The Book Of Blood And Shadow

Kobo eBook available

read instantly on your Kobo or tablet.

buy the ebook now

The Book Of Blood And Shadow

by Robin Wasserman

Random House Children's Books | August 27, 2013 | Hardcover

The Book Of Blood And Shadow is rated 4 out of 5 by 3.
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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 448 pages, 8.5 × 6.15 × 1.45 in

Published: August 27, 2013

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0375868763

ISBN - 13: 9780375868764

Appropriate for ages: 12

save 71%

  • In stock online

$5.99  ea

Online Price

$19.99 List Price

or, Used from $5.04

eGift this item

Give this item in the form of an eGift Card.

+ what is this?

This item is eligible for FREE SHIPPING on orders over $25.
See details

Easy, FREE returns. See details

Item can only be shipped in Canada

Downloads instantly to your kobo or other ereading device. See details

All available formats:

Reviews

Rated 3 out of 5 by from Overall an Okay Read The Book of Blood and Shadow is a historical-murder case-with hints of magic involve. It talks about a young girl, Nora Kane, who lost her older brother tragically. Once she enters high school the only two people who can put her back together is her two new best friends: Chris & Adriane (who eventually become a couple).Then Nora gets her own boyfriend: Max. Everything seems to be going dandy. Nora is brilliant at Latin and spends her days (alongside Max & Chris) translating. More specifically Nora is translating Elizabeth Weston's (Historical person) diary entries to her brother. Soon an unsolved mystery is unravelled that is starting to mirror Nora's life and what is happening in the late 1500's is now happening in the twenty first century. Bad things are starting to happen: Chris ends up dead. Now it up to Nora, Adriane, Max & Eli to solve Chris's murder, unravel the mystery, figure out who Nora is and put an end to what is happening. All of this leads them to Prague. This novel has a brilliant plot concept. It part History and part magical fantasy. The author knows the past and it really shows in how she writes. It even states in her bio that she "once studied to be a historian". This isn't the authors first book. She wrote the Cold Awakening Trilogy & Chasing Yesterday Trilogy. Both of which I have not read yet, however I have on my tbr pile. As I read the novel I got to learn of Historical people that I had never once heard about (Elizabeth Weston, Edward Kelley, ect). The author states in her afterword section that "not much is known about Elizabeth Weston's youth" and "using my (her) imagination to fill in the blanks". Which I thought was pretty cool. I got to learn about people I have never heard about. To learn more, click here!! Robin Wasserman is an amazing author. I love her writing it is absolutely stunning. However even though the idea behind this novel was really good, I was not jumping up and down for joy about it. I did not hate it, however I did not love it either. It is fast pace and four hundred pages will go by in a jiffy, however I thought it was too long. It could of been shorter. The problem with The Book of Blood and Shadow is it has too much information. To much details a reader has to remember. So much details that I felt the imagery for setting and minor characters got over looked. It got confusing at times and I would easily forget the slightest details and then when it was mention a hundred pages later I would be like: what?? There was too much telling then showing. I could not really get clear imagery of Prague. I just felt like a bunch of tourist names were listed off which made it hard for me to imagine them in a foreign country. I thought the character development for Nora was brilliant. That was where this book strive. Nora's loss of her old brother was really well done and you could definitely feel her pain. You could also really see the resemblances between her and Elizabeth. The translated diary entries were practically my favourite part of the novel. They intrigue me and kept me wanting more. The killer behind Chris's death was a little to obvious to me. It was not really hard to guess who did it. I was a bit annoyed with Nora's constant non acceptance of who could of killed Chris. However I guess if I was in that situation I would do the same. My absolute favourite part of the whole novel was : Eli & Nora's relationship. I absolutely loved how the two interacted. The dialogue between them was brilliant and how they slowly went from strangers to friends was awesome. Overall it was an okay read.
Date published: 2012-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A mystery great for adults and teens alike! What a beautifully crafted mystery Robin Wasserman has wormed her way directly onto my “I will read anything this author writes” list. This story begins with Nora translating the Latin letters of the long dead Elizabeth Weston. Cryptic letters in a dead langauge? You know there's got to be a good mystery there. I always wonder when I'm reading mysteries like this if people actually created such elaborate hidden messages in every little thing they did. But then I get so wrapped up in the story I just don't care any more. Robin Wasserman builds up the tension in such an expert fashion. She reveals only as much as the reader needs to know and because of this all external thoughts and questions melt away as you get wrapped up in the mystery. It helps that all this mystery and action takes place in such a beautiful setting. The story starts in America but soon you are thrown head first into the beautiful world that is Prague. I love stories set in Europe, there's so much more history and distinct architecture there that we just don't have here in North America. And because Prague isn't one of the more common European cities we see stories based in (like Paris, London etc) is felt even more unique and enchanting. One things I really appreciated about this book (and the reason that I can so whole heartedly recommend this book) is that is builds this whole century old mystery, involving Latin and secret sects and it does it all without demonizing religion. I find for many similar titles some authors easily fall into a pattern of scape goating religion - particularly Christianity - and I usually find this incredibly problematic and kind of lazy. Robin Wasserman builds a much more complicated and layered plot with three dimensional antagonists. That's a sign of a quality mystery writer. Final recommendation: A beautiful book that is great for more than just mystery lovers but is perfect for those who want something similar to The Da Vinci Code but with better writing and plotting. This and other reviews at Hooked on Books (http://christashookedonbooks.blogspot.com)
Date published: 2012-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman promises suspense, mystery, romance and history. *copy provided by publisher for review* In complete and total honesty, The Book of Blood and Shadow did not start off on the lightest of notes for me. I was nearing 100 pages and already felt desperate to set the title aside. Unfortunately, I no longer felt like I had the strength or patience to stick with it. Regrettably, The Book of Blood and Shadow started off incredibly slow and offbeat, it just didn't seem to reflect what the synopsis had promised; which was mystery, suspense, action, and travel. Fortunately enough, a fellow book blogger urged me to keep moving forward with the title, promising me that all I wanted was just beyond those 100 pages and that I would fall in love with the results. She was completely right, I did find myself loving it! As soon as I stepped over that 100 page threshold and made my way onward, I discovered that The Book of Blood and Shadow was truly an exciting and action packed novel. It was, as I mentioned before, just a bit too unfortunate that it took it's sweet ol' time showing it's true colors. Everything that Robin Wasserman promised would be there indeed was, and then some! The Book of Blood and Shadow was rich in history, unbelievably dramatic, emotionally relentless, and utterly captivating! With beautiful and intriguing writing like that of Robin Wasserman, I'm not sure why I ever doubted her talents. Unlike most reads in the young adult genre, The Book of Blood and Shadow was far from being "dumbed down". Robin Wasserman presented writing that captivated me and begged me to take my time indulging it's every detail. In addition, Robin Wasserman's characters were all lovable and realistic. Nora, Max, Eli, Chris, and Adriane all connected with me on a personal level that left me begging to know more about them. Each and every character felt like a new mystery I needed to crack, and the further I moved into Blood and Shadow the more I learned how right I was! Nora was a timid thing, she was hard to crack and even harder to understand. Her emotions sometimes felt watered-down, but the more I read in her narrative voice, the more I found myself loving her role as protagonist. In addition to Max, Chris, and Adriane, I couldn't imagine better secondary characters to follow up Nora. Chris and Adriane had a peculiar relationship that didn't quite settle with me very well immediately, but I just loved witnessing how everything progressed and eventually led to the exciting and unpredictable events of The Book of Blood and Shadow. The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman promises suspense, mystery, romance, history, and fantasy. Readers who love all of the above will find themselves adoring The Book of Blood and Shadow. However, heed my advice; be sure to give it some time to get exciting. As I mentioned earlier on, the first 100 pages are a serious drag but it ultimately builds up the suspense to an incredible level!
Date published: 2012-03-27

