One of the characters in this series that I just LOVE to hate. This woman is hard core and scary as hell, but this book was a fabulous read. I'm a fan of the author and she didn't disappoint me with this one.
Merrick Mayfair, a sultry, hard-drinking octoroon beauty whose voodoo can turn the toughest vampire into a marionette dancing to her merry, scary tune. In Merrick, Anne Rice brings back three of her most wildly popular characters--the vampires Lestat and Louis and the dead vampire child Claudia--and introduces them to the world of her Mayfair Witches book series.
Vampire David Talbot lobbies Merrick to call Claudia's spirit and slake Louis's guilt, but Talbot winds up in the grip of an obsession with the witch. You see, Talbot, unlike most vampires, lived 70 years as a human, so his sexual response to humans is still as strong as his blood thirst. Merrick can cast spells to make men crave her, and Talbot is tormented.
Lestat's charismatic friend and coeval Louis de Pointe du Lac (originating in the eighteenth century and Interview with the Vampire and now at home in present-day New Orleans) who takes centre stage, tortured by the memory of the child vampire Claudia, whom he loved and lost. With the help of David Talbot, ultimate fixer from the secret Talamasca organisation, Louis appeals to Merrick, the beautiful mixed-race daughter of the New Orleans Mayfair clan - from the wrong side of the tracks. To save Louis' sanity, Merrick must use her black witchcraft to call up the ghost of Claudia - however dangerous this may be. But there are other spirits who will not lie still, and her search takes her close to the edge, through blood and terror, voodoo and violence.
Charismatic, biracial Merrick Mayfair comes from a New Orleans caste bound up with traditions of voodoo; she's also descended from the powerful Mayfair witch clan. Once a supernatural detective, now a vampire himself, narrator David Talbot took care of Merrick when she was in her teens, but hasn't seen her in years. Rice-watchers will remember Talbot and the Mayfairs, and also the vampire Louis de Pointe du Lac and the girl Claudia, who now torments Louis from the afterworld. When Louis asks Talbot to raise Claudia's ghost, Talbot pleads with Merrick to use her rare talentsAand to revisit the past they share. Can Merrick really conjure the dead? Should she? What of the unspoken erotic charge between Talbot and Merrick? What secrets lie in the magical artifacts Merrick will have to find, and then to wield? And what do they have to do with her dead parents?
anneice demonstrates once again her gift for spell binding storytelling and creation of myth and magic as she weaves together two of her most compelling worlds----------those of the vampire world and the mayfare witches.
In this mesmerizing new novel,Rice demonstrates once again her gift for spellbinding storytelling and creation of myth and magic,as she weaves together two of her most compelling worlds-those of the Vampire Chronicles and the Mayfair Witches.
Anne Rice has a huge following of devoted readers and she provides her fans with abundant amounts of generally consistently well-written novels. From what I can remember of Rice's work, she has a few different supernatural themes: the vampire books, the Mayfair books and the Taltos series. (She has written other books of various genres, some under psuedonyms, etc., but this is not a review of her as a writer.) I am not one of her devoted fans, I personally tend to buy and read her books when I am slightly desperate and really need to find something that will provide me with an engrossing read - something that I and my family tend to call "airplane books."
Rice is a talented writer and, as I said above, it comes through in her work. She seems to have researched her subjects well, and she has created worlds with intricate detail. She easily sets aside the veil of disbelief.
She herself is a Catholic and it appears to me that she is very well-educated and observant of her religion and it permeates throughout her books.
From what I recall of Merrick, it is a bit of a blend between her vampire and her Mayfair series. I find this book interesting because Merrick comes from the African American branch of the Mayfair family. And with all of Rice's books, you get the heavy, musky, steamy New Orleans atmosphere.
Truly, these are getting better and better. You can't beat the wonderful southern history that is woven into each story and connects them to each other. Lots of action, tension and excitement building in this story.
"Anne Rice's richly told novel weaves an irresistible story of two worlds: the witches' world and the vampire's world, where magical powers and otherworldly fascinations are locked together in a dance of seduction, death, and rebirth."
(From the back cover) In this mesmerizing new novel, Anne Rice demonstrates once again her gift for spellbinding storytelling and the creation of myth and magic, as she weaves together tow of her most compelling worlds-those of the Vampire Chronicles and the Mayfair Witches.