Lasher (Mayfair Witches Series #2)

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"SEDUCTIVE MAGIC...SPELLBINDING...Rice stages her scenes in a wide variety of times and locales, tapping deeply into the richest veins of mythology and history."
—San Francisco Chronicle
"STEAMY...FAST-PACED AND HUGELY ENGROSSING...Rice's title character—a seductive, evil, highly sexual and ultimately tragic creature—is fascinating."
—The Miami Herald
"BEHIND ALL THE VELVET ...

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Overview

"SEDUCTIVE MAGIC...SPELLBINDING...Rice stages her scenes in a wide variety of times and locales, tapping deeply into the richest veins of mythology and history."
—San Francisco Chronicle
"STEAMY...FAST-PACED AND HUGELY ENGROSSING...Rice's title character—a seductive, evil, highly sexual and ultimately tragic creature—is fascinating."
—The Miami Herald
"BEHIND ALL THE VELVET DRAPES AND GOSSAMER WINDING SHEETS, THIS IS AN OLD-FASHIONED FAMILY SAGA....Rice's descriptive writing is so opulent it almost begs to be read by candlelight."
—The Washington Post Book World
"RICE SEES THINGS ON A GRAND SCALE...There is a wide-screen historical sweep to the tale as it moves from one generation of witches to the other."
—The Boston Globe
"EROTIC...EERIE...HORRIFYING...A tight tale of the occult in present-day New Orleans...Anne Rice is a spellbinding novelist.... LASHER quenches."
—Denver Post
A MAIN SELECTION OF THE LITERARY GUILD(c)

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Editorial Reviews

Stuart Whitwell
So stunningly bad is the first third of this book that only the lunatic and the true devotee are likely to get beyond it. It is actually a riot of Rice's worst sins: strained and wooden characterizations, the abandonment of plot for the sake of a tangled and murky history, and a sort of mutant prose stumbling between a modern person's idea of old-fashioned elegance and an old-fashioned person's idea of how people actually talk in the 1990s. Part of the purpose of this 200-page cancer is to make the transition from the novel's progenitor, The Witching Hour (1990), but this could have been accomplished in 10 or 15 pages. Well, let's say you made it through. What you get now is the best of Rice: a deliciously perverse image of an infant, Lasher, who grows to sexual maturity within days of his birth and immediately starts copulating with his mother even while she swoons with the pleasure of his suckling. Of course, it's always nice to read about sex, and Rice's romantic imagination doesn't let her down: Lasher is dark, handsome, sadistic, childlike, and tender. His mother cannot resist him even after she has twice miscarried in the space of three months. But Rice cannot quite bring home the promising story of Lasher's desire to repopulate the earth with his own kind, and the story limps to an unsatisfying conclusion. By the end, then, we've had a bit of everything: the good, the bad, and the truly ugly. Indeed, without her reputation, Rice would never have found a publisher for this wretched mess.
Kirkus Reviews
The sequel and conclusion to Rice's The Witching Hour (1990) shows Rice both at her best and at her hackiest. Volume One brought forth the Mayfair Witches, an incestuous family in New Orleans' steamy Garden District, headed by supersurgeon Rowan Mayfair, who is putting some of the family's seven-and-a-half billion into the Mayfair Medical Institute. At that novel's end, Rowan had given birth to an "entity" on the living-room rug that, assuming human shape, had nearly killed husband Michael in the swimming pool, then abducted Rowan. Now the evil being—which looks like Diorer's Christ and has been using witches in the Mayfair line to have itself reborn after dying time and again since the earliest days of the Reformation in Scotland—is skipping about Europe while trying to breed with Rowan and give birth to a female demon. But these porny pages don't arrive until we wade through 200 tediously undramatic sheets of dialogue filler quite lacking in storytelling oomph—though we are treated to teenygenius Mona Mayfair's seduction of the recovering Michael. All this is a case of background detail turning story into tapestry. Once Rice plunges us into Rowan's long rape, two miscarriages, and at last the birth of Emaleth, sister/wife for Rowan's demonic son Lasher, the novel lights up with rocket blast. How will Rowan escape her tyrant son, whose endless suckling and inseminating keeps her constantly orgasmic and horrified? But pigging out on Rowan's plight takes up only about 200 pages all told, and then more background filler—well, the novel's huge mythic underpinning—dims our spirits, although the story of Uncle Julien, as told by Julien's ghost to Michael,dances nicely. Too much Rice-A-Roni, but addicts will lick the pot.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345397812
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/1995
  • Series: Mayfair Witches Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 120,740
  • Product dimensions: 4.15 (w) x 6.86 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Rice is the author of twenty-six books. She lives in La Jolla, California.
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    1. Also Known As:
      A. N. Roquelaure, Anne Rampling
    2. Hometown:
      Palm Desert, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 4, 1941
    2. Place of Birth:
      New Orleans, Louisiana
    1. Education:
      B.A., San Francisco State University, 1964; M.A., 1971
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2008

