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Lasher (Lives of the Mayfair Witches) Hardcover – Deckle Edge, September 12, 1993

Book 2 of 3 in the Mayfair Witches Series

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At the center of this dark and compelling tale is Rowan Mayfair, queen of the coven, who must flee from the darkly brutal, yet irresistable demon known as Lasher. With a dreamlike power, this wickedly seductive entity draws us through twilight paths, telling a chilling and hypnotic story of spiritual aspiration and passion. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Returning to the Mayfair clan she introduced in The Witching Hour , Rice offers another vast, transcontinental saga of witchcraft and demonism in the tradition of Gothic melodrama. The eponymous Lasher is a demon spirit who preys on female Mayfairs in his attempt to procreate. Rowan Mayfair, queen of the coven who has borne Lasher's child, has now disappeared. At times this main narrative is lost as the story moves from the Louisiana Mayfairs to the Scottish Donnelaiths and the clandestine London Telamasca society, with copious personal histories and myriad characters. Long sections ramble without a compelling point of view, and are dampened by stock elements: cliched wind storms, sexy witches, the endless supply of money the Telemasca has at its disposal. At times, Lasher is too much in evidence (rattling the china, gnashing his teeth) to be frightening. But embedded in this antique demonism is a contemporary tale of incest and family abuse that achieves resonance. It is maintained through the character of Lasher, both child and man at the same time, who manipulates his victims with his own pain. At their best, Rice's characters rise above the more wooden plot machinations with an ironic and modern complexity: Mona, the young feminist witch with sharklike business instincts; Julien, the dead patriarch, who movingly recalls his male lovers; Yuri, the clever Serbian orphan. Despite lapses into uninspired language, ultimately the novel is compelling through its exhaustive monumentality. 700,000 first printing; Literary Guild main selection.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Series: Lives of the Mayfair Witches
  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; 1st edition (September 12, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679412956
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679412953
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.8 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (251 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Missed reading the Withching hour and found this book.
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First of all, what is the point of naming the book after a character and spend so little time devoted only to him.
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All I can say is I've enjoyed reading every one of Anne's books and I do mean every one.
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Jana L. Perskie HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 22, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I loved every minute I spent reading Anne Rice's "The Witching Hour," and therefore looked forward to reading the book's sequel, "Lasher." I am certainly not disappointed now that I have finished the novel. I do want to mention here that although "Lasher" is part of a trilogy, it stands very well on its own as an independent work. I was almost as spellbound by this second book in "The Lives Of The Mayfair Witches Trilogy" as I was by the first. The author continues spinning this seductive story in a manner that captures the reader's interest and imagination until the very last page. The characters introduced to us in "The Witching Hour," geneticist Rowan Mayfair, her husband, Michael Curry, their friend Aaron Lightner, along with a huge cast of ghosts, witches and Mayfair clan members, return to delight and chill, depending on your perspective. And some new folks, (not all human), come on board also. As the novel begins, the author summarizes the storyline and takes up the narrative at almost the same spot where the prior novel left us.

Lasher, the former otherworldly spirit who haunted the Mayfairs, is now a flesh and blood supernatural being. He chose to leave the world of specters to join us humans in three-dimensional space on earth - New Orleans' steamy Garden District to be precise. He made this transfer through Rowan's birth canal. You have to read it to believe it. So Rowan and Michael, along with their many other roles, are also Lasher's parents. And you thought Rosemary and her baby had problems! Lasher, a very sensual, mesmerizing, manipulative entity, longs for love, yet doesn't really understand the human concept of the word. Therefore his motives are constantly misconstrued. And why not?
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Andre Mason on March 14, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When I first read The Witching Hour, I was thrown into the dark and mysterious world of The Mayfair Witches. Rice has the ability to draw you into her characters, with her lore, and history. More of The Mayfair past comes out in this book, filling in holes and questions we had since the first book coupled with the just the mere thought of the entity known as Lasher has finally become human again - made this book worth reading. All Rice fans should know by now that the story is never fully over with one book and Lasher continues this thought. Lasher starts off as all Rice books begin, giving the reader a brief synopsis and an after math story before she plunges into the core of the book. Lasher as we all know is a very sensual entity with only the thought of love by his side. However, his ideas of love become misconstrued by his actions throughout his life, which makes for a very deep and constructed character. Rice has proven she has a flair for the not so obvious. She goes deep within her characters and expands them. They somehow jump off the pages and makes you wonder if that noise you heard, or that feeling you felt could have been your personal Lasher. Lasher is erotic, mesmorizing, sensual, and deep, and you can drown in his love if not careful. Rice has shown us this through his love affair with every witch in the family. She has also done a marvelous job with telling us more of Julien Mayfair, the only male witch to inhabit the family. Julien is such an integral part of the Mayfair history, that I often wondered if she would make a book dedicated to him. I recommend this book to all of Rice's fans.Read more ›
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 4, 1998
Format: Paperback
Let me start off by saying this: I HATE the character of Mona Mayfair.
Rice really messed up with "Lasher,"and I wish "no stars" was an option for a rating of this book. Rowan has no spine and Michael is raped by a 13 year-old and that's just in the first two chapters. The story slipped through her fingers as she tried to make me identify with Lasher. Impossible. Her crass treatment of history and her corruption of Michael and Rowan made me wish I could set fire to my copy of this book and watch it go up in flames.
In TWH, Rowan was strong and brilliant. If she had killed Lasher like she should have in TWH, this book would never have had a chance to have been written. Rowan ends up being held prisoner by Lasher while they're on the run, trying to find out what he is. During this time he rapes her repeated and she miscarries again and again. Not the fate she imagined, and while humbling Rowan is necessary, treating her like this was not.
Meanwhile, back at the Mayfair house in New Orleans, 13 year-old Mona Mayfair, Rowan's flower girl, sneaks into the mansion and takes advantage of Rowan's absence by helping herself to Michael. The child, for that is what she is, is hell-bent on "shagging" (the real word I want to use cannot be printed here) every Mayfair man she can get her hands on. The self-styled wunderkind also lives in a run-down house in the neighborhood, yet she manages to afford a state-of-the-art computer and fancies herself quite the corporate stockbroker. As if.
Several jarring anachronisms annoyed me about this novel. The first: Rowan was identified as being 5'11" tall in the File of the Mayfair Witches, compiled carefully by the Talamasca.
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