The Witching Hour (Lives of the Mayfair Witches, #1) by Anne Rice

The Witching Hour (Lives of the Mayfair Witches, #1)

On the veranda of a great New Orleans house, now faded, a mute and fragile woman sits rocking. And the witching hour begins...Demonstrating once again her gift for spellbinding storytelling and the creation of legend, Anne Rice makes real for us a great dynasty of witches - a family given to poetry and incest, to murder and philosophy, a family that over the ages is itself haunted by a powerful, dangerous, and seductive being.A hypnotic novel of ...

Details The Witching Hour (Lives of the Mayfair Witches, #1)

TitleThe Witching Hour (Lives of the Mayfair Witches, #1)
Release DateNov 4th, 2004
GenreHorror, Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Witches

Reviews The Witching Hour (Lives of the Mayfair Witches, #1)

  • Elise Jensen
    I actually quite enjoyed this book up until the very end, when I felt like the main female character just had some sort of weird personality seizure and did something that the character as you've come to know her just wouldn't have done. It just made it seem poorly written to me, like Ms. Rice decided in the last 10 pages or so that it was going to have a sequel after all when she had been intending from the beginning for it to be a one-book stor...
  • Joe Valdez
    My witchathon concludes with The Witching Hour, the eleventh novel by Anne Rice. Published in 1990, I was hoping it might be the author's thirteenth book, but this goth epic of blood, sugar, sex and black magic is a monster as is. The word count is 327,360 words, 10,000 shy of Stephen King's baby high chair Under the Dome. Rice is a gifted scenarist who sets the table for adult horror dripping with sensuality and dread, the type moviegoers had to...
  • RunForTheRoses
    I got this book for Christmas that year. This was my first ever Anne Rice book, and it was about a year after Interview With A Vampire came out as a movie with Brad Pitt, Christian Slater and Tom Cruise. I was blown away people. If you like a story, like Gone With the Wind on crack, no seriously, epic like that, except VERY ADULT (don't let your tweens get their hands on this one Mom's and Dad's!), but such an addicting read that you may just get...
  • Sarah Mac
    Warning: SPOILERS. And gifs. Lots of both, actually.I don't even know how to summarize what I've just finished. It's like trying to tell someone what happens in a George RR Martin novel. You might try to list item by item, but everything is woven with everything else & there's no way to distinguish in the grand scheme. "Oh, y'know. Stuff happens. People threaten each other. People fight. People die. People have sex. More stuff happens. More peopl...
  • Liisa
    What a queer little book (although at 1207 pages, little isn't the right word)! This was my first attempt at Anne Rice and I fear it might well be my last.Halfway through "The Witching Hour", I was absolutely enthralled. I loved the idea of The Talamasca. At that stage of the story, I would have loved knowing it was a real organisation and applied for a job. I revelled in learning the entire Mayfair history. Anne Rice has a gift for choosing the ...
  • Derek Oberg
    One of my top 3 favorite novels of all time. Anne Rice gets a bad rap for being pure shlock, but what most people who haven't read her don't realize is that she is obsessed with history. She studies a particular time period, learns everything she can about it, and then creates characters and sticks them in it. She rarely disappoints me. And her prose is beautiful. You can sit down to read and realize that 2 hours have passed having not even notic...
  • Morgannah
    Oh what a wonderful time I had revisiting my first Anne Rice book! I love Southern Gothic and for me there is only one book that beats this one in the genre. Rice's epic tale has it all; mystery, rapture, romance, destiny, history measured in dynastic generations, omens, and decaying mansions teeming with secrets. When you add in Rice's lush prose and fascinating characters all the variables are present for an atmospheric and engrossing read. Th...
  • Meredith Watson
    I FINALLY finished this. Good Lord, what a long winded mess this was. All the wordy history was boring but I stuck it out then ended up hating the ending! Why in the world to I keep reading Anne Rice?
  • Aoibhínn
    The Mayfair's are an extremely powerful and wealthy family, in each generation there is a chosen one, a witch, who inherits not only the family home and money, but supernatural powers and an evil entity, named Lasher, who only has one aim – to become human again. The Witching Hour is an extremely long novel, 1207 pages, but don't let that put you off reading as once you open the first page you soon find yourself completely absorbed in the chill...
  • mark monday
    I imagine this as a fabulous mini-series featuring Kathy Bates and Sharon Stone in key roles. why can't this happen? someone make this happen!
  • Zach
    This is one of the best books that I have read. With her Dickensian writing, Anne Rice weaves a wonderfully dark and historically fascinating tale about a spirit attached to a family of witches. Although this book is almost 1000 pages, it goes by so quickly! The historical description of the family's travels from places such as Scotland and Port-au-Prince, Haiti is detailed in a way that made me swoon! (Yes, swoon.)
  • Sarah
    This is one of my favorite summer trash reads. It's like a soap opera with witches and sex. Good fun.
  • J.K. Grice
    In THE WITCHING HOUR, Anne Rice creates an incredible novel which is epic in scope. Much like she did in THE VAMPIRE LESTAT, Rice paints a colorful and rich history of her characters, and the story is wonderfully compelling and captivating. At 965 pages, this book takes some time to read carefully and to fully digest all of the events and interactions taking place over the centuries. I found it to be well worth the effort and definitely think tha...
  • Mallory
    Review is tainted by romance.When my man and I first moved into the Garden District last summer (while I was still a bartender) we moved into a pristine apartment with a gallery balcony which overlooked Chestnut street. Left in our room in an otherwise pristine apartment was a box of clutter left by the previous tenant. She left spoons, a rubber ducky, a hideous vase and five Anne Rice novels. I spent most of the summer mornings on the balcony re...
