Lasher (Mayfair Witches Series #2)

Lasher (Mayfair Witches Series #2)

by Anne Rice

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Anne Rice brings us once again — even more magically — into the midst of the dynasty of witches she introduced in The Witching Hour.

At the center: the brilliant and beautiful Rowan Mayfair, queen of the coven, and Lasher, the darkly compelling demon whom she finds irresistible and from whose evil spell and vision she must now flee. She takes with her their terrifying and exquisite child, one of "a brood of children born knowing, able to stand and talk on the first day." Rowan's attempt to escape Lasher and his pursuit of her and their child are at the heart of this extraordinary saga. It is a novel that moves around the globe, backward and forward through time, and between the human and demonic worlds. With a dreamlike power, the novel draws us through twilight paths, telling a chillingly hypnotic story of occult and spiritual aspirations and passion.

Joe Morton has appeared in the films Of Mice and Men, Forever Young and Terminator 2, and starred in Brother from Another Planet. On television, he appeared in "Equal Justice" and starred in producer Robert De Niro's anthology series "Tribeca."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780785778707
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication date: 08/28/1994
Series: Mayfair Witches Series , #2
Pages: 592
Product dimensions: 6.22(w) x 9.34(h) x 1.48(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Anne Rice is the author of thirty-two books. She lives in Palm Desert, California.


Rancho Mirage, California

Date of Birth:

October 4, 1941

Place of Birth:

Rancho Mirage, California


B.A., San Francisco State University, 1964; M.A., 1971

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In the beginning was the voice of Father.
“Emaleth!” whispering close to her mother’s belly while her mother slept. And then singing to her, the long songs of the past. Songs of the Glen of Donnelaith and of the castle, and of where they would sometime come together, and how she would be born knowing all that Father knew. It is our way, he said to her in the fast language, which others could not understand.
To others it sounded like humming, or whistling. It was their secret tongue, for they could hear syllables which ran too fast for the others to grasp. They could sing out to each other. Emaleth could almost do it, almost speak—
“Emaleth, my darling, Emaleth, my daughter, Emaleth, my mate.” Father was waiting for her. She had to grow fast and grow strong for Father. When the time came, Mother had to help her. She had to drink Mother’s milk.
Mother slept. Mother cried. Mother dreamed. Mother was sick. And when Father and Mother quarreled, the world trembled. Emaleth knew dread.
But Father always came after, singing to her, reminding her that the words of his song were too rapid for Mother to comprehend. The melody made Emaleth feel as if the tiny round world in which she lived had expanded and she was floating in a place without limits, pushed hither and thither by Father’s song.
Father said poetry which was beautiful, especially words that rhyme. Rhymes made a thrill pass through Emaleth. She stretched her legs and her arms, and turned her head this way and that, it felt so good, the rhymes.
Mother didn’t talk to Emaleth. Mother wasn’t supposed to know that Emaleth was there. Emaleth was tiny, said Father, but perfectly formed. Emaleth already had her long hair.
But when Mother talked, Emaleth understood her; when Mother wrote, Emaleth saw the words. Emaleth heard Mother’s frequent whisper. She knew that Mother was afraid. Sometimes she saw Mother’s dreams. She saw the face of Michael. She saw fighting. She saw Father’s face as Mother saw it and it made Mother sad.
Father loved Mother, but Mother made him fiercely angry, and when he struck Mother, Mother suffered, even falling, and Emaleth screamed, or tried to scream. But Father always came after, while Mother slept, and said Emaleth must not fear. That they would come together in the circle of stones at Donnelaith, and then he told stories to her of the old days, when all the beautiful ones had lived on an island, and it was Paradise, before the others and the little people had come.
Sad and sorrowful the weakness of humans and the tragedy of the little people, and is it not better that all be driven from the Earth?
“I tell you the things I know now. And things that were told to me,” he said. And Emaleth saw the circle of stones, and the tall figure of Father as he was now, strumming the strings of the harp. Everyone was dancing. She saw the little people hiding in the shadows, spiteful and angry. She did not like them, she did not want them to steal down into the town. They loathe us instinctively, said Father, of the little people. How can they not? But they do not matter now. They are only a lingering from dreams which failed to come true.
Now is the hour. The hour for Emaleth and Father.
She saw Father in the old days, with his arms outstretched. This was Christmas and the glen was filled with snow. The Scots pines were close. Hymns rose from the people. Emaleth loved the rise and fall of the voices. There was so much she must see and learn later on.
“If we are separated, my beloved, come to the glen at Donnelaith. You can find it. You can do this. People are searching for Mother, people who would divide us. But remember, you will be born into this world knowing all you need to know. Now can you answer me?”
Emaleth tried but she could not.
“Taltos,” he said, and kissed Mother’s belly, “I hear you, darling, I love you.” And while Mother slept Emaleth was happy, because when Mother woke, Mother would cry.
“You think I wouldn’t kill him in an instant?” Father said to Mother. They were fighting about Michael. “I would kill him just like that. You leave me, and what makes you think that won’t happen?”
Emaleth saw this person, Michael, whom Mother loved and Father did not. Michael lived in New Orleans in a great house. Father wanted to go back to the great house. He wanted to possess it, it was his house, and it made him deeply angry that Michael was there. But he knew he must bide his time. Emaleth had to come to him, tall and strong. There had to be the Beginning. He wanted them to come together in the glen at Donnelaith. Beginning was everything. There was nothing if there was no beginning.
Prosper, my daughter.
No one lived in Donnelaith anymore. But they would live there—Father and Emaleth and their children. Hundreds of children. It would become the shrine of the Beginning. “Our Bethlehem,” he whispered to her. And that would be the beginning of all time.
It was dark. Mother cried against the pillow, Michael, Michael, Michael.
Emaleth knew when the sun rose.
The color of everything brightened, and she saw Mother’s hand high above her, dark and thin and immense, covering the whole world.

