Taltos (Lives of The Mayfair Witches #3)

ISBN: 0345404319
ISBN 13: 9780345404312
By: Anne Rice

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"ANNE RICE WILL LIVE ON THROUGH THE AGES OF LITERATURE."--San Francisco Chronicle"TALTOS IS THE THIRD BOOK IN A SERIES KNOWN AS THE LIVES OF THE MAYFAIR WITCHES . . . Their haunted heritage has brought the family great wealth, which is exercised from a New Orleans manse with Southern gentility; but of course such power cannot escape notice . . . or challenge. . . Rice is a formidable talent. . . [Taltos] is a curious amalgam of gothic, glamour fiction, alternate history, and high soap opera."--The Washington Post Book World"AN INTRICATE, STUNNING IMAGINATION."--Los Angeles Times Book Review"SPELLBINDING . . . MYTHICAL . . . Anne Rice is a pure storyteller."--Cosmopolitan"BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN."--Kirkus Reviews (starred)"Her power of invention seems boundless. . . . She has made a masterpiece of the morbid, worthy of Poe's daughter. . . . It is hard to praise sufficiently the originality of Miss Rice."--The Wall Street Journal

Reader's Thoughts


Of course Anne Rice is very talented and imaginative, but I just got very little enjoyment out of this book. I actually gave up on it when I was about 3/4 of the way done (something I never do!), but today I decided to finish it just for the sake of seeing it through. I guess my biggest problem with this book is that everything I loved about the first two books was completely absent in Taltos. Lasher as a phantom attached to the heiress of each generation of the Mayfair family was an intriguing story line in the other books. I also loved how the other books were actually about the Mayfair witches. This book was 95% about Ashlar and although I didn't dislike him as a character, I became very bored with him and the history of the Taltos.

S. Saboviec

Anne Rice once again proves that just because you have written a bunch of novels and made a bunch of money off them doesn't mean that you know how to write. Some of my irritations with this third and final installment of Lives of the Mayfair Witches:- Refers to the main character of Chapter 1 as "he" for pages and pages, leaving us mystified as to whether we've met this person before and annoyed at what is even happening?- Inserts two chapters of 80+ pages of info-dump in the first person, even though the book is written in third person omniscient.- Suddenly "discovers" another Mayfair offspring around Mona's age, conveniently at the time she needs a friend to assist in her crazy. Has Michael, of course, lust after the poor girl because she is, of course, completely deliciously gorgeous and wears a cowboy hat. Does not bring the Michael-lust plot point up ever again.- Inelegantly explains the Taltos--oh, guys, they weren't what you thought for the thousands of pages of the last books--making me more confused and annoyed at what the heck the purpose of the last two books was.And those are just the big ones.All I can say is, thank you, Anne Rice, for teaching me never to buy all the books in a series at once. If I hadn't done that, my eyeballs would never fallen upon these pages. At least it wasn't as bad as the first one.

Stephany G

Ok I know by reading a few of the other reviews that I must just not have a good experience with Anne Rice. I mean the people who love her really love her and seem so forgiving of the things I had trouble with in this series. This is my last book in this series. I will stop here since it has been so difficult for me to invest in this story. I have learned that the history I criticized in book one seemed much more interesting than book two and three. I do like Mona and Mary Jane. I enjoy their interactions and I think the last ten pages of this book were good. That said, this was the same sort of second hand story telling that bores me. I do not like Rowan and find her character in Lasher and this book to be extremely annoying. Her inner dialogue is ridiculous. Micheal's love for her seems so unreal that I have a hard time sticking with the strong man he is portrayed as. I did find the doll collector interesting but of course he has to give his long history which goes on and on. It was hard for me to believe this love everyone felt that caused them to lose reason at times. Glad this tale is over for me.


