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 octoroons 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 magical knowledge of a Circe.Into this exotic New Orleans 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 the past and present to the jungles of Guatemala, from the Mayan 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.More
"Rice offers a haunting look at the separate but equally intriguing worlds of witches and vampires�" (Publishers Weekly)
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This book was basically a series of flashbacks about characters no one cares about. We are told Merrick is this fantastic witch and she doesn't do ANYTHING to substantiate this claim other than some parlor tricks and mind reading - which any fledgling can do. I do not understand why the premise of the book, Louis wanting to speak to Claudia's ghost, was abandoned for 90% of the book so we could hear flashbacks about Merrick's dead relatives.
- Elizabeth D. Alvarez