It was like a nightmare, but there was waking up. When the night began, Nora had two best friends and an embarrassingly storybook one true love. When it ended, she had thing 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, according to her parents, according to everyone--a murderer. Desperate to prove his incence, Nora follows the trail of blood, 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 t even exist. For buried in a centuries-old manuscript is the secret to ultimate kwledge and communion with the divine; it is said that he who controls the Lumen Dei controls the world. Unbekwnst to her, Nora w 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. From the Hardcover edition.
Robin Wasserman is the author of the Seven Deadly Sins series, Hacking Harvard, and the Skinned trilogy, which bestselling author Scott Westerfeld called -spellbinding.- She has a master's degree in the history of science, and is fascinated by Renaissance philosophy, religion, magic, science, and the interplay among them. She lives in Brooklyn.