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Pure reading enjoyment!
Absolutely unique, unusual and brilliant! I loved everything about this novel and feel honoured to be posting the first ever review of it on Goodreads. This is a new author to me that I am now a big fan of and keen to read more of her books. She's got one heck of an imagination.
Nope, not Vampires but human beings who hail from Romania and carry within them the knowledge and teachings of the Bloodwalkers that have gone before them, generations upon generations. Bloodwalkers honour the dead, they are the ones used to prepare a corpse in the ways of old. Ancient techniques, superstitions and charms. The novel shares with us wonderful snippets from "The Bloodwalkers Book".
This book mixed up a number of genres and did it very well. The plot is multi-faceted and it all crossroads together, intertwining as the book hurtles towards its dramatic ending.
Someone that is cruel and relentless is killing young children, for a purpose...one you don't really want to ponder on too much.
Rurik looks after security for a large travelling circus, a circus full of the most interesting characters, good and bad, light and shade. He is going to be one of my most memorable book characters forever. He is imperfect, he has been to hell and back...but he won't let evil continue on his watch. He wants to find the killer. Come hell or high water.
Skomori are the line of people to whom the Bloodwalkers hail from. We meet Sophie who is a Skomori with her destiny and path is laid out for her, or so it seems. Within the circus are the Zorka's - for hundreds of years there has been bad blood between the two. A clash of beliefs, cultures and lifestyles.
With Sophie and Rurik as the central characters the book weaves a brilliant story, the plot and pace grabbed me early on and continued to keep a tight grip all the way through. You've got so much to love in this book. Oh! Did I mention the CLOWNS
I kept being reminded that the story is set in modern times as often I felt like I was immersed in ancient ways and places, it's so cleverly written that way. There are so many fascinating characters to meet, yet not once did I lose track of them or lose my focus.
I loved the tension in the book. Sophie's journey is at times painful to watch, again, another character I loved. As events unfold I was taken on a thrilling journey and if you are hankering for something a bit different, something to spark your interest then this is the book for you. Readers of many genres would enjoy this book because of how its all melded together.
I loved some of the darker characters in the book, I felt they were so well developed and complex. They bring a dangerous and macabre, threatening mix to the plot.
Be prepared for some graphic scenes and moments of horror along with thrills and tension. With twists and turns I was desperately trying to find the truth, find the killer before the author revealed secrets to me. I didn't win. I had a big A-HA! moment.
When all the pieces come together and the book gravitates towards some thrilling end scenes and I was so excited! It just kept surprising me over and over. I really just enjoyed reading this novel. Entertaining and very memorable. I really recommend this one! 5 stars from me and I can't wait to read more from the pen of R.X. Cain. An author to watch.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest book review from the author, many thanks.
Lightning flashes. Another child disappears…
When Zorka Circus performs, its big top roars with laughter and cheers, but when it moves on, there are fewer children in the European towns it leaves behind.
Circus Security Chief Rurik suspects a killer hides among the international performers, but they close ranks – they’ve always viewed lightning-scarred Rurik as the monster. Nevertheless, he’s determined to find the culprit and stop them before anyone else dies and the only place he can call home is ripped apart by the murders.
Into Zorka Circus comes the Skomori clan, despised as gravediggers and ghoulish bloodwalkers. A one-day truce allows bloodwalker Sylvie to marry. Instead, she finds a body. Alerting others will defy her clan’s strict rules, break the truce, and leave her an outcast.
When more bodies turn up, the killer’s trail becomes impossible to ignore. Rurik and Sylvie must follow the clues – even if they lead to something unimaginable.