    Even Better 2nd time around...

    I just finished unpacking, and found it. I read this book back when i was 24, I am now 33 and the book was even better this time around, now its making me want to read all the other books over again. Lasher was soooo delicious, and his past with the family...Love Hate relationship. I wanted more like i want chocolate. Brilliant! I just wish that she would expand more on the witches chro., maybe even bring him back. Oh How I depised him, and the family was just Fabulous!!!!Julien need his on book!!!! GREAT READ, GREAT READ!!!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2005

    Great book until the end...

    I enjoyed reading this book but the ending was not up to par. I was disappointed, personally. The book seemed to veer off to a totally different pace and feeling towards the end and it makes it almost annoying. I enjoy Anne Rice, but this is far from her best work!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2012

    Don't Bother

    I love Anne Rice but this was so boring. I forced myself to finish it but I will not read Taltos.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2012

    Short

    Love this world of sorrow, crazyness, amazing tales, I recommend this series to everyone with strong stomach for this type of literature, Anne Rice has become my favorite Author!!!!! It took me less than two weeks to read it and I'm half threw Taltos!!!!
    Love every bit of this series!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012

    leaves me feeling numb

    Can't bring my self to read another chapter
    Was going to have to read this for book club after we read the 1st book which sickend me
    Don't get me wrong, there are a lot of Anne's books that i enjoy but i just can't do another incest, monster sex, fetus snatching, sad male hero's filled book

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2011

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    One of my Favorites.

    I did not really get into the vampire chronicles but I have to say, the Mayfair Witch series is one of my all time favorites. This is a definate must read and it will keep your attention and wanting more.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    Disappointed...

    For me this book was not as captivating as was its predecessor, The Witching Hour. Lasher just seemed to wander with no main plot and periodically I had to force myself to pick the book up to continue reading.

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  • Posted March 13, 2013

    I first read the Mayfair Witches series many years ago, when it

    I first read the Mayfair Witches series many years ago, when it was first published. It remains one of my favorites, more so than her Vampire Chronicles. Such an intricate dance of characters and plot... it demands your attention.

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  • Posted October 16, 2012

    A sequel that is worth the read!

    This second book in the Mayfair Witch series follows the first book, but expands to an incredible story which holds you captivated. Extremely enjoyable, and thought provoking.z

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2012

    Great

    Anne Rice is the best!!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2012

    Best book ive read in years.

    It takes a good book to keep me interested and i couldnt put this one down

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2012

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    Good book

    Good book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2012

    If you like a good mystery - read this book!

    Grpipping, seductive mystery... couldn't put this book down. Very entertaining, well written. This is the second book in the series though. I read the first and had to read this one as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2012

    Amazing!!

    Love every book in this series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Loved it.

    Super scary. Seductive. Had to keep turning the page to see what was next.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 17, 2011

    Another good one.

    I enjoyed this book from start to finish.

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  • Posted August 3, 2011

    Lasher's story dragged on a bit but other than that i could not put the nook down!!!

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  • Posted January 6, 2011

    a great read

    a very good book. very long, but worth it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    Lasher, the Mayfair Witches trilogy, Book 2

    Coming soon.

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    Was no where near as good as the first book in the series!

    This one kind of dragged on. It took me forever to finish because I just wasn't really feeling this book.

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