By Anne Rice
Demonstrating, once more, her present for spellbinding storytelling and the construction of legend, Anne Rice makes actual for us a superb dynasty of witches--a relatives given to poetry and to incest, to homicide and to philosophy; a relations that, over the a long time, is itself haunted by way of a robust, risky, and seductive being.
On the veranda of an outstanding New Orleans apartment, now light, a mute and fragile lady sits rocking . . . and The Witching Hour begins.
It starts in our time with a rescue at sea. Rowan Mayfair, a gorgeous lady, a super practitioner of neurosurgery--aware that she has certain powers yet unaware that she comes from an historical line of witches--finds the drowned physique of a guy off the coast of California and brings him to life. He is Michael Curry, who was once born in New Orleans and orphaned in youth via fireplace on Christmas Eve, who pulled himself up from poverty, and who now, in his short period of loss of life, has obtained a sensory energy that mystifies and frightens him.
As those , fiercely interested in one another, fall in love and--in passionate alliance--set out to unravel the secret of her prior and his unwelcome reward, the radical strikes back and forth in time from modern day New Orleans and San Francisco to long-ago Amsterdam and a château within the France of Louis XIV. An complex story of evil unfolds--an evil unleashed in seventeenth-century Scotland, the place the 1st "witch," Suzanne of the Mayfair, inspires the spirit she names Lasher . . . a production that spells her personal destruction and torments each one of her descendants in turn.
From the espresso plantations of Port au Prince, the place the good Mayfair fortune is made and the legacy in their darkish energy is sort of destroyed, to Civil struggle New Orleans, as Julien--the clan's in simple terms male to be endowed with occult powers--provides for the dynasty its foothold in the US, the darkish, luminous tale encompasses dramas of seduction and loss of life, episodes of tenderness and healing. And always--through peril and get away, pressure and release--there swirl round us the echoes of everlasting conflict: innocence as opposed to the corruption of the spirit, sanity opposed to insanity, existence opposed to death. With a dreamlike strength, the unconventional attracts us, via circuitous, twilight paths, to the current and Rowan's more and more encouraged and dicy strikes within the cruel online game that binds her to her background. And in New Orleans, on Christmas Eve, this strangest of family members sagas is delivered to its startling climax.
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