Okay, I have been seriously neglecting this blog I know. I have been sucked into the wonderful world of Bookstagram and that seems to be taking up all of my time. Combined with the fact that it took me two weeks to read The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (dissertation read), I haven’t really had the time or energy to sit down and write a blog post. But, here I am now! It is really really hot outside, I was sat in the garden reading but had two very near misses with a May-Bug so I thought it was time to come in and write some stuff about a book!
Anyway… continuing from my last post, today I am going to review The Secrets of Blood and Bone 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.
Alexander has such a wonderful way of story telling, this book was beautifully written and the story itself was so utterly absorbing.
The characters are still as fascinating as they were in Life and Death and the historical chapters with Kelley and Dee, as with the first novel, added so much more depth to the story.
Jack is just as amazing as she was in the first book. It is Sadie and Felix who really come to in to their own in Blood and Bone, Sadie starts to adopt Jack’s strong-willed independent woman attitude which is just wonderful.
I don’t want to give too much away, but I will say that Alexander’s take on the whole werewolf/vampire thing is so refreshing! It is done in a unique way which doesn’t seem over the top or ridiculous, this was a huge plus for me.
I think my favourite thing about this novel was the Cottage that Jack and Sadie move in to. I would give anything to live in a witches cottage that basically has a mind of its own. The description of the cottage and the garden really bring them to life, I can picture them so vividly.
This is a short and sweet review, I know, but I always worry about giving too much away and I think that there are so many wonderful parts of this book that need to be experienced first hand it would be a shame to ruin them for you!
The third and final book The Secrets of Time and Fate is out now, I have read it and will be reviewing it very soon!