#BookReview ~ BloodWalker by L.X.Cain

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Lightning flashes. Another child disappears…

Zorka Circus’s big top roars with laughter and cheers, but when it moves on, children vanish.

Circus Security Chief Rurik suspects a killer hides among the performers, but they close ranks—they’ve always viewed lightning-scarred Rurik as the monster. He must find the culprit before anyone else disappears and his home is destroyed by the murders.

Into Zorka Circus comes the Skomori clan, despised as gravedigging ghouls. A one-day truce allows bloodwalker Sylvie to marry. Instead, she finds a body. Alerting others will defy her clan’s strict code, 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…

  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Freedom Fox Press (4 Oct. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1939844258
  • ISBN-13: 978-1939844255

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About the Author

Author of novel Bloodwalker (Thriller/Mystery from Freedom Fox Press, Oct. 2016), and upcoming novels, Coldest Night, Soul Cutter (Re-release), and Paris Underworld.

Also author of short Horror stories “Biggun,” “The Mission,” and “The Inter-Galactic Gourmet” for sale on a different vendor.

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My Review

I was approached by the author to read this, whereas it was a little out of my comfort zone how could I possibly resist that cover! Just look at how incredibly creepy yet fascinating it is. Yep, I was judging this book by it’s cover.

This is entirely different to anything I have read before. There are numerous groups and my instinct was to assume ‘Bloodwalkers’ would be vampires but no. They are an ancient clan of women, Skomori who specialise in the care of the dead. I found each snippet at the start of their chapters intriguing ..

“When arriving at the deceased’s house, always leave your shoes outside. No sense ruining good shoes with corpse stains” ~ The Bloodwalker’s Book.

Little gems like that continue through the book. Set in the Hungary/Romania areas .. Zorka Cyrka (travelling circus) comes to town. Now this highlights trouble. Rurik the head of security discovers children are going missing in the towns visited, he sets about finding the truth. Rurik has been hit by lightning at least three times and bears the hideous scars, he is considered to look evil but will not allow the kidnappers/murderers to give the circus a bad reputation

Meanwhile the arranged weddings of the Skomori  girls are due to take place, Sylvie has been promised a modern man. As she is preparing for the marriage she discovers a grim package and yearns to tell the truth but will that bring dishonour upon her clan?

There has been bad feeling between the Skomori and Zorka for years and this all plays a part during the story. Totally gruesome, exhilarating and moves at a steady pace. I thought I would get confused with so many unusual names, groups etc but it is well written, alternating chapters between Sylvie and Rurik. 

Rurik became a bit of a hero, he may have been a disfigured brute but he had a certain charm. The whole setting of the circus was eerie and mysterious, the clowns are not the type you would wish to meet! I read this pretty quickly because I wanted to know what the outcome would be. It certainly made a change from chick-lit!

Thanks again to Lexa for my copy in exchange for an honest opinion. stars-4-0._V192197091_

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