The Witching Hour

The Witching Hour

A Novel

Book - 1990 | 1st ed.
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"[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.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1990.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780345367891
9780394587868
0394587863
Branch Call Number: RICE
Characteristics: 965 p.

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SnoIsleLib_LindseyA Oct 31, 2018

I have a lot of feelings about this book, which is easy as it's nearly a thousand pages long.

The Talamasca documents on the Mayfair witches? Five stars, easy. One of the elements I love most about Anne's books is the richness of her historical writing. She did not disappoint with her dynasty of witches, starting in the 17th century. I would have been thrilled if the entire book was about them. I loved all of the nutty, doomed, incestuous Mayfairs, up until Rowan.

The romance of Rowan and Michael dragged on. I found Rowan dull. Beautiful and brilliant, perfect in every way but haunted by forces out of her control, she wasn't a particularly layered character. I thought Michael was kind of a doofus, but that might have been his audiobook narration.

By its climax, it seemed like one of Anne's craziest books yet. That physical manifestation of Lasher? Egads. Anne can really write horror. If you're looking for something similar to her Vampire Chronicles, I would give the Mayfair Witches series a try. I'm still not wholly satisfied with the ending of this one, but I will definitely read the rest of the series.

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Neurophysics8
Feb 20, 2015

Loved it! First book I've read of Anne Rice and definitely am reading more...

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lbjecat
Aug 02, 2014

This book was written in 1991 and I read it about that time. I think the mayfair witches series are Anne Rice's best!

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MissEavis
Jan 22, 2014

oh my god! i loved this book! I'm actually not yet finished it but holy it's one of the best books ever (for me anyway)....its rich and deep in its story and back story, you really couldn't ask for more in a book, it takes place through out several hundred years and many locations around the world. just fabulous, can't wait to read Lasher next!

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Knitwit50
Oct 23, 2013

My word, what an amazing book-the lives of the Mayfair Witches is fascinating from the first Scottish witch to the modern day witches living in New Orleans and San Francisco. The mayhem and manipulations of this clan of powerful women and men is bewtiching (HA)

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happycanuck
Oct 15, 2012

Not my genre.

btmslt Mar 30, 2012

Rice knows how to entertain!

BookEnthusiast Aug 29, 2011

Whoa this is a rather long read and needs much commitment. The storyline is like riding a roller coaster - up and down. Ann Rice clearly exhibits a creative imagination throughout all 1000 pages; some parts could have been condensed but overall a good read.

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kleaver
Jun 11, 2009

I really liked this series by Anne Rice. The characthers were very intriguing and interesting. A good read.

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