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The Witching Hour From the author of the extraordinary Vampire Chronicles comes a huge, hypnotic novel of witchcraft and the occult through four centuriesDemonstrating, once again, her gift for spellbinding storytelling and the creation of legend, Anne Rice makes real for us a great dynasty of witches a family given to poetry and to incest, to murder and to philosophy a family that, over the ages, is itself haunted by a powerful, dangerous, and seductive beingOn the veranda of a great New Orleans house, now faded, a mute and fragile woman sits rocking and The Witching Hour beginsIt begins in our time with a rescue at sea Rowan Mayfair, a beautiful woman, a brilliant practitioner of neurosurgery aware that she has special powers but unaware that she comes from an ancient line of witches finds the drowned body of a man off the coast of California and brings him to life He is Michael Curry, who was born in New Orleans and orphaned in childhood by fire on Christmas Eve, who pulled himself up from poverty, and who now, in his brief interval of death, has acquired a sensory power that mystifies and frightens himAs these two, fiercely drawn to each other, fall in love and in passionate alliance set out to solve the mystery of her past and his unwelcome gift, the novel moves backward and forward in time from today s New Orleans and San Francisco to long ago Amsterdam and a ch teau in the France of Louis XIV An intricate tale of evil unfolds an evil unleashed in seventeenth century Scotland, where the first witch, Suzanne of the Mayfair, conjures up the spirit she names Lasher a creation that spells her own destruction and torments each of her descendants in turnFrom the coffee plantations of Port au Prince, where the great Mayfair fortune is made and the legacy of their dark power is almost destroyed, to Civil War New Orleans, as Julien the clan s only male to be endowed with occult powers provides for the dynasty its foothold in America, the dark, luminous story encompasses dramas of seduction and death, episodes of tenderness and healing And always through peril and escape, tension and release there swirl around us the echoes of eternal war innocence versus the corruption of the spirit, sanity against madness, life against death With a dreamlike power, the novel draws us, through circuitous, twilight paths, to the present and Rowan s increasingly inspired and risky moves in the merciless game that binds her to her heritage And in New Orleans, on Christmas Eve, this strangest of family sagas is brought to its startling climax


10 thoughts on “The Witching Hour

  1. Elise Jensen Elise Jensen says:

    I actually quite enjoyed this book up until the very end, when I felt like the main female character just had some sort of weird personality seizure and did something that the character as you ve come to know her just wouldn t have done It just made it seem poorly written to me, like Ms Rice decided in the last 10 pages or so that it was going to have a sequel


  2. Joe Valdez Joe Valdez says:

    My witchathon concludes with The Witching Hour, the eleventh novel by Anne Rice Published in 1990, I was hoping it might be the author s thirteenth book, but this goth epic of blood, sugar, sex and black magic is a monster as is The word count is 327,360 words, 10,000 shy of Stephen King s baby high chair Under the Dome Rice is a gifted scenarist who sets the table f


  3. RunForTheRoses RunForTheRoses says:

    I got this book for Christmas that year This was my first ever Anne Rice book, and it was about a year after Interview With A Vampire came out as a movie with Brad Pitt, Christian Slater and Tom Cruise I was blown away people If you like a story, like Gone With the Wind on crack, no seriously, epic like that, except VERY ADULT don t let your tweens get their hands on this


  4. Sarah Mac Sarah Mac says:

    Warning SPOILERS And gifs Lots of both, actually.I don t even know how to summarize what I ve just finished It s like trying to tell someone what happens in a George RR Martin novel You might try to list item by item, but everything is woven with everything else there s no way to distinguish in the grand schemeOh, y know Stuff happens People threaten each other People fight Peop


  5. Derek Oberg Derek Oberg says:

    One of my top 3 favorite novels of all time Anne Rice gets a bad rap for being pure shlock, but what most people who haven t read her don t realize is that she is obsessed with history She studies a particular time period, learns everything she can about it, and then creates characters and sticks them in it She rarely disappoints me And her prose is beautiful You can sit down to read


  6. Liisa Liisa says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here What a queer little book although at 1207 pages, little isn t the right word This was my first attempt at Anne Rice and I fear it might well be my last.Halfway through The Witching Hour , I was absolutely enthralled I loved the idea of The Talamasca At that stage of the story, I would have loved knowing it was a


  7. Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more says:

    Quite possibly ground zero for the term info dump Said info dump masqueraded as a lesson in family history that droned on for roughly half the very long book Also the rough sex enjoyed by the two MCs was disturbingly portrayed as some kind rape fantasy on both their parts Think about that for a secondMichael Curry, presented as a stock Good Guy character, in his most secret dark thoughts, fantasi


  8. Meredith Watson Meredith Watson says:

    I FINALLY finished this Good Lord, what a long winded mess this was All the wordy history was boring but I stuck it out then ended up hating the ending Why in the world to I keep reading Anne Rice


  9. mark monday mark monday says:

    I imagine this as a fabulous mini series featuring Kathy Bates and Sharon Stone in key roles why can t this happen someone make this happen


  10. Erin Erin says:

    Jar of Death Pick 134.5 Stars This book is a monster On the verandah of a great New Orleans house now faded a mute and fragile woman sits rocking I read those words about a decade ago and I just had to read this book The Witching Hour actually belongs to my sister but after I read for the first time all those years ago, I just kept it.And I don t feel bad about it either The Witching Hour is about the Mayfair fami


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