Every since reading Lasher when someone left it behind I've been left intrigued by the Mayfairs. The third book in the Mayfair Witches series, which tells the story of Ash, a centuries-old Taltos (Taltos grow to a height of seven feet, carry an extra set of chromosomes, and have a superior intelligence that enables them to digest dictionaries and encyclopedias in moments.). The book centers around a wicked scheme being pursued by the Talamasca, an order of scholars who study the supernatural and keep records of the Mayfair witches. When a particular scholar is murdered, Rowan Mayfair, the mother of the half demon/half witch in Lasher, and husband Michael Curry investigate. Ash meets with them, shows them that he's harmless, and, like Lasher, has his own story to tell. Although this novel is a suspenseful and sometimes thought-provoking page-turner, it does not stand on its own; the first two books in the series must be read first.