In the 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.
Following her showdown with Elizabeth Bathory, Jackdaw Hammond is
running from her past, hiding from her future, and hoping to contain
her newfound thirst for blood. Buying an overgrown home in the middle of
nowhere seems like the perfect place to escape…at least until she finds
herself in the sights of a murderous family with a terrible secret and a
penchant for dark magic. Meanwhile, her old ally Felix Guichard has
gone to New Orleans to conduct his own investigation into the nature of
blood magic, but is soon sucked into the intrigues of the city’s occult
underworld. But Jack will need Felix more than she knows, for the battle
for her soul is set to begin.
Her only salvation may lie with
the secrets of 16th century master occultist Edward Kelley, and a
dangerous mission he undertook in Venice to confront the Inquisition,
the darkest deeds of his own past, and the fearsome power of Elizabeth
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1355709308 3.5 Stars
I haven't read the first book in this series yet, but that is okay as
this second book is fine as a stand alone. I do want to go back and read
the first one of course to see what happened in the beginning.
was confused at times about what was going on in the book. This mostly
had to do with the occult side, what they were looking for, what really
happened to these people and things like that. I'm sure this will be
explained better in the first book for us with simple minds :)
seems to be a potion that can heal people with certain diseases and
some turn evil ..sooo.. the characters in the book are trying to find
out all they can to make sure they can cure but not create monsters.
Hammond and her daughter (for all intents and purposes) named Sadie
move into Maggie's old home. Maggie is Jack's foster mother. There is
more to that story and how they came about the "Bell Cottage" but you
can read that for yourself.
I love the gardens at Bell Cottage
because... they are alive! It's a witch garden and it protects the home
from any and everything that dares to walk through it.
have the evil Dannicks that harass Jack and Maggie to find a potion
from their garden to heal their son. Jack and Maggie are also trying to
keep Sadie alive because she has the same kind of disease.
have Felix who is in love with Jack and is traveling around trying to
find out if there are side effects to drinking blood. Someone in the
book had to do that because of the disease they have.
is very in depth about the occult, blood drinking, vampires, werewolves,
and demons. The story does go back and forth in time so you can read
more about the history of the evil people and where all of this stuff
I thought it was a pretty good book. I didn't love it
and I didn't hate it. It's not full of any kind of real excitement if
that is what you are looking for, but it is a good book if you want to
read about some weird stuff going on and different things in history. I
honestly want to know what is going to happen with Jack and Sadie.
**I would like to thank BLOGGING FOR BOOKS for a free print copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.**