The Secrets of Life and Death

by Rebecca Alexander

Part of the Secrets Series

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March 2014 Debut of the Month.

The novel dives straight in with a young girl found dead on a train with mysterious symbols and signs covering her body. Then we turn back to 1585 and John Dee and his apprentice Edward Kelly are on their way to a mysterious castle in Hungary. The chapters now alternate between these two periods. It appears a countess needs saving, a very powerful lady. So it is witchcraft that dominates this tale, and the desire over the ages to possess a magical strength. Touching on the un-dead or resurrected “revenants” and life giving blood-suckers, this brings many myths into both periods which do, of course, tie up. It is terrific, highly improbable fun. Well worth a read.

Sarah Broadhurst

The Secrets of Life and Death Synopsis

Destined to die. Saved by Fate. 1585. When Edward Kelley and his master, Dr John Dee, discover a dark secret at the heart of the Countess Elizabeth Bathory's illness, they fear the cure will prove more terrifying than death...2013. When Jackdaw Hammond learns of a young woman found dead on a train, her body covered in arcane symbols, she must finish what Kelley and Dee started, or die trying...

The Secrets of Life and Death Press Reviews

'[The Secrets of Life and Death] is a fine addition to the urban fantasy genre and marks Alexander as an author to watch' The Independent on Sunday

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ISBN: 9780091953249
Publication date: 13/03/2014
Publisher: Del Rey an imprint of Ebury Press
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780091953232
Publication date: 10/10/2013
Publisher: Del Rey an imprint of Ebury Press
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780091953249
Publication date: 13th March 2014
Author: Rebecca Alexander
Publisher: Del Rey an imprint of Ebury Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 448 pages
Genres: Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Fantasy, Historical Fiction,
Categories: Science fiction,

About Rebecca Alexander

Rebecca Alexander fell in love with all things sorcery, magic and witchcraft as a teenager and has enjoyed reading and writing fantasy ever since. She wrote her first book aged nineteen and since then has been runner up in the Myslexia novel writing competition and the Yeovil Literary Prize 2012. Trained in psychology and education, and having researched magical thinking in adults for her MSc, Rebecca met some really interesting people in some very odd circumstances, which she could no longer resist writing down. She lives in a haunted house by the sea with her second husband, four cats, three chickens ...

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