Immortal Muse

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Immortal Muse

When I opened the book and it began with Nicolas and Perenelle Flamel, who, I now know, really did exist, I was super interested. Through this book they have really become rich vivid personalities instead of two dimensional. There is such a bitter hatred while they were mere mortals but after they accidentally discover and use the serum for immortality their feud becomes epic, spanning over centuries and making history. I have to say both of the characters were interesting but both were a bit shallow and self-serving. And I kept hoping that Perenelle would become a little braver and stop running from Nicolas. She continues to fear him and hide from him, until he inevitably finds her and tortures those she loves. By the time she does toughen up and is honest with her newest love, she picks a man who is about as brave as she is. It was a good story and I liked that the characters supposedly directly cause some of history’s biggest events but although I like flawed characters, I also like character development where the characters learn from their mistakes and become better by the end.

Nicolas and Perenelle Flamel have such a strong hatred for each other that it only grows and gets stronger throughout the years. Their lives constantly revolve around each other and it seems that no matter how much Perenelle runs and hides, Nicolas will always find her and hurt those that she loves. Centuries of this pattern go by before their final confrontation. All she has wanted is love. Is there any way that she and her newest lover, David can survive this and be together or will Nicolas win again?


Book Blurb for Immortal Muse

An immortal Muse whose very survival depends on the creativity she nurtures within her lovers…  

Another immortal who feeds not on artistry but on pain and torment...  

A chase through time, with two people bound together in enmity and fury…

Magic and science melded together into one, and an array of the famous and infamous, caught up unawares in an ages-long battle…

Immortal Muse is a tale that takes the reader on a fascinating journey from Paris of the late 1300s with the alchemists Perenelle and Nicolas Flamel, to contemporary New York City.  Along the way, there are interludes with Bernini in Rome in 1635; with Vivaldi in Venice of 1737; with Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier and Robespierre in the Paris of the French Revolution; with William Blake and John Polidori in 1814; with Gustav Klimt in fin de siècle Vienna; with Charlotte Salomon in WWII France.  And in modern-day New York, a complicated dance of love and violence finally brings a resolution to the centuries-old deadly feud.


Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2015 3.00