In her mesmerizing new novel, the author of The Vampire Chronicles and the saga of the Mayfair Witches demonstrates once again her gift for spellbinding storytelling and the creation of myth and magic. Here, in a magnificent tale of sorcery and the occult, she makes real for us a hitherto unexplored world of witchcraft.
At the center is the beautiful, unconquerable witch Merrick. She is a descendant of the gens de couleur libres, a society of New Orleans octoroons and quadroons steeped in the lore and ceremony of voodoo, who reign in the shadowy world where African and French–the dark and the white–intermingle. Her ancestors are the great Mayfair witches, of whom she knows nothing–and from whom she inherits the power and the magical knowledge of a Circe.
Into this exotic realm comes David Talbot–hero, storyteller, adventurer, almost-mortal vampire, visitor from another dark realm. It is he who recounts Merrick’s haunting tale–a tale that takes us from the New Orleans of past and present to the jungles of Guatemala, from the Maya ruins of a century ago to ancient civilizations not yet explored.
Anne Rice’s richly told novel weaves an irresistible story of two worlds: the witches’ world and the vampires’ world, where magical powers and otherworldly fascinations are locked together in a dance of seduction, death, and rebirth.
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I originally read this book at least 10 years ago, the book itself came out 20 years ago. So I am going to tell you straight away that this writing style might throw you. The narrator throughout this book is David Talbot, most of the story is based in the past and it being told from Mr. Talbots memory. This was a little jarring for me at first, but then I settled into the story.
I love the dark gothic atmosphere that Rice sets, although it may not be spooky for many readers it held a romantic element that is kissed by darkness. It was a very strong element in this world building. You can read this out of order as Rice gives enough information to not make you feel like you cannot understand the plot.
I did struggle a little bit with the story, only that I felt there was loads of memories and not enough present day interactions. However, it didn’t put me off the only thing that did frustrate me was I felt the ending needed just a little more substance. But I guess I was being greedy as Rice teed it up for the next book (such a tease!)
Overall, if you a looking for a dark, moody and gothic story then I would recommend Merrick.
Spice Rating: 2/6 – See my rating system here
Book Rating: 4/5