The Book of Shadows - James Reese - Google книгиJames Reese has fashioned a tale of Anne Rice ish gothic and ethereal erotica, which is a channel for a small band of brilliantly scandalous and irresistible characters. The Book of Shadows takes place in 19thc Brittany, in spite of that it's narrative skillfully sweeps the reader into a past long gone by with legends of familiars, witches, trials, orgies of both deep sensuality and slaughter! There she matures, living an isolated, scholastic life - one that does not prepare her mind to embrace that, which so infinitely sets her apart and brings upon her the accusation of witchcraft. It is Sebastiana who tells Herculine the mesmerizing history of the craft of witchery and gifts her with her own book of shadows a journal painstakingly fashioned with spells, events and a witches life's history. Reese shackles each character with a history so purely their own and masterfully interwoven within the main character's tale the reader can do naught but be utterly absorbed by the sharp, pulsating, tempo of 'Shadows'.
The Book of Shadows
Petersburg, Florida , and Paris , France. It tells the story of Herculine, a French hermaphrodite born on the Breton coast in Reese styled the book in accord with the conventions of both the nineteenth-century novel and Gothic fiction. Indeed, Reese cites the early Gothicists as his prime models, and The Book of Shadows incorporates supernatural elements with a mix of history and horror. Tumblety , a real-life suspect in the Jack the Ripper murders. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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A sinuous plot studded with uncanny surprises snakes through this nontraditional period gothic. Its first-person narrator, Herculine, seems cut from the same cloth as the heroines of classic sensationalist fiction: vulnerable, tragically orphaned and, at the tale's outset, immured in the tedious routines of early 19th-century French convent life. But Herculine's self-consciousness about unnamed physical endowments suggests an unusual heritage whose dimensions become known when a schoolgirl prank leads to shocking revelations of the "unnatural" and accusations of witchcraft.