Merrick

Anne Rice, Author, Derek Jacobi, Read by
Anne Rice, Author, Derek Jacobi, Read by Random House Audio $25 (0p) ISBN 978-0-375-41621-7
Reviewed on: 10/02/2000
Release date: 10/01/2000
Hardcover - 320 pages - 978-0-679-45448-9
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Talbot, a vampire familiar to Rice readers, though now inhabiting a different body, relates this eerie tale about an ""octoroon of exceptional beauty"" named Merrick, a Mayfair witch with whom he has been obsessed for an eternity. The narrative weaves through time--from present-day New Orleans, to Talbot's first meeting with Merrick, to an adventure they shared years ago in the jungles of Guatemala. Flashbacks aside, this story focuses on Talbot's attempt to convince Merrick to use her voodoo magic to conjure up the vampire daughter of his friend and fellow vampire Louis. Fans will recognize characters from past books, including Louis and Lestat. Rice offers a haunting look at the separate but equally intriguing worlds of witches and vampires united here through Merrick's witchcraft on Talbot's behalf. Jacobi's reading of the tale is spellbinding. His refined British tone--with the slightest trace of a classic Transylvanian accent--fits Talbot's character perfectly, and he flavors the narrative with verve and mystery accordingly. Simultaneous release with the Knopf hardcover (Forecasts, Aug. 14). (Oct.)
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