Synopsis from the dust jacket: “Wormwood… the bright star shall fall from the sky… and many will die from its bitterness. —It is London,
1756. In his Bloomsbury attic sits Dr Sabian Blake–astronomer, scientist, and master of the Cabala. Dr Blake is in possession of the
Nemorensis, and ancient leather-bound book that holds the secrets of the universe. Scribbled into one of the its margins is a mysterious
prophecy, and deciphering it could prove the key to saving London from a catastrophic fate. But there are others interested in the
Nemorensis too, for more sinister reasons…”
The back of the book doesn’t do this novel justice! I bought it because it was a dollar, and I really didn’t want to read it, but I needed to spend another dollar to get free shipping. This book is phenomenal! It is fast paced and has tons of twists and turns. What the back of the book doesn’t tell you is this is about the end of the world, angels, demons, and witchcraft. If I had known that, I would have picked it up right away. Disregard that this book takes place in the 1700s, especially if you aren’t into that time period. The book is wonderfully written, and it’s not drawn out and drab like most books taking place in the 1700s.
Upon completion of the novel, I found out that Wormwood was actually the second book in a four book series. I’m ecstatic because, while Wormwood can stand alone, I now have other books in the series to read, such as the prequel Shadowmancer (book 1), and the sequels Tiresias (book 3), and The Shadowmancer Returns (book 4). I will be picking these books up after I finish my ”to read” list and have a free moment… so it may be a while, but I’m excited nonetheless.
Apparently there has been some controversy over the religious undertones of the series, and while I did pick up on the religious aspects (religious background), it wasn’t “in your face” or anything I would consider propaganda. I think people are just making a big stink because they have nothing else to do. Read it and see for yourself, especially if you love fantasy! Four stars!