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The Secrets of Blood and Bone: A Novel Paperback – September 1, 2015
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“A supernatural thriller with just about everything you could want…an urban fantasy series to watch out for.” – SciFi Now
Praise for the Secrets of Life and Death
“A fine addition to the urban fantasy genre…marks Alexander as an author to watch.” – The Independent on Sunday
“A gripping page-turner successfully blending history and fiction with magic and sorcery; truly a wonderfully and uniquely inspired novel." - Historical Novel Society
“Immersive and fascinating…Don't miss this one.” – Mur Lafferty, John W. Campbell Award-winning author of The Shambling Guides
“Brilliant and multilayered.” -J.D. Horn, author of the Witching Savannah series
“With its intoxicating blend of historical detail, occult magic, and modern drama, Rebecca Alexander’s debut novel is rich with intrigue and suspense” - Jodi McIsaac, author of the Thin Veil series
About the Author
REBECCA ALEXANDER is the author of The Secrets of Life and Death. She has worked in psychology and education, and has an MA in Creative Writing. She lives with her husband on the coast of England.
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Sorry for the brevity, but it simply did not seem to come together as a novel, let alone a sequel that should have built on the previous book. The characters seem flat and the plotting seems way too contrived to really bring any sort of suspense or even simple engagement in caring what happens next.
If you liked the first book, it has some appeal. But if you are looking for something along this lines, you might want to follow the links to something else.
It seems the more I read from Rebecca, the more I fall in love with her writing and the world she builds. The author has a way with words that would leave you on the edge of your seat. Have you wanting more by the time you are finished with the book. You can't just read a couple of chapters and think you can sit it down and continue later. No, you need to know what happens next. It's gripping a tale, make you question just a little if some of these events are real. Not the actual characters, I know of Elizabeth Bathory, sadly not Edward Kelley until I began reading this series. I mean the some of the events that happened to our female lead Jack. That some how the author got a hold of Jack's ledger or something. I guess that's the great thing about authors; they have you questioning on weather things happened, but we just turn a blind eye to.
I'm rambling. Back to the story, it begins with Jack cleaning out a home of one Ellen Radcliffe. Part of the home was burned and they, Jack and Sadie are repairing it. While cleaning up a certain Sir Henry Dannick shows up asking about a book that belongs to Ellen. Elsewhere Felix is in New Orleans, trying to find if they are any consequences about drinking blood. In the past, Kelley is in Venice to run an errand for Lord Dannick.
This was an amazing journey to be apart of. I love the characters even more, well besides Kelley, I think he's a coward. New characters were introduced and I hope to see more of them in the next book, especially Ivanova, I want to know more about her and past.
The ending of this book, holy mother of pearls, yeah, I definitely want the next book in my greedy hands. That ending, jeesh. I need to see when the next book is coming out because I don't know if I can wait that long. I already want to reread the books again.
Rebecca is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.
A lot of time and effort goes into writing a work of historical fiction, which is why I dislike giving Secrets of Blood and Bone less than stellar marks…but it simply doesn’t deserve them. Secrets of Life and Death, the first volume in the set, was well written and had excellent plot and character development. Blood and Bone doesn’t meet that standard. The plot is thin and the story drags. The Jack/Felix relationship is unnatural and unreal…it has the emotional depth of a puddle. Wolves and werewolves appear halfway through the book, giving this reader the immediate impression that they were included to check off a box on the “What I need to include in my novel” list. Characters move from place to place without coherent transitions. A couple times, I completely lost track of their location. Not good.
As another reviewer said, this book could benefit from a significant rewrite. Based on the first book in series, the author has the ability to deliver more. I wish she did.
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