What’s it about?
I tried several times to write my own synopsis, but failed miserably. So, here you go, the synopsis as stated by the publisher (RandomHouse/Crown):
“A stunning follow up to The Secrets of Life and Death, Rebecca Alexander has created a gripping supernatural thriller that bridges time, legend and the power of blood.
Venice, 16th Century.
Having undertaken a mission of the upmost discretion, occultist and scholar Edward Kelley finds the answers he seeks are more perilous than can be believed, and his ultimate salvation means confronting the darkest deeds of his past.
England, 21st Century.
Running from her past and hiding from her future, Jackdaw Hammond buys a new home in the middle of nowhere. But her fresh start is threatened by a wild magic similar to her own. The legacy of Edward Kelley remains, and with their fates inexorably entwined, the battle for Jackdaw’s soul has just begun.”
My Review of The Secrets of Blood and Bone
Well, let me state right off that I have not read The Secrets of Life and Death, so I was ‘starting from the middle’ as it were with this book. I will say that the author did a good job of including enough information that I did not feel like I absolutely had to read the first book to understand what was going on.
It felt a bit slow at times, but that could be because of the alternating story-lines. Nothing to complain about, though. It was a very satisfying read. I think the author did a good job of showing that everyone, “bad” or “good”, has a dark and light side to them. Even if that light side is just in relation to love of family. That sometimes we make choices we don’t want to have to make.
The author had an excellent rare (now-a-days at least) take on vampirism, bringing it back to its horror-story roots. I like the uncommon view of werewolves, too. It seemed a bit more believable than the accepted mythology.
Overall, The Secrets of Blood and Bone was an engaging read that drew me in and easily held my attention. I think I shall have to step backwards and read the first one now! Obviously, I do recommend this book and am planning on reading more from this author.
Title: The Secrets of Blood and Bone | Series: Jackdaw Hammond #2 | Author: Rebecca Alexander (site) | Publisher: Broadway Books/Crown Publishing | Pub. Date: 2015-9-1 | Pages: 310 | ISBN13: 9780804140706
Genre(s): Young Adult & Fantasy | Language: English | Triggers: Child Death (minor character), Attempted Rape | Date Read: 2015-9-10 | Source: Received a copy from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.