Written by: Jessica Leake
Print Length: 288 pages
Publication Date: November 11, 2014
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Genre: Historical Fiction | Fantasy | Paranormal
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A romantic, suspenseful, genre-bending debut set in Edwardian London.
Amid the sumptuous backdrop of the London season in 1905, headstrong Katherine Sinclair must join the ranks of debutantes vying for suitors. Unfortunately for Katherine, she cannot imagine anything more loathsome—or dangerous. To help ease her entrance into society, Katherine’s family has elicited the assistance of the Earl of Thornewood, a friend and London’s most eligible bachelor, to be her constant companion at the endless fetes and balls. But upon her arrival in London, Katherine realizes there will be more to this season than just white gowns and husband hunting.
Through her late mother’s enchanted diary, Katherine receives warning to keep hidden her otherworldly ability to perform arcana, a magic fueled by the power of the sun. Any misstep could mean ruin—and not just for her family name. The Order of the Eternal Sun is everywhere—hunting for those like her, able to feed on arcana with only a touch of the hand.
But society intrigue can be just as perilous as the Order. The machinations of the fashionable elite are a constant threat, and those who covet Katherine’s arcana, seeking the power of her birthright, could be hiding behind the façade of every suitor—even the darkly handsome Earl of Thornewood.
With so much danger and suspicion, can she give her heart to the one who captivates her, or is he just another after her power?
Arcana by Jessica Leake
Arcana is a historical romance with a big flare of paranormal on the side.
A young debutant, Katherine Sinclair, is about to make her debut. Her father arranges for her coming out with her grandmother and the assistance of the Earl of Thornewood. Quickly, Katherine realize that her coming out is much more dangerous than she ever imagined. As a woman with the gift of Arcana, Katherine must weed out friend from foe...but foe is lying closer to home than she can ever imagine.
Suspicions and danger abound, unsure who she can trust, Katherine relys on a magical diary left by her mother to give her clues to her future.
This was a fun and highly entertaining read.
I did have a few questions - problems with the plot but I was so taken by the rest of the story that those issues were pushed way back to the back burner.
Leake writing style sucked me right in and kept me on the edge of my seat with anticipation. Being a fan of an enchanting historical romance, I was only overjoyed that it had this paranormal/magical twist. Don't miss Jessica Leake's Arcana.
I received this ARC copy of Arcana from Talos - Perseus/PGW/Legato/Consortium in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication November 18, 2014.