Thursday, February 25, 2016
The Secret Language of Stones by M.J. Rose
This is the second in the daughters of La Lune series and set in Paris during WWI. Frankly, these are the most beautiful covers -- I just love looking at them to get in the mood for reading.
3.0 out of 5 stars -- "Make of the blood, heat. Make of the heat, a fire. Make of the fire, life everlasting."
Romance, witchcraft, and lithomancy set in Paris toward the end of World War I. Opaline Duplessi, the daughter of Sandrine (of book #1 in the Daughters of La Lune series), is studying the craft of jewelry making under the tutelage of Pavel Orloff, a Russian expatriate. Opaline is able to hear voices of those who have died after she makes a special talisman for those who seek her special skills. One day, while creating such a charm, she hears the voice of a dead soldier speaking directly to her! Along the way, she also becomes involved in the politics of the Bolshevik Revolution and the Romanov family.
Art and history combine with the supernatural to create a love story that transcends what we normally understand about the occult and death. It matters not whether you believe in psychic power.
I've read all of MJ Rose's novels and this is another one that will please her fans and perhaps entice new readers as well. The beautiful cover art draws the reader in, and the writing captures the time period and the deepens the mood. Satisfying read.
Thank you to NetGalley, Atria Books, and Simon & Schuster for the e-book ARC to review.