Merrick (The Vampire Chronicles, #7)
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Merrick (The Vampire Chronicles #7)

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  27,763 ratings  ·  370 reviews
In her mesmerizing new novel, the author of The Vampire Chronicles and the saga of the Mayfair Witches demonstrates once again her gift for spellbinding storytelling and the creation of myth and magic. Here, in a magnificent tale of sorcery and the occult, she makes real for us a hitherto unexplored world of witchcraft.

At the center is the beautiful, unconquerable witch Me...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 307 pages
Published October 17th 2000 by Borzoi (first published 2000)
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J.
OMFG this one was so good. It was a breath of fresh air from the usually Victorian or New Orleans settings of her other novels. We get to go to the jungle AND we get so see some ghost shit through a jade mask? Are you friggin' kidding me, that's awesome! I'm glad Rice finally touched on a non-caucasian character, because her character lineup thus far seemed whiter than milk.

Read this.
Seriously.
I am not even joking.
Don't make me cut you.
Kidding. [Not kidding]
Wendie Collins
There are two books in the vampire series I hold higher than the others; Merrick and Queen of the Damned. The story of Merrick and David is a great addition and brings David alive as one of the vampire family. What a wonderful addition to the family we get in Merrick as well. She is so seductive and intense. I love the idea of her and hope that she appears again in future books. I also love the story of David in this book. Davids mortal years are explained in this story and his history with the...more
Gregory Spiker
Disappointing, truly. First, almost nothing actually happens within the present timeline in which the book is written. It's a string of stories told over a glass of rum. As a result, it reads like a "best-of clips" episode of a sit com (and is about as interesting).

You get to hear all about Oncle Vervain, Cold Sandra, Great Nannane, and Oncle Julien. This could have been interesting, but because Rice never managed to make me care about any of these characters before plunging into these droning s...more
Stephanie Orban
It's definitely not one of Rice's best and in hindsight, it's even a toss-up as to why this book was written, other than more royalties for Rice, because it doesn't add anything valuable to the overall plot of the Vampire Chronicles. Much of the book delves into reminiscing about the past and the last three hundred pages or so, it finally tried to lurch into action and falls flat on its face, like a flan in a cupboard.

You don't feel for the main characters either - all of the known characters ac...more
Draven
After the first 3 books in the Vampire Chronicles, Merrick is the next dearest tale to my heart. Tying together her beloved vampires and beloved witches, producing such a gorgeous, full and sensuous story. To see my Louis again, to watch his doomed love affair with Merrick unfold was absolutely exquisite! I tore through this book, I was so voracious in my adoration. An all-time favorite, for sure!
Marie
It was SO exciting to hear that the vampires and the witches were going to come together...then nothing. A quick paragraph about how Merrick never knew the rest of the Mayfairs and then la la la. Written for an audience she assumed hadn't bothered with the witch trilogy, which was such a cop out.
Yani
Aviso: es el séptimo libro de la saga. Si no lo leyeron, huyan de la reseña porque cierta información podría tomarse como spoiler.

Me gustó tan poco que mis ganas de hablar del libro son mínimas, pero creo que es necesario hacer un esfuerzo para explicar por qué al inicio esto parecía ir por buen camino y después... la nada. Merrick propone un narrador más fresco, un personaje nuevo e intenta iluminar algunas cuestiones que se abrieron en libros anteriores. El intento de innovación es bueno,...more
Jediraven
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Al
In her mesmerizing new novel, the author of The Vampire Chronicles and the saga of the Mayfair Witches demonstrates once again her gift for spellbinding storytelling and the creation of myth and magic. Here, in a magnificent tale of sorcery and the occult, she makes real for us a hitherto unexplored world of witchcraft. At the center is the beautiful, unconquerable witch Merrick. She is a descendant of the gens de couleur libres, a society of New Orleans octoroons and quadroons steeped in the lo...more
Kevin Redmond
This book was of the same high caliber I've come to expect of the series. It is well constructed and I've grown quite fond of Ms. Rice's writing style. This novel brings the reader to a closer knowledge of David, and through David to the new character of Merrick (obviously). Both are welcome additions to the series, I think. Unfortunately... I feel kind of bad for Louis as a character, and by that I mean I feel bad for the character because I grew to like him even less in this installment. I alw...more
Andrew
Not a terrible book but not a terribly good one neither...to be honest since Memnoch the Devil with it's paradise lost type stylings the series seems to have lazily become embroiled in origins and back stories to circumstance rather than moving apace as say books such as Queen of the Damned or the tale of the body thief did.
I haven't read any of the Mayfair Witches saga to be honest and maybe i may view this book as more essential if I had that grounding as this is the book that marrys Rices two...more
Fangs for the Fantasy
At Louis’ request David gets back in touch with Merrick Mayfair, a powerful witch and member of the Talamasca. He has known her since she joined the order as a child and knows her long, powerful and often frightening history.

But that history may be why she can do what Louis needs and call on Claudia’s ghost to confirm for him whether the child vampire has reached a peaceful afterlife or suffers as a ghost. And David’s connection to Merrick may be why she’d want to do it.

