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The Book of Spirits

by James Reese

The Book of Spirits by James Reese
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  • Published in USA  Aug 2005
    432 pages
    Genre: Novels

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September, 1826. The witch Herculine stands on the deck of a ship bound for Virginia, leaving behind a strange and violent childhood in France for an uncertain future in an unknown land. Then a chance encounter changes everything. A beautiful slave awakens passions—as well as dark, otherworldly powers—within the confused Herculine. Soon both are spellbound, caught in an erotic and desperate relationship from which only Herculine's teacher, the missing witch Sebastiana d'Azur, can rescue her.
Herculine flees to New York hoping to find Sebastiana, but there she is distracted by the city's chaos and her own carnal education. Her mission far from finished, Herculine renews her quest, and returs south in search of her beloved, her true self, and, ultimately, her salvation.

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'Part historical fiction, part supernatural tale, this is difficult to put down and will surely delight fans of Reese's first novel as well as convert new readers to his fascinating style.' - Booklist starred review.

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