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The Talamasca, Documenters Of Paranormal Activity, Is On The Hunt For The Newly Born Lasher Mayfair Women Are Dying From Hemorrhages And A Strange Genetic Anomaly Has Been Found In Rowan And Michael Lasher, Born From Rowan, Is Another Species Altogether And Now In The Corporeal Body, Represents An Incalcuable Threat To The Mayfairs Rowan And Lasher Travel Together To Houston And She Becomes Pregnant With Another Creature Like Him, A Taltos Lasher Seeks To Reproduce His Race In Other Women, But They Cannot Withstand It Rowan Escapes And Becomes Comatose As Her Fully Grown Taltos Daughter Is Born The Mayfairs Declare All Out War On Lasher And Try To Nurse Rowan Back To HeatlthMichael Remains Entwined In The Mayfair Family And Learns How He Comes By His Strange Powers Michael S Ghostly Visiting From A Long Dead Mayfair Reveals The Importance Of Destroying Lasher In The Investigation, Lasher S Origins Are Revealed, The New Taltos Emaleth Returns, And The Climax Of Death And Life Engulfs The Family Annerice


10 thoughts on “Lasher

  1. says:

    This is a difficult book to write a review about I ve been an avid fan of Anne Rice s books since I was in junior high, since I love her style of writing and of course her gothic themes vampires, demons, witches.Lasher is the second novel of the Lives of the Mayfair Witches trilogy The first is The Witching Hour and the third is Taltos I guess I have to find Taltos a.s.achokengtitik

    titikchokeng in order to complete this whole erjourney.Lasher is a Taltos, which is an almost extinct super human race who lived on a tropical island north of the British Isles, but forced to flee to Scotland, where they established their own kingdom, which was finally overthrown by the Christians Lasher and the Mayfair witches shared a long history, full with weird mysterious occurrences, including incest and struggle to find their true identity Lasher was summoned by Suzanne Mayfair, the first Mayfair witch, to help her establish a strong, wealthy family That fatal decision made her descendants to carry the family legacy curse of having the obligation to conceive Lasher s children other Taltos.In this novel, Rowan Mayfair, the 13th designee of the Mayfair clan also the most powerful witch, was kidnapped by Lasher, and her suffering was like.between heaven and hell The description of her tortures wasso enthralling If you ve read Rice s novels, you ll see what I mean, hahahaThis book also introduced to the 14th designee, Mona Mayfair, whom I must say, a very ercourageous little girl.Anyway, what I love about this book is that it provides clearer explanation on the history of the clan itself I was a bit shocked when I read the part about Julien Mayfair s life story He is the only male witch in the family, yet very powerful and influential Moreover, as always, Rice uses historical events real people to decorate her story on how Lasher came into being and the journey of Mayfair witches in dealing with this sensual demonic character.And I thank God because Rice did not put her in famous Lestat de Lioncourt in this novel I do not really like when she mixed her vampires with the Mayfair witches It is just too much I guess I won t be reading Blood Canticle then.


  2. says:

    The follow up to The Witching Hour, 1993 s Lasher, continues the masterful world building of that precious volume while fully standing on its own it is a cold, horrifying treat filled to the brim with Anne Rice s signature gothic, sensual overtones The daemon that is Lasher He who has bestowed wealth and punishment upon the Mayfair clan for centuries wants nothing than to reproduce, but it has been a challenge In Rowan, the most powerful Mayfair witch yet and current keeper of the ancestry, He has found his vessel, the would be bearer of his spawn And He will force her to keep trying, if attempts prove unsuccessful no matter the cost Though this book did not immediately grab me, unlike its predecessor, I did soon fall into its groove and could not put it down As is Rice s way, I was spellbound by her luscious prose, the unfolding, understated horrors I was once captured by the Mayfair family history and future This a than worthy follow up to the first novel in the Mayfair Witches trilogy, and I will soon read the finale.


  3. says:

    Boy was this a letdown after reading The Witching Hour It was really long and drawn out I felt like the entire book was just two very long rehashings of the first story with a couple of blanks filled in It was almost like re reading the first book and became quite tedious at times I guess it was important to develop the character of Lasher, but I think it could have been done effectively by just adding another chapter or two to the already long first book I haven t read the Queen of the Damned yet, but my feeling was that this book was the filler book until she could come up with a plot for the third book I liked hearing Lasher s story, Julien s story could have been pared down alot Way too much repetition from the first book I m also a bit disturbed by Anne Rice s apparent obsession with kinky and illegal sex with minors It s an obvious theme in both books so far and would make me wary of leaving my children alone with her I don t think it is necessary to write about sexual encounters with children I don t care if they are witches It didn t add anything to the story I think I would have been impressed if Lasher treated them with kindness as children therefore encouraging loyalty That part was a little too sordid for me I m going to give it a break for a while before I read the last book.


