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Taltos (Mayfair Witches, Bk 3)
Taltos - Mayfair Witches, Bk 3
Author: Anne Rice
In the third chronicle of the Mayfair Witches, the Talamasca seek to preserve the nearly extinct Taltos race by bringing together a male and female. Their searching catches the attention of an ancient Taltos named Ashlar entwined with Lasher's identity. Ashlar reveals the taltos mythology and lineage and enlists the help of Michael and Rowan...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780679425731
ISBN-10: 067942573X
Publication Date: 9/19/1994
Pages: 480
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 173 ratings
Publisher: Knopf
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 3
Along with Stephen King, I've grown bored with Anne Rice's books. But this one is still one of my favorites. The vampire Lestat has become so pompous and self-important in Rice's latest vampire books I just can't stand reading them. But Taltos doesn't have Lestat which I'm so grateful for. This is an intricately plotted novel with great characters that come alive and a fascinating premise is revealed towards the end. I definitely recommend this book.
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Helpful Score: 3
Cool book. But you'll be lost if you didn't read the firt two.
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Third in the series of the Mayfair Witches it is possibly one of my favorite books from the series. Secrets are revealed about their haunted heritage and the link they have to outside wonders.
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Helpful Score: 2
As the series proceeds, the story loses cherence. Not a high point, but still a fun read.
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A continuation of the Mayfair Witches story that began with The Witching Hour. Some of Anne Rice's finest writing. Complex, compelling. Astonishing depth and imagination.
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Great stuff from Anne Rice
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Great book. Love this series.
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From Publishers Weekly
Cutting-edge gene mapping intertwines with ancient mysteries in this continuation of Rice's series of novels about witches and the supernatural. A "taltos" is the superhuman result of the crossbreeding of two human witches who possess an extra chromosome; almost a monster, the creature is capable of beastly behavior fuelled by an extraordinary sex drive. In Lasher , the eponymous offspring of Michael Curry and Rowan Mayfair of the New Orleans Mayfair witch clan proved to be just such a mutant; before he was slain, he repeatedly raped his own mother, siring a little "goblin" daughter, Emaleth. This new novel features a second taltos, also fathered by Curry, but mothered by a 13-year-old sexpot niece of Rowan's named Mona, who is herself the most powerful witch of the Mayfair clan. Other plot elements involve renegade members of the secret order of Talamasca, who want to kidnap and crossbreed two taltoses; a 200-year-old taltos from New York named Ashlar, who is posing as a toy-industry magnate specializing in dolls; and a dwarf called Samuel from the witches' holy glen in Donnelaith, Scotland. Pulsing with a persisent sense of foreboding, the novel is soggy with meandering, atmospheric prose that verges on softcore porn. And, as usual, what happens in the book is clearly less important to the author than the number of chills she can send down readers' spines. She has not lost her touch. 600,000 first printing; Literary Guild main selection.
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From Library Journal
Just when we thought we had seen the last of the Taltos in The Witching Hour (LJ 10/15/90) and Lasher (Knopf, 1993), this third book in the Mayfair Witches series tells the story of Ash, a centuries-old Taltos who resides in New York City. The Taltos grow to a height of seven feet, carry an extra set of chromosomes, and have a superior intelligence that enables them to digest dictionaries and encyclopedias in moments. There is something rotten in the state of the Talamasca, an order of scholars who study the supernatural and keep records of the Mayfair witches. When one such scholar is murdered, Rowan Mayfair, the mother of the two late Taltos in Lasher, and husband Michael Curry investigate. Ash meets with them, shows them that he's harmless, and, like Lasher, has his own story to tell. Although this novel is a suspenseful and sometimes thought-provoking page-turner, it does not stand on its own; the first two books in the series must be read first. Recommended wherever Rice's books are popular. --Laura Cole, New Jersey Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc..
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I can remember waiting for this book to be released, if you are reading the Mayfair Witches series you will not be disappointed with this book. It wraps up with information and history that make it all come together. A really excellent book!!
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this book is in excellent condition EXCEPT that my grandmother noted her name and when she read it on the inside of the front cover. She also noted whether she liked it or not, she always did this; don't know why but it's funny reading her remarks on some of them.

personally, i just didn't care for it too much.
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It is the conclusion to the Mayfair Witches story. Very interesting concept. Although I thought the ending was very abrupt.
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such vivid characters. you can almost feel the pain of Ash as he tells his story, and feel the love among the characters. The ending was just grand. Igreatly enjoy her books and look forward to many more great ones.
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Fabulous! Anne Rice continues to tell about the Mayfair witches and their offspring (Taltos). I so enjoyed this that I couldn't put it down. Anne Rice's legendary storytelling is very apparent in this book.

The story of the Mayfair family continue-chronicled through time and locations. The origins of the Taltos and their Lost Land is carried until present day with the moral crises of our time. Filled with death and life this novel takes you on a wonderful journey through centuries of a civilization of half-human and wholly mysterious creatures who are at odds with immortality, justice, and guilt.

Once again a creation of new worlds and brilliantly imagined times and characters. You will not only be mesmerized but enchanted by this whoel reading experience.