Title: The Book of Blood and Shadow
Author: Robin Wasserman
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Available: Barnes and Noble
From the Publisher: 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.
The Book of Blood and Shadow is one part DaVinci Code and one part National Treasure with a teensy bit of A Discovery of Witches thrown in. In other words – I LOVED IT.
This was my first book by Robin Wasserman, but it most definitely will not be my last.
I found myself completely caught up in Nora’s translation of Elizabeth’s letters – I wanted to know this woman and know her secrets. I wanted to know why Nora was important to not one, but two, secret societies.
I don’t want to give away any of these secrets – they are yours to find for yourself.
The characters all found places in my heart – which really sucked, to be honest, because you never really knew who you could trust.
Bottom line – you should really read this book.