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Posted July 18, 2010
This is a fascinating WW II urban fantasy thriller
In 1939 Budapest, Magda Lazarus is the eldest daughter of an eldest daughter whose lineage traces back to the ancient witch Ein Dor. Magda is the servant of Bathory the vampire. Fleeing Stalin's wrath, a Russian Jew Zihad Juhuri pleads with Magda to help him obtain the Book of the Angel Raziel that only one who has returned from the dead like a Drinker can obtain. He fears the Nazis will obtain the greatest weapon, this biblical tome, ever known. At the same her sister Gisele the seer warns of a pandemic destruction of the Jews by the Nazi abomination.
Magda searches for the tome. On her quest she encounters a horde of diverse supernatural Nazi essences who want to prevent her from becoming the Lazarus witch who can reach the angel Raziel. As she gets closer to completing her mission that she hopes prevents the mass devastation her sibling predicts is coming, she meets and magically duels the King of Lies.
This is a fascinating WW II fantasy thriller that builds its mythos from mostly the Jewish lore sprinkled with some Hungarian and other Eastern Europe myths. The story line is fast-paced as time is running out on Magda while Nazis werewolves, demons, and worse assault her preferable to kill her permanently because she is a threat to their domination. Although the language can turn stilted in an archaic way, which in fairness brings realism with it, readers will enjoy the exhilarating tale of Magda trying to become the Lazarus in order to protect her family, her people and Europe in that order.
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Posted June 6, 2012
Posted November 24, 2010
Horrible, could not stay focused
Checked this book out at the library and was the worst mistake I could make. I am a quick reader if interested and there is no interest here at all. Nice try but if Mrs. Lang has another skill set such as teaching or something fruitful to society I suggest she return to it immediately. The book has too much discription, for a paranormal science fiction book half of the stuff written is so unbelievable I don't think Syfy would even run the made for TV movie version of this book. The story dragged on and on, the so called witch proved to be very disappointing and I couldn't tell if this was a spiritual lore given the angle throughout the story of a childs fantasy to escape the horrors of World War II.
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Posted May 3, 2011
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