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The Book of Spirits by [Reese, James]
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From Publishers Weekly

French witch Herculine travels to America in this second book of historical horror from Reese, who here builds unevenly on The Book of Shadows. At sea, Herculine falls in love with Celia, the slave of a cruel and sexually-abusive master. Rescuing Celia requires the help of noted witch Mammy Venus, whose coterie includes a young Edgar Allan Poe. Herculine (who is both psychologically and physiologically androgynous and disguised as a man) and Celia flee to half-wild Florida. But then Herculine hears that her mentor, Sebastiani, has arrived in New York. When she returns there, all she finds are a few books waiting in a high-class whorehouse called Cyprian House, where the sexual possibilities of being an androgynous witch are explored at great length. Then it's back to Florida to rescue Celia, who is alone because Mammy Venus has been killed in Nat Turner's rebellion-except that Cecile has run off to be among the Seminole, who are about to go to war with the United States. The author's research in this compelling sequel seems to have been thorough, as the many varied settings and particulars of the time period are vividly portrayed, but Reese's constant jumping from one situation to another may try readers' patience.
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From Booklist

*Starred Review* Reese's second gothic-style novel is an involving, richly detailed chronicle of witchcraft along the eastern U.S. in the early 1800s. Herculine, newly arrived in the U.S. after the adventures described in Reese's Book of Shadows (2002), is suddenly involved in righting the wrongs committed in a community of Virginia slaves. Encounters with the dead become major touch points for Herculine, drawing her deeper into her own supernatural power and giving her strengths she must constantly explore and hone. Reese's extensive research is apparent in his weaving of real historical characters into the story; most striking is his inclusion of the stories of Native American battles in Florida, where legends such as Chiefs Micanopy and Osceola come to life in stunning detail. No less vivid are the characters Reese creates himself: the strange and beautiful witches of the Cyprian House brothel in New York, the rotting and shrill ghost of Eliza Arnold Hopkins Poe (mother of Edgar Allan Poe), a witch named Sweet Marie who furiously guards the fountain of youth in a secret location in the Florida swampland, and Herculine, the protagonist half-man/half-woman witch whose story is so painstakingly told to the ages through his/her own Book of Shadows. Part historical fiction, part supernatural tale, this is difficult to put down and will surely delight fans of Reese's first novel as well as convert new readers to his fascinating style. Debi Lewis
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  • File Size: 537 KB
  • Print Length: 560 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)
  • Publication Date: October 13, 2009
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FCKBJ8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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