An artist with magical gifts is unable to paint after a series of tragedies makes her question her path, but a visit to an ancient French château forces her to re-evaluate everything.
In the wake of the brutal Great War, Delphine Duplessi has built a thriving career painting portraits with a twist. Called shadow portraits, they depend on Delphine’s second sight, which enables her to draw while blindfolded and uncover her subjects' darkest secrets. Delphine has already fled an unsettling experience—and a failed love affair—by escaping Paris for New York. She's taken to doing quick sketches as a kind of parlor trick for the high-society party circuit, but tragedy strikes again, and afterward, Delphine can’t bring herself to pick up a brush. When her twin brother and manager, Sebastian, crosses the Atlantic to take her back to France, she avoids her art and her blindfold, frightened and heartsick at her work’s consequences. Sebastian pressures her to get back to it, however, and arranges for her to explore the secrets at an ancient château with connections to a doomed sect of Christians and the Knights Templar. Delphine finds herself on a hunt for Nicolas Flamel’s Elixir of Life and face to face with the man she’s always loved. Seeking answers to the château’s mysteries forces Delphine to confront her gift, its darkness, and her brother’s problematic influence while embracing her capacity for light. Rose continues her mesmerizing Daughters of La Lune series with another title that captures the beauty, elegance, tragedy, and enchantment of Paris, this time during the 1920s, and explores magic, spiritualism, and the occult from a fascinating and creative angle. Possibly her best yet.
A sensuous, sumptuous, and spellbinding novel.