Merrick

Merrick

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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 lore and ceremony of voodoo, who reign in the shadowy world where African and French--the dark and the white--intermingle. Her ancestors are the great Mayfair witches, of whom she knows nothing--and from whom she inherits the power and the magical knowledge of a Circe.

Into this exotic realm comes David Talbot--hero, storyteller, adventurer, almost-mortal vampire, visitor from another dark realm. It is he who recounts Merrick's haunting tale--a tale that takes us from the New Orleans of past and present to the jungles of Guatemala, from the Maya ruins of a century ago to ancient civilizations not yet explored.

Anne Rice's richly told novel weaves an irresistible story of two worlds: the witches' world and the vampires' world, where magical powers and otherworldly fascinations are locked together in a dance of seduction, death, and rebirth.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Knopf, [2000]
Edition: First trade edition.
Copyright Date: ©2000
ISBN: 9780679454489
0679454489
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 307 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.

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Evilida
Aug 20, 2016

Too much of the narrator, not enough story.
David is the (rather creepy) narrator of this vampire's tale. David is a dirty old man in the body of an eternally young vampire, fixated on Merrick, a young witch he has known and lusted after since she was fourteen. He asserts, with little evidence, that Merrick is "good", but the story doesn't actually show her being generous or thoughtful in any way and many of her actions (i.e. stealing priceless antiquities) are ethically dubious.
Descriptions of creamy skin and large nipples glimpsed under diaphanous blouses replace actual characterization. Lestat and Louis appear but stay very much in the background.

Quimeras Jun 15, 2014

I don’t know which was more troubling: Merrick’s scheming or David’s gullibility? Even so, “Merrick” is not without the sensuous beauty that often characterizes Rice’s writing.

btmslt Mar 30, 2012

Rice gives us another winner.

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