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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,309 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robin Wasserman Narrator: Emily Janice Card Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 and everyone else, 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A lushly drawn mystery of manipulation and desire.”

    Holly Black, author of Black Heart

  • “Readers who enjoy fast-paced, bloody, historically inflected thrillers in the vein of Dan Brown will be riveted.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Here’s something refreshing—a religious-historical thriller…serving up shivery suspense, sans fangs or fur…A classy read that repays reader effort.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Teens in 2012

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sarah Strohmeyer | 2/2/2014

    " This book as me captivated! I've been listening on it to audio as well while walking my dog and honestly I've wandered for miles. The writing is excellent, the tension supreme and I love how Wasserman shatters a few stereotypes and breaks the mold of YA romance. This historical aspect is nicely woven through the narrative and the protagonist - at first slightly grating - has really grown on me. Lovers of the BOOK THIEF fill probably enjoy this book. What a treat! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ashley | 1/29/2014

    " Usually this type of thriller is an adult genre (see: Da Vinci Code), but Wasserman nicely places it into the teen lit canon. Puzzles, ciphers, dead languages, secret societies, mystical connections, murder, betrayal, love. It was an excellent audiobook. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jessi | 1/19/2014

    " Over all I liked this book. Definitely had a feeling of The Davinci Code but that's what I like. I kept feeling weird that the main character was a high school senior. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lily | 1/6/2014

    " It was... Okay. I didn't end up liking any of the characters, and the plot was fine, but the end with the Lumien Dei was unbelievable. As in it didn't fit with the rest of the story. "

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