– More About This Product –

The Book Of Blood And Shadow

by Robin Wasserman

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 448 pages, 8.5 × 6.15 × 1.45 in

Published: August 27, 2013

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0375868763

ISBN - 13: 9780375868764

About the Book

While working on a project translating letters from sixteenth-century Prague, high school senior Nora Kane discovers her best friend murdered with her boyfriend the apparent killer and is caught up in a dangerous web of secret societies and shadowy conspirators, all searching for a mysterious ancient device purported to allow direct communication with God.

Read from the Book

1 I should probably start with the blood. If it bleeds it leads and all that, right? It’s all anyone ever wants to know about, anyway. What did it look like? What did it feel like? Why was it all over my hands? And the mystery blood, all those unaccounted-for antibodies, those faceless corkscrews of DNA--who left them behind? But beginning with that night, with the blood, means that Chris will never be anything more than a corpse, bleeding out all over his mother’s travertine marble, Adriane nothing but a dead-eyed head case, rocking and moaning, her clothes soaked in his blood, her face paper white with that slash of red razored into her cheek. If I started there, Max would be nothing but a void. Null space; vacuum and wind. Maybe that part would be right. But not the rest of it. Because that wasn’t the beginning, any more than it was the end. It was--note the brilliant deductive reasoning at work here--the middle. The center of gravity around which we all spiraled, but none of us could see. The center cannot hold, Max liked to say, back when things were new and quoting poetry seemed a suitably ironic way to declare our love. Things fall apart. But things don’t just fall apart. People break them. 2 In the beginning was the Book. “Seven hundred years old.” The Hoff slammed it down so hard the table rattled. “Imagine that.” Apparently noting our lack of awe, he dropped a liver-spotted fist onto the book with nearly as much force.
read more read less

From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

Robin Wasserman is the author of the Seven Deadly Sins series, Hacking Harvard, and the Skinned trilogy, which bestselling author Scott Westerfeld called "spellbinding." She has a master''s degree in the history of science, and is fascinated by Renaissance philosophy, religion, magic, science, and the interplay among them. She lives in Brooklyn.

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews Best of Teen''s Books 2012

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, February 13, 2012:
“Readers who enjoy fast-paced, bloody, historically inflected thrillers in the vein of Dan Brown will be riveted.”

Review, Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2011:
"Here''s something refreshing—a religious-historical thriller . . . serving up shivery suspense, sans fangs or fur . . . A classy read that repays reader effort."

Review, Justine Magazine, February / March 2012:
“A must read for fans of Revolution and The DaVinci Code . . . fast-paced and vivid."

Review, A Chair, A Fireplace, and a Tea Cozy blog, SchoolLibraryJournal.com, March 28, 2012:
"I fell for The Book of Blood and Shadow at the first sentence . . . part of the wonder of The Book of Blood and Shadow is the twists and turns it takes . . .a favorite book read in 2012."

Review, The Horn Book Magazine, March 1, 2012:
"This is a thorough mixture of contemporary American adolescence, the sixteenth-century occult, and atmospheric, historical substance, all dished up with a convoluted plot in DaVinci Code mode."

“A lushly drawn mystery of manipulation and desire."
—Holly Black, author of Black Heart

"Genuinely thrilling. This is the historical conspiracy you''ve been waiting for."
—Maureen Johnson, author of The Name of the Star

Appropriate for ages: 12

Item not added

This item is not available to order at this time.

See used copies from 00.00
  • My Gift List
  • My Wish List
  • Shopping Cart