Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Book of Blood and Shadow

Title: The Book of Blood and Shadow

Author: Robin Wasserman

Rating: 3  1/2 stars

Summary: It was like a nightmare, but there was no waking up. When the night began, Nora had two best friends and an embarrassingly storybook one true love. When it ended, she had nothing but blood on her hands and an echoing scream that stopped only when the tranquilizers pierced her veins and left her in the merciful dark.

But the next morning, it was all still true: Chris was dead. His girlfriend Adriane, Nora’s best friend, was catatonic. And Max, Nora’s sweet, smart, soft-spoken Prince Charming, was gone. He was also—according to the police, according to her parents, according to everyone—a murderer.

Desperate to prove his innocence, Nora follows the trail of blood, no matter where it leads. It ultimately brings her to the ancient streets of Prague, where she is drawn into a dark web of secret societies and shadowy conspirators, all driven by a mad desire to possess something that might not even exist. For buried in a centuries-old manuscript is the secret to ultimate knowledge and communion with the divine; it is said that he who controls the Lumen Dei controls the world. Unbeknownst to her, Nora now holds the crucial key to unlocking its secrets. Her night of blood is just one piece in a puzzle that spans continents and centuries. Solving it may be the only way she can save her own life.

Review: I had high hopes for this book. I was drawn in by the beginning, but as the book progressed it became really slow. Near the end it started back up again, but there were so many characters going "Guess what? I lied!" that I began to wonder if there was a point to the beginning of the book if everyone had been lying.  I also never truly got what the purpose of the Lumen Dei was. This was one of those books where I prefer the summary to the actually story.

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