Bloodwalker

Bloodwalker

by L.X. Cain

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Bloodwalker by L.X. Cain

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…

Product Details

BN ID: 2940153034508
Publisher: Dancing Lemur Press LLC
Publication date: 10/04/2016
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 526 KB

About the Author

L.X. Cain lives a stone’s throw (if you throw it really hard) from the beautiful beaches and turquoise waters of the Red Sea. Despite the scenic delights, she’s an indoor gal *cough* couch potato *cough* and spends most of her time happily tapping away on her laptop keyboard, coming up with thrilling story ideas to entertain you!

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Bloodwalker 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
WhisperingStories More than 1 year ago
Zorka Cyrka, (Travelling Circus), travels through eastern Europe, bringing joy to the townsfolk that they visit. That is, until they leave, and the children of the town go missing. Rurik is a former member of the circus. With his strong man act, he is now their security chief. After noticing what is happening to the children after every town they have visited, he sets out on a mission to discover who the suspected killer is, in their midst. Sylvie is a young Skomori, she cares for the dead – although she isn’t very good at her job. The Skomori clan and the Zorka do not get along, but after an arranged marriage has been made between the two, they call for a one-day truce. Sylvie is the bride to be, but after she discovers a body, she has a big dilemma about what to do, with a decision that will bring no good outcome for her. Bloodwalker is a fascinating book. It engages the reader and places you slap bang in the middle of the story. You are tantalised with the mysterious circumstances, and whilst some details may not sit comfortably with some people, I found it hard to put down. The alternating chapters between Rurik and Sylvie, really let you feel what each of them was going through, and you get to stand in their shoes, see and hear what they hear, and be there for their discoveries into the murders. There is also a large cast, but this works really well in this book, not something a lot of books can get away with. Bloodwalker isn’t something I would normally have chosen to read, but I am so glad that I did, as it had me on the edge of my seat at times, and entertained me from beginning to end.
theaterofthemind More than 1 year ago
Author L.X.Cain sent me an e-version of Bloodwalker for review. I wish I didn't have to always write a disclaimer, but I guess it's required (heavy sigh). Bloodwalker is basically a murder-mystery, but there is nothing basic about it. Set in middle Europe (Hungary and Romania mostly), our story follows the lives of an itinerant circus and at the same time a group of Bloodwalkers. For your information, Bloodwalkers are those women who have historically been the caretakers of the dead, preparing them for burial. There are more things they are capable of, but that is part of the story you need to read for yourself. Those who are familiar with my reviews know that I don't deal in hyperbole or overly effusive language. But I have to tell you folks, this book is nothing short of awesome. Cain weaves a tale of such horror and darkness that the reader can't easily put it down. To label Bloodwalker a "page-turner" is to damn it with faint praise. It is riveting. So many themes are integrated into the story so well it amazed me. Issues of murder (of course), mistrust, self confidence, mans inhumanity to man, forced marriage, spouse abuse, personal redemption, superstition, love, loyalty and justice, just to name some (I don't think got them all). You may think that with so many themes the story might become off as preachy, fear not, it doesn't. What it does come off as is; one hell of a good book. Bloodwalker also gives insight into the culture of circus performers and workers. These people live by their own code of honor and loyalty. It is in fact this code that is at the very heart of the story. Our hero Rurik and our heroine Sylvie stick to their individual codes of ethics throughout the story. They won't, and don't, compromise these principles. It's nice to read a story where the main characters do not have situational ethics no matter what. Bloodwalker is a good horror story, not just in the evil that men do sense, but also in the real there are grotesque monsters out there. The geographic setting for the story is perfect. Think the eerie atmosphere of Dracula, Frankenstein and other such horror classics; dark, creepy and spooky. Bloodwalker has not yet been released (current scheduled release date: Oct. 4) so I am not able to post my review in all the familiar places yet. I believe it is available for pre-order at Amazon. I have not had the pleasure yet of reading any other work by L.X. Cain, but wow, Bloodwalker was a great way to be introduced to this author. This book is a must read. Enjoy! Mike
GCMacQuarie More than 1 year ago
One of the many joys of reviewing when you are a bibliophile is finding brand new authors that write stories that you can't put down. Writers that take everything it means to be a writer and create something not just exciting, but memorable. Bloodwalker is the first novel I have read of Cain's, and little did I know what I was in for. Centered around a murder mystery, this story keeps the reader pinned in place. You won't want to put this book down, although it may prove to be nightmare inducing - myself included. That said, I would recommend this book to lovers of a thrill or two, as well as those who wouldn't usually find themselves reading this genre. The story is centered around the murder of children and of protagonists, Rurik - a circus strongman turned security guard, and Sylvie - a bloodwalker. These two characters initially cross paths, yet are thrown together again once a string of murders unfold. There's a lot to be said about these protagonists, especially in regards to Cain's ability to write characters with such enticing backgrounds. There is no doubt these two will capture you. The story itself moves with ease. The chapters flow so well you won't want to put this book down. Cain's ability to create a sense of suspense not only makes this novel, it's an insight into just how talented she is as a writer. The scenes are set perfectly. The suspense is heightened. Readers will no doubt find themselves second guessing what they have read just to crack the mystery. And then there's the prose. Cain has an apt ability to stop the reader dead in their tracks if only to re-read a perfectly thought out sentence. There were so many moments in this novel I thought: 'Yes.' Moments that made the bibliophile in me grin with delight. Bloodwalker is a novel I highly recommend. It's eerie, action-packed, thought-provoking and well written.
Amys_Bookshelf_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Mysterious It's a very mysterious story, and I love the suspense. The Zorka Circus draws a big crowd, but takes the children of its audience. A bloodwalker is among the performers, who are very close to one another. Sylvie needs to make a decision, and the story follows the mystery of the murders. It's a great story to follow and try to figure out what will happen next. "The idea expanded in his mind, creating a surprising revelation. Maybe if you felt one way about yourself, it was easy to imagine everyone felt that way, too." It's not all dark, as there is lighthearted humor, but it is filled with horrors and intrigued, and the story is written well. I will read more of Cain's books.
AliTheDragonSlayer More than 1 year ago
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.
ScifiandScary More than 1 year ago
L.X Cain put a lot of thought and research into the background for her Bloodwalker novel. The Skomori Bloodwalkers seemed believable enough that I actually spend a few minutes googling various derivations of the name. I needed to see if there was such a thing as Hungarian Bloodwalkers. I found nothing but positive reviews for Bloodwalker. Honestly, I wasn’t sure whether to be relieved or disappointed. It seems like there’s so much potential for a rich and interesting history in/of the clan in general. Nicely done on Cain’s part. It’s always interesting to feel like you’re getting a glimpse into insular communities. We get that twice, here. First with the Skomori clan and then with the circus people themselves. From what I’ve heard, the ‘what happens in family stays in family’ element that is portrayed in Bloodwalker is very true. Regardless, especially considering the clan seems to be fictional, L.X