Review of The Secrets of Blood and Bone by Rebecca Alexander

Title: The Secrets of Blood and Bone
Author: Rebecca Alexander
ISBN-13: 9780804140706
Publisher: Broadway Books
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Pages: 384

Synopsis: “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 Bathory.”

The Secrets of Blood and Bone by Rebecca Alexander is a historical paranormal novel and the sequel to The Secrets of Life and Death. The novel alternates between two different stories told in first person by Jack. The first story, set in the present day England’s rural Lakes District, two women have come to renovate a witch’s.
The second story is set in 16th-century Venice, told from first person by historical Edward Kelley, the notorious English occultist/alchemist,. This story is about a fictional trip to Venice, where he is investigating a paranormal rumor of werewolf-like rituals being performed. The second story gives background to the first, but they are pretty unconnected. My favorite characters were the two women, Jackdaw and Sadie. When it switches to the point of view of their friend, Felix, who is busy investigating vampire fetish clubs in New Orleans I found it unnecessary to the story as a whole.

The book ends abruptly, but it allows for another installment in storyline. Overall, this book was intriguing. I rate the book a 3 out of 5 stars.

FTC disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review


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