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Synopsis:"… an intriguing, dark tale complete with vividly drawn characters, and a uniquely compelling character in Magnus … seamlessly blends mystery, magic and matters of the heart to create an enthralling read. Readers will be engaged from the start of the story to its climactic ending." ~Melanie Bates, RT Book Reviews "A dark story of passion and revenge … A guilty-pleasure read that kept me captivated knowing something sinister is looming in the plot and over the characters." ~New Orleans Magazine
In the late 1800s, handsome, wealthy New Englander, Magnus Blackwell, is the envy of all. When Magnus meets Jacob O'Connor–a Harvard student from the working class–an unlikely friendship is forged. But their close bond is soon challenged by a captivating woman; a woman Magnus wants, but Jacob gets. Devastated, Magnus seeks solace in a trip to New Orleans. After a chance meeting with Oscar Wilde, he becomes immersed in a world of depravity and brutality, inevitably becoming the inspiration for Dorian Gray. Armed with the forbidden magic of voodoo, he sets his sights on winning back the woman Jacob stole from him. Amid the trappings of Victorian society, two men, bent on revenge, will lay the foundation for a curse that will forever alter their destinies.
This is the second book I have read by this author duo. I have quickly became a fan. Warning as the books these authors co-write together are "dark". As a fan of "dark" books, I enjoy them. The other reasons that I have become a fan of this author duo is because the storylines are strong and the characters are very engaging.
I did not know that this book was the prequel to the Magnus Blackwell series. That is a good thing. It means that anyone new to this series like me can read this book and not feel like they missed anything by having not read the prior novels. This does not mean that I will not go back and pick up the prior books as I enjoyed this book so much.
Magnus and Jacob are the prime example of evil versus good. I am not talking just a little evil either. Magnus was the inspiration for the novel, Dorian Gray but worse. Can I just mention that these two authors work so well together that it was like there was one author writing as I could not tell where one left off and the next picked up. This book is a recommended read.
Book Details:Genre: Historical Mystery with Supernatural Elements Published by: Vesuvian Books Publication Date: January 17th 2017 Number of Pages: 295 ISBN: 1944109242 (ISBN13: 9781944109240) Series: A Magnus Blackwell Novel 0.5 Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads