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Lady Lazarus [Kindle Edition]

Michele Lang
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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With the romance of Twilight, the suspense of The Dresden Files, and the delicious thrills of True Blood, the enthralling saga of Magdalena Lazarus unfolds. Descended from the legendary witch of Ein Dor, she alone holds the power to summon the angel Raziel and stop Hitler and his supernatural minions from unleashing total war in Europe. The Nazis have fighters more fearsome than soldiers, weapons more terrifying than missiles, and allies that even they are afraid of SS werewolves; the demon Asmodel who possesses a willing Adolf Hitler, and other supernatural creatures all are literally hell-bent on preventing Magda from possessing the Book of Raziel, a magical text with the power to turn the tide against Hitler's vast war machine.

Magda, young and rebellious, grew up in the cosmopolitan city of Budapest, unaware of her family's heritage. When her mother dies, Magda--ready or not--is the Lazarus, who must face the evil that holds Europe in an iron grip. Unready to assume the mantle of her ancient birthright, but knowing that she must fight, she sets out across Europe searching for the Book. Magda is desperate enough to endanger her soul by summoning the avenging angel Raziel. When she sees him in the glory of his celestial presence, her heart is utterly, completely lost…

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*Starred Review* Lang combines historical and urban fantasy to create a parallel world full of witches, vampires, angels, and demons on the eve of WWII. In Budapest, rebellious 20-year-old Magda is the last in the line of powerful Jewish Lazarus witches, but she has resisted her unique magical heritage, spending her time as assistant to one of the city’s leading vampires. Younger sister Gisele may lack the family gift but is still a talented seer, and her visions of coming death and destruction set Magda off on a quest across Europe in the summer of 1939, racing to claim her family’s lost Book of Raziel before it can be seized by the Nazi wizards. Lang even manages to weave in a romance story line as a desperate Magda does the unthinkable and summons the angel Raziel, only to discover he is much more human than anyone thought. By cleverly mixing her fantastical creations into real history, Lang crafts a creative and tense story as all of Europe awaits the September invasion of Poland. Lang is a writer to watch and is sure to have wide appeal to fans of Jim Butcher, Kat Richardson, and other urban-fantasy A-listers. An outstanding debut. --Jessica Moyer


"An absolutely unique protagonist in an engaging tale set against the backdrop of the greatest clash of good and evil in human history. What's not to love about Lady Lazarus?" --Jim Butcher, bestselling author of The Dresden Files series

"With lyrical prose, a fascinating heroine, and a darkly powerful, emotional narrative, Lady Lazarus is simply magic. Intriguing, beautiful, and impossible to put down." --Meljean Brook, bestselling author of The Guardians urban fantasy romance series

"This unique story set in Europe in the late 1930s may confuse some readers. However, once you suspend your disbelief, you will not be disappointed. While real-life situations and people are depicted, this retelling of the beginning of World War II with angels and demons has an otherworldly feel that will stretch readers' imaginations. Lang's fantastic tale will have you rooting for the heroine and holding your breath to see if a lone woman and her guardian angel will be able to free an entire continent from evil.
In this supernatural alternate history, Magda Lazarus, a young Jewish witch, must try to stop the Nazis from taking over Europe. To halt Hitler's scourge, Magda must reach the magical Book of Raziel, however her mission becomes complicated when evil witches, demons and werewolves also start searching for the angelically written text. These dark, supernatural beings are assured of victory, but they fail to foresee the strength and determination of one woman who can travel through death and back and refuses to see her people destroyed"-RT Book Reviews (Four Stars)

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  • File Size: 640 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (August 31, 2010)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003P9XJSI
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By M. Nix
Magda is a Lazarus witch, the eldest daughter of an eldest daughter and the last of her kind. She's never used her powers, never even wanted to learn to use them. But life in 1939 Budapest is not all cafés and rumballs. Hitler's evil is spreading across Europe, and Jews like Magda are losing their homes...and if Magda's sister's vision comes true, losing much more than that. Magda knows she cannot stand by and do nothing while her sister's prophesy comes true. She sets out to find the lost Book of Raziel, a book written by the Angel Raziel himself that contains secrets that must not fall into the hands of Nazis. Can a lone woman - one who does not even know how to master her ability to return from the dead - outwit and outrun demons, SS werewolves, and a Nazi wizard in order to lay claim to the fabled book? Even with the angel himself at her side, it won't be easy...

Venture into a world of myth and magic, angels and demons, death and resurrection in Lady Lazarus. Michele Lang has managed to weave an engaging supernatural journey into one of the most heart-wrenchingly awful periods in history with fantastic results.

Good versus evil has never been so compelling, particularly when "good" has to delve into that grey area between black and white on her quest. Magda is an interesting heroine. She begins the tale, not carefree but not really in touch yet with the evil that hasn't yet sunk its claws into her life. That changes as she sets out to find Raziel's book. I adored watching Magda grow up, make sacrifices, and never, ever stop, no matter how indescribably hard her journey was or how much she wanted to give up.

