Monday, September 14, 2015

The Secrets of Blood and Bone Book Review

I have a very good supernatural book to share with you today called The Secrets of Blood and Bone written by Rebecca Alexander.
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.
My Thoughts:
Wow, this was a really good story! At first I wasn't sure what was going on, because there are several people in this book who are sick or who have magical powers. Another thing was that the book is told in 2 different people's lives, one in the present and one in the past.
But, it didn't take me long to figure out that they are both tied together and to understand the present story, you really do need to understand what happened in the past does effect what is going on in the present story.
It's not really about vampires and not really about werewolves, but about the perception of what people believe. It's hard to explain without giving away the whole concept of the book, because it's very complex but yet simple.
There are witches in the story for sure and in the background is a love story, although it's more about longing and wishing instead of action and doing. But, it's that love that determines the out come of the story, especially the present day story that involve Jack and Felix.
It's a story filled with passion, magic, evil and at the root, love. It's not the ending I would have liked, because I really and truly thought that something might save them all, but I guess that was wishful thinking.
But, it's still a wonderfully told story, both the past and the present and I think all of you would agree it's very fascinating and I am very glad that I read it! Oh, I didn't realize until I was reading the author's bio that there will be a sequel in 2016 to this one, so I can't wait to read it!
Happy Reading!
About the Author:
My name is Rebecca Alexander, I am a novelist and poet living in North Devon. I have completed an MA in Creative and Critical Writing at the University of Winchester. My dissertation novel 'The Secrets of Life and Death' was a runner up in the Mslexia 2011 novel writing competition. Another novel, 'A Baby's Bones' came second in the Yeovil novel competition, 2012.
I have completed A215 and A363 with the Open University. I write novels with a mystery or supernatural theme and also enjoy writing poetry. I home educated my children, and live in a Georgian house near a river. I have too many cats.
Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. "I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review." All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.    


M Clark said...

This does sound like an interesting story, definitely something I'd like to read. Thank you for sharing this review.