[Lasher AUTHOR Anne Rice] E–pub Ñ Anne Rice
wasso enthralling If you ve read Rice s novels you ll seeenthralling If you ve read Rice s novels you ll see I mean hahahaThis book also introduced to the 14th designee Mona Mayfair whom I must say a very ercourageous little girlAnyway 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
of Mayfair in dealing with this sensual demonic characterAnd I thank God because Rice did not put her infamous Lestat de Lioncourt in this novel I do not really like when she mixed her vampires with the mayfair she mixed her vampires with the Mayfair It is just too much I guess I won t be reading Blood Canticle then 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 uite bring home the promising story of Lasher s desire to repopulate the earth with his own ind 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 messRate 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 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 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 uite 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 ueen 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 Bandscheiben-Leiden - Was tun?: Mit den besten bungen fr den Alltag 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 withindness 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. D the second wife of Henry VIII and a man from Donnelaith Lasher is believed to be a saint Lady Janes Nemesis known as Ashlar and is uickly taken away by his father to Donnelaith His father is the son of the Earl of Donnelaith and from there he is sent to Italy to become a priest He returns to Scotland after Elizabeth I takes the throne and isilled there while performing Christmas Mass by followers of the Protestant reformer John Knox He A Texas Rangers Family (The Stone Family knows nothing again until Suzanne calls him back into existenceMichael patiently hears Lasher out and when his story is complete Michael wastes no time inilling him and burying him under the great oak in the yard Soon after he discovers Emaleth in Rowan's room feeding her the highly nutritious milk from her breasts This resuscitates Rowan but upon seeing Emaleth before her she panics and screams at Michael to ill her Michael refuses to so Rowan grabs a gun and shoots her daughter in the head Rowan immediately realizes what she's done and crying for her daughter insists that she be the one to bury her alongside Lasher under the oak tree there. Rice gave me an attention grabbing story that takes me even deeper in to the world of the Mayfairs It may not have made takes me even deeper in to the world of the Mayfairs It may not have made eat sleep and breathe the story like The Witching Hour did but it was a worthy successor 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 I m a huge fan of Anne Rice and loved The than I m a huge fan of Anne Rice and loved The Hour along with many of her other books but for some reason had never gotten around to reading Lasher When I first started it I was fully absorbed Ijourney of mayfair
Rice s and luscious writing style and her ability to create fully fleshed out interesting characters These are some of this book s best elements along with a additions to the Mayfair history in the back stories of Julian and Evelyn and new engaging characters like Mona and Yuri In pieces this is a great book but unfortunately the parts never really come together The pacing becomes awkward and slow and the story s best characters don t get enough page time The book took me forever to finish because I would get bored and after putting it down would not go back to it for several days Most of all the title character Lasher as he develops to show his true flaws fostered a deep loathing in me despite his sympathetic characteristics and I became overly anxious for him to meet his end When his back story is finally revealed it should have been a dramatic moment because his story is the great mystery that the saga of the Mayfair witches is founded on but I found myself not caring at allI wish this was a better book since it has so many great elements and the writing as usual for Rice is beautiful but because of the poor pacing it was a rather tedious read 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 new I would hate it as some sort of psychological test of endurance I have never forgiven him for thisIf you think that all sounds rather melodramati This book ind 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 conseuence as I read it as a young adult to 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 witchesLasher 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 asachokengtitiktitikchokeng in order to complete this whole erjourneyLasher 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 ingdom 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 legacycurse of having the obligation to conceive Lasher s children other TaltosIn this novel Rowan Mayfair the 13th designee of the Mayfair clan also the most powerful witch was idnapped by Lasher and Which was probably what made Lasher's uasi supernatural birth at all possible in the first placeThe dyad returns to America where Lasher sets out to impregnate other female members of the Mayfair family All attempts are unsuccessful as the women immediately miscarry and hemorrhage to death Rowan manages to escape Lasher and after hitchhiking to Louisiana she collapses in a field and gives birth to Emaleth a female Taltos Rowan's last words to Emaleth are to find Michael which she sets out to do thinking that Rowan has diedRowan is found and is rushed to a nearby hospital where she is diagnosed as being in a state of toxic shock An emergency hysterectomy is performed to save her life eliminating all chances of her ever giving birth again She is taken home to Michael where she remains in a deep comaMuch of the book is set into four sections of Julien's Story which delineates the life of Julien Mayfair and what he has discovered of the entity nown as LasherLasher returns to the house to tell Michael and Aaron his story of his past life Born to ueen Anne of Englan. My hatred of this book nows no bounds warning this review can contain spoilers if you This review can Contain Spoilers If You if you 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 thelove rice s
lush setting of New Orleans that ensnares me so The vibe Anne Rice creates is unlike anything I havesetting of New Orleans that ensnares me so The vibe Anne Rice creates is unlike anything I have 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 eeps 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 Blackfrost (Wytch Kings, 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 tnow 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 ey 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 uite 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 new 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. The novel begins shortly after the mysterious disappearance of Dr Rowan Mayfair recently married to contractor Michael Curry Michael feeling betrayed by Rowan has sunk into a depression helped along by the useless drugs prescribed to him after his close encounter with deathAlong comes the sexually adventurous Mona Mayfair a precocious teenager and powerful witch and Rowan's cousin sharing lines of descent from Julien She seduces Michael causing him to snap out of his stupor and renew his vow to find his wife at all costs He is now convinced that she hasn't gone willinglyAnd though it was she who spirited her mutant child Lasher away from the house she is now a prisoner of the monster she has spawned His first two attempts at impregnating her are failures ending in miscarriage but he is successful the third time around As he accompanies her throughout Europe Rowan manages to send off DNA samples to colleagues in San Francisco They discover that Lasher is a completely different species and that Rowan herself has a genetic abnormality polyploidy or 92 chromosomes.
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