The romance in Lady Lazarus takes a back seat to Magda's quest, as is logical.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fascinating WW II fantasy thriller September 2, 2010
In 1939 Budapest, Magda Lazarus is the eldest daughter of an eldest daughter whose lineage traces back to the ancient witch Ein Dor. Magda is the servant of Bathory the vampire. Fleeing Stalin's wrath, a Russian Jew Zihad Juhuri pleads with Magda to help him obtain the Book of the Angel Raziel that only one who has returned from the dead like a Drinker can obtain. He fears the Nazis will obtain the greatest weapon, this biblical tome, ever known. At the same her sister Gisele the seer warns of a pandemic destruction of the Jews by the Nazi abomination.

Magda searches for the tome. On her quest she encounters a horde of diverse supernatural Nazi essences who want to prevent her from becoming the Lazarus witch who can reach the angel Raziel. As she gets closer to completing her mission that she hopes prevents the mass devastation her sibling predicts is coming, she meets and magically duels the King of Lies.

This is a fascinating WW II fantasy thriller that builds its mythos from mostly the Jewish lore sprinkled with some Hungarian and other Eastern Europe myths. The story line is fast-paced as time is running out on Magda while Nazis werewolves, demons, and worse assault her preferable to kill her permanently because she is a threat to their domination. Although the language can turn stilted in an archaic way, which in fairness brings realism with it, readers will enjoy the exhilarating tale of Magda trying to become the Lazarus in order to protect her family, her people and Europe in that order.

Harriet Klausner
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spirit Rising: Michele Lang's Lady Lazarus January 17, 2012
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Spirit Rising: Michele Lang's Lady Lazarus - Alexandra Honigsberg

It has been documented that the first word a child learns to utter is, most commonly, "no". Michele Lang's historical urban dark fantasy, Lady Lazarus (Tor, trade Sept. 2010 $14.99, mass market June 2011 $7.99), and her heroine Magda make a fine art of "no" that turns into a resounding "yes" on the eve of WWII (up to Hitler's invasion of Poland, Sept. 1st, 1939 and the Hitler-Stalin pact), from the cafés of Buda-Pest through Austria, Germany, and Paris, to the booksellers and brothels of Amsterdam and back again! The first installment of the story, this book is as good as it gets. You cannot guess where she will take you, even in the historical bits but, once Lang gets there, it is perfectly logical and believable, even at its most outrageous. Why? Because Lang has done her history, theology, and Bible homework and Knows her Kabbalah in a way that even some whiskery old masters do not. And she makes you believe. Even her undead, demonic, and angelic characters are utterly human and thus you are compelled to watch this tragic train-wreck of a story (after all, we know the atrocities of WWII) that is not without the insanity of hope. Her prose sings--even in her English translations the music of the German, Hungarian, Hebrew, and Aramaic remains. Amidst all the darkness, the light shines, even in some romance with an angel, Raziel (Secrets of God), whose description really is like that of a Greek god (trust me, I know one...wink). But no clichés, here, and no punches pulled, ever--no flinching. People suffer exquisitely for what they believe in, to save their way of life, their people (Jews, witches, vampires, demonesses).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well-researched, well-told historical paranormal
“Twilight” meets “Diary of Anne Frank” meets “Inglourious Basterds”. I’ve never seen anyone merge Kabbalah with urban fantasy elements before. Read more
Published 17 months ago by William Freedman
4.0 out of 5 stars Lady Lazarus by Michele Lang
Magda Lazarus is the eldest daughter of an eldest daughter, the Lazarus Witch. Unfortunately, her mother died before Magda's training in her heritage and power were complete and... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Star @ The Bibliophilic Book Blog
4.0 out of 5 stars very good
I am not a professional product rater which so often appears to be what shows up on Amazon, just a regular customer. Read more
Published on November 27, 2012 by Michael
1.0 out of 5 stars A confusing tale.
It had the makings. Wouldn't recommend it. Ms. Lang needs to work on her story telling. Didn't really care about anyone.
Published on November 17, 2012 by JoAnne Barnes
4.0 out of 5 stars The end of an elegant era
Lady Lazarus by Michele Lang is a historical fantasy set just before the beginning of World War II, in a slightly skewed version of our world. Read more
Published on January 24, 2012 by Kelly (Fantasy Literature)
3.0 out of 5 stars Big Disappointment
I read a LOT of paranormal/Urban fantasy and was very excited about the content in this book (angels, Nephilim, etc.) but this was such a disappointment! Read more
Published on November 14, 2011 by A Humble Reader
3.0 out of 5 stars Just Plain Vanilla
I bought this book based on Jim Butcher's words on the front cover ".......absolutely unique protagonist in an engaging tale set against the backdrop of the greatest clash of good... Read more
Published on June 10, 2011 by Corbycat
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing
The world of alternate world histories is endless. Lady Lazarus (Michele Lang) mixes Jewish/Hungarian folk lore with vampirism, lycantropy and nazism. Read more
Published on October 18, 2010 by Tim Lasiuta
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Michele Lang writes supernatural tales: the stories of witches, lawyers, goddesses, bankers, demons, and other magical creatures hidden in plain sight. She also writes tales of the future, including the apocalyptic adventure NETHERWOOD and other stories set in the Netherwood universe. Author of the LADY LAZARUS historical fantasy series, Michele's most recent story in the series, "The Witch of Budapest," released in late 2014.

Michele is a lawyer who has practiced the unholy craft of litigation in both New York and Connecticut. She returned to her native New York shortly before 9/11, and now lives in a small town on the North Shore of Long Island with her husband, her sons, and a rotating menagerie of cats, hermit crabs, and butterflies.

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