(historical suspense / paranormal)
Published: March 17, 2015 byAtria Books/Simon & Schuster
Hardcover, 384 pages
Also available as ebook
A Mad, Wicked Folly. The Jewish mysticism reminded me of the Rashi's Daughters Trilogy. And of course, I couldn't help but be reminded of the last M.J. Rose book I read The Collector of Dying Breaths. Yet, with that said, this book is still so uniquely itself.
There's a sense of magic about this book. Yes, the title tells you it's about a witch, but it's more than that. It's hard to really articulate, but it's the whole mood of the book. It may sound a bit crazy, but I think the cover actually captures this pretty well. In a way the beauty and magic of the cover is exactly how it feels to read this book.
Then of course there's the ending. I wouldn't call it a cliffhanger exactly, since you aren't left wondering what happens, but more that it's so hard to believe that's it. I had to double check that there wasn't more, especially since I wasn't quite ready to say good-bye to this characters.
This is the first in a series, and while I'd love to see these same characters again, I'm not sure that will happen. Given that this is the first book in the The Daughters of La Lune series, and La Lune was a distant ancestor of Sandrine, the main character here, I'm assuming that the other books will have to be about Sandrine's daughter or grandmother to start. Either way I can't wait to see where Rose decides to go with this series.
SYNOPSISPossession. Power. Passion. New York Times bestselling novelist M. J. Rose creates her most provocative and magical spellbinder yet in this gothic novel set against the lavish spectacle of 1890s Belle Époque Paris.
Sandrine Salome flees New York for her grandmother’s Paris mansion to escape her dangerous husband, but what she finds there is even more menacing. The house, famous for its lavish art collection and elegant salons, is mysteriously closed up. Although her grandmother insists it’s dangerous for Sandrine to visit, she defies her and meets Julien Duplessi, a mesmerizing young architect. Together they explore the hidden night world of Paris, the forbidden occult underground and Sandrine’s deepest desires.
Among the bohemians and the demi-monde, Sandrine discovers her erotic nature as a lover and painter. Then darker influences threaten—her cold and cruel husband is tracking her down and something sinister is taking hold, changing Sandrine, altering her. She’s become possessed by La Lune: A witch, a legend, and a sixteenth-century courtesan, who opens up her life to a darkness that may become a gift or a curse.
This is Sandrine’s “wild night of the soul,” her odyssey in the magnificent city of Paris, of art, love, and witchery.
New York Times Bestseller, M.J. Rose grew up in New York City mostly in the labyrinthine galleries of the Metropolitan Museum, the dark tunnels and lush gardens of Central Park and reading her mother’s favorite books before she was allowed. She believes mystery and magic are all around us but we are too often too busy to notice… books that exaggerate mystery and magic draw attention to it and remind us to look for it and revel in it.
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