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L'Immortalite: Madame Lalaurie and the Voodoo Queen

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  198 ratings  ·  30 reviews
An historical fiction/ horror trade paperback. L'Immortalite is a comedic reflection on life after death based on the true story of the Delphine Lalaurie and the "most haunted" house in New Orleans. Illustrated by John Weston. Philippe Bertrand, sacristan at St. Louis Cathedral is helped by Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau when a young slave escapes the horrors of the Lalaurie Ma ...more
Paperback, 138 pages
Published September 28th 2012 by Nonius LLC
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Martha Love
An Excellent Tale of Horror, Mixed with Some Real History, Magic, and Esoteric Lore!

The novel L'IMMORTALITE: MADAME LALAURIE AND THE VOODOO QUEEN by T. R. Heinan provides the reader a compelling and graphically descriptive tale with a clear window into both the history and legend of antebellum New Orleans—with its historical fabric consisting of horrid racial bigotry and cruelty along with its magical charms, where Catholicism and Voodoo can join hands, and where unspeakable horrors are committe
Shana Fidalgo
Nov 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved each paragraph and those descriptions! Very very good. Recommended for those who like Historical Fiction.
Trish Jackson
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Horrendous yet Uplifting
This is a fictional story woven around the true history of Delphine Lalaurie whose desire for immortality came true, as her name will always be linked to the history of New Orleans. She beat and mistreated her slaves and sanctioned her husband's gruesome experiments in the name of science. Their antebellum mansion in the French Quarter has been preserved and is said to be one of the most haunted houses in New Orleans today, where the cries of the tortured and dismembered
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
by T.R.Heinan

This novel is an exciting mixture of fact and fiction and it is hard to know which is which. L'Immortalite brings to light, once again, the brutal nature of slavery. Set in New Orleans, Louisiana, where a family of rich white slave owners torture, mutilate, and murder many of their own slaves and cast terror into the hearts of the others in their captivity. Mr. Heinan introduces us to Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau, who gives aid and comfort to a runaway slave, and faces a
Mandy Dowling
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It's been awhile since I've read a book where I got angry with my life for getting in the way of me finishing a book in one sitting.

I was amazed at how Mr. Heinan put as much detail as he did into such a compact book. I have never been to New Orleans and the pictures and his ability to describe scene helped me to understand the physical, emotional, and mental settings of the story.

I hadn't heard of Delphine Lalaurie or Marie Laveau before reading L'immortalite. After reading it I want to know mo
Oct 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was fortunate to win this books in one of Goodreads Giveaways. Included with the book, signed by the author, was a letter from the author which was absolutely thrilling ! I loved the added information in that letter and certainly appreciate all of the hard work and research that went in to it. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. More history than fiction, I found the story fascinating and appalling at the same time. I think the only down side is that it is not long enough! Congratulations to you T ...more
Oct 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
"L'immortalite" by T.R. Heinan is an intriguing look into the true story of one New Orleans' couple, whose gruesome acts performed upon others granted them a grotesque form of immortality.

This book is based on true events and real people, including Delpine and Louis Lalaurie, and Marie Laveau, the famed Voodoo Queen of New Orleans. The book not only retells the legend and truth of the atrocities that took place in the Lalaurie mansion--the disfigurement of, experimentation upon, and horrific tre
The Elves
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
L’Immortalitie: Madame LaLaurie and the Voodoo Queen by T. R. Heinan is a well written and for the most part historically accurate novel about the Madame LaLaurie and her husband, who were clearly both demented, and their torturous experiments on their slaves and how they were eventually discovered and fled New Orleans. Within this is woven the tale of Madame LaLaurie’s relationship to the Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau and how magic served to undo the LaLauries. This is a well-written and interestin ...more
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any history buff
This book has made me 'stop and think about life in the South as that is where I was raised. Ashamed that this history exist for the Southern people, I am happy that T.R. Henan has done such an outstanding job of connecting history with twist of suspense.

