Friday, September 14, 2007

The Book of Shadows by James Reese

First sentence:

"In 1812, I went to 'the Stone,' the holy house at C____, a village straddling the ill-drawn borders of Brittany and Normandy, dependent upon the grace of the Church."


"Alone among the young girls taught by nuns at a convent school in nineteenth-century France, orphaned Herculine has neither wealth nor social connections. When she's accused of being a witch, the shy student is locked up with no hope of escape ... until her rescue by a real witch, the beautiful, mysterious Sebastiana. Swept away to the witch's manor, Herculine will enter a fantastic, erotic world to discover her true nature -- and her destiny -- in this breathtaking, darkly sensual first novel. "

My thoughts:

This was a mixed book for me. It was beautifully written - at times evocative and at times poetic. I especially liked the description of the French Revolution as seen through the eyes of the witches and other characters. I also liked the characters Herculine, Madeleine, Father Louis and Sebastiana. While there were parts that dragged, especially chapters concerning the convent and Sebastiana's first coven meeting, the crossroads scene towards the end made the read worthwhile.

Date read: 9/12/2007
Book #: 82
Rating: 3* = good
Genre: Historical Fiction/Horror

ISBN-10: 0066210151
ISBN-13: 978-0066210155
Publisher: William Morrow
Year: 2002
# of Pages: 480
Binding: Hardcover
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1 comment:

Booklogged said...

Sounds like a book I would enjoy. Adding it to 'the' list. Nice review.