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Sunday 1 February 2015

✍ Masters of Blood and Bone - Craig Saunders

Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Supernatural
Published by DarkFuse
Number of pages: 235
My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★  I really liked it
About the author

Holland's a man who's good with death. Good at death.

When his daughter goes missing, he finds himself pitted in a deadly game against the Gods themselves. Powerful enemies surround him—a changeling, a mage, and a god who wants to destroy the world.

With silver bullets in his gun and death on his mind, Holland aims to set things right...or die trying.

 For the captors of Holland’s daughter, death is not only on it’s way, it’s in their very possession as Holland's daughter isn't just a fact, she's barely mortal at all...

She's Ankou, Death's daughter, and she's not an easy mark.

The battleground has been set, the world’s at stake, and all Hell is about the break loose.

Masters of Blood and Bone is an epic clash between good and evil, life versus death, Gods against mortals, a timeless story of power and corruption and one man’s pursuit to protect what he loves at any cost."

Craig Saunders's "Masters of Blood and Bone" is a dark fantasy mystery thriller, where men, mages and Gods collide, and it had me captivated from the very first chapter:

"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.
Greed, violence, love, compassion and innocence are weaved masterfully by the author in a gloomy, atmospheric, supernatural, magical and mysterious world.

The writing style is clean and crisp, with enough detail to set your imagination towards the right path, whilst allowing it to roam free and create its own detailed picture - which I find very effective.
No graphic guts and gore, but some strong language.
The chapters are short and snappy.

I found myself laughing out-loud on several occasions, thanks to the regular deadpan humour delivered through the main character, Holland.
An utterly enjoyable and memorable read, and an author to watch out for.

[ARC received via Netgalley]

About the Author

Craig Saunders is the author of many novels and novellas, including Flesh and Coin and The Estate, Deadlift and Masters of Blood and Bone, which called a 'rare treat from a master of horror'. He writes horror and fantasy for fun and humour when he's feeling serious, which isn't often.

He lives in Norfolk, England, with his wife and children, likes nice people and good coffee.

Find him on:
Twitter @Grumblesprout

Craig also runs a blog dedicated to the fantasy world of Rythe at

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