Much of Madness by S.E. Summa #TuesdayBookBlog @SESumma

Seraphina Pearce doesn’t know what’s more frustrating: her magic’s affinity for death, her best friend’s 28801349transformation into an albino Sin Eater, or that simply touching a guy she loves means someone’s headed to the morgue.

After a sin-eating job goes awry, she casts a risky spell and butts heads with a handsome stranger in order to win an infamous grimoire.

Marceau L’Argent is the last person she should confide in because the occult cat burglar has a mysterious past, and he’s made it no secret he also wants the grimoire. He recognizes her dark magic and offers his unique help as a rare curse breaker. If all that weren’t enough, Marceau causes butterflies in her stomach—a feeling she’d long thought dead.

Seraphina was only trying to break her curse—not piss off Death himself.

MUCH OF MADNESS is a Southern Gothic Horror story about loyalty, sacrifice, and maintaining hope no matter the odds. – Goodreads.com

First, I have to comment on this beautiful cover – so eye-catching and perfect for the story within.  Second – I’m such a sucker for a Southern Gothic horror story – and this one introduced me to supernatural characters I’ve never read about.

A sin eater, spell caster, curse breaker and djinn – as far as supernatural stories go, all of these were new to me, so I enjoyed learning about each of them.  And Death as a character?  The only time I’d seen that was when Death played games with Bill and Ted during their bogus journey; however, Death in this novel definitely isn’t the type to play Twister.  The characters are so easy to like and it’s nice to see a loving, platonic friendship between a man and woman that doesn’t evolve into a romance.  I especially enjoyed Marceau – I like the way his mind works, his understated sense of humor, and how he keeps his cards close, only revealing them when necessary.  His gentlemanly ways are a throwback to another era.  There are some unforeseen events in the plot and an ending I never saw coming.

The only negatives I encountered were some missing words and misplaced commas overlooked in final editing, but that didn’t detract from my enjoyment of this novel.

If you’re a fan of books with engaging, supernatural characters, magic and curses, strong friendships, surprising twists and a touch of the macabre, this is your book.

 

 

 

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