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Lasher (Lives of the Mayfair Witches #2)

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  49,224 Ratings  ·  761 Reviews
At the center of Anne Rice's brilliant new novel, the beautiful Rowan Mayfair, queen of the coven, must flee from the darkly brutal yet irresistible demon known as Lasher. With a dreamlike power, this wickedly seductive entity draws us through twilight paths, telling a chillingly hypnotic tale of spiritual aspirations and passion ...
Mass Market Paperback, 628 pages
Published August 1st 1995 by Random House Inc (first published 1993)
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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, witches).

Lasher 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 a.s.a.p. in order to complete this whole er...journey.

Lasher is a Taltos, which is an almost extinct super-human race who l
Colleen Reynolds
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 quite 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 Queen of the Dam ...more
Nov 09, 2011 Joey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book kind 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 consequence, as I read it as a young adult too, though I do not believe I ever finished it.

Imagine my surprise when I re-read it and found Lash
Penelope Douglas
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!
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 ...more
Jul 31, 2011 Leontine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

!!WARNING!! This review can contain spoilers if you haven'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 dis
I'm a huge fan of Anne Rice, and loved The Witching 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. I love Rice's detailed 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 Y ...more
Lucy Smith
Mar 26, 2013 Lucy Smith rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 knew I would hate it, as some sort of psychological test of endurance. I have never forgiven him for this.

If you think t
11811 (Eleven)
Aug 07, 2016 11811 (Eleven) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite demon next to Captain Howdy. Looking forward to book three.
My hatred of this book knows no bounds.
Aug 20, 2008 Wendy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OK.. WEIRD, story line is unlike anything I've ever read. But I loved it! The story was so unusual, had me eager to turn the page. Not for the faint of heart, but entertainment value truly high up on the scale.
Feb 13, 2014 Navessa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Mar 03, 2010 Gabriel rated it really liked it
Within the first hundred pages, you know if you are willing to read the rest of this book. You know that you have entered a whole new realm, one that is much removed from the characters and love and themes and hopes of The Witching Hour. Within those hundred pages, you begin to feel the darkness seeping out of each printed word, flowing over your hands and onto your lap. Whether you embrace this change or not determines whether you finish this book or not.

I gave it a chance.

I allowed the author
Feb 07, 2008 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this in highschool also. It is book 2 in the Mayfair witches series.

The Talamasca, documenters of paranormal activity, is on the hunt for the newly born Lasher. Mayfair women are dying from hemorrhages and a strange genetic anomaly has been found in Rowan and Michael. Lasher, born from Rowan, is another species altogether and now in the corporeal body, represents an incalcuable threat to the Mayfairs. Rowan and Lasher travel together to Houston and she becomes pregnant with another creat
Ginger *Protégée extraordinaire and Kool-Aid mixer*
Oh Anne, I wanted to love your Mayfair witches so very much but I just can't.

We pick up right where The Witching Hour left us. Running after Rowan and piecing together an extencive family history from every possible angle.

On and on we trudge, listening to Julian then Little Mona even Lasher himself. So many stories about the same events from different points of view.

I almost shelved this as DNF when reading about Mona. I didn't finnish Lolita because I don't like reading about pre teen (yes she
Apr 17, 2009 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Becky
Recommended to Lisa by: Jade
Utterly mesmerising from start to finish (to the point that I actually took a day off work just to read it!), and brings yet more depth and complexity to the series than I previously thought possible.

The writing is absolutely spellbinding, and never more so than throughout the stories recounted by Julien and Lasher - both two characters whom I had previously thought of as unsympathetic, depraved and sinister, though seductive (when seen through the file on the witches compiled by the Talamasca i
Oct 08, 2012 Michelle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
The beginning of this novel left me with some confusion over how much time had passed since the end of The Witching Hour. Lasher does in fact pickup right were The Witching Hour ends. This confusion originated because one minor character in the first book was continually referred to as a "little girl"; However in the second book she plays a bigger role and is a teenager. After the first few chapters it became clear why the initial thoughts were of a little girl in the first book. I will let you ...more
Mar 15, 2011 Kathryn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, horror
In my opinion this was the weakest book in the series. I HATED Lasher, the immortal idiot who never seems to learn, or care, about his mistakes. And I was still so mad about what Rowan did at the end of the first book that I found it hard to sympathise with what Lasher puts her through (Hard, but not impossible. Rowan has it ROUGH through most of this book). Mona is an odd character, fun to read but difficult for me to like since she skates the fine edge between precocious free-spirit and self-e ...more
Jun 19, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second in the series of Mayfair Witches, this is another solid offering from Gothic Mistress Anne Rice. There are many characters and personalities that make up the charismatic and trouble Mayfair family - sometimes too many to keep them all straight, but each of the family members is fully fleshed out - there are no throw-aways. A chilling, terrifying and at times erotic tale of the lust for revenge, power, and above all - love.
Daniel Osborn
Jun 18, 2011 Daniel Osborn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can't I say about Anne Rice. Another great novel. This is the second book in the Witching Hour series. We now get more indepth detail into the spirit known as Lasher.