Though Merrick may be pla...more
Duncan Mandel
EDITORIAL REVIEW: At the center is the beautiful, unconquerable witch, Merrick. She is a descendant of the gens de colors libres, a cast derived from the black mistresses of white men, a society of New Orleans octaroons and quadroons, steeped in the lore and ceremony of voodoo, who reign in the shadowy world where the African and the French--the white and the dark--intermingle. Her ancestors are the Great Mayfair Witches, of whom she knows nothing--and from whom she inherits the power and magica...more
Cynthia Hudson
In typical Anne Rice fashion, the story grabbed me from page 1. She combines some of the characters and story-lines of both the Mayfair Witches and Vampire Chronicles into one delicious tale that I simply could not put down once I started it. I finished it way too soon (as is the case with most books I love) and I cannot wait to start the next book in the series, Blackwood Farm.

Anne Rice's enduring love for her characters and for the city of New Orleans comes shining through as always.
Ariana Browning
I always love any book I read from Anne Rice. I read this one expecting it to follow along with the Mayfair Witches. Being that Merrick IS from the Mayfair family. This is based more on the Lestat and Louis storyline it seems, with Merrick as a main feature. Sort of a convergence. The first-person POV I had to get used to. Whenever I read it long enough though, I found myself getting lost in the lyrical quality of the writing, as Anne Rice is great at. This is a great book to read maybe after yo...more
Jason
This is the novel, where Anne tries to bridge the gap between the Mayfair witches and her vampires. I have to admit...this was not my favorite novel of the series so far. Don't misunderstand me when I state that. It was not a bad book.

We follow Lestat and crew on a trip, doing what vampires do. Suddenly there is a witch following them that from the beginning that I had suspicions about.

-She knows one the group.
-Claudia plays a role not only in the early story, but with Louis. I cannot help bu...more
Judah
Definitely two stars/"it was ok." I just returned to Rice after having taken a break from her since about 2000/2001 or so, and thought I'd finish up the Vampire Chronicles. While I don't feel like I wasted my time in reading this one, it didn't make me regret having set Rice aside way back when. Some fun aspects, some that seemed unnecessary. Basically the whole book is a set-up to introduce Merrick.
Mary Marmalady
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Amanda
This is the worst book by Anne Rice I ever read, aside from her latest stuff, I mean. It was so boring. The first two hundred pages were just going on and on about boring, unrelated crap.
Angel
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Caroline
This was my last attempt at Anne Rice's vampire novels, and after this I broke up with them completely. I was not at all impressed.
arthael
I don't like it at all. This is by far the worst book in the VC series.
Laura
Great book, I love it
Justin Longino
This is book number 7 in the vampire chronicles. What started to be a slow start ended with a big bang. I kept waiting for when the tables would turn and it did with the flick of a page.

Merrick Mayfair is a witch. The best and what could be the best of her kind. She is a direct decendant of the Mayfair clan. It is not established the direct ancestory of where she came from. She did inherit the genes to be a forece to be reckoned with. She is daughter of cold sandra and sister to honey of the sun...more
Kellie
Hmn. On the one hand, I think the writing, the prose itself, in Merrick is a return to form. Rice is known for her insanely purple prose, and I think it works in this one as it did in Interview. I didn't cringe at the writing as I did through Armand. Merrick's flow felt natural and lush. Perfect Rice. I also love the framing plot, with Louis and David approaching a witch to help raise Claudia' ghost. I didn't even mind that 90% of the book was Merrick's backstory that you might or might not care...more
Jennifer
I would love to work for the Talamasca; if you’re out there – I’m ready to be recruited!

I hoped for more from Merrick herself; especially since her precocious childhood showed a fascinating character. However, most of her character development (or lack thereof) was through the perspective of David Talbot (and Louis) gushing over her. It’s not as much about Merrick as it is about David’s relationship and view of her cleavage. Also, she’s not part of the Mayfair line in the Witches novels; instea...more
Pants
I simply didn’t care, which surprised me because I’ve always had a soft spot for Louis, and this was about him and his reunion with Claudia. Or was it? In the end, Louis’ plight was only an excuse to introduce Merrick and for David to spend half the book reminiscing about her. This would’ve been tolerable if David hadn’t gone on about his attraction to the “exotic,” including Merrick herself, and been so heavy handed with the prose.

Aside from Louis getting his bit of closure with Claudia, I don’...more
Caitlin
This book comes after the main Anne Rice series (Interview With the Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, The Queen of the Damned, and The Tale of the Body Thief) and after a few of the "following" books, and mixes the The Witching Hour series with the vampires.

This is an okay book but nothing really interesting happens in it and it felt like it was mainly made to make money.
Lisa
Dec 01, 2009 Lisa rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: Jade
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Jane
I thoroughly enjoyed this book on its base value of a satisfying Anne Rice vampire story crossed with the ever intriguing Mayfair witch clan.



I thought that this book was beautifully written as are all the Rice books that I have read and it left me with an appetite to keep reading the novel.



That being said however the main plot for the story (regarding the Claudia séance) is rather short and is bulked out only with the character David Talbot's memories of Merrick throughout her career in the Tala...more
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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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