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The Book of Blood and Shadowby Robin Wasserman
Synopses & Reviews
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.
From the Hardcover edition.
"When teenager Nora and her friends at school translate some scripts from long dead alchemists, the result leaves a wake of destruction in its path and her boyfriend, Max, on the hook for murder. Now, Nora must piece together what happened and try to clear Max's name. Narrator Emily Janice Card starts slow — but in the end, she delivers an engaging performance. Card lends a youthful, authentic voice to Nora. And while she reads in a steady, almost disinterested tone during descriptive passages, this works to highlight moments of and adventure. The strongest part of Card's performance is her pacing: she knows when to adjust her tempo to create tension and suspense. And, she ably handles various languages presented in the text and creates distinct voices for the characters. Ages 12 — up. A Knopf hardcover. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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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