Smart and suspenseful, this thriller filled with history and mystery isn’t just for teens! It has a great coming-of-age story along with a can’t-put-down mystery and globe-trotting adventure. The stakes are high, the characters are complex, and the pull of the past is strong. If you enjoy books by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, or if you like Dan Brown’s plots but wish he spent more time on characters and revisions, try this.
“Nora, a quiet loner who keeps to herself ever since her brother died in a car crash, is working on a project at prep school, translating letters from 16th-century Prague with her best friends. Suddenly it all goes wrong: Chris is dead, Adriane is catatonic, and Max, Nora's new boyfriend, is apparently the killer. Desperate to save Max and prove his innocence, Nora heads to Prague to discover the truth. A smart, engaging thriller guaranteed to engage readers!”
— Cathy Berner, Blue Willow Bookshop, Houston, TX
One night. One body, broken in a pool of blood. One killer, lost in the shadows. One girl, left behind. Left alone, to face the consequences. To find the truth. To avenge the dead.
One night is all it takes to change Nora Kane's life forever. Her best friend is dead; her boyfriend has vanished. And the trail of blood leads straight back to her: The person who might be responsible. The person who might be next.
Desperate to save the people she loves and determined to find justice for the ones she's lost, Nora unearths a dark web of secret societies and shadowy conspirators, all driven by a mad desire to possess something that might not even exist. Something to which Nora herself might hold the key. It turns out her night of blood is just one piece in a puzzle that spans continents and centuries—and solving it may be the only way she can save her own life.
About the Author
ROBIN WASSERMAN is the author of the Seven Deadly Sins series, Hacking Harvard, and the Skinnedtrilogy, which bestselling author Scott Westerfeld called "spellbinding." She has a master's degree in the history of science, and is fascinated by Renaissance philosophy, religion, magic, science, and the interplay among them. She lives in Brooklyn.
Kirkus Reviews Best of Teen's Books 2012
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, February 13, 2012: “Readers who enjoy fast-paced, bloody, historically inflected thrillers in the vein of Dan Brown will be riveted.”
Review, Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2011: "Here's something refreshing—a religious-historical thriller . . . serving up shivery suspense, sans fangs or fur . . . A classy read that repays reader effort."
Review, Justine Magazine, February / March 2012: “A must read for fans of Revolution and The DaVinci Code . . . fast-paced and vivid."
Review, A Chair, A Fireplace, and a Tea Cozy blog, SchoolLibraryJournal.com, March 28, 2012: "I fell for The Book of Blood and Shadow at the first sentence . . . part of the wonder of The Book of Blood and Shadow is the twists and turns it takes . . .a favorite book read in 2012."
Review, The Horn Book Magazine, March 1, 2012: "This is a thorough mixture of contemporary American adolescence, the sixteenth-century occult, and atmospheric, historical substance, all dished up with a convoluted plot in DaVinci Code mode."
“A lushly drawn mystery of manipulation and desire." —Holly Black, author of Black Heart
"Genuinely thrilling. This is the historical conspiracy you've been waiting for." —Maureen Johnson, author of The Name of the Star