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The Book of Blood and Shadow (edició 2012)

de Robin Wasserman (Autor)

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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.… (més)
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Títol:The Book of Blood and Shadow
Autors:Robin Wasserman (Autor)
Informació:Knopf Books for Young Readers (2012), 448 pages
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This is a really solid read-alike for [b:The Historian|10692|The Historian|Elizabeth Kostova|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1327867412s/10692.jpg|3061272], and while I think it holds definite appeal for teens, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to an adult looking for something to read. There's wonderful codes and research and historical context. For myself, I didn't enjoy the resolution at all, but that might just be my personal taste. ( )
  bookbrig | Aug 5, 2020 |
I loved this book. It was a good old fashioned thriller. There were parts of it that were down right creepy scary but at the heart of The Book of Blood and Shadow was a great mystery. I am one of those people who normally picks out the murderer halfway through a book and spends the rest of the book confirming my suspicion. I can't remember the last time I was so tempted to flip to the end of a book and find out who the killer was. I spent three nights laying in bed forcing myself not to turn to those back pages and spoil the ending.

This was the first book I read by Robin Wasserman. I recently saw her on a panel at the Decatur Book Festival and she was talking about her newest book The Waking Dark. She was claiming that it is a horror novel reminiscent of the old Stephen King novels. I have been wanting to read a horror novel recently. Maybe I'll be picking that one up soon. ( )
  melrailey | Apr 7, 2020 |
This book is basically the YA version of the Devinci Code. Ancient/really old puzzles and clues that lead to some mysterious prize? Check. 1 or more groups that hate each other and don't like the protagonist? Check. Crazy chases and deaths and sudden twists? Check.

Over all, this book was well done, though I found myself getting more pulled into Elizabeth's letters as than anything else as the story wore on. I also admit that Max had me on his side for the longest time until Eli revealed the truth about him.

Adriane turned out to be a really shitty person and friend, though I do feel slightly bad for her because she was the only person not connected to the scheme in a sinister way, but dragged along and used anyway. ( )
  Moore31 | Feb 25, 2018 |
This book is basically the YA version of the Devinci Code. Ancient/really old puzzles and clues that lead to some mysterious prize? Check. 1 or more groups that hate each other and don't like the protagonist? Check. Crazy chases and deaths and sudden twists? Check.

Over all, this book was well done, though I found myself getting more pulled into Elizabeth's letters as than anything else as the story wore on. I also admit that Max had me on his side for the longest time until Eli revealed the truth about him.

Adriane turned out to be a really shitty person and friend, though I do feel slightly bad for her because she was the only person not connected to the scheme in a sinister way, but dragged along and used anyway. ( )
  Moore31 | Feb 25, 2018 |
Guys this book. Really guys. This book wins all the awards for it’s title, first off. Then it went ahead and began with a quote from Dr. Faustus and The Tempest (and to show how much I love those plays, the man who can quote those two plays to me I’ll just marry on the spot, let’s be real here). It began with two quotes from those plays (and quoted Faustus again later on). If it hadn’t already won me over there, the beginning did for sure. I really like when books begin in media res even though it’s a spoiler right off, I like when books plunge you immediately into the action and then take the time to build up the rest of the story. This definitely did that.
I have a lot of feelings about this book and it’s difficult to put them all down in words, I don’t even know. I read somewhere that this was a YA Da Vinci Code, but I’ve never read that book so I wouldn’t really know. This book was intense, and I loved it a lot, but I can also see how a lot of people would struggle with it. It just hit a lot of my favourite things so I guess there’s the grain of salt you take my review with, this book is not gonna be for everyone because of the pacing, the plot (which bordered on a bit convoluted every so often) and what was done with the romance of the novel. For me though, oh man I adore it and it was brilliant.
Norah is a high school senior who, for extra credit, is spending her time in a dusty basement helping her best friend, Chris, and his roommate, Max, as they translate ancient letters for a crazy old professor. She spends her time translating letters from a young girl who is in the middle of her dead father’s legacy, the Lumen Dei - which was supposedly an ancient machine that would be a link to God and man - it would show man the mind of God.
Things spiral wildly out of control, leaving her best friend dead, and her boyfriend accused of murder, thus sending her to Prague and the middle of an ancient war that’s been going on for the Lumen Dei for centuries.
Norah is a Latin whizz due to her father being a Latin professor (I appreciate when the quirk the main character has actually has basis and reason behind it), she has emotional issues due to an accident that killed her brother, and she frequently feels like a third wheel with her best friends even though she doesn’t really let them know that.
I just really loved a lot of what happened in this book. The basis of the book was basically parallel narratives with Norah and Elizabeth - the writer of the ancient letters - and I’m a sucker for parallel narratives. It deals a lot with betrayal and dealing with loss and death and it was just a lot of things that I love in a story. Was the plot a bit convoluted with the Lumen Dei and what not? Well, yes, but it actually ended up making sense in the end and being explained better than I thought it was going to be (when the writer pulls the ‘it’s alchemy’ card, it can get really sketchy. And this was actually reasoned out in a way that satisfied me). The only thing I had an issue with was the character Adrianne and what happened with her. I felt like she had little point in the story and I guess I just didn’t understand why the drama with her was totally necessary… It wasn’t enough to dampen my love of this book though. It really was excellent. It was dramatic and tense and it was just a really good story. It was intelligent and I loved the narration a lot. I loved the set up and it was a first person style that I really liked a lot. It’s one of those books that I just need to read again to catch up with all the things that the narration was doing even at the beginning of the book. ( )
  eaduncan | Sep 14, 2017 |
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All things that move between the quiet poles
Shall be at my command.  Emperors and kings
Are but obey'd in their several provinces,
Nor can they raise the wind, or rend the clouds;
But his dominion that exceeds in this
Stretcheth as far as doth the mind of man!
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I should probably start with the blood.
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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.

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