Review: Arcana

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Author Jessica Leake / Reviewed by Felita Daniels / Pages 288

This novel is smartly written. We all like a book where the female is strong and caring. Katherine or ‘Wren’ as those that are close to her call her, also has some special powers. Her mother is gone and so there are many things about her Arcana that she still doesn’t understand fully. Wouldn’t it be too easy if she had training? Each person has to make choices and decisions that affect themselves and those around them. Katherine is at one of those crossroads in her life in more than one way.  I liked how smoothly this author worked in things about the characters, the culture of the time and the mystery behind Arcana. There are some minor characters that are a thorn in Wren’s side and some truly evil characters that endanger both her happiness and that of ones she loves. Between the love story, the Arcana conflict and the colorful characters there was much to keep your interest. I hope there will be a sequel. James, Robert, Lucy and Penelope have some potential? I would love to read that one also. If you enjoyed Gosford Park, or have a passing interest in Edwardian London you would appreciate this work.

Arcana
by Jessica Leake
Adult Historical Fantasy
Hardcover, 288 pages
November 18th 2014 by Talos

Amid the sumptuous backdrop of the London Season in 1905, headstrong Katherine Sinclair must join the ranks of debutantes vying for suitors. Unfortunately for Katherine, she cannot imagine anything more loathsome – or dangerous. Through her late mother’s enchanted journal, Katherine receives warning to keep hidden her otherworldly ability to perform Arcana, a magic fueled by the power of the sun. The machinations of the fashionably elite are a constant threat, but worse still are those who covet Katherine’s Arcana, seeking the power of her birthright. They could be hiding behind the façade of every suitor, even the darkly handsome Earl of Thornewood. With so much danger and suspicion, can she give her heart to the one who captivates her, or is he just another after her power?

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About Jessica Leake
 
I’m a stay-at-home mom of three beautiful children (two toddlers and a newborn, in fact, so I think you can begin to see why my blog may be a bit neglected) and author of Arcana: A Novel (Skyhorse/Talos, November 4, 2014), my debut historical fantasy with a heavy dose of romance. I have a particular obsession with blending different genres, but almost everything I write has an element of fantasy and romance. I’ve been in love with historical England ever since my first literary crush: Mr. Darcy (I can’t even count the number of times I watched Pride & Prejudice–the A&E version, of course!!) I’m represented by the fabulous Brianne Johnson of Writers House, and I live in Greenville, SC.

Before I was a writer, I worked as a psychotherapist. I spent several years working at a psychiatric hospital in Birmingham, AL, but after my husband graduated as a pharmacist, we moved back to Greenville. I claim Greenville as my hometown now since I spent most of my childhood here, and I’m a proud alumna of St. Joseph’s Catholic School and Winthrop University.


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