  4. says:

    This book kind of surprised me As I wrote in my review for The Witching Hour, I really loved THAT book as a young adult 13 15 I d guess , and had for many years after considered it one of my favorite novels ever written However, re reading it at age 31 revealed a number of fatal flaws that I could not get over I was not expecting much from Lasher by consequence, as I read it as a young adult too, though I do not believe I ever finished it Imagine my surprise when I re read it and found Lasher to be compelling than the first novel in the series.Now this does not mean the book doesn t have its flaws I find it hilarious the way one of the protagonists Mona Mayfair talks about her computer it s obvious that the author sat down for a five minute conversation in the 90s with someone who knew computers and simply copied his interview words into her book She is painfully inexperienced with computers and it s obvious from the dialogue she creates for her tech savvy savant, who says ludicrous things like I m going to boot up my directory, and it has max hard drive and max memory Mona presents other problems for me as a protagonist as well She is supposed to be this genius of a thirteen year old, but it s obvious that she s being used as a voice through which the author s own idealized personality and opinions are expressed what ends up happening to me, anyway is that when Mona a thirteen year old girl starts waxing haughtily about the failure of modern architecture as compared to ancient, or about how she hates modern music or modern culture or modern clothing, all I can envision is a stunted version of Anne Rice, looking tired and old, spouting these things herself.The idealization of author as protagonist Mona is also apparently intended to make it easier for us to condone the rampant paedophilia that goes on throughout this book, mostly in relation to Mona herself A character that was so faultless, who was literally too good as the first book repeated numerous times over its hundreds of pages cannot help himself but to fall dick first into a thirteen year old girl because she kissed him on the lips He expresses some MILD concern that he s just raped a child, presumably so that we know he s still all moral and junk, and then he promptly rapes her again and again, because clearly thirteen year old vagina is much like heroin in that one taste is all you need to be hooked This character, by the way, is about 50 years old if I remember right And we re supposed to just wink and say Oh those Mayfairs, as he repeatedly rapes his niece in his marriage bed shortly after his own wife has been abducted And then there are other characters that have sexual encounters with Mona, including Randall, an ancient and elderly old Mayfair whom we are supposed to believe was a poor victim in an act of seduction initiated by this precocious thirteen year old girl Poor Randall didn t stand a chance, because this CHILD vixen, this inescapable Anne Rice as an early teen Lolita decided she wanted to sleep with an old man and of course men are not able to resist the sexiness of a pre teen.Then there s Yuri, who is described as in his early twenties perhaps, and as soon as he sees Mona he wants to tear off her clothes even though she s a baby the same is true of her cousin Pierce, in his twenties as well, who cannot bring himself to stop staring at Mona s thirteen year old legs WITHIN HOURS of his own mother s brutal murder.It s a normalization of paedophilia that kind of bothers me it seems that the author believes that all men are secretly attracted to pre pubescent girls, and that all pre pubescent girls are just raging sluts, and sexualizing them causes no harm at all It makes me shudder whenever it comes up, which is disturbingly often Also, the end of the book is absolutely absurd Making historical connections to incredibly famous kings and queens, Rice jumped the shark with her main character Lasher I don t want to give any spoilers, but when it came time that he revealed his origins again in Rice s typical, boring thirty pages of expositional monologue style I rolled my eyes so hard that I think I strained them Not very highly recommended really, but better than The Witching Hour.


  5. says:

    Can t rate this one, since I m still weirded out I buddy read it with my father ahem Lots of sex in this one On to Taltos ALONE this time


  6. says:

    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 Rate this 3 out of 5 by comparing it to The Witching Hour Too much in depth on backgrounds of the characters, including Lasher However, I will continue to read her books as they are so well written and entertaining.


  7. says:

