The Book of Shadows (Mass Market Paperback)

By James Reese

HarperTorch, 9780061031847, 640pp.

Publication Date: December 1, 2002

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Description

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.



Praise For The Book of Shadows

“It’s marvelous to have one so eloquent exploring and transcending the gothic genre.”
-Anne Rice

“A novelist of immense talent and promise, and a story that seeps into the mind like a potion.”
-Caleb Carr

“Expertly researched, lavishly detailed and lushly written...an atmosphere so vivid you can smell it, and remarkably striking characters.”
-Diana Gabaldon

“Distinguishes Reese as a star pupil in the Anne Rice school of dark sensuality.”
-Publishers Weekly

“A spellbinding tale with a truly enchanting heroine.”
-Kelley Armstrong, author of Bitten

“Meticulously crafted and thoroughly enchanting. . . .A work of imaginative wizardry.”
-Orlando Sentinel

“Dark, mysterious, sumptuous, lusty, and other worldly...rich in style and allusion, both literary and historical.”
-Booklist

“Darkly erotic...lavishly told...Prepare to put your life on hold for 468 pages and immerse yourself.”
-Tampa Tribune

“[A] very enjoyable debut...lush prose...sensual description, vivid sex scenes.”
-New Orleans Times-Picayune

“A sweeping narrative of period and peril [that] transports the reader into an undiscovered realm of erotica...”
-The Jackson Clarion-Ledger

“Vivid characters...painstaking research...delectable.”
-Washington Post Book World

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