Magda, young and rebellious, grew up in the cosmopolitan city of Budapest, unaware of her family's heritage. When her mother dies, Magda--ready or not--is "the" Lazarus, who must face the evil that holds Europe in an iron grip. Unready to assume the mantle of her ancient birthright, but knowing that she must fight, she sets out across Europe searching for the Book. Magda is desperate enough to endanger her soul by summoning the avenging angel Raziel. When she sees him in the glory of his celestial presence, her heart is utterly, completely lost...
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Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2010-07-12
- Reviewer: Staff
Lang (Netherwood) makes a laudable attempt to develop an urban fantasy relying on Jewish history and myth, but her tale bogs down in sentimentality, incoherent motivations, and a tangled magical system. Magda is a Lazarus, eldest daughter of an eldest daughter, and the servant of the vampire Bathory in 1939 Budapest. After a Russian Jew begs for help obtaining a magical book that only vampires can get, Magda's beloved sister, Gisele, a seer, warns of coming devastation for the Jews. Magda sets out to get the book, encountering various otherworldly beings en route to a climactic magical duel with Hitler. Anyone familiar with WWII will find that the sketchy setting, corny dialogue ("Who are you to put the world in peril to save three girls from a fate greater than any of you can even understand?"), and cartoonish characters are overshadowed by the horror of real history. (Sept.)