Madame Lilly 1:
Madame Lilly, Voodoo Priestess
Genre: Historical Fiction, Dark Fantasy, Occult
Publisher: Dormaine G.
Publication date: 2.19.2014
Recommended by: Sage's Blog Tours, Read 2 Review
Date read: 4.17.2015
Madame Lilly begins her life as a girl named Odara. Her mother is Creole, her father French. At the end of the 1800s, in Louisiana, it was considered "normal" for wealthy men to take on a common-law wife, and have a family outside of their "traditional" marriage. Her parents are one such relationship. As she grows up, her mother teaches her the things that she needs to know so that she, too, can grow up to find a husband like her mother did. But Odara is headstrong and different, and she wants nothing to do with this thing called placage. Until she meets a work associate of her father's and everything changes. But things are not always as perfect as we would like them to be, and she finds this out on our wedding night. There is only so much one woman can take, and this is the story of what can happen when that woman finally hits her breaking point.
The whole idea of this story grabbed my attention and I was hooked from the first page, so much so that I read the first two books in one sitting.
Odara/Madame Lilly really is something else - the author wrote her so well that I immediately felt a bond with her and understood what she was going through, and why she finally did what she had to do. And BOY was what she had to do ... I have no words. Interesting (that's the word I always end up using when I don't know what word to use) doesn't even begin to cut it. The idea of voodoo and magic has always been something I found interesting and this book definitely has both.
The side characters - Henry, Theolus, Hearon, Elijah, Sophie - did not feel like side characters, but instead main characters along with Odara. Henry evolves in this book, and becomes something beyond what I expected; Theolus, Hearon and Elijah are characters that we get a glimpse of, but learn more about later, and they are intriguing; Sophie is enlightening, learning a little bit about her, but not as much as I wanted to know.
The book does end with some unanswered questions, some things not yet finished, obviously setting it up for the second book. (Hint: The second book is worth reading the first one.)
About the book:
In the late 1800s, Odara, a Creole girl in New Orleans, grew up wealthy and having the best of everything. She was taught the ways of placage: to be a wealthy man's common-law wife. She didn't want to follow the ways of placage as her mother had, until she met the man of her dreams, Henry Nicolas. He was handsome, charming and rich; perfect in every way until their first night of marriage when she saw his true malevolent side.
For twelve long years Odara endured abuse in the worst ways possible, taking her from a naive child to a scorned woman. A woman fueled with such revulsion towards Henry she would give anything for vengeance.
Through voodoo, Madame Lilly was born, but with it came consequences beyond even her comprehension.
About the author:
I have been writing stories for many years, both in my head and on paper. I've always had a love for books ever since spending Saturdays at the library as a young child. Within a book, the mind can travel to worlds of the imagination and the beyond.
I finally took the plunge and published my first novel in 2013, a young adult urban fantasy titled Connor and two adult horror short stories titled, Madame Lilly, Voodoo Priestess and Madame Lilly, Voodoo Priestess: Soulless. Micro, Anguta's Reign, a psychological thriller, was released November 3, 2014. They are just the beginning of many more books to come as I stay locked up in my office in Colorado spinning more tales.