In the stunning follow up to The Secrets of Life and Death, Rebecca Alexander has created a gripping supernatural thriller that bridges time, legend and the power of blood.
Following her showdown with Elizabeth Bathory, Jackdaw Hammond is running from her past, hiding from her future, and hoping to contain her newfound thirst for blood. Buying an overgrown home in the middle of nowhere seems like the perfect place to escape…at least until she finds herself in the sights of a murderous family with a terrible secret and a penchant for dark magic. Meanwhile, her old ally Felix Guichard has gone to New Orleans to conduct his own investigation into the nature of blood magic, but is soon sucked into the intrigues of the city’s occult underworld. But Jack will need Felix more than she knows, for the battle for her soul is set to begin.
Her only salvation may lie with the secrets of 16th century master occultist Edward Kelley, and a dangerous mission he undertook in Venice to confront the Inquisition, the darkest deeds of his own past, and the fearsome power of Elizabeth Bathory.
It seems the more I read from Rebecca, the more I fall in love with her writing and the world she builds. The author has a way with words that would leave you on the edge of your seat. Have you wanting more by the time you are finished with the book. You can't just read a couple of chapters and think you can sit it down and continue later. No, you need to know what happens next. It's gripping a tale, make you question just a little if some of these events are real. Not the actual characters, I know of Elizabeth Bathory, sadly not Edward Kelley until I began reading this series. I mean the some of the events that happened to our female lead Jack. That some how the author got a hold of Jack's ledger or something. I guess that's the great thing about authors; they have you questioning on weather things happened, but we just turn a blind eye to.
I'm rambling. Back to the story, it begins with Jack cleaning out a home of one Ellen Radcliffe. Part of the home was burned and they, Jack and Sadie are repairing it. While cleaning up a certain Sir Henry Dannick shows up asking about a book that belongs to Ellen. Elsewhere Felix is in New Orleans, trying to find if they are any consequences about drinking blood. In the past, Kelley is in Venice to run an errand for Lord Dannick.
This was an amazing journey to be apart of. I love the characters even more, well besides Kelley, I think he's a coward. New characters were introduced and I hope to see more of them in the next book, especially Ivanova, I want to know more about her and past.
The ending of this book, holy mother of pearls, yeah, I definitely want the next book in my greedy hands. That ending, jeesh. I need to see when the next book is coming out because I don't know if I can wait that long. I already want to reread the books again.
Rebecca is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.
This book was provided by Blogging For Books for an honest review.
About the Author
Rebecca Alexander is a psychotherapist in private practice, a spin instructor, a volunteer, and an athlete. She grew up in California and holds two masters degrees from Columbia, one in Public Health and one in Clinical Social Work. She lives in New York City.