by Karin Cox
Series: Cruxim #1
Publication: February 26th 2013
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Received from author in exchange
for an honest review
Amedeo is Cruxim, a mysterious, immortal fallen angel. Destined to seek redemption as a vampire hunter, he quenches his insatiable hunger on vampire blood. But when the object of his passion, the novice nun Joslyn, is turned into a vampire and enters a vampire coven, Amedeo’s worlds collide. Shattered by the loss of his beloved, he vows to rid the world of vampires once and for all, even if it means destroying Josyln in the process.
A Paranormal Game of Cat and Mouse
Joining Amedeo on his quest to rid the world of the undead is Sabine. Half-woman, half-lioness, she is a Sphinx, a Guardian who has protected humans from vampires since the dawn of time. Yet Sabine comes to this fight pursued by her own enemies. An evil scientist, Dr. Claus Gandler, knows the secret of Sabine’s mythological past, vowing to torment her for eternity or destroy her forever.
Immortal Ever After
Captured by the evil doctor, Amedeo and Sabine are paraded as sideshow freaks in the Circus of Curiosities. Only vampire Joslyn has the power to intercede. Will she prove Amedeo’s redemption, or his destruction?
HELLO, BEAUTIFUL COVER! OK, now that I’ve gotten that out of the way… *wipes drool from chin*
I don’t think I’ve ever read a book such as this before. I cracked this baby open thinking it would be your typical vampire novel, minus the sparkles, but it is SOOO much more than that. Written in a very old-world, gothic style, Cruxim is a new kind of paranormal, seamlessly blending angels, vampires, and mythology into this brilliant tale. This story is told from the POV of Amedeo: fallen angel and vampire hunter who sustains his own strength through the blood of the undead — vampires, not zombies. Stay with me here, this is gothic, not Zombieland. Amedeo’s voice is reminiscent of Louis de Pointe du Lac in Interview with a Vampire — intelligent, eloquent, swoon-worthy.
The story begins with Amedeo (Ame) who has been locked away in a tower in Sezanne for decades, feared by the townspeople who were convinced he was in league with the devil. At first they attempted to kill him, but failed due to his immortality. Then came the torture, gruesome acts that would surely result in instant death to anyone other than Ame. They concluded there was no other reasonable choice but to imprison him, and after forty years he remained in that cell.
I have given up trying to convince them that I have more in common with man than with those merchants of death: the bloodsucking agents of hell they so fear. I have given up wondering how they could mistake me so, for I am neither demon nor devil. My work is holy.
— Karin Cox, Cruxim
A great deal is learned in just the first few chapters of this book. We learn about how Ame met Joslyn more than two hundred years ago, and how she was turned from a good girl into a bloodsucking vampire by Beltran, Ame’s nemesis. We also find out how Ame met Sabine, the female Sphinx, over a century ago. Yes, there is a Sphinx in this book, half-woman, half-lioness, and she is all sorts of badass! I love this character! The author applied such incredible detail, and fleshed out these characters in such a way that you fall squarely into the center of their lives. I can’t believe how much information was packed into this book, yet it flowed like water through my fingers. No aspect felt rushed or overwhelming in the least. It is perfectly balanced.
The villains of Cruxim are truly horrific creatures. Beltran, the vampire that Ame desperately wants to bleed dry, and has for centuries, and Gandler, who is human, but the most sadistic bastard you’d never want to meet, even in the most crowded of places. These characters kept me on the edge of my seat. I loathed them both so much I wanted to “skidoo” into the book and kill them myself! The action in this book is enough to cause an adrenaline junkie to overdose, very intense and meticulous. I caught myself wincing and gasping numerous times while reading this book.
I highly recommend Cruxim to lovers of true gothic horror and paranormal genres. This story provides a fresh spin on old-world vampire lore. I will be stalking this author for the rest of this series and beyond!
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About the Author
An incurable “word nerd,” Karin worked as an editor in Australia and the UK for more than a decade before turning to writing fulltime. She is the published author of more than 28 titles, from travel guides, to natural history, to illustrated children’s storybooks, creative non-fiction and fiction. Incapable of sticking to any single genre, whether writing or reading, she is currently writing a romance novel as well as two young adult novels and a paranormal romance novel. Much as she loves writing, she concedes that the true masterpiece of her life is her baby daughter, Selena.
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