The Library of Light and Shadow

The Library of Light and Shadow


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.

Title:The Library of Light and Shadow
Edition Language:English
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Number of Pages:384 pages

    The Library of Light and Shadow Reviews

  • Bam

    The Library of Light and Shadow, the third book in the Daughters of La Lune series, is told from the first-person perspective of Delphine Duplessi, a young French artist living in New York City in the...

  • Dianne

    It was a time of re-birth, a time of excess, a time to indulge in life and forget the horrors of World War I and the sky was the limit for parlor tricks and daring entertainment for high society. Arti...

  • Cindy Burnett

    MJ Rose’s new Daughters of La Lune book is a great addition to the series, and the cover is spectacular. I enjoyed Delphine Duplessi’s story and was fascinated by her ability to draw her subject...

  • Denise

    A woman who can sense and paint your secrets while wearing a blindfold because of her special gift -- "the darkest, most hidden desires of their souls." Delphine Duplessi does this in New York as a pa...

  • Babel

    Elegant, mysterious, and laced with foreboding.Crafted with charming and stylish talent, this story is like a lake of perfect serenity, broken by sudden bursts of colourful intensity. There's beauty e...

  • Sheila {ShesGoingBookCrazy.com}

    *Review for book 1 in series: The Witch of Painted Sorrows*Review for book 2 in series: The Secret Language of Stones#7 on my TBR for #ARCAugust tag....

  • Heather

    I fell into a series in and I didn't mean to, but having read The Library of Light and Shadow I think it may turn out to be quite fortuitous. This book introduced me to a world that had a unique back...

  • Jillian

    The Library of Light and Shadow is the newest work in author M.J. Rose's Daughters of La Lune series and while you don't have to read the previous books I recommend you do...for no other reason than t...

  • Joy D

    Historical fiction centered around an artist, who, while blindfolded, can draw pictures of the closely-guarded secrets of her subjects. These renderings, called shadow portraits, have resulted in trag...

  • Piepie Beuttel

    So good! I read this book in two days. The "Daughters of La Lune" series is captivating! I loved all the references to Flamel and immortality. Once again I enjoyed how sexy and sensual these books are...