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Taltos (Lives of the Mayfair Witches #3)

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  42,628 Ratings  ·  545 Reviews
--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
Mass Market Paperback, 556 pages
Published March 31st 1996 by Ballantine Books (first published 1994)
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mark monday
Apr 21, 2011 mark monday rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: secret-histories
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
Apr 07, 2011 Jamie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
11811 (Eleven)
Rice remembered all the detail but forgot to throw in some story to go with it. First two books were great. Maintain a safe distance from this one.
Phillip Longman
Oct 02, 2013 Phillip Longman rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 28, 2012 Corinne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Feb 26, 2014 Angie rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Alex Ronk
May 11, 2014 Alex Ronk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
Y por fin termine la serie de las brujas de Mayfair *-* me tarde un poco pero valió la pena y después de leer éste me quedo sin duda con La Voz del Diablo. sobre todo porque Lasher me agrado bastante y porque aún se enfocaba más en la historia y vida de la familia, en cambio en éste es más sobre los Taltos y hay momentos que resultan un poco tediosos :S

Sin duda les recomiendo leerlos en orden ya que de lo contrario resultaría muy confuso seguir el hilo de los sucesos, a pesar de que el primero e
Emily Crow
Feb 23, 2016 Emily Crow rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-hated, horror
So, I am writing this review many, many years after the fact. This was my third Anne Rice novel after The Witching Hour (which I loved) and Lasher, which was OK. And along comes this book? I just couldn't get into it. It was so horrible, squicky and stupid. In fact, my best memory of it was the woman at the laundry in Georgia who saw me reading it and warned me not to delve into books like this, they would only wreak havoc with my soul. If only she knew how prescient that comment was! Just not i ...more
Aug 30, 2010 Starling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, paranormal
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
Jan 02, 2009 Ryan rated it really liked it
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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
Jan 27, 2015 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sabrina Rutter
Apr 11, 2015 Sabrina Rutter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, favorites
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
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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.
Nov 20, 2014 Devin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
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
Ale Rivero
Oct 12, 2016 Ale Rivero rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, casi que había olvidado el talento de Rice para crear historias tan complejas.
Esta es la tercera entrega de la historia de las brujas Mayfair, aquí realmente vemos el origen de la magia y el poder, al menos en cierto sentido, por parte de los taltos, que considero que son unos seres que hay que descubrir leyendo sobre ellos.
Rowan y Michael se vuelven los protagonistas de esta entrega, lo que se justifica enormemente por los acontecimientos finales de "La voz del diablo", su relación es má
Vold Kira
Apr 06, 2015 Vold Kira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 13, 2014 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
Well, Anne Rice is definitely committed to her vision.
Danielle Miceli
Oct 07, 2015 Danielle Miceli rated it it was amazing
I was almost considering not reading this book--not because I didn't enjoy the 2 earlier installments of the Mayfair Chronicles, but because they were just so....meandering. I often had to force myself to work through the denser, long-winded descriptions and too-drawn-out, chapters-spanning monologues of characters recounting every last detail of their backstories that Rice seems to be quite fond of. But I pushed through for my love of her expertly-crafted characters and spellbinding world.

So I
Dorian de Jandreau
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 l
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.
Apr 13, 2014 Cassie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 28, 2009 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 25, 2009 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: Jade
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!
Jul 18, 2016 Liontinx rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Muy decepcionante. Me parecía una saga muy interesante, la historia de las brujas, las distintas generaciones... y ahora de repente lo único importante es la historia de los Taltos, bastante absurda y contradictoria e innecesariamente larga y profusa en detalles (no me gusta que explique todo con tantas aclaraciones). Las brujas ya no importan, parece que lo único relevante sobre ellas era la superhélice esa que podía dar lugar a un Taltos.

Una pena que haya acabado así la trilogía.
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
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