The Library of Light and Shadow (The Daughters of La Lune, #3)
In this riveting and richly drawn novel from “one of the master storytellers of historical fiction” (New York Times bestseller Beatriz Williams), a talented young artist flees New York for Paris after one of her scandalous drawings reveals a dark secret—and triggers a terrible tragedy.In the wake of a dark and brutal World War, the glitz and glamour of 1925 Manhattan shine like a beacon for the high society set, which is desperate to keep their gaze firmly fixed to the future. But Delphine Duplessi sees more than most. At a time in her career when she could easily be unknown and penniless, like so many of her classmates from L’École de Beaux Arts, in America she has gained notoriety for her stunning “shadow portraits” that frequently expose her subjects’ most scandalous secrets—for better or for worse. Most nights Delphine doesn’t mind that her gift has become mere entertainment—a party trick—for the fashionable crowd. Though her ancestor La Lune, the legendary sixteenth-century courtesan and—like Delphine—a witch, might have thought differently.Then, on a snowy night in February, in a penthouse high above Fifth Avenue, Delphine’s mystical talent leads to a tragedy between two brothers. Horrified, she renounces her gift.Devastated and disconsolate, Delphine returns to her old life in the south of France where Picasso, Matisse, and the Fitzgeralds are summering. There, Delphine is thrust into recapturing the past. First by her charismatic twin brother and business manager Sebastian in his attempts to cajole her back to work and into co-dependence, then by the world famous opera singer Emma Calvé, who is obsessed with the centuries-old Book of Abraham, written by the fourteenth-century alchemist Nicolas Flamel. And finally by her ex-lover Mathieu, who is determined to lure her back into his arms, unaware of the danger that had led Delphine to flee Paris for New York five years before.Trapped in an ancient chateau where hidden knowledge lurks in the shadows, Delphine questions and in many ways rejects what and who she loves the most—her art, her magick, her family, her brother, and Mathieu—as she tries to finally accept them as the gifts they are and to shed her fear of loving and living with her eyes wide open.

The Library of Light and Shadow (The Daughters of La Lune, #3) Details

TitleThe Library of Light and Shadow (The Daughters of La Lune, #3)
Author
FormatHardcover
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 18th, 2017
PublisherAtria Books
ISBN1476778124
ISBN-139781476778129
Number of pages384 pages
Rating
GenreHistorical Fiction, Fantasy, Magic

The Library of Light and Shadow (The Daughters of La Lune, #3) Review

  • Yaritza
    March 1, 2017
    What a magical story filled with secrets, lies, mystery and ever lasting love. Delphine had suffered so much and with her mother's magic she was able to get her vision back but at a cost. She was able to draw portraits of people while blindfolded which revealed secrets from the persons past. This gift was a cure and a curse. Most images depicted adultery, murders and dark fantasy. Because of the dark secrets she saw she gave up on her soul mate in order to save him but doesn't realize that these What a magical story filled with secrets, lies, mystery and ever lasting love. Delphine had suffered so much and with her mother's magic she was able to get her vision back but at a cost. She was able to draw portraits of people while blindfolded which revealed secrets from the persons past. This gift was a cure and a curse. Most images depicted adultery, murders and dark fantasy. Because of the dark secrets she saw she gave up on her soul mate in order to save him but doesn't realize that these images cannot be altered and they sometimes don't seem what they are. Shadows seen in darkest can also give light to the secrets. Some secrets must be kept for the good of all.
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  • Linda
    March 24, 2017
    Delphine is a talented artist and a Daughter of La Lune, one of a long line of powerful witches. The novel is set in 1920’s Paris, and famous figures from that era appear in the narrative: Picasso, Cocteau, Calve. Can she keep drawing when her art brings so much pain, both to herself and to her subjects? A fascinating, and very different, paranormal historical fiction novel.
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