In the middle decades of the nineteenth century, Herculine is summoned from self-imposed exile by her teacher, the witch Sebastiana d'Azur, and told to sail from the Florida territory to Havana. There she is to search out one Queverdo Brù - a cruel and demonic man whose house holds terrible secrets - to learn of a certain "surprise." But lies and truths conspire to separate Herculine from those she loves, and she finds herself alone with Brù, who sees in her something he has long sought, and now seeks to use, harshly, as he practices that most ancient of arts: alchemy.
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"Pretty prose, but the true magic lies in the narrative's ability to make scheming alchemists, steamy hermaphrodite sex and witchcraft much less exciting than they sound." - Kirkus.
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This is the concluding volume of the Herculine trilogy (The Book of Spirits & The Book of Shadows).
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