The Witching Hour (Mayfair Witches, Bk 1)
The Witching Hour - Mayfair Witches, Bk 1 Author:Anne Rice The first in the Mayfair Witches series, The Witching Hour introduces the fictional Mayfair family of New Orleans, generations of male and female witches. This tight-knit and deeply connected family, where a death of one strengthens the others with his/her knowledge. One Mayfair witch per generation is also designated to receive the powers of "t... more »he man," known as Lasher. Lasher gives the witches gifts, excites them, and protects them. Unsure as to exactly what this spirit is, the Mayfair clan knows him variously as a protector, a god-like figure, a sexual being, and the image of death. Lasher's current witch is Deirdre, who lies catatonic from psycological shock treatments.
Deirdre's daughter, Rowan, has been spirited away from this "evil" and has happily become a neurosurgeon and has an uncanny gift to see the intent behind the facade. Rowan also has a gift few doctors possess--she can heal cells. Yet, though she uses it to save lives, she also fears that she hs caused several deaths. She rescues Michael from drowning. Michael then develops some extraordinary powers that compel him to seek New Orleans and to seek Rowan. He finds both, and pulls the tale closer together by meeting people connected to the Mayfair family who now fear Rowan because she is the first Mayfair who can kill without Lasher's help.
Michael dives into learning the history of the Mayfair witches: Deborah, Charlotte, Mary Beth, Stella, Antha, and many others across hundreds of years and three continents. When Michael looks up from his reading, he learns that Rowan has come to New Orleans to attend her mother's funeral. Rowan learns of her family history, her ancestral home in shambles, and Lasher waiting for the next one. Rowan dedicates herself to stopping Lasher's reign. Michael too has his own mission, but it is foggy and unclear to him. But Lasher is seductively powerful and Rowan's gifts offer him the opportunity to achieve his ultimate goal.« less
Anne Rice is my favortie author and "The Witching Hour" is my favorite book she has written. In this book, she begins telling us of the legacy of the Mayfair women. It is the first in a series. It always amazes me how authors are able to put together so many small details to help bring you into the story. Rice takes the reader through the centuries as she describes the different generations of the Mayfair women. There is a portion of the book that tends to drag for awhile, but for the most part the reader can not wait to find out what happens next and what the end result will be. If you've read Anne Rice books before, or are interested in reading one, this is one of her best. I would also suggest reading "The Feast of All Saints". I have lent that book out to someone and should have it back sometime soon for me to list. "Cry to Heaven" is great too. I actually have that one listed if anyone is interested, AND of course....I have "Interview with the Vampire" which is a must read for Anne Rice fans.
A book to sink into and read. The details, history and richness of characters,homes, relatives and time frame is excellent. A haunting book that will keep you reading till it is done and going out for the next in line!
Anne Rice is a great story teller and very spooky, I loved the book except the last 4 or 5 chapters. I lost interest and as with many books the ending seemed more rushed and unsatisfying than I expected from the beginning of this marvelous story. Still I wonder what next and I'm ready to know more.