L'Immortalite gives us a glance of how it was with the earthy farmers and their slaves.
I love New Orleans and it makes me sad to remember that we shared such a sorted history but Mr. Heinan has done a fabulous job with his account. Now, true or
Lenora Martinez
Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This was an assume book I could not put it down I recommend this book to everyone it's fascinating. Loved it
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Quick, easy but great read about the LaLauries, Marie Laveaux and other characters from that time period. Loved how everything was tied together so well and well written.
Amber Horne
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it

Great book with a nice mix. Kept me interested. Love the history Stories about religions, voodoo, and traditions. Will def
Alex Ingraham
A quick, fun retelling of the twisted events surrounding the Lalaurie family in New Orleans in 1834. The actual historical events actually make up very little of the novel's actual plot, but I found the fictional elements more fun at times. A harrowing action scene where a runaway slave escapes through the bayou ended up being the highlight of the book for me, and stole a bit of the focus away from the tragedies occurring in the mansion and from the fire at the climax. The fictional protagonist ...more
Haley Whitehall
May 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Based on all the glowing reviews I wasn't expecting such a simple story. I've recently done a lot of research on Marie Laveau and thought this would be a fun read. Unfortunately there wasn't much character development and it was written in a very distant point of view. I appreciated the author's research and attempt to braid facts into a work of fiction. I just wished he'd had better plot/writing style.
Sep 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
I was confused by this book. While reading it I kept thinking that it was a young adult book, especially with out of place, amateur illustrations that really take you out of the story. The characters and plot are very simple, one dimensional, predictable. But then there will be detailed descriptions of gore thrown in, maybe in an effort to make the story more authentic but it just comes off as strange and heavy handed with the youthful writing style.
Jennifer Hollandbeck
Oct 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Having visited New Orleans several times and done some reading on Marie Laveau, I was surprised when watching American Horror Story: Coven to learn for the first time about about Mme Lalaurie and her infamy. I was interested to read about her and now am impatient to visit New Orleans again.

This story is historical fiction and a quick read. It's not fine literature but very interesting if you are intrigued by the subject matter.
Jul 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
Just don't bother. The book was just really bad. There was no character development, no dimensions to the characters. It was very always bad or always a saint. And the pictures were very poor and unnecessary. If you're looking for a page turner or a nail biter this is not it. It just lacked so much
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This just wasn't the book for me. I was interested in it after learning a bit about the characters on American Horror Story: Coven, but unfortunately, I just wasn't captivated by the storyline. I found it kind of dull. There wasn't a problem with the writing or anything like that...I think it was just a matter of preference, and it wasn't my kind of story. I ended up skimming a lot.
Yves Johnson
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book of this genre that I've ever read. Superb. It was captivating from beginning to end. Yet you will be a bit upset. You'll be upset because you'll feel like you were in the situations with all the characters. It's amazing how anyone could be so evil.

You will not be disappointed in this book.
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The rates more than a 5 star!

What a fantastic author who can actually make one feel like they are side by side with the characters. I could even smell the Jasmine. Great story with the history of New Orlens intertwined.
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The plot was easy to follow and the characters were relatable. To myself the plot was all about karma, what goes around comes right back around.
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love Historical Fiction and this fits the bill. It is a light a read but very worth picking up.
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Super great read. Finished in a few hours.
Amy Knight
Feb 02, 2016 rated it liked it
We're it not for the cheesy ending, I would have given this four stars, albeit a very non-challenging / fast & easy read. Fascinating story.
Tammy Dotts
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
A light and entertaining read.

If you want to get way into the history, pick a different book. This was an entertaining mild thriller. Not bad.
Apr 07, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting book based on true events in New Orleans before the Civil War. Good character development.
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own-can-lend
I'd go 2.5 stars on this. Quick, easy read about a place we are sure to see when we visit New Orleans. Would recommend for anyone travelling there just to get a taste...
Jan 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Fascinating and very creepy historical fiction. The subject matter made up for the writing.
Maribeth Allison
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T.R. Heinan was born and raised in Duluth, Minnesota and developed his love for history during his five years at Marquette University. After a brief stint as a journalist in Massachusetts, Heinan began a career in investment banking specializing in the airline and motion picture industries. His retirement years have been devoted to writing and to serving orphaned and homeless children at a Mexican ...more