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Merrick (The Vampire Chronicles #7)

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  34,599 Ratings  ·  507 Reviews
La septima entrega de las Cronicas Vampiricas nos presenta la historia de Merrick, una bellisima descendiente de les gens de couleur libres, una casta orientada a las practicas del vudu y surgida en Nueva Orleans del mestizaje entre las mujeres africanas y los colonizadores franceses. La joven ignora que ha heredado los extraordinarios poderes que dieron fama a sus anteces ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 458 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by Ediciones B (first published October 17th 2000)
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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.
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
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
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
Aug 28, 2011 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!
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
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
Sabrina Rutter
Apr 11, 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!
Soukyan Blackwood
Mar 04, 2017 Soukyan Blackwood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The rest is at [ NMR ]: So far I didn't know Anne to be able to refrain from describing countless of art pieces her characters encounter in Vampire Chronicles, but here it is. Merrick is a fairly easy read in many a sense. Maybe it is because David Talbot told it. Maybe because it was spun around Mayfair witch and archaeology, two topics I delight in. Or maybe just because it's getting better by the book.
Unlike Armand’s story, this wasn’t filled with descriptions of paintings, and architecture.
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
Feb 23, 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
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
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
Feb 07, 2013 Al rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 17, 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
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 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
Cynthia Hudson
Feb 28, 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.
Apr 25, 2013 Kathleen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Sebastian Hobbs
Oct 21, 2016 Sebastian Hobbs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016

5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★★

Witches and vampires oh my~

Merrick is book #7 in The Vampire Chronicles series written by Anne Rice.

   In the next installment of The Vampire Chronicles series, Merrick , we resume after The Vampire Armand after Lestat has awoken from his slumber however, it was only temporary and again returned to his convent to slumber aimlessly without word or movement.

After feeling abandoned from Lestat, his fledgling, Louis becomes somewhat lost and de
Nov 26, 2012 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,
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
Jun 05, 2010 Jediraven rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Ray Campbell
Nov 16, 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
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
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
Oct 26, 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
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
Apr 28, 2012 Judah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ooooooh-scary
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.
Nicole Diamond
If it has one star I liked it a lot
If it has two stars I liked it a lot and would recommend it
If it has three stars I really really liked it a lot
If it has four stars I insist you read it
If it has five stars it was life changing
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The Vampire Chronicles (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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