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The Witching Hour

Book One of the Mayfair Witches Trilogy by Anne Rice

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The Witching Hour: Anne Rice's True Masterpiece

  • Jun 7, 2010

We all know Anne Rice for her Vampire Chronicles, which I truly adore and have read and re-read since my very early teens, but fewer people know about the Mayfair Witches Trilogy.  The Witching Hour is the first installment in the trilogy and the most eloquently engrossing piece of work I have ever read.  Anne Rice is known for her ability to paint vivid settings in the reader's mind and her fascinating incorporation of history into her novels and The Witching Hour is the richest mix of history and intrigue in a splendidly gothic setting. In this novel Anne Rice takes us from present day California and Louisiana all the way back to Scotland in 1664.  From there the story works forward through time through late 17th century France to the islands of the Caribbean to New Orleans, following the evolution of the Mayfair family, while developing the present day story.  Once the fascinating history of the family is revealed the book continues in present day dealing with the presence that has cursed and haunted the family through the centuries.  The rich prose allows you to envision the rooms of the First Street house that is the center of it all and the dark beauty of the Garden District while you read, making it a riveting experience.  The characters are thoroughly developed and convey their personality so well that it's hard to set it down, although at over 1,000 pages you may have to.

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Quick Tip by . June 24, 2010
Bad bad bad writing.
Quick Tip by . June 22, 2010
I have tried to read this book 3 times and I can't seem to make it through the whole book.
Quick Tip by . June 14, 2010
A great book about an old New Orleans family of witchs with a dark secret.
Quick Tip by . June 11, 2010
i love ann rices style of vampires
Quick Tip by . June 10, 2010
Great Trilogy
review by . May 19, 1998
This is a fabulous rich and detailed novel, which keeps you guessing with its intricate family details and horrors. I especially like the way the stories of the past witches are told through the records of the Talamasca. I am not fond of the folllow up novels, and feel this can stand alone, but I urge anyone who loves reading to take this novel and lock themselves away somewhere quiet for a while!
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   Ilove vampire &other supernatural fiction and am always looking for new books to read. Ilove Anne Rice, and enjoyed the Southern Vampires series by Charlaine Harris as well as the Twilight … more
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In this engrossing and hypnotic tale of witchcraft and the occult spanning four centuries, we meet a great dynasty of witches--a family given to poetry and incest, to murder and philosophy, a family that over the ages is haunted by a powerful, dangerous and seductive being.--This text refers to theMass Market Paperbackedition.
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ISBN-10: 0394587863
ISBN-13: 978-0394587868
Author: Anne Rice
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

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