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Lasher (Mayfair Witches Series #2) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 231 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book but the ending was not up to par. I was disappointed, personally. The book seemed to veer off to a totally different pace and feeling towards the end and it makes it almost annoying. I enjoy Anne Rice, but this is far from her best work!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Anne Rice but this was so boring. I forced myself to finish it but I will not read Taltos.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished unpacking, and found it. I read this book back when i was 24, I am now 33 and the book was even better this time around, now its making me want to read all the other books over again. Lasher was soooo delicious, and his past with the family...Love Hate relationship. I wanted more like i want chocolate. Brilliant! I just wish that she would expand more on the witches chro., maybe even bring him back. Oh How I depised him, and the family was just Fabulous!!!!Julien need his on book!!!! GREAT READ, GREAT READ!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this world of sorrow, crazyness, amazing tales, I recommend this series to everyone with strong stomach for this type of literature, Anne Rice has become my favorite Author!!!!! It took me less than two weeks to read it and I'm half threw Taltos!!!! Love every bit of this series!
Natalie220 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is NOT a Vampire story it is a continuance of The Witching Hour. Although it is not as good as the first Mayfair family book, it is interesting. It introduces a lot of new interesting Mayfair characters and you get to know Lasher and Julien on a deeper level. The only thing I didn't like was so much talk of thirteen year old's having sex or being sexually abused by their family members. Other than that the book is a must, if you want to find out what happens to Lasher and the Mayfair Family.
leore_joanne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was weaker than its predecessor (The Witching Hour), and was a bit of a dissapointment. It continues the story line and explains what happens to Lasher and to the Mayfair family, and also explaind what Lasher actually IS. So I DO recommend it for whomever read and fell in the spell of the first book, because it answers a lot of questions. I liked this book much more when I first read it, but now, on a second reading, it doesn't live up to my expectations. Somehow, it does not have the magic and the feel of the first book. Also, all that weird incestuous sex, is starting to get a bit disturbing. Another annoying point is, that Lasher has lost all his mysteriousness and became quite awful, while I liked his character a lot in the previous book, even when he was mean, I begun to hate him in this. Rowan becomes a weak character as well, and Michael fares no better. The only two who bloom, are two new characters - thirteen year old Mona Mayfair, and Ancient Evelyn.
EmScape on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Though not as compelling as it¿s prequel, Lasher is an entertaining read. Again shifting back and forth from past to present, Lasher tells his own story, Julian tells his, and we meet the enchanting present-day Mona. While in ¿The Witching Hour¿ the method of telling about past events was unique, the historical documents of the Talamasca, in ¿Lasher¿ we are told about the past in narrative fashion from the ghost of Julien, as well as Lasher himself. It¿s a perfectly acceptable convention, but not quite as unique. It was good to get more back-story, although Julien¿s is more fill-in-the-blank as we know most of that from the first book. What this volume does have over it¿s predecessor is a much more satisfying ending, one I really didn¿t see coming, considering the existence of a sequel.
meggiemoo0 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Since I was a big fan of The Witching Hour, I picked up the sequel thinking it would continue the provocative story. In a way, it did, but it also (as Anne Rice often does) goes back in time. I wasn't really convinced by how far back she went, into the memories of the early Lasher being a taltos in the 13th century. The history Julien told was boring compared to the Mayfair File from the first book. The book overall didn't have the same feeling as the first, probably because it wasn't focused on Rowan. I didn't like Mona very much, so seeing things with a focus on her was not as exciting. But, the ending was so conclusive I wass surprised and satisfied. It was worth it to finish the book all the way through for it. I also liked the incorporation of the creepy poem. The secret behing the Talamasca was fascinating as well, with such a gothic overtone that is usually in Anne Rice's vampire novels.
thioviolight on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It took a while to really sink into the book, but when I did, I pretty much enjoyed it. While it's not quite as good as The Witching Hour, it was far from bad, for me.
corgidog2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Anne Rice writes about the New Orleans witches as if she knows them personnaly. I guess she does, actually, having written so many books about them.
sdtaylor555 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A bit disappointing after the masterpiece that was the Witching Hour, but pretty good really. I did enjoy it.
vampyredhead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The 2nd book in the lives of the Mayfair witches. This isn't a good as the first, but still worth reading. It's scary and sensual.
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Ann Rice is a phenomenal writer! Amazing story....will definitely read them all!!!
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For me this book was not as captivating as was its predecessor, The Witching Hour. Lasher just seemed to wander with no main plot and periodically I had to force myself to pick the book up to continue reading.
khznh More than 1 year ago
I first read the Mayfair Witches series many years ago, when it was first published. It remains one of my favorites, more so than her Vampire Chronicles. Such an intricate dance of characters and plot... it demands your attention.
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