Full review here. It's hard to know what to call this book -- a literary mystery, a code-cracking thriller, a high stakes treasure hunt. It's all of those things in one. The Book of Blood and Shadow is intricately plotted, seamlessly blending past with present and fact with fiction.I loved the way Robin Wasserman weaves real sixteenth-century figures (Emperor Rudoph II, alchemist Edward Kelley and his daughter) and real places into her story. I've never been to Prague, where a large part of the book takes place, and I loved the way that Wasserman drew on the city's rich history and landmarks to add historical detail and a strong sense of place. She also creates a truly creepy ancient secret society centered around black magic and alchemy...For full review, click link above.