The Book of Shadows (Mass Market Paperback)

By James Reese

HarperTorch, 9780061031847, 640pp.

Publication Date: December 1, 2002



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 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 in style and allusion, both literary and historical.”

“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