Darker Still

Title: Darker Still: A Novel of Magic Most Foul
Author: Leanna Renee Hieber
Publisher: Sourcebooks 
Publication Date: Nov. 1, 2011
ISBN: 1402260539 (ISBN13: 97814022605537)
Genre: paranormal, ya, historical fiction

New York City, 1882. Seventeen-year-old Natalie Stewart's latest obsession is a painting of the handsome British Lord Denbury. Something in his striking blue eyes calls to her. As his incredibly life-like gaze seems to follow her, Natalie gets the uneasy feeling that details of the painting keep changing...
Jonathan Denbury's soul is trapped in the gilded painting by dark magic while his possessed body commits unspeakable crimes in the city slums. He must lure Natalie into the painting, for only together can they reverse the curse and free his damaged soul.

My thoughts:
Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber is an extraordinary novel. When a new painting makes it's way into New York City, it immediately starts tongues wagging. The new painting not only has a tragic tale but it has a life like quality to it that makes it eerie. It captures the interest of the main character, Natalie Stewart. Natalie is an average girl with no extraordinary abilities or so she thinks. Witnessing a tragic event at age four, Natalie becomes a mute. For some this may seem like a disadvantage but for her it has made her keenly aware of her surroundings. From her first contact with the painting she knows that there is something remarkable about it. With the help of her new friend, Mrs. Northe, she sets out on an adventure to solve the mysteries of this painting.
This book is a really fascinating read. It has a real Gothic feel to it that is chilling.  Leanna Renne Hieber incorporates Egyptian mythology with a demonic twist. The race against the clock to solve the mystery was thrilling. The characters are well written and very enjoyable. Lord Denbury and Natalie have really great chemistry together. My favorite character is Mrs. Northe. She's a mother like figure to Natalie. She very wealthy and eccentric and marches to the beat of her own drum. 
Overall this book was a good read.  I believe this is the first book in a new series. I really hope that it is because I'd like to read more about these characters. 

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