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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.

Review:

"Reese turns out a gothic novel in the true sense — dark, mysterious, sumptuous, lusty, and otherworldly....[A] portrait rich in style and allusion, both literary and historical, of a gory, lush underworld where the flesh takes precedence over the spirit." Booklist

Review:

"Though loosely episodic, the novel achieves a historical sweep that distinguishes Reese as a star pupil in the Anne Rice school of dark sensuality." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"It's marvelous to have one so eloquent exploring and transcending the gothic genre." Anne Rice

Review:

"Debut supernatural vampire/witch superdrama whose lesson seems to be that sex is better when (1) it's a sin, (2) it hurts, and (3) it involves barely adolescent girls....More often than not, the author seems to be performing self-therapy on his own fixation with lesbian witches....Harry Potter for oversexed Wiccafreaks." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Darkly erotic...lavishly told....Prepare to put your life on hold for 468 pages and immerse yourself." Tampa Tribune

Review:

"[A] very enjoyable debut...lush prose...sensual description, vivid sex scenes." New Orleans Times-Picayune

Review:

"Meticulously crafted and thoroughly enchanting....A work of imaginative wizardry." Orlando Sentinel

Review:

"Expertly researched, lavishly detailed and lushly written...an atmosphere so vivid you can smell it, and remarkably striking characters." Diana Gabaldon

Review:

"A spellbinding tale with a truly enchanting heroine." Kelley Armstrong, author of Bitten

Review:

"The Book of Shadows is as alluring and bizarre as its brilliantly realized characters, who are supported by James Reese's wonderfully arcane historical research and his true gift for the macabre. A novelist of immense talent and promise, and a story that seeps into the mind like a potion." Caleb Carr, author of The Alienist

Review:

"This novel shows potential that is, alas, unrealized. A confusing setting and plot are complicated by Reese's insistence on developing minor characters at the expense of his protagonist. Lengthy tangential chapters serve only to muddy the waters further." Library Journal

About the Author

James Reese was born on eastern Long Island. He attended the University of Notre Dame and the State University of NY at Stony Brook, where he received an MA in Theatre. As an undergraduate, he had a play staged off-Broadway at the Actors Repertory Theatre. While living in New York, New Orleans and Key West, Reese held various jobs in the non-profit sector, working on behalf of the arts and the environment. He has also lived and traveled extensively in France. Presently, he lives in South Florida, where he is working full-time on the sequel to The Book of Shadows.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780061031847
Author:
Reese, James
Publisher:
HarTorch
Author:
Pamintuan, Macky
Author:
DiPucchio, Kelly
Author:
by James Reese
Location:
New York, NY
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Occult
Subject:
Witches
Subject:
Occult fiction
Subject:
Erotic fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Occult & Supernatural
Subject:
Animals - Birds
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st paperback ed.
Edition Description:
MassMktPB
Series Volume:
02-1
Publication Date:
December 2002
Binding:
Book
Grade Level:
from PreS to 1
Language:
English
Pages:
640
Dimensions:
6.82x4.28x1.46 in. .70 lbs.
Age Level:
from 3 to 6

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Product details 640 pages Harpertorch - English 9780061031847 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Reese turns out a gothic novel in the true sense — dark, mysterious, sumptuous, lusty, and otherworldly....[A] portrait rich in style and allusion, both literary and historical, of a gory, lush underworld where the flesh takes precedence over the spirit."
"Review" by , "Though loosely episodic, the novel achieves a historical sweep that distinguishes Reese as a star pupil in the Anne Rice school of dark sensuality."
"Review" by , "It's marvelous to have one so eloquent exploring and transcending the gothic genre."
"Review" by , "Debut supernatural vampire/witch superdrama whose lesson seems to be that sex is better when (1) it's a sin, (2) it hurts, and (3) it involves barely adolescent girls....More often than not, the author seems to be performing self-therapy on his own fixation with lesbian witches....Harry Potter for oversexed Wiccafreaks."
"Review" by , "Darkly erotic...lavishly told....Prepare to put your life on hold for 468 pages and immerse yourself."
"Review" by , "[A] very enjoyable debut...lush prose...sensual description, vivid sex scenes."
"Review" by , "Meticulously crafted and thoroughly enchanting....A work of imaginative wizardry."
"Review" by , "Expertly researched, lavishly detailed and lushly written...an atmosphere so vivid you can smell it, and remarkably striking characters."
"Review" by , "A spellbinding tale with a truly enchanting heroine."
"Review" by , "The Book of Shadows is as alluring and bizarre as its brilliantly realized characters, who are supported by James Reese's wonderfully arcane historical research and his true gift for the macabre. A novelist of immense talent and promise, and a story that seeps into the mind like a potion."
"Review" by , "This novel shows potential that is, alas, unrealized. A confusing setting and plot are complicated by Reese's insistence on developing minor characters at the expense of his protagonist. Lengthy tangential chapters serve only to muddy the waters further."
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