Friday, February 13, 2015

Masters of Blood and Bone - by Craig Saunders - Strange yet compelling

5 of 5 Stars     Review copy

I am close to a loss for words.  Masters of Blood and Bone is a stream of consciousness adventure that lives up to the quote from Franz Kafka at the beginning of the book. "I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound or stab us.  If the book we're reading doesn't wake us up with a blow to the head, what are we reading for?"  After reading this latest work from Craig Saunders, that's pretty much how I feel.

Craig sets the mood for the rest of his work with the first three paragraphs...

It's impossible to fake being a wizard.  You can fake many, many things: Tans, orgasms, speeding car and fart noises for small children.

But true wizards are not prestidigitators, just as books are not lies.  They are magic.


After just a few more paragraphs, I know I'm going to enjoy this read.  Sometimes, you just know. The mood, the writing style, the characters, the pacing.  It all comes together and before you know it, it's over.  And that's a bit sad, but at the same time you feel completely satisfied.  Like a fine meal at a 5- Star restaurant.  You're completely sated, yet you wish it wasn't over.

Wizards, gods, Charon, and Cerberus all make appearances in this delightfully strange book.

This was my first read from Craig Saunders and I know I'll be going back for more in the future.

Masters of Blood and Bone  is published by Darkfuse and is available right now at Plus, if you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited you can read this one at no additional charge, and if you are an Amazon Prime member you can make this one your monthly FREE read.

Highly recommended.

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