Still full of excitement... Hard to write a review... First of all, I am happy I finished reading all Mayfair witches series. After Vampire Chronicles I thought that Mayfair witches won't be so good and I'll be disappointed... BUT... I wasn't. All these three books were as good as Vampire Chronicles. Anne Rice is my favorite author, I'm fascinated how she created such families, their histories, family trees and everything else. And I just love when she mixes real history with her fiction, it's like..."revealing truth of hidden historical facts". Her characters are brilliant. They all remind me of some people I know, or of myself. In this book I mostly was amazed by Ashlar. I must say, my heart was touched by every single part about dolls. I even did notes of some quotes. The way author writes about dolls, makes me so...I don't know..very touched. Dolls for me are my whole life, my children, my family...and when I found these scenes about dolls in this book, I had to read few times everything again to get stuck in my mind. So parts about dolls- were my favorite. It's like her thoughts came out of my mind. Anne Rice is a brilliant author, because she can touch every single reader's heart. I wish there would be more books about this family of witches. It's such story you want to know more and more. Since I'm very interested in genealogy, I am trying to make family tree of these witches. All this genealogy thing in these books made me so excited!


This book was my favorite one of the series. I read the whole book in a day and loved it. I loved the characters. Because of this book I decided I would love to have a little girl named Rowan. About a year after reading it I decided to try for a little girl. Nine months later my little Rowan arrived. In the books one of the signs that a Mayfair is a witch is her being born with an exter finger. My baby girl was born with an exter finger as well. It was kind of a creepy coincidence. The Mayfair witch books are well worth reading. You have a old powerful faimly of witches, a spirit who helps and hurts the faimly, an ancient group that watches and records the supernatural. Some how part of this group has become corrupt and has turned on some of its members. You discover the Taltos an ancient raise that gives birth to full grown walking talking children. You meet unforgettable characters that are easily to fall in love with. The books are a bit odd but that just adds to the dynamic of the books.

Leander Grogan

I am a big fan of Anne Rice. But this book didn't fulfill the promise. The plot was a continuation of two other books and reveals Ashlar's complex past. I thought the perspective from which the book approach the Christian intervention was quite brilliant. So was the paranormal interaction with Janet.But all this content just for two lovers to get a room in the end was disappointing. There were many profound questions posed about civilization's callous and bloodthirsty cycles of conquest. But few were really answered.Sorry I can't recommend this one.

Cody Ray

** spoiler alert ** Many years ago, I tried to read the Witching Hour, the first book in this series, but was unable to slog through the slower parts. So this time I jumped straight to this book, the third in the series, and was a bit thrown into the middle of things.That being said, it was quite an enjoyable read nonetheless, especially the manner in which Rice portrays the Taltos species. I particularly enjoyed the retelling of Ash's life from the lost land until the modern day, and the manner in which Taltos were described: playful, simple and child-like, abhorring violence, full of love and compassion, but living for many thousands of years. The connection with Christianity was particularly interesting, especially its fatal conclusion for most of the Taltos and Ash's realization that, although Jesus professed love, forgiveness, and acceptance for all, that's not the way of his Disciples or the Church.The bottom line: I don't think I'll be going back to read the rest of the series yet. Taltos felt much the same as the Witching Hour (elaborate descriptions, slowly-developing plot line, etc), but the fanciful descriptions made it a good read nonetheless.


I cannot stop reading Anne. She is fantastic! After I picked up "Angel Time", which is also very good, I had to start again on the path of her dark and luscious words. I hope to have all of her books read this year. Anne if you are out there keep writing I want more of you!

Phillip Longman

A profoundly dumb conclusion to the series. It's Anne Rice—I don't expect Chekhov. I liked "The Witching Hour" because it was smutty and dark. But the answers we receive in this book are so dumb that they reduce a good ghost story to the level of weird, sci-fi slash fiction. This is "The Force is caused by midichlorians," level stuff. The series would have been so much better if it had just ended as a sort of open-ended horror tragedy after book one.

