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Jacqueline is a young Creole slave in antebellum New Orleans. An unusual stranger who has haunted her dreams since childhood comes to stay as a guest in her master’s house. Soon after his arrival, members of the household die mysteriously, and Jacqueline is suspected of murder. Despite her fear of the stranger, Jacqueline befriends him and he helps her escape. While ...more
Hardcover, 344 pages
Published July 22nd 2019 by Haverhill House Publishing
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Madelon
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
INVISIBLE CHAINS is a perfect blend of history and magic. Although history, as presented in school, may be boring and dull, historical fiction tends to add color and context. Historical horror fiction has the added element of supernatural beings. In this case, the supernatural balances the true horror of slavery in the American South prior to the Civil War. Although written for an adult audience, mature teens could certainly benefit from reading this to better understand American history. The ...more
Tracy Robinson
Nov 17, 2019 rated it liked it
As noted in the synopsis, this is a slice of historical fiction which follows the life of a young girl as she navigates the world as a slave in antebellum New Orleans. Mix in supernatural characters, blood magic, and so many trials and tribulations, and you have this horror/dark fantasy story.

This was such a good introduction to Lane’s writing. For the most part I was engaged and invested in finding out where this story would take the MC, Jacqueline. I loved cheering for her and lamenting the
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Michael
Aug 07, 2019 added it
Recommends it for: all horror fans -- esp those who enjoy vampires and werewolves
Whoa. Invisible Chains is no mere paranormal romance; it is an interstitial horror novel that unravels the way power and desire overlap in dangerous and complex ways, particularly in relation to racial relations and cultural taboo. It's a smart book, infused with history, folklore about vampirism and voodoo, cultural studies, and psychological honesty... but it also is just a compelling read filled with the viciousness and gumption I appreciate from my horror writers. It'll set you back on your ...more
J.L.
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: june-2019
Disclaimer: I am friends with the author, who provided me with an advanced electronic version of this book for review.

This is the first book I've read in years to give me nightmares.

Lane's debut novel is an intricate and descriptive historical horror that encompasses some of my favorite tropes in speculative fiction. Jacqueline is a woman who does her best to surround herself with support against a world where those in power see her as less than nothing. And the monsters are murderous,
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Frazer Lee
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jacqueline’s 19th century journey from the plantation to New Orleans, and beyond, will hold you in its spell in this impressive debut from Michelle Renee Lane. The brutal realities of Jacqueline’s enslavement are explored with heartbreaking authenticity and unflinching historical detail. Moral ambiguities abound, not least in the Byronic figure of Carlos, who embodies everything that Jacqueline wants and yet doesn’t ultimately need. The ‘monsters’ in Invisible Chains are all too real, and the ...more
Betsy
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Invisible Chains is the story of Jacqueline who is a slave in New Orleans. After she is suspected of murder she flees the house that she is in with a man named Carlos, which is the beginning of her magical adventures as a runaway slave. I received an advanced readers copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review and had a difficult time putting it down.

This book enchanted me in a way that pulled at my heartstrings. Michelle Renee Lane's prose seemed magical as I found
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Eva
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
** Review copy received from the author for review consideration**

As soon as I read the description of this novel online, having come across it on Twitter, I wanted to tell the author: you had me at New Orleans and witches. Add to that a plantation, a historical southern setting, and Vodun (the West African tradition that became Louisiana voodoo), and you’ve got me hook, line, and sinker. The novel starts off in an interesting way with the protagonist relaying to the reader that a hurricane “
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EV Knight
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lane's debut novel is a force to be reckoned with. As relevant today as is would be in its time of the antebellum south. Jacqueline is a slave who dreams of freedom. She comes from a line of strong women with conjuring powers. This well-researched and brutally accurate tale of life as a slave both owned and on the run is more than historical fiction, more than dark paranormal romance, and so much more than the horror running through its pages. Characters are well rounded and flawed and the evil ...more
Jill Girardi
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those rare books that is so powerful, touching and well-written that you keep thinking about it after you put down. The kind of book that you know you will be reading again in the future. Not only does it touch on the darkest period of U.S. history but it also infuses magic, culture, the supernatural and vampires into it! I really felt the terror, pain and fear of the main character with every step she took, shuddering at the horror of the evil forces she encountered- both human ...more
Cindy O’Quinn
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An excellent novel that will stick with you longer than just a while. Realistic characters who you immediately care about. This book is about slavery, torture, magic, and above all else strength.

Finger’s crossed for a part two, because I want to read further adventures with the main character.
Linda Addison
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lane’s mesmerizing story of a woman born into slavery, who uses magic to survive brutality drove me from page one to the end. The need for freedom mingled with vampires, werewolves, and witches make this a book you will want to read.
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Michelle R. Lane writes dark speculative fiction about women of color who battle their inner demons while falling in love with monsters. Her short fiction appears in the anthologies Dark Holidays, and Terror Politico: A Screaming World in Chaos. Her debut novel, Invisible Chains, will be available from Haverhill House Publishing July 2019. She lives in South Central Pennsylvania with her son.