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Taltos (Lives of the Mayfair Witches #3)

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Его имя Эшлер. Он Талтос — один из немногих, кто уцелел после великой катастрофы. Вот уже много столетий он бродит по свету в надежде встретить своих соплеменников и возродить древний народ, вождем которого когда-то был.

Встреча с Роуан и Моной — двумя могущественными ведьмами из семейства Мэйфейр — заставляет его воскресить в памяти полную трагедий и тайн историю Талтосов
Hardcover, 736 pages
Published 2009 by ИД: Домино (first published 1994)
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mark monday
this character "Ashlar" just up and jizzes all over the faces of the preceding novels in the series, except that it is not hot, not hot at all. The Witching Hour was a fascinatingly cracked historical-family saga and Lasher, although a much lesser work, was a disturbingly oedipal psychodrama. Taltos is like a big bucket of spooge, just silly and disgusting and entirely unappealing to even contemplate. ugh, thanks a lot Rice for ruining a perfectly good series! almost as criminal is the increasin ...more
It took me a while to get around to this third installment of Rice's Mayfair trilogy. I started it a while back and realized I couldn't quite handle it yet so I moved on to other things for a while then came back and was able to finish it. There's just something about this story, from beginning to end (1st book to 3rd book) that has gotten under my skin. It's one of those stories I won't soon forget... beautifully written yet intensely disturbing. The perfect formula for an unforgettable tale.

If you've already been sucked into the Mayfair trilogy, you're going to have to read this book. I'm sorry. It's not good.

Really though, this series is worth finishing, even if you LOL your way through the last book because it's so freaking ridiculous. There is a good explanation for what Lasher is, and how he came to be involved with the Mayfairs, and what the Talamasca knows about it; you're going to want to know this stuff.

Unfortunately, the characters (particularly the family members) have
Feb 26, 2014 Angie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: witches and magic or any Anne rice fans
Recommended to Angie by: no one
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 th
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.
This is the final book in the original trilogy. I've found two others with Mayfair Witch characters but they are mixed up with the Vampires in those two books, and I'm not sure I really want to deal with either of them.

We finally get to know a real Taltos in this book. One who was around when disaster struck this not-quite-human species. They are normally a separate species, but even though Ash doesn't remember a time when the two species were a single one, they have to have been one at some tim
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Just finished this last book and must say am mildly disappointed--it leaves you hanging, drags you on for at least a hundred pages with this confusing stream of consciousness memory trail and confuses you by turning your favorite characters into dependent mindless is crazy to meet Mona and love her headstrong mind and mischeviousness and then see her become doting and helpless after a strange experience..What can I say I loved the premise, thought most of the chararcters were okay (h ...more
3.5 stars usually it's the middle book in a trilogy that I would give the lesser rating to but in this case taltos was my least fav of Mayfair witches
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The 3rd book was much better than the 2nd, but left me saddened that the story is over. I did not care for the abrupt ending to the trilogy. Even one or two more chapters would have sufficed... only they do not exist.

Having waited so long to finish the series I am only disappointed. What happens to the family? The Taltos? Everyone? Too many questions are to go forever unanswered!
I loved the first book of this series. The second book was okay, but the third was boring. Nothing actually happens. I was so very disappointed about the fact that Lasher wasn't actually a ghost, but some kind of weird species wanting to be brought back to life.

And, this trilogy is supposed to be about the Mayfair witches, but they aren't very present in this book. Rowan now feels very uni-dimensional, very flat and quite boring. All Michael does is follow her around like some kind of lost pupp
S.L. 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
!!Warning; Can contian spoilers if you haven't read The Witching Hour and Lasher!!

