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The Witches' Companion: The Official Guide to Anne Rice's Lives of the Mayfair Witches Hardcover – October 11, 1994


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 522 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1 edition (October 11, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345389476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345389473
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #739,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Written in cooperation with Anne Rice, the official guide to Anne Rice's "Lives of the Mayfair Witches." The ultimate reference book for fans of "The Witching Hour," "Lasher," and "Taltos," with detailed character breakdowns, complete geneaologies, chronologies and geographies. Plus revealing observations from Anne Rice herself!

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Katherine Ramsland began her career as a writer with Prism of the Night: A Biography of Anne Rice. She had a bestseller with The Vampire Companion. Since then, she has published 40 books and over 1,000 articles, reviews and short stories. From ghosts to vampires to serial killers, she has taken on a variety of dark subjects. She holds graduate degrees in forensic psychology, clinical psychology, criminal justice, and philosophy. Currently, she teaches forensic psychology and criminal justice at DeSales University. Her books include The Forensic Psychology of Criminal Minds, The Human Predator: A Historical Chronicle of Serial Murder and Forensic Investigation, Inside the Minds of Serial Killers, Inside the Minds of Sexual Predators, and Inside the Minds of Mass Murderers. Her background in forensic studies positioned her to assist former FBI profiler John Douglas on his book, The Cases that Haunt Us, and to co-write a book with former FBI profiler, Gregg McCrary, The Unknown Darkness, as well as The Real Life of a Forensic Scientist with Henry C. Lee and A Voice for the Dead with James Starrs. She speaks internationally about forensic psychology, forensic science, and serial murder, and has appeared on numerous documentaries, as well as such programs as The Today Show, 20/20, 48 Hours, NPR, Coast to Coast, Montel Williams, Larry King Live and E! True Hollywood.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 19, 2002
Format: Paperback
"The Witches' Companion" is a very exhaustive encyclopedia of all the terms, characters, locations, and events in the Lives of the Mayfair Witches trilogy (The Witching Hour, Lasher, and Taltos). Everything's included in this mammoth 500+-paged book: maps, illustrations and photos, a Mayfair family tree, bits of Anne Rice information, a chronology of important dates, in-depth character biographies, European and American history--the list goes on.
If you're an Anne Rice fan--and especially if you enjoyed the Mayfair trilogy--, then I highly recommend this official reference guide to her popular witch series. It's definitely worth owning, since it answers every question you've ever had about this trilogy and then some.
Also recommended: Katherine Ramsland's "The Vampire Companion".
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Goodwin on March 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
Unless you have an excellent photographic memory, you need this book. It straightens out and clarifies all of the family lineage, and gives you more background information on locations, people, and objects. It also gives some much needed info on the Talamasca, which is ever-present in Rice's novels. Buy this if you like reading the Mayfair trilogy.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 19, 1999
Format: Paperback
Absolutely the best and easiest way of keeping track of all those long-lost Mayfairs...I bought this after I read the trilogy. As I said, you must have this. This family reminds me of my own in one way, it's huge! I loved this and couldn't put it down, it goes everywhere with me to answer those spur of the moment questions.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9, 1997
Format: Paperback
Just like The Vampire Companion where you have an enclyopedia for the themes, characters and plots. This is the same for Lives of the Mayfair WItches. This book is much better for RICE fans because you need this companion. With a very good family tree of the Mayfairs and in-depth look at the themes you can understand the Mayfair Witches better. A MUST FOR DIE HARD FANS....
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 28, 1996
Format: Paperback
I am a complusive reader of Rice's works. They are always
challenging and historically perfect. However, The Lives
Of The Mayfair Witches novels became perhaps a little bit
TOO challenging when more and more family appeared on the
scene. My sister-in-law gave me this companion as a gift
three years ago for my plane trip to London. It was the
first time I didn't fall asleep on a Transatlantic flight.
After using this, I was able to go back and re-read the
novels with even greater insight. This is a must-have for
readers of the Mayfair books. You cannot truly appreciate
Rice's gift without them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Astrid Leonard on June 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
When it was described as "Written in cooperation with Anne Rice," I expected information that Rice 'knew', but didn't include in the books (e.g. the name of Michael's mother, where did Nancy Mayfair come from?) There is little in the book that cannot be pulled from the trilogy. From flipping through and reading maybe 25-30% of the entries I have noticed errors of fact (the Chronology for 1936 says Ryan was born to Cortland and Amanda, but Ryan's father is the older Pierce--Cortland was his grandfather), mistakes in cross-referencing (the entry for 'Judith' directs the reader to 'Chris', but the entry 'Chris' simply redirects the reader to the preferred heading 'Little Chris'), and a number of over-simplifications and, in my opinion, misinterpretations of events. I have found it very disappointing, but it might be helpful for first time readers.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jill Ferguson on February 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
These books are excellent.Anne Rice is a very believeable writer. The insight into the lives of Lasher and the other Mayfair Witches are spellbounding,I could not put the books down. If you would like to read a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat,and very hard to stop reading at bed time,read the Mayfair Witches chronicles. There needs to be more of them!
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