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This review is from: Merrick (Paperback)
Not having read any reviews of this book it came as a splendid surprise to have some of the old characters back. David Talbot was always one of my favorites. To learn about his experience with magic and to have him introduce such a provocative and mystical witch was fascinating and quite a departure from the Rice that we know. She is no passive dabbler in mind-reading. Unlike the Mayfair Witches of First Street, the exotic Merrick is a priestess of ceremonial magic, a spirit conjurer of the highest order.
Although Rice departs from her usual vampiric adventures, delving more into Voodoo and witchcraft, she moves the story of her much beloved blood drinkers along seamlessly. If you are a fan of The Vampire Chronicles then you will be pleased by some of the revelations in this episode.
NOTE: It is unnecessary to have read The Lives of the Mayfair Witches trilogy to understand and appreciate this book. While many say that this is a union of the Rice's witches and her vampires is not entirely accurate. Only a single character from the First Street Mayfair bloodline is mentioned and only to make the most flimsy of connections. It would be a truer statement to say that this novel is a melding of Rice's vampires (read: characters) with the world of her witches (read: rules, physics, and powers).
However I do suggest you read this AND the witches trilogy before reading Blackwood Farm or Blood Canticle
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Initial post: 7 Sep 2010 16:51:00 BDT
The Philosopher says:
Very useful review. As I find myself coming to the end of "The Vampire Armand" and looking to buy "Merrick" I was unsure if knowledge from the "The Lives of the Mayfair Witches" was required. Thankfully I now know when I should read them in order to get the most out of the remaining chronicles. Thanks!!!
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