Triet Pham

I gave this book 2 stars because of three reasons:1. the book's enthralling opening 2. it's extensive vocabulary3. Anne Rice's lovely prose ( although gradually into the middle of the book it becomes overly long to me)I came across this book in an old bookstore. Having known that Anne specialized in paranormal writing, I was glad to know even further that this book was about witches and planned to purchase the other ones of this series.The book started well. Anne's prose was literary and lovely. Her use of words was wonderful: you could learn lots of new and strange words in here. And most importantly of all, the fact that this book was about a clan of witches totally held me spellbound.However, after the first half of the book, something went terribly wrong. I started to realize what it was: despite the fact that this book was about witches, I saw no detectable signs of witchcraft except for some telepathetic connection. This really disappointed me. Another preposterous thing about this book was that Anne wrote two chapters (I don't know whether there was a third because I gave up reading halfway through the second one), each of which was terribly long and kind of boring even to me, just to account for a character's history. After reading halfway through the second chapter that recount the history, I jumped straight to the last chapter in order to finish the book. Fortunately, the one last redeeming feature of this book was its last chapter: it was a relief to finish a disappointing bookk with a not-so-bad ending chapter.P/S: I honestly think that Anne should take into consideration that a book about witches is supposed to conntain some sort of witchcraft!!!!


This was such an amazing conclusion to the series. Unlike the vampire chronicles she sews it up nice and tight. One of the best side notes to this book is the cross pollination of a very significant character from the vampire chronicles, brilliant, sexy and frightening. A good read to me.


Probably the best way to wrap up this series; meaning the ending is left completely open, and you don't get a real resolution to the story.There's a fascinating back story about the new Taltos character, Asher, which goes back pretty much before the beginning of human history. Mona is still the devastatingly intelligent, beautiful, driven little sociopath that she was in "Lasher". (I think that's the right term for her. It's lucky that she only uses all her charms for good; she's totally not bound by society's rules, and she wants what she wants when she wants it.) I lost a lot of respect for Rowan at the end of "The Witching Hour", and I never really got all of it back here, Michael's forgiveness notwithstanding. The shadowy characters killing people and trying to manipulate things in the back ground get a satisfying comeuppance, even it if felt a little rushed.By the end of the book everything is pretty much set back to normal, until the VERY ending, where you have a development that Rice took almost a decade to resolve


Wow, I really loved this series. I did not want it to end. It's one of those stories that you get so wrapped up in you feel like it's really happening somewhere and you forget that it's only fiction. The reason I gave this book only 4 stars is because I wanted a little more closure at the end. She did end it well and mostly happy, but I feel like she could now write an entirely new series on what inevitably happens after the last sentence. I know that all stories have to end. And it's probably tough for an author to make the call on when it does, but this one I feel could have used one more chapter. This last book was a little bit of a slower read for me, but not much. It was still gripping and full of one adventure after another, but it wasn't so packed with mystery and suspense like the last first two were. I recommend this series. But readers beware, she's a very visual writer ABOUT EVERY SITUATION. Her writing sometimes seems drawn out, but it makes the story that much better to know the history behind the characters.


** spoiler alert ** Here we are there is another Taltos Mr Ash.....he claims to be the st.ashlar. I loved him...i loved the story it took a step back fromt he total immersion into the talamasca story that was hugely explored in Lasher. You learn about the Taltos race and thier tragic end. this is what Lasher worked so hard for. It is shorter than the prevous two books. I enjoyed it very much and by the end i was in tears.


I loved this trilogy so much and the last part doesn't let it down. Rowan and Michael are great characters and the usual southern new Orleans setting works so well for these books. The talamassca is in these more than her Vampire novels and it was great to learn more about the shadowy organisation.Mona Mayfair is another good character and in this book she gets a lot more time as she is central to the storyline. We also find out just who Lasher was, where he came from and the whole history of the Taltos race. It makes for fascinating reading. All your questions from the first two books are answered very well.There are some huge surprises and I love Ash, the century's old Taltos Rowan and Michal find. A brilliant end to the trilogy and there are two good tie ins to the Mayfair Witches in blackwood farm and blood canticle which are her last two Vampire chronicles books. I'd definitely recommend these books.

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