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ISBN13: 9780375868764
ISBN10: 0375868763
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It was like a nightmare, but there was no waking up. When the night began, Nora had two best friends and an embarrassingly storybook one true love. When it ended, she had nothing but blood on her hands and an echoing scream that stopped only when the tranquilizers pierced her veins and left her in the merciful dark.

But the next morning, it was all still true: Chris was dead. His girlfriend Adriane, Nora's best friend, was catatonic. And Max, Nora's sweet, smart, soft-spoken Prince Charming, was gone. He was also — according to the police, according to her parents, according to everyone — a murderer.

Desperate to prove his innocence, Nora follows the trail of blood, no matter where it leads. It ultimately brings her to the ancient streets of Prague, where she is drawn into a dark web of secret societies and shadowy conspirators, all driven by a mad desire to possess something that might not even exist. For buried in a centuries-old manuscript is the secret to ultimate knowledge and communion with the divine; it is said that he who controls the Lumen Dei controls the world. Unbeknownst to her, Nora now holds the crucial key to unlocking its secrets. Her night of blood is just one piece in a puzzle that spans continents and centuries. Solving it may be the only way she can save her own life.

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"In this polished thriller, Nora, an emotionally scarred teenager, interns with an eccentric college professor who has dedicated his life to decoding the Voynich manuscript, a mysterious (real-life) 15th-century document written in an unknown language. One night, Nora stumbles upon the gruesome murder of her close friend Chris, with his girlfriend, Adriane, crouched catatonic in his blood. Nora's boyfriend, Max, has disappeared, and the police think he's the murderer. Nora, investigating on her own, comes to believe that the crime was committed by the Hledaci, an ancient Czech cult dedicated to finding the Lumen Dei, an alchemical machine. With the cult possibly coming for Nora next, she and Adriane head for Prague — the heart of the deadly mystery — to find answers and save Max. Wasserman (the Cold Awakening trilogy) has written an intricate and tense tale that combines code breaking, a well-realized and genuinely creepy Czech background, and plenty of believable action and tragic turns. Readers who enjoy fast-paced, bloody, historically inflected thrillers in the vein of Dan Brown will be riveted. Ages 12 — up. Agent: Barry Goldblatt, Barry Goldblatt Literary." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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"This book is so good, it makes me throw up a little." Maureen Johnson

Review:

"Here's something refreshing: a religious-historical thriller with a nifty Mobius strip of a plot — think Nancy Werlin channeling Dan Brown — serving up shivery suspense, sans fangs or fur." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"A lushly drawn mystery of manipulation and desire." Holly Black, author of Black Heart

About the Author

Robin Wasserman is the author of the Seven Deadly Sins series, Hacking Harvard, and the Skinned trilogy, which bestselling author Scott Westerfeld called "spellbinding." She has a master's degree in the history of science, and is fascinated by Renaissance philosophy, religion, magic, science, and the interplay among them. She lives in Brooklyn.

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jasmineroster, August 31, 2012 (view all comments by jasmineroster)
If you’re looking for a good cross-country mystery then The Book of Blood and Shadow is definitely your book. There’s so many plot-twists I can just short of guarantee (because I can’t guarantee anything :P) you’ll never be bored or figure out the story early on.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375868764
Author:
Wasserman, Robin
Publisher:
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Historical - Europe
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-Europe
Publication Date:
20120410
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.93 x 1.46 in 1.225 lb
Age Level:
from 12

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Product details 448 pages Knopf Books for Young Readers - English 9780375868764 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this polished thriller, Nora, an emotionally scarred teenager, interns with an eccentric college professor who has dedicated his life to decoding the Voynich manuscript, a mysterious (real-life) 15th-century document written in an unknown language. One night, Nora stumbles upon the gruesome murder of her close friend Chris, with his girlfriend, Adriane, crouched catatonic in his blood. Nora's boyfriend, Max, has disappeared, and the police think he's the murderer. Nora, investigating on her own, comes to believe that the crime was committed by the Hledaci, an ancient Czech cult dedicated to finding the Lumen Dei, an alchemical machine. With the cult possibly coming for Nora next, she and Adriane head for Prague — the heart of the deadly mystery — to find answers and save Max. Wasserman (the Cold Awakening trilogy) has written an intricate and tense tale that combines code breaking, a well-realized and genuinely creepy Czech background, and plenty of believable action and tragic turns. Readers who enjoy fast-paced, bloody, historically inflected thrillers in the vein of Dan Brown will be riveted. Ages 12 — up. Agent: Barry Goldblatt, Barry Goldblatt Literary." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "This book is so good, it makes me throw up a little."
"Review" by , "Here's something refreshing: a religious-historical thriller with a nifty Mobius strip of a plot — think Nancy Werlin channeling Dan Brown — serving up shivery suspense, sans fangs or fur."
"Review" by , "A lushly drawn mystery of manipulation and desire."
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