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Splendors and Glooms

by Laura A. Schlitz

Splendors and Glooms
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  • First Published:
    Aug 2012, 400 pages
    Paperback:
    Jan 2014, 400 pages

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Set in Victorian London, this mesmerizing Gothic tale is distinguished by a colorful cast of characters and vivid imagery.

This delightfully enchanting book is perfect for nestling in to a comfortable chair with. With its engrossing story, gritty Victorian London setting and endearing characters, the hours will fly by unnoticed by those who turn its pages.

Splendors and Glooms offers 21st century children a peek into a time and place vastly different from their own. Meticulous attention to detail captures two vastly different worlds of 1860s Dickensian London, one characterized by heavy drapes and groaning sideboards, the other by rumbling stomachs and hearths barely lit.

We first meet Cassandra, an old and ailing witch whose death looms close at hand. Her powers grow weaker yet the source of them, the fire opal encased in a filigree locket that hangs from a gold chain around her neck, burns hot with vibrating strength. She lies in her bed in Venice, with no friends or family to comfort her. Attended to by...

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