[Glass Roads Blog Tour&Review] The Black Madonna by Davis Bunn

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About the Book:
Following the internationally acclaimed Gold of Kings, Storm Syrrell returns in the compelling story of The Black Madonna.

Antiques expert Storm Syrrell heads to Europe to investigate the clandestine trade in religious artifacts. She dismisses superstitious tales of miraculous healings and divine omens. Yet when an obsessive Russian oligarch calls—just as her friend Harry Bennett vanishes—all assumptions must be cast aside. Storm seeks answers in a medieval monastery. There, the scarred visage of an icon provokes ever more startling questions. Is she prepared to confront both earthly and spiritual powers? Storm remains haunted by lessons in love and betrayal that lie just outside her grasp. But hesitation now holds mortal consequences.

About the Author:
Davis Bunn is the author of numerous national bestsellers in genres spanning historical sagas, contemporary thrillers, and inspirational gift books. He has received widespread critical acclaim, including three Christy Awards for excellence in fiction, and his books have sold more than six million copies in sixteen languages. He and his wife, Isabella, are affiliated with Oxford University, where Davis serves as writer in residence at Regent’s Park College. He lectures internationally on the craft of writing.


My Review:
Davis Bunn is a wonderful author. I’ve only read books by him and Janette Oke, but never any by him alone. Let me tell you that, while this is an excitingly different style of story, Davis Bunn is definitely an author whom you will find on my bookshelf in the future!

The Black Madonna, a novel full of antique artifacts, history, and suspense, follows Bunn’s novel of Gold of Kings, where he first introduced Storm Syrrell. Sadly, I didn’t get to read that novel first. The Black Madonna, while not one I would have normally purchased from a book store, really turned out to be skillfully penned and gripping.

Almost from the beginning, the mystery and suspense begins. The action of the story comes to life when Storm is hunting answers to some powerful questions, when on an antiquing assignment. Storm’s character was full of passion for her work, and lent depth to the entire store. She was flawed, yet beautifully chiseled to fit the perfect role of an antique expert full of questions about spiritual emotions. She struggled so much with so many things, from a mysterious caller-turned-boss, to hunting an antique said to have healing powers, to the hurt of betrayal. I wanted to give her the biggest hug ever! Harry Bennet was another character who lent depth to the story. He was full of intriguing power and mystery.

This book is a wonderful novel of good verses evil, antiques with healing powers, and fascinating events, by an author I highly recommend. Bunn’s work is filled with suspense and page turning action that will leave you on the edge-of-your seat with this 4 star book of intensity and question you’ll be asking yourself when your through!

You can purchase your copy here.

*This book was provided for review by Glass Roads PR and Simon&Schuster Books*

17 September, 2010
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