The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman Review

Robin Wasserman

Publication Date:
April 10, 2012

Random House Children’s Books

Hardcover, 448 pages

CAD $19.99

A finished copy was provided by RandomHouse Canada for review! Thank you!




It was like a nightmare, but there was no waking up. When the night began, Nora had two best friends and an embarrassingly storybook one true love. When it ended, she had nothing but blood on her hands and an echoing scream that stopped only when the tranquilizers pierced her veins and left her in the merciful dark.

But the next morning, it was all still true: Chris was dead. His girlfriend Adriane, Nora’s best friend, was catatonic. And Max, Nora’s sweet, smart, soft-spoken Prince Charming, was gone. He was also-according to the police, according to her parents, according to everyone-a murderer.

Desperate to prove his innocence, Nora follows the trail of blood, no matter where it leads. It ultimately brings her to the ancient streets of Prague, where she is drawn into a dark web of secret societies and shadowy conspirators, all driven by a mad desire to possess something that might not even exist. For buried in a centuries-old manuscript is the secret to ultimate knowledge and communion with the divine; it is said that he who controls the Lumen Dei controls the world. Unbeknownst to her, Nora now holds the crucial key to unlocking its secrets. Her night of blood is just one piece in a puzzle that spans continents and centuries. Solving it may be the only way she can save her own life.

About The Author

Robin Wasserman is the author of the Seven Deadly Sins series, Hacking Harvard, and the Skinned trilogy, which bestselling author Scott Westerfeld called “spellbinding.” She has a master’s degree in the history of science, and is fascinated by Renaissance philosophy, religion, magic, science, and the interplay among them. She lives in Brooklyn.


Nora’s caught in a journey to find out the truth about her best friend Chris’ death. Not only is she tries to find out who his murderer was but she also seeks out her boyfriend Max who seems to have disappeared. Caught in a web of lifes, secret societies and even more murder, Nora can only depend on herself.

To be honest, the first 150 pages bored me. I was a little confused as to which part was the present and who all the characters were until the narration was explained in detail. But I prowled on because I had to give it a chance. So many questions left to answer and I’m a curious person with needs. Oh this curious person was definitely satisfied after reading the entire book.

As soon as Nora’s best friend Chris died, I knew I was looking at a book that reminded me of The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. A murder starts the tale off, and as all good books go, the mystery has yet so many questions to answer. I love this book! It had a lot of intrigue with just the right amount of sleuthing by the main characters to earn a four star rating.

Rating 4/5


“They fight because they have to resort to faith. If there were one truth, one single answer, there’d be no more fighting.”–Max (294)

“The best lies, the most believable lies, are mostly truth.”–Nora (352)

Giselle San Miguel is a freelance web designer who has a voracious appetite for reading and manages her own book blog at She also enjoys writing, design, movies, and photography.