Taltos (Lives of the Mayfair Witches, #3)
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Taltos (Lives of the Mayfair Witches #3)

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The lone member of an ancient species called the Taltos believes he is the last of his kind. When he hears rumors that another Taltos has been seen, he is propelled into the world of the Mayfair witches, a New Orleans dynasty besieged by ghosts, spirits, & their own dizzying powers.

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Published September 19th 1994 by Random House Audio (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
Corinne
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.

A...more
Starling
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...more
Ryan
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Monique
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 ninnies..it 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
Jamie
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...more
Angie
Feb 26, 2014 Angie rated it 5 of 5 stars 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...more
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...more
Erin
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
Leontine
!!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...more
Lisa
Apr 25, 2009 Lisa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: Jade
Shelves: 2009
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...more
Sarah
Well, Anne Rice is definitely committed to her vision.
Kathryn
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...more
Di
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
Cassie
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
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.
Jason
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.
Devin
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 the 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!
Christi
Jan 20, 2009 Christi rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Christi by: mom
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John
Aug 29, 2007 John rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: fans of romance and horror
Shelves: ivereadthis
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.
Mary
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!
Cari
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...more
Solitairerose
By this point, Anne Rice was writing Fan-Fic of her characters, and not quite as good as better fan-fic. She should have stopped with the trilogy and just walked away. Sadly, she wrote a lot more.
Liz
I became kind of obsessed with this whole series. Witching Hour was definitely the best.
Leander Jackie
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...more
Crystal Sechtman
I am really disappointed in this book. It felt so disconnected from the previous two in the series, it was almost like, "why bother?" for me.

The first two books, there's such great story building, its like a big web. You've got all these fascinating witch characters spanning history, this menacing, seductive, unruly spirit Lasher, who does the family's bidding and in many cases is their undoing and you've got this beautiful house as a perfect backdrop. And the whole thing was just continually u...more
Ashley
Read during high school, I don't remember much. However, as the final book in a trilogy it stood alone really well! Currently in the process of reading from the beginning, hopefully it's as good as I remember.

Just started Book 3 (April 8) and I can see why I felt it stood alone well...we start with a new, seemingly random character. Who, originally, confused me, however it's now clear what/who he is and how it will fit into the larger picture.

Far faster paced than the first two books, but keep...more
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 in...more
Erin
This is the third and last book in the Mayfair witches series. I read it back in high school too.

In the third chronicle of the Mayfair Witches, the Talamasca seek to preserve the nearly extinct Taltos race by bringing together a male and female. Their searching catches the attention of an ancient Taltos named Ashlar entwined with Lasher's identity. Ashlar reveals the taltos mythology and lineage and enlists the help of Michael and Rowan in his battle againsst evil. Ashlar longs to make right th...more
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