The Secrets of Life and Death

The Secrets of Life and Death

Title:The Secrets of Life and Death
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780804140683
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:384 pages

In modern day England, Professor Felix Guichard is called in to identify occult symbols found on the corpse of a young girl. His investigation brings him in contact with a mysterious woman, Jackdaw Hammond, who guards a monumental secret–She’s Dead. Or she would be, were it not for magic which has artificially extended her life. But someone else knows her secret. Someone very old and very powerful, who won’t rest until they’ve taken the magic that keeps her alive….

In Krakow in 1585, Dr John Dee, the Elizabethan Alchemist and Occultist, and his assistant Edward Kelley have been summoned by the King of Poland to save the life of his niece, the infamous Countess Elisabeth Bathory. But they soon realize that the only thing worse than the Countess’ malady, is the magic that might be able to save her…

As Jackdaw and Felix race to uncover the truth about the person hunting her, it becomes clear that the answers they seek can only be found in the ancient diary of John Dee’s assistant, Edward Kelley. Together they must solve a mystery centuries in the making, or die trying.


    The Secrets of Life and Death Reviews

  • Kaora

    "It doesn't matter now, that was your old life. Now you have a new one. You're on 'borrowed time'. If we get one herb wrong, leave one sigil out or let you go out of the circle, you will choke to deat...

  • Mogsy (MMOGC)

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum http://bibliosanctum.com/2014/11/19/b...The Secrets of Life and Death was an interesting novel, a mix of dark noir fantasy mystery and historical fiction, using the...

  • SUSAN   *Nevertheless,she persisted*

    3.5 stars. Review to come....

  • Yzabel Ginsberg

    (I got a copy courtesy of Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.)I should have read and reviewed this book sooner, but as things go, more and more book piled up. As usual, you might say.The Secr...

  • Valentina

    This book started off with promise but soon warped. The best parts about it were the historical chapters, while the modern ones dragged the story down.The historical chapters create a mood that the mo...

  • Heidi The Reader

    I received a free advanced reader's copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads. FTC guidelines: check!A girl is found dead with strange symbols written all over her body. Is it murder, suicide, a...

  • Michelle

    On the surface, there should be much to enjoy about The Secrets of Life and Death. There is magic, witches, the occult, science, adventure, history, and mystery. However, that which should make it int...

  • Shelley

    *Source* Library*Genre* Historical, Fantasy*Rating* 4.0*My Thoughts*The Secrets of Life and Death is the first installment in Rebecca Alexander's Jackdaw Hammond series. I found this story entertainin...

  • Vicki

    A gripping tale with an intriguing plotline that's richly detailed and well researched, makes this a thoroughly entertaining read!...

  • Lucinda

    A richly detailed, complex tale that deftly interweaves historical with contemporary fictionThis book is a conglomeration of varying genres that spans across varying timeframes, forming an utterly uni...