    WARNING This review can contain spoilers if you haven t read The Witching Hour In Lasher, Anne Rice immediately picks up where she left me in The Witching Hour The first half of the story there are lots of events rapidly following each other Of course things happen which are dark, which stretch the boundaries and speak of untold mysteries Especially the erotic encounter between Michael and teenager Mona may go against the grain for some readers The storytelling holds this fusion of distinctive, edgy characters in a strange situation that defies logic, which is all happening against the lush setting of New Orleans that ensnares me so The vibe Anne Rice creates is unlike anything I have ever read Michael, Rowan, Aaron, Lasher, Mona all come alive via this authors voice I may not always understand their actions, I may not always agree with them but the affect me nonetheless As the title of this episode suggest the focus is on Lasher Not only did I get his present but I also got his past While he may have held me between love and hate for his persona in The Witching Hour, he has tipped that scale to hate in his own story Even when he relays his own past he fails to redeem himself And believe me, Anne Rice gradually laid all of him bare for me to take in Weighing his past, his present, his feeling and his actions But his actions are so self served The contempt Lasher shows for life and for the Mayfairs, the very people he claims to love and serve, is despicable He uses them as he sees fit and it made him an SOB of the first order I could only take in the strife and anguish he rained down on the Mayfairs in the hope he would get his comeuppance He was truly one of those formidable adversary who makes me cheer for the other side Anne Rice keeps adding or deepening the backstory of the main cameo of characters Especially all powerful Mayfair, Julien, has an important role to play His life intrigued me so in The Mayfair Hour but it wasn t told in depth until now Satisfying my everlasting curiosity In the second half of the story she peels away layers of mystery and secrets in a languid pace of storytelling It weaves its own kind of magic with rich settings, various time periods and again the mesmerizing characters The mythology behind this second story in The Mayfair Trilogy speaks to my imagination I love Celtic lore and though I don t know if it is based on an actual lore, Anne Rice makes me believe it is so The Mayfair family have a lot to deal with but they also discover some truths about their own lineage Michael, the tragic hero was a true Irish bleeding heart His convictions and his love for Rowan burns fierce, even if he has his weak moment I wanted him to succeed, to be reunited again because faults and all, he is a man who is the veritable rock in the ocean I thought he could weather it all and through sheer tenacity could achieve his hearts desires All the other characters tribute to Michael and Rowan s journey in one way or another Even when Mona becomes a key characters in the future storyline, even with other Mayfair women paying a steep price, it is Michael and Rowan s love for each other that becomes a shining beacon amidst all the hurt, darkness and power play Lasher has quite a plan and part of the suspense is will he succeed or not There are three big parties involved, namely Lasher himself, the Talamsca and the Mayfairs Each has an own agenda and wants to find out certain truths And if they get in the way of one another, well violence is also a part of Anne Rice s storytelling Casualties will fall but it only got me emotionally invested and rooting for various characters The Talamasca, for all that I knew about them, there was so much I didn t They definitely triggered my conspiracy button and I never trust them further then I can see them They are just as much an integral part as the Mayfairs and Lasher but only till the end truths were revealed that shed a different light on the Talamasca I may not like it but it gives fuel for thought and probably story 3 Taltos With Lasher, Anne Rice gave me an attention grabbing story that takes me even deeper in to the world of the Mayfairs It may not have made me eat, sleep and breathe the story like The Witching Hour did but it was a worthy successor


  8. says:

    This is the worst book I have ever read If you are considering reading this book, please do not read it I will never ever get those hours of my life back again please do not waste yours I would honestly rather gouge my own eyes out with a rusty fork than read this again My husband read the book before me, hated it, but mischievously encouraged me to read it even though he knew I would hate it, as some sort of psychological test of endurance I have never forgiven him for this.If you think that all sounds rather melodramatic I don t blame you, but Lasher really is that bad I have never read an Anne Rice book before, and quite honestly if Lasher is typical of her output then I am at a loss to understand how she is so popular I would like to assume that Lasher is atypical though.The plot well, what plot there is is ludicrous Now obviously Anne Rice specialises in a genre that isn t exactly ground in realism, so I was willing to overlook the notion of a family ghost the eponymous Lasher , and even the idea that various family members would regularly have sex with said ghost, despite the physical impossibility of an actual human being and a supernatural being being able to do so However, the book is poorly written miss mash of miscarriages, deaths, and historical detours that never actually seems to go anywhere It s far too long There are too many pointless, meandering descriptions of stuff that isn t anything to do with the plot or perhaps they are in there to distract from the utterly nonsensical plot The incest underage sex subplots are ridiculous I mean, I know they re witches and all, but really, a 13 year old girl has sex with an 80 year old granduncle and no one bats an eye Really Even if she did seduce him I read afterwards that Anne Rice had a very strict Catholic upbringing, and the overabundance of pseudo risque sex makes a little sense in that it seems like she is still rebelling against that upbringing However, I think an adult would be a bit past that though there s nothing wrong with sex, but the way Anne Rice writes about it come across as a sniggering 12 year old boy going Look everyone sex No, look, sex SEX SEX SEEEEEX Looking back, I should have given up when my instincts told me to about 100 pages in Instead, I persevered, thinking it had to get going some time I was wrong It never gets going Also, my husband see above kept saying stuff like Oh, no, you just haven t got to the good part yet, it starts to get really good The lying scoundrel i don t know what happens in at the end though because I eventually gave up with about 100 pages to go only then did my husband finally admit he thought it was a s book too.I reiterate this is the worst book ever I have only given it one star because I cannot give it none.


  9. says:

    Having just finished The Witching Hour I found myself still liking the novel, but it didn t impact me the way it did the first time I read it I even understood the extensive details and character development for its set up to the series In the case of this second book of the series, not so much This was detail and development overload I can only imagine what it would be like to see a ghost, or to actually hear one speak, but what I can t seriously imagine is someone nonchalantly sitting by while a ghost spends 4 hours relaying their past life story especially when the ghost sounds like a whiny bitch.I ve read about 20 of Rice s novels, and though I was smitten with her work in the beginning, there is one pattern with her writing that I have noticed and one which has really turned me off most of her characters are whiny bitches And by whiny bitches I am mostly referring to the male characters in her stories I will complete the series with Taltos but I don t think I can handle any of Rice for awhile As it is, I feel like Don Corleone wanting to slap the weeping Johnny Fontaine and tell him to act like a fucking man Or like Mona Mayfair Sheesh, she s only 13 years old, but she s the toughest character in the whole story This book is dead without her.


  10. says:

    My hatred of this book knows no bounds.