Book Review: Lady Lazarus by: Michele Lang

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Tor Books

Publish Date: August 31, 2010

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Format:  Mass Market Paperback

Order Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: With the romance of Twilight, the suspense of The Dresden Files, and the delicious thrills of True Blood, the enthralling saga of Magdalena Lazarus unfolds. Descended from the legendary witch of Ein Dor, she alone holds the power to summon the angel Raziel and stop Hitler and his supernatural minions from unleashing total war in Europe. The Nazis have fighters more fearsome than soldiers, weapons more terrifying than missiles, and allies that even they are afraid of SS werewolves; the demon Asmodel who possesses a willing Adolf Hitler, and other supernatural creatures all are literally hell-bent on preventing Magda from possessing the Book of Raziel, a magical text with the power to turn the tide against Hitler’s vast war machine.

Magda, young and rebellious, grew up in the cosmopolitan city of Budapest, unaware of her family’s heritage. When her mother dies, Magda--ready or not--is the Lazarus, who must face the evil that holds Europe in an iron grip. Unready to assume the mantle of her ancient birthright, but knowing that she must fight, she sets out across Europe searching for the Book. Magda is desperate enough to endanger her soul by summoning the avenging angel Raziel.  When she sees him in the glory of his celestial presence, her heart is utterly, completely lost…

Review: Magda Lazarus is the eldest daughter of an eldest daughter, the Lazarus Witch. Unfortunately, her mother died before Magda’s training in her heritage and power were complete and she’s making her way in the world with only her younger sister, Gisele, by her side. When Gisele has a horrifying vision of the near future, of the wave of war and extermination headed their way, lead by Hitler and the Nazi party. Magda decides she must do something to avert the real possibility of the death of her people, the Jews, and her sister. She is sent on a search for the Book of Raziel, but she’s not the only one after the book which can affect the very nature of the world.

I enjoyed ‘Lady Lazarus’ greatly – the history, the magic, and the locales. It is readily apparent the amount of research, time, and love Ms. Lang put into this epic trilogy. Magda’s not the most sympathetic character, but for her times and circumstances, her choices are understandable. I also applaud her for not running away with Gisele when her visions predicted their deaths, but standing and fighting against an unknown and unfathomable evil. No one comes out unscathed, but I found myself eagerly turning pages to share in Magda’s quest. I’m looking forward to the rest of the trilogy!

Lady Lazarus series: Lady Lazarus (1), Dark Victory (2), Rebel Angels (3)


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