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Merrick (The Vampire Chronicles #7)

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  32,765 Ratings  ·  459 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
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Hardcover, First Edition, 307 pages
Published October 17th 2000 by Alfred A. Knopf / Borzoi Book
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Darth 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]
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
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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
Michelle Bacon
I really wanted to like this book more than I did, and I really wanted to give this book 4 stars instead of 3. I just couldn't find it in my heart to give it that high of a rating.
creep - factor gets an A. raising the dead from a spot of blood, severed limbs, burnt flesh, and the revival of life from being burned is all pretty creepy. there's a good amount in here.
Anne Rice ' s witches: an A- here. I love Anne's witch chronicles and the further development of Merrick was great, but the magic of
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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
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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
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Draven
Feb 22, 2012 Draven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 05, 2011 Marie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sabrina Rutter
Apr 26, 2015 Sabrina Rutter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, favorites, kindle
In this book the Mayfair witches, and the Vampires come together at last through Merrick a very powerful witch. This is fast paced, and I love that we get to spend a little bit of time with Louis whom I love so much! This truly is a great read!
Rachel Joy
I'd give this book 2.5 stars if that were possible, so I'm being generous with 3 stars. I'm reading the Vampire Chronicles because a good friend gave me Prince Lestat as a present and I feel an obligation to the characters and the ongoing story to read them all before reading that. I am beginning to wonder if my sense of obligation is misplaced.

The first 200 pages were boring. Never thought I'd say that about an Anne Rice novel, but they were. Then the action finally, finally picks up and we've
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SivanNava
Here is an attempt made by Anne Rice to merge two themes into one: vampires and witches. In theory, forming a blended story in order to draw readers into a new series is a grand idea, but if only the application were worthy. Let's face it, no matter what hocus pocus Merrick has in her back pocket, with all her rich familial history, voodoo, jungle masks- can anything come close to the horror and mystery of the vampire? The pages which starred Louis and Lestat were few and left me thirsty for mor ...more
Louise Colclough
Nobody writes the myth of the vampire better than Anne Rice...

Aspects of this book are truly beautiful but I have one criticism of the writing which I have never come across in any of her other novels. I found myself having to re-read the occasional sentence two or three times before it made sense. For example she would put a word at the end of the sentence and then it didn't make sense whereas if it had been placed elsewhere it would have been fine. Also I think she found a new favourite word w
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Kellie
Jun 22, 2014 Kellie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Al
Feb 07, 2013 Al rated it really liked it
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
Oct 18, 2012 Kevin Redmond rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kim Iverson
Apr 21, 2014 Kim Iverson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Andrew
Aug 13, 2010 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, fantasy
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
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Cynthia Hudson
Apr 10, 2013 Cynthia Hudson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Miquel Reina
From the Saga of The Vampire's Chronicles, I was still pending to read Merrick, Vittorio and the Vampire Armand so I decided to start by Merrick. One of the reasons was that I wanted to read Rice in its purest style again because I was very disappointed when I read "The Prince Lestat," her latest novel.
Although this, Merrick is still different from the rest of the saga of Vampire's Chronicles novels. The main character is a witch and therefore, the book is a mix of the known world of vampires an
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Ray Campbell
Nov 23, 2015 Ray Campbell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
This is the first encounter with the Mayfair witched in the Vampire Chronicles. David Talbot tells the tale of his love for Merrick, their journey to the jungle and the raising of Claudia from the dead for the sake of Louis. Unlike the last two installments, this edition does not dwell on the meaning of life. It is slow and plodding, but atmospheric and mysterious. Merrick is a New Orleans Voodoo witch - not the Anglo cauldron stirring stereotype. Merrick is a mocha colored, creole girl from a f ...more
Yani
Jul 15, 2014 Yani rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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,
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Jediraven
Apr 27, 2011 Jediraven rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Kathleen
Jun 22, 2013 Kathleen rated it it was ok
Shelves: average-joes
Well, another day done, another Anne Rice book finished at midnight. In all honesty, reading this book for me was like pulling out 4 of my teeth (and yes, I've had that done, baby teeth, but still). I tried to read this book earlier this year and only got a quarter into it before I threw it down in sheer boredom. If you would prefer to read the Bible instead of a vampire book, you can't give it more than two stars. Not that I spent the whole afternoon reading the Bible, that would be weird. Not ...more
Natalie
Oct 19, 2014 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read the Mayfair Witches yet, but very much want to now. Since the vampires are swiftly becoming more and more godlike, it is enjoyable to see them face the confusion of the occult, which seems to operate under different rules and is barely understood even by those proficient in its invocation. There are still things unknown and potentially horrible, even to near-immortal bloodsuckers. Operating partly in the human realm, including David's human memories from long ago, this is also lig ...more
Sh3lly the Dorky DNFer ✨ Bring on the Weird ✨
I think this is when the author started bringing the Mayfair witches into the vampire chronicles. I recall liking this, but not exactly how much. haha - I plan to re-read, so will add more at that time.
Cassandra Paffrath
Beautifully Written!

There is something mesmerizing about any book written by Anne Rice. I have read many of her books over the years and I've always loved her style of writing. This book takes off with a wonderful and supernatural tale that spans thru Mayan jungles, ancient artifacts, witchcraft, Egyptian ancestors and plenty of vivid estates in New Orleans. Told from the viewpoint of David Talbot, longtime Talamasca member who has recently undergone a life changing transformation and must visi
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Zenling
Oct 29, 2014 Zenling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good book if you want some background about the origins of the witch family in "The Witching Hour". Is the history of one of his members but appart of the family. It resolves one part of Louis existential dilemma but it doesn't avance a new story or events in the vampire chronicles. It open a possibility of conflict between Talamaska and Lestat but have to see if that will be in the other books. It seems more pasive voice and had enphasis in past more than in the present in the most part of th ...more
Tamcamry
Mar 02, 2010 Tamcamry rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
• This book was another in the almost formulaic vampire novels Anne Rice has done. A different character is introduced. There’s all sorts of intrigue involving this character. All the vampires involved swear up and down that they would never do harm to the new character, and that more than anything they would never give the Dark Gift to the new character. Then somehow, some treachery happens, and the new character becomes a vampire. I understand that Rice wants to connect the two major sagas she ...more
Stephanie
Dec 30, 2014 Stephanie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I'm pretty sure I had this book in my possession since I was 14. For some reason I want to say 17, but no. Either way I had this book for a very long time, and it bothered me that I didn't read it and get it over with until now. The last part of that sentence is harsh, but it is true.

I made my dad buy me this book way before there was goodreads, way before I knew how to search for reviews, way before I read Interview with the Vampire . . . Let's just say that I picked this book at random and hop
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Jason
Feb 06, 2014 Jason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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The Vampire Chronicles (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • Pandora (New Tales of the Vampires, #1)
  • Vittorio, The Vampire (New Tales of the Vampires, #2)
  • Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1)
  • The Vampire Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles, #2)
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