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In the late 1800s, handsome, wealthy New Englander, Magnus Blackwell, is the envy of all. When Magnus meets Jacob O’Conner—a Harvard student from the working class—an unlikely friendship is forged. But their close bond is soon challenged by a captivating woman; a woman Magnus wants, but Jacob gets.
Devastated, Magnus seeks solace in a trip to New Orleans. After a chance meeting with Oscar Wilde, he becomes immersed in a world of depravity and brutality, inevitably becoming the inspiration for Dorian Gray. Armed with the forbidden magic of voodoo, he sets his sights on winning back the woman Jacob stole from him.
Amid the trappings of Victorian society, two men, bent on revenge, will lay the foundation for a curse that will forever alter their destinies.
Gold (1st Place) Winner — Mystery
Silver (2nd Place) Winner — Adult Fiction 2018 Feathered Quill Book Awards
2017 International Book Awards Honorable Mention
2017 Readers’ Favorite
Foreword Reviews 2017 INDIES
Book of the Year Awards in Horror
Set in the late 1800s, Weis and Astor’s latest is artfully done — an intriguing, dark tale complete with vividly drawn characters, and a uniquely compelling character in Magnus. One highlight is the storytelling, which seamlessly blends mystery, magic and matters of the heart to create an enthralling read. The contrast between the angry, brooding Magnus and the compassionate Jacob heightens the conflict driving the story. Readers will be engaged from the start of the story to its climactic ending.Melanie Bates