18/2011

    " No a bad book if you like the Ann Rice novels. Interesting story line. The 7th in the vampire chronicles, you really should read the other so that you can have all the back information it touches on many past event but gives no details. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caroline | 9/25/2011

    " This was my last attempt at Anne Rice's vampire novels, and after this I broke up with them completely. I was not at all impressed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 dvnt_23 | 6/17/2011

    " I didn't hate it, but it's not one of my favorites.... "

  • 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

Sir Derek Jacobi has had a long and distinguished career. He has toured in Becket and Uncle Vanya, and he received a Tony Award for his performance as Benedick in the RSC’s production of Much Ado about Nothing. His work in television includes the lead roles in Cadfael and I, Claudius, and his film credits include Henry V, Gosford Park, and Hamlet. His narrations have won him multiple Audiofile Earphones Awards.