Taltos is the story which birthed the journey of Lasher and the Mayfairs taken in The Witching Hour and Lasher. Yet it also furthers the relationship development between Michael Curry and Rowan Mayfair. After all the tumultuous events in Lasher I tumbled in to a story that I found very bittersweet to read at times. There are more troubles ahead for the Mayfairs. Characters who I had to say goodbye to and more histo
✟Sabrina Rutter✟
Every time I read an Anne Rice novel I come away from it feeling as though for a while I were peeking into another world, a world I would very much so like to exist in. Knowing my luck even if I did exist in this world she's created I'd never happen upon one of these amazing creatures, and so I'd still never be the wiser or I'd become a part of a short tragic scene. Taltos is another example of Anne's amazing skill as a writer, and master story teller. Her words are the paintbrush while your min ...more
Vold Kira
No me gustó especialmente la forma en que Rice terminó su trilogía de las Brujas Mayfair, uniendo apresuradamente los hilos de una trama que fue deshilvanándose desde el segundo tomo, y no en buena manera.
Creo recordar que en Cántico de Sangre hacen mención a los Taltos e incluso aparecen, pero el libro fue tan aburrido y extraño que ya no recuerdo. Tendré que releerlos.
Al final ni Rowan ni Michael son los protagonistas de la historia, como lo.fueron en La Hora. Es un poco frustrante ver cómo l
Well, Anne Rice is definitely committed to her vision.
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 t ...more
Culmination of the Mayfair Witches' trilogy, this sometimes feels as though it's an entirely separate book as much of it is concerned with the relating of Ashlar's tale, which is a delicious mix of history with myths and legends, all imbued with the inevitable sadness that comes from having lived a centuries-long life.

The events concerning the Mayfair's (other than Rowan and Michael, who simply listen to Ashlar for the most part) and the reclamation of the Talamasca are relegated to the sideline
I read this series first so long ago I can't remember but the one thing I do know is that the story has stuck with me for at least 20 years. I've re-read it once or twice since then and I still enjoy it.
I'm surprised at all the negative reviews here. Some people cite how "biologically and medically impossible" this story was as a reason to dislike it. HELLO!! It wasn't written to be anything other than supernatural. People's uppity attitudes kill me sometimes. Save it for the Science Journal!
Tim Weakley
Really, why did this book need to be written? It has very little to do with the first two books of this "trilogy". They stood alone in terms of story, and Taltos adds nothing but an unrelated story line. I hate how Rice disposes of the character of Aaron Lightner. For such key person in the first two books she really just erases him from the page. The entire book droned on like a third rate spy novel with the usual huge flashback from that point.
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
Triet Pham
I gave this book 2 stars because of three reasons:
1. the book's enthralling opening
2. it's extensive vocabulary
3. 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.
Cody Ray
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Lisa Blondin
A disappointing end to the Mayfair witch trilogy.

Starting with the best part, the end. It had to end as if did. All Rowan and Michael did in Lasher needed to be for nothing. It was perfect in its darkness and dispair. The problem is how Rice got there.

First, the evil off shoot of the Talamasca. Way too much. Too distracting from the real story. Too unbelievable. Not to mention that Aaron's death doesn't serve to advance the plot.

Second, Mary Jane and Mona. The two genius witches come off as idio
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 bou
This one left a bad aftertaste. I guess I was expecting the same enthralling narrative qualities of Witching Hour, and did not find them anywhere. It's like Rice almost completely forgot about the Mayfair witches and focused her attention in the origins of this Taltos species, which was ok I guess, except that I was reading the books about the lives of the Mayfair witches? And in having a book just to explain the origin of Taltos was a little bit boring. The chapters of Ashlar's story were an ag ...more
Carl Alves
In Taltos, the sequel in the Mayfair Witches series, when Michael Curry and Rowan Mayfair have an offspring, because of an chromosomal abnormality, their offspring is Lasher, an ancient superhuman creature known as a taltos. In this often times ridiculous, sometimes hard to read novel, Michael Curry now has a child with Rowan’s 13 year old niece, Mona (can someone say statuatory rape). Apparently Anne Rice doesn’t think this is a big deal since Mona is a witch. Meanwhile, the secret order of the ...more
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 w ...more
Yet another read from long, long ago. It was good but I remember not caring for the story in a whole. Mona with her baby and sweet milky breast was creepy. Rowan and Michael powering through their problems didn't much matter either. The history of the immortal specie was loathsome at best. Only Blood Canticle and Blackwood Farms were more unnecessary stories. 3/5 stars because it was still an Anne Rice novel, even if it was pointless.
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