  • Olivier Delaye
    26 years ago Anne Rice decided to move away from her vampire chronicles for a little while and tackle another supernatural theme which until then hadn’t showed up in her fiction––witchcraft. With this first installment in the Lives of the Mayfair Witches trilogy, she wrote the perfect family saga full of history, intrigues, description (and boy is there a lot of it!), fully-crafted (pun intended) characters (a plethora of them, actually!), ...
  • Missy
    My favorite Anne Rice book of all time, anyone who reads this book will fall in love with New Orleans and Anne's writing. Not a vampire book, and I do love her vampires, but this is the best.
  • Emma
    3.5 stars. This is a long book. The story is in no hurry to tell itself and meanders along like a slow running river....and that was ok. It suited the detailed history of the Mayfair family from its earliest origins through to modern times.I would never have made it without doing it through audio. The actual book has tiny print and close together lines and I only 'read' it when I wanted to finish a chapter that I'd started while driving. The narr...
  • Gabrielle
    Here goes another teenage favorite that I just had to revisit, just to see how my tastes have evolved over time… Why do I do this to myself?!This book is a hot mess. Perhaps that’s why I loved it so much when I was sixteen. Now, I really see it as a multi-generational, historical soap opera, with weird (not always coherent) occult elements, and lots of (often weird) sex. That is not a bad thing: a good, juicy, trashy read is fun every once in...
  • HeavyReader
    When I got to the end of this thick book, after having read hundreds of lukewarm pages, and found that it basically said "to be continued," I was pretty pissed off. If the book had been mine and not one I had borrowed from a friend, I would have tossed it across the room. That was when I decided that I would never again buy an Anne Rice book. I haven't.
  • Veronica
    Engrossing from the first paragraph. Anne Rice is best known for her book, "Interview With the Vampire," but she SHOULD be best known for this. This is an epic novel that follows the lives of the Mayfair witches through generations, time and place. Eerie, magical, and mysterious. Characters are woven into an intricate and mesmerizing plot. Beautiful descriptive writing. I was chilled to the bone and genuinely scared during nearly every chapter,...
  • Deborah Obida
    I read this book back in 2011 immediately after I finished secondary school. It took me forever to read it then but I loved the story even till today, I've still not read anything quite like it.A generation of witches traced back to the 1800 now reside in new Orleans, the book is written in an amazing way, It's super crazy how Lasher (the spirit they get their power from) drive them to insanity and all.I'm definitely going to reread it and finish...
  • Darth J
    Review also posted at My Bookshelf is Ready.
  • Amy
    This book disturbed me with her descriptions of incest and child sexual abuse activities. It's not that I'm a prude. I understand these things happen in real life and many fine stories have tackled material like this successfully-Flowers in the Attic, Oedipus Rex, even Tolkien. It's that she writes these as steamy harlequin romance moments; as great sexual, erotic experiences that are to be championed. It's inappropriate and disturbing. Makes me ...
  • Abbey
    I always hated vampire/witch stories but my honors English teacher in high school recommended this book to me for our final paper. Its about 1000 pages long so I used the first 500 hundred and literally fell in love. Since then I have read the book about five times. I LOVE IT. It centers around a wealthy family living in New Orleans, there is a spirit that follows one woman in every generation and the story follows the spirit from its conception....
  • Lesli
    Knowing my love of vampires and witches, my sister, upon hearing a review of this book sent it to me for my Birthday and I cold not put it down. This book connects the spirit world, with old world interest, new world love for anything gothic and just plain good writing. I followed the witches, spirits and vampires in every book by Anne Rice. This by far was the best!
  • Penelope Douglas
    Probably my favorite novel of hers. As is the case with most AR books, I don't particularly connect with the characters as much as I do with the world she creates. Love the web of history and how everything weaves together.
  • Geek Lee
    Be Warned. Thar be major SPOILERS ahead!All and all, I loved this tale of a family with generations of witches. The witches are so interesting and seductive. Their "spirit", Lasher, is an enigma who does both good and bad things to the Mayfair witches. Anne Rice gave just enough information to keep me unsure but I always felt as though he was calling the shots with the witches, as early as Deborah. The Mayfair witches are free spirits who rarely ...
  • David Brasher
    This book stinks. Anne Rice wrote really good vampire books, but the Feast of All Saints was dreadful and I couldn't finish. Her book about the childhood of Christ was horribly slow and boring. The Witching Hour goes on and on and on. It is as boring as real life. You just wait for something to happen. Every few pages she gets around to saying something about someone who may or may not be a witch. The narrative runs sort of like, "In 1954 one of...
  • Cody | codysbookshelf
    The whole time I was reading this 1,000+ page epic, a thought continuously ran through my head: “This is Anne Rice’s IT.” The subjects of The Witching Hour and Stephen King’s horror novel couldn’t be more different, but the writing style — its grandiosity — is quite similar. In this, surely the New Orleans author’s magnum opus, a time span of three centuries is covered; this is the quintessential generational saga. The Mayfair fam...
  • Robert Dunbar
    Seventeenth-Century Stonehenge: a woman sways and chants beneath a stony sky, calling to the Devil.“We know there are such entities… they may grant our wishes in ways that cause us to cry to heaven in desperation.” ~ The Witching HourAnne Rice made terror respectable.Okay, so some of her recent efforts may have made me want my high school ring back, but her early work did for contemporary horror what P. D. James did for detective fiction: l...