📚 Lasher by Anne Rice

The Mayfair Witches, Book 2

Reviewed Oct. 2018

Narrator: Kate Reading
Length: 28 hours 30 minutes
Publisher: Random House Audio⎮2015

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From the day her first Vampire Chronicle was published, critics and readers – readers by the hundreds of thousands – have been mesmerized by the writings of Anne Rice. And with the publication of The Witching Hour, she created for us yet another world and legend, and both the chorus of praise and the multitudes of her readers and listeners once more increased.

Now, Anne Rice brings us again – even more magically – into the midst of the dynasty of witches she introduced in The Witching Hour.

At the center: the brilliant and beautiful Rowan Mayfair, queen of the coven, and Lasher, the darkly compelling demon whom she finds irresistible and from whose evil spell and vision she must now flee. She takes with her their terrifying and exquisite child, one of “a brood of children born knowing, able to stand and talk on the first day”.

Rowan’s attempt to escape Lasher and his pursuit of her and their child are at the heart of this extraordinary saga. It is a novel that moves around the globe, backward and forward through time, and between the human and demonic worlds. Its many voices – of women, of men, of demons and angels, present and past – haunt and enchant us. With a dreamlike power, the novel draws us through twilight paths, telling a chillingly hypnotic story of occult and spiritual aspirations and passion.

The Audiobookworm's Review

Rating: 3.75 Stars

3.75★ Audiobook⎮ This series is so weird, but I can't deny that I'm into it. That's the scary part- I'm in too deep and there's no going back. I can't tell you the number of times I thought "This is so f---ed up". I even said it out loud a few times. And it truly is. Parts of it made me really uncomfortable, especially the pedophilia. It's a Lolita type situation. But like, why? Why is that even necessary? I would love to hear Anne Rice's explanation of that. I know she's given a lot of interviews, but I wonder if any of them touch on that situation, specifically.

And yet, here I am, about to start the third book. The funny thing is, until I finished it, I thought Lasher was the final book. It felt final and I was okay with that. Relieved, actually. I can't remember the last time I was relieved at the thought of finishing a series. And when I discovered that there was a third installment, I felt both excitement and trepidation. I'm telling you, this series does weird things to your mind.

Lasher wasn't nearly as good as The Witching Hour. It started off okay, though. I heard about 25 hours straight (over a few days) until it got to the part where Lasher tells his tale. You wouldn't think it, since his origins are at the heart of the mystery, but Lasher's origin story nearly bored me to death. It went on and on and on and on and it wasn't a particularly interesting. Only the last bit seemed relevant.

That's when I decided to take a break from Lasher for a while. I put it down for several months before committing to finishing it. I pushed through the rest of Lasher's story and the narrative finally came back to the present. That's when I started enjoying it again. After that, I was easily able to speed right to the end of book.

As I said, the ending felt very final. Things seemed to tie up nicely, with almost a "happily ever after". And from the few reviews of the third book that I've scanned, I'll probably end up wishing that I had stopped at the end of this book. But, I feel compelled to finish the trilogy/series. I'm not really sure if it's a true trilogy. After the third book, the series seems to merge with another of Rice's series. I was looking forward to beginning The Mummy after this, because I've recently seen that movie, but it looks like The Mummy will have to wait until after I complete Taltos. Only time will tell if I decide to dive into The Vampire Chronicles.

Narration review: I want Kate Reading to read me to sleep each night. She has one of my favorite voices. And the things she can do with it! I've heard for narrate several different titles from different authors at this point, but this series is my favorite from her. I feel like she goes just a little bit further with it than with the others. The characterization she provides is magical. I seriously doubt I would be this captivated by the series if she weren't reading it. Even if you've already read this series in book form, I still recommend picking it up on audio to see what you've been missing. It's an entirely different experience thanks to Kate Reading. ♣︎

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