The Book of Shadows by James Reese
A Novel

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Alone among the young girls taught by nuns at a convent school in nineteenth-century France, orphaned Herculine has neither wealth nor social connections. When she's accused of being a witch, the shy student is locked up with no hope of escape ... until her rescue by a real witch, the beautiful, mysterious Sebastiana. Swept away to the witch's manor, Herculine will enter a fantastic, erotic world to discover her true nature -- and her destiny -- in this breathtaking, darkly sensual first novel.

 

About James Reese

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James Reese is the New York Times bestselling author of The Dracula Dossier, The Book of Shadows, The Book of Spirits, and Witchery. Born on eastern Long Island, Reese now divides his time between Paris, France, and Tampa, Florida.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 640 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction

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After all, she gets to have sex with a demon priest who had once been burned at the stake (no biggie), and is soon introduced to four demon saviors, who tutor her but also need her help to escape their mortal coils.

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French witch Herculine travels to America in this second book of historical horror from Reese, who here builds unevenly on The Book of Shadows.

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Before she can be tried, she is spirited to safety by witch Sebastiana d'Azur, a "Soror Mystica" who tutors her in the enchantments necessary for Herculine to fulfill her destiny: to liberate Father Louis and his lover, Madeleine de la Mettrie, two elemental spirits chained to earth.

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Set against the decadent riches and the stern religiosity of 19th century France, THE BOOK OF SHADOWS by James Reese is a dark and dramatic tale of self-discovery and the supernatural.

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