Taltos (Mayfair Witches Series #3)

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"ANNE RICE WILL LIVE ON THROUGH THE AGES OF LITERATURE."
--San Francisco Chronicle
"TALTOS IS THE THIRD BOOK IN A SERIES KNOWN AS THE LIVES OF THE MAYFAIR WITCHES . . . Their haunted heritage has brought the family great wealth, which is exercised from a New Orleans manse with Southern gentility; but of course such power cannot escape notice . . . or challenge. . . Rice is a ...
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Overview

"ANNE RICE WILL LIVE ON THROUGH THE AGES OF LITERATURE."
--San Francisco Chronicle
"TALTOS IS THE THIRD BOOK IN A SERIES KNOWN AS THE LIVES OF THE MAYFAIR WITCHES . . . Their haunted heritage has brought the family great wealth, which is exercised from a New Orleans manse with Southern gentility; but of course such power cannot escape notice . . . or challenge. . . Rice is a formidable talent. . .
[Taltos] is a curious amalgam of gothic, glamour fiction, alternate history, and high soap opera."
--The Washington Post Book World
"AN INTRICATE, STUNNING IMAGINATION."
--Los Angeles Times Book Review
"SPELLBINDING . . . MYTHICAL . . . Anne Rice is a pure storyteller."
--Cosmopolitan
"BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN."
--Kirkus Reviews (starred)
"Her power of invention seems boundless. . . . She has made a masterpiece of the morbid, worthy of Poe's daughter. . . . It is hard to praise sufficiently the originality of Miss Rice."
--The Wall Street Journal

Book Three in the spellbinding and seductive saga of the Mayfair dynasty of witches, by the bestselling author of The Vampire Chronicles and Memnoch the Devil. In a swirling universe filled with death and life, corruption and innocence, this mesmerizing novel takes readers on a wondrous journey back through the centuries to a civilization half-human, wholly mysterious, and at odds with mortality and immortality.

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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
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.
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The lone member of an ancient species called the Taltos believes he is the last of his kind. When he hears rumors that another Taltos has been seen, he is propelled into the world of the Mayfair witches, a New Orleans dynasty besieged by ghosts, spirits, & their own dizzying powers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345404312
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/1996
  • Series: Mayfair Witches Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 104,536
  • Product dimensions: 4.14 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.24 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Rice
Anne Rice
ANNE RICE is the author of thirty-two books. She lives in Palm Desert, 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 December 30, 1999

    Thrilling & Satisfying

    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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2001

    I loved the book...

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2011

    Loved it!

    A good end to the series. Left me wanting a little more. But thats not a bad thing. So glad I read all three books. Definitely an Ann Rice fan now!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2004

    TALTOS ROCKS!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2000

    Taltos has amazing end - leaves u begging for more!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2000

    The Mystery Revealed

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2000

    ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL!!!

    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!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    highly recommended

    I want more!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2013

    Fabulous

    Fab

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    Taltoo Taltose

    Loved the series wish there was another book in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    Incredible

    A truly gifted writer who gives us an amazing story.....so real!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2013

    I fell in love with this book. Nice work Miss Rice!

    I fell in love with this book. Nice work Miss Rice!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2012

    Uninspired

    Taltks is a colorful, detailed, and very boring to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2012

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    Taltos

    Love the series want more

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  • Posted April 13, 2012

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    Good book

    Good book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Loved it.

    Just gotta love this disfunctional family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Not bad

    Entertaining

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  • Posted July 26, 2011

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    Taltos (The Mayfair Witches Series Book 3)

    This book was really good, i enjoyed book 1 of the series the most/the witching hour, and book 2/Lasher was also very good.

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  • Posted March 13, 2011

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    one of my Favorites.

    The Mayfair Witch series is by far my favorite books of all time. They are incredible and it leaves you wanting more.

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