The first book Witching Hour leaves off on christmas day when Michael and Rowan Mayfair gets married. The demon Lasher runs off with Rowan. Lasher is wanting to interbreed between the family of witches so that he can become stronger and become flesh. He breeds on Rowan and they both have a child.

The first part of this book is
Sabrina Rutter
Jan 31, 2015 Sabrina Rutter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, favorites
I had meant to review this book right after I finished reading it but didn't have a chance to because I've been so busy, and of course I'm already well into the next book Taltos! I love the Mayfair Witches, and am really excited to get to the next book which will tie The Vampire Chronicles and this series together!!! Two of my favorite series in one book, this is going to be amazing!!! Unlike most people I didn't read these books years ago when they first came out so this is all new to me, and I ...more
Elizabeth Lehto
Feb 21, 2011 Elizabeth Lehto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
After reading the Witching Hour, I was prepared to be highly let down by this book. I was pleasantly surprised after I got through the first few chapters and found it hard to put the book down.
Some sections of the book I found more exciting than others. Like the Witching Hour, there was several sections of background. While interesting at times, I feel that some of the description was needlessly long. This was especially true when it came to Lasher's story, it felt like the background descripti
Stephany G
After getting through the history lesson in the first book I was ready for this one to really speed things up which didn't really happen until the end. This book drags. Again, too much useless detail. You follow a character who acts nowhere close to normal while she is in a love hate relationship with this thing. I am figuring out that the action happens at the end of Anne Rice books and the rest is just a long slow filler. These books aren't just interesting enough to me to read straight throug ...more
Dorian de Jandreau
An incredible masterpiece as always. A stunning story you cannot put down so easily. I loved every single page of this book. It took me into it's own world and locked forever. It's hard to write this review since I just finished reading and my feelings are still fresh. It is incredible talent to create such thrilling story.
What else can I say? It made me think of many things in life: life, death, birth, love, hate... It inspired me a lot.
Nikki Moorehead
Mar 21, 2016 Nikki Moorehead rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much better than book one. Still took me like a month to read. I don't know why these books take me forever! I would recommend this series if you have a lot of time on your hands.
So that happened. Obviously after reading the first book, I have to finish the series. And, like with the first book, I'm completely torn about how I feel. On one hand there are good things- there is a sense of urgency in this book that keeps it going, the history of Julien adds another dimension to the family story, the lies about Lasher's personal history start to come clear, and I enjoyed that we had chapters told from different characters points of view.

But then the bad things- Lasher is a c
Actual Rating: 2.5

I first read this book about 14 years ago and remember loving it. However, I was a little disappointed the second time around. The first book in the series was so strong and detailed and amazing and this book was, I hate to say it, a little boring.

The story dragged for the first half and the explanations (i.e., Lasher, Little People, Taltos) was all rather silly and not at all convincing. I will definitely read the third and final book in the series as I typically love anythin
Lasher is the second book in the Mayfair series, and was something of a let down to me. The previous book was such a Goliath, that this book seems to be tiny in comparison.

Rowan is queen of the coven, and her female relatives are dying all around her due to a cerebral hemorrhages, and Rowan and Michael have discovered that they have genetic abnormalities. Rowan gives birth to Lasher, and has a body of his own now, and is a serious threat to the Mayfair women.

Rowan travels to Houston, and becomes
Jan 10, 2008 veronica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those with strong stomachs
I hated this book. I gave it 3 stars in reverence of it being the sequel to "The Witching Hour" which I loved. I'm not generally a squeamish reader, but this one took it too far. The overwhelming and almost venerated abundance of incest and borderline pedophilia, the incredibly disturbing attitude toward rape, the lack of interest in coherence in plot... these all added up to a huge mess that I couldn't wait to put down. Rowan and Lasher explore their complicated relationship through a series of ...more
Anne Rice certainly took her liberties with LASHER by including incest into the clan of the Mayfair Witches. But I wasn't prudish enough to NOT read or dismiss this very common happening thoughout because it is very real in our own 'real world history.'

If you want a warm, mushy family story then LASHER is not for you. Lasher is a demon spirit who preys on female Mayfairs in his attempt to procreate. Rowan Mayfair, queen of the coven who has borne Lasher's child, has now disappeared. This is wher
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Anne Rice (born Howard Allen Frances O'Brien) is a best-selling American author of gothic, supernatural, historical, erotica, and later religious themed books. Best known for The Vampire Chronicles, her prevailing thematical focus is on love, death, immortality, existentialism, and the human condition. She was married to poet Stan Rice for 41 years until his death in 2002. Her books have sold near ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Lives of the Mayfair Witches (6 books)
  • The Witching Hour (Lives of the Mayfair Witches, #1)
  • Taltos (Lives of the Mayfair Witches, #3)
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