Lasher: A Book Review
Warning: Contains some plot related spoilers.
Lasher is the second entry in Anne Rice's famous Mayfair Chronicles. It takes place a few weeks after the events of the first book, The Witching Hour. Like the prior book, Lasher often delves back into the Mayfair history, although this time around the story is mainly told from Lasher's and Julien's perspectives. It also draws deeper into Lasher's memories of his former life before coming into contact with the Mayfair family. Shortly after the "Christmas incident" as the Mayfairs now call the infamous event of Lasher's rebirth, the story switches between the seductive adventures of young Mona Mayfair as she tries to invigorate the heartbroken Michael Curry, and the journey of Rowan Mayfair and her newborn mutant child and lover, Lasher. As she tries to secretly study her new supergenetic specimen and think of a way to escape from his clutches, Lasher is trying to mate with her and every Mayfair woman in hopes of recreating the miracle of his birth and fathering a child of his own unique species. However, Lasher's mutant genes prove to be incompatible with every woman except for Rowan, and they begin to die at conception, which launches the family into high alert. Meanwhile, the Talamasca, a scholarly organization which has observed the Mayfairs for centuries, begins to develop there own interest in Lasher, using any means neccesary to obtain him and strike down anyone who gets in there way. As the tension escalates, the individual groups finally confront each other, and Lasher reveals his haunted past in hopes of finding redemption from his actions. However, the angered Michael Curry may not be as forgiving as Lasher hopes.
Like the previous book, this one involves quite a bit of cultural history in Scotland during the late 1600's as well as a brief period during the mid 1500's. As like most of Anne Rice's early works, there is a consistent sensual and erotic theme throughout the novel. Lasher comes dangerously close to matching its predecessor as the best book in the series. I particulary enjoyed seeing the world through Julien's perspective, as his life is recounted in much greater detail. Like the first, this book is an essential for any Anne Rice fan.