Taltos (Mayfair Witches Series #3)

Taltos (Mayfair Witches Series #3)

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by Anne Rice
     
 

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Continuing the epic of the Mayfair witches, this brilliantly imagined tale takes listeners on a wondrous journey back through the centuries. 4 cassettes.

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Continuing the epic of the Mayfair witches, this brilliantly imagined tale takes listeners on a wondrous journey back through the centuries. 4 cassettes.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's 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.
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. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 5/1/94; Literary Guild main selection.]-Laura Cole, New Jersey
Donna Seaman
Rice has now completed a trilogy that began with The Witching Hour (1990) and continued with Lasher. This saga, which could easily keep Rice busy for years to come, is about a race of giants, the Taltos, that grow to their full size within hours after their births. In this installment, Rice has lightened up a bit, leaving all the bloody eroticism of her earlier books for more inventive, less wrenching situations and more amusing and sympathetic characters. Rice fans will still find lots of faked arcane history, sex, hocus-pocus, conspiracy, and weirdness, but there's tenderness here, even thoughtful allegory, and a comprehensible plot. Unlike Lasher, this novel's Taltos is ancient and kindly. Calling himself Mr. Ash, he poses as a reclusive billionaire, an immensely tall and romantically handsome genius who mass-produces dolls and toys and lives chastely within the cocoon of great wealth. But Ash, actually Ashlar, is haunted by centuries-old memories of the brutal abuse of his race by humans. He wonders if he's the only survivor and barely acknowledges the faint hope of finding a female Taltos. Meanwhile, all kinds of violent events have taken place among the witchy Mayfairs of New Orleans. Rowan has survived Lasher's siege only to learn that her pretty but naughty, redheaded 13-year-old cousin Mona is pregnant with Rowan's husband's child. Ashlar and the Mayfair witches end up joining forces to thwart whoever is murdering their mutual friends, only to discover that Mona has a surprise for everyone. Rice's loyal disciples will be pleased.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345404312
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/1996
Series:
Mayfair Witches Series, #3
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
576
Sales rank:
103,411
Product dimensions:
4.22(w) x 6.88(h) x 1.23(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Anne Rice is the author of twenty-nine books. She lives in Rancho Mirage, California.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Rancho Mirage, California
Date of Birth:
October 4, 1941
Place of Birth:
Rancho Mirage, California
Education:
B.A., San Francisco State University, 1964; M.A., 1971
Website:
http://www.annerice.com

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Taltos 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 170 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The beginning of this book has a very slow start, and there is a lull when new characters are introduced into a third (and final) book in a series. However, I found myself frantically turning pages through the last two thirds, and half begging when I came down to the last 50 pages that it wouldn't end. All in all, the ending is as 'happy' as I can imagine an Anne Rice book can be. I felt this book was a little rushed and not quite as well organized and researched as the previous novels in this series. But as a true Anne Rice fan, I hope she does another in this series, and I must commend her poetic discriptives. Phases from her books haunt me for weeks after I finish.
turlisa More than 1 year ago
The Mayfair Witch series is by far my favorite books of all time. They are incredible and it leaves you wanting more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome. I think that it rocked. I love Anne Rice's work and she gets more creative every times she writes. And HELLO, for those who want a #4 book to this series, you have to read BLOOD CANTICLE, it mixes, the Mayfair family, the taltos, and the vampire chronicles together. Get it and read it, I promise you'll be satisfied!
Guest More than 1 year ago
along with Lasher,this is by far the best book Ive ever read. I fell in love with the Taltos, i was spellbounded by the book. But i really wish that i knew what hapenned next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i have been a fan of anne rice since i first read interview with the vampier, and i think taltos is the best in the mayfair witches series! explaines who the taltos r and y rowan did what she did to her daughter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very moving. It was not as intriguing and mysterious as the 1st book, the Witching Hour or as explosive and edgy as the 2nd sequel, Lasher. But it contain an extremely touching story within a tragic storyline. I can see how some might consider it too tame.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I positively loved this book. I loved the history that it gives on the taltos. I don't think that it missed a thing. I hope that more books come from this series!!! I can't wait to read this entire series again. Thanks Anne Rice! Keep writing!!!
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This entire series is a must read!
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I want more!
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Loved the series wish there was another book in the series.
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A truly gifted writer who gives us an amazing story.....so real!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with this book. Nice work Miss Rice!
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Taltks is a colorful, detailed, and very boring to read.
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