Of Blood and Honey
By: Stina Leicht
Format: Paperback; my copy
Liam never knew who his father was. The town of Derry had always assumed that he was the bastard of a protestant — his mother never spoke of him, and Liam assumed he was dead. But when the war between the fallen and the fey began to heat up, Liam and his family are pulled into a conflict that they didn’t know existed.
A centuries old conflict between supernatural forces seems to mirror the political divisions in 1970’s era Ireland, and Liam is thrown headlong into both conflicts! Only the direct intervention of Liam’s real father, and a secret Catholic order dedicated to fighting “The Fallen” can save Liam… from the mundane and supernatural forces around him, and from the darkness that lurks within him.
I was curious about this book because a) it’s gotten some great reviews from SFF bloggers whom I follow and whose SFF recommendations I value (can’t think of the right word here…but you know what I mean =P) and b) to a lesser extent, the cover art (minus the blood) is rather haunting and stunning. I got around to picking it up earlier this week and pretty much read it in one day *blushes*
Shadow of Night (All Souls’ Trilogy #2)
By: Deborah Harkness
A Discovery of Witches introduced Diana Bishop, Oxford scholar and reluctant witch, and vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont. Drawn to each other despite long-standing taboos, these two other-worldly beings found themselves at the center of a battle for a lost, enchanted manuscript known as Ashmole 782.
Book two of the All Souls trilogy plunges Diana and Matthew into Elizabethan London, a world of spies and subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew’s old friends, the mysterious School of Night. The pair’s mission is to find traces of Ashmole 782, but as the net of Matthew’s past tightens around them they embark on a very different–and vastly more dangerous–journey.
I read A Discovery of Witches (review) last year and greatly enjoyed it so I was eager to check out the second book in the trilogy. I spent the weekend re-reading A Discovery of Witches in order to read this one. Contains some spoilers ahead!
A Discovery of Witches (All Souls’ Trilogy #1)
By: Deborah Harkness
Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.
I seem to be on some streak with the supernatural/magical realism genre at the moment. This book first caught my attention because the main character, Diana Bishop, is first and foremost a scholar. I thought that was interesting enough of a take to check out the novel. I had been reading it on and off for the past few days but it has only been in the last day or so that I’ve been reading it almost non-stop. Contains some spoilers ahead!