Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Library of Light and Shadow by M.J. Rose (Daughters of La Lune #3)

The Library of Light and Shadow
by M.J. Rose

My rating: 4 stars

Series: Daughters of La Lune - Book 3
Publisher: Atria Books (July 18, 2017)
Publication Date: July 18, 2017
Genre: Historical Paranormal Romance
Print Length: 368 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
In this riveting and richly drawn novel from “one of the master storytellers of historical fiction” (New York Times bestselling author Beatriz Williams), a talented young artist flees New York for Paris after one of her scandalous drawings reveals a dark secret—and triggers a terrible tragedy.

In the wake of a dark and brutal World War, the glitz and glamour of 1925 Manhattan shine like a beacon for the high society set, desperate to keep their gaze firmly fixed to the future. But Delphine Duplessi sees more than most. At a time in her career when she could easily be unknown and penniless, like so many of her classmates from L’École des Beaux Arts, in America she has gained notoriety for her stunning “shadow portraits” that frequently expose her subjects’ most scandalous secrets. Most nights Delphine doesn’t mind that her gift has become mere entertainment—a party trick—for the fashionable crowd.

Then, on a snowy night in February, in a penthouse high above Fifth Avenue, Delphine’s mystical talent leads to a tragedy between two brothers. Devastated and disconsolate, Delphine renounces her gift and returns to her old life in the south of France where Picasso, Matisse, and the Fitzgeralds are summering. There, Delphine is thrust into recapturing the past. First by her charismatic twin brother and business manager Sebastian who attempts to cajole her back to work and into co-dependence, then by the world famous opera singer Emma Calvé, who is obsessed with the writings of the fourteenth-century alchemist Nicolas Flamel. And finally by her ex-lover Mathieu, who is determined to lure her back into his arms, unaware of the danger that led Delphine to flee Paris for New York five years before.

Trapped in an ancient chateau where hidden knowledge lurks in the shadows, Delphine questions everything and everyone she loves the most—her art, her magick, her family, and Mathieu—in an effort to accept them as the gifts they are. Only there can she shed her fear of loving and living with her eyes wide open

 The Library of Light and Shadow by M.J. Rose
(Daughters of La Lune #3)

The Library of Light and Shadow (Daughters of La Lune #3)It was a time of re-birth, a time of excess, a time to indulge in life and forget the horrors of World War I and the sky was the limit for parlor tricks and daring entertainment for high society. Artist Delphine Duplessi has a gift beyond the ability to draw what the naked eye sees. She can draw one’s inner most secrets and has become the darling of society gatherings, the main attraction for the wealthy looking for one more thrill or oddity to experience. With the gift of sight comes danger and with the brutal honesty of her drawings comes pain, dark revelations and even death.

It is that pain and death that finally sends Delphine home to France, refusing to taint the world with the powers of her gift. It is there she will find her own painfully dark past pushing back into her life and the one man who owns her heart will attempt to win her back. Little does he know the reasons she left and the danger she represents. Now Delphine must search deep within her own soul and see both herself and the world for what they are, a gift to be used wisely, but can she embrace what she longs for or is it too late for her own damaged soul?

M.J. Rose brings the third book of the Daughters of La Lune, THE LIBRARY OF LIGHT AND SHADOW to life with her blend of dark and dream-like writing and a plot that is equally intriguing, erotic and veiled in mystery and Magick. An emotionally charged tale that flows steadily along, the action is in the troubled thoughts of Delphine’s mind. A read to be savored and indulged in, rich in detail, atmosphere and the turmoil of the heart.

I received an ARC edition from Atria Books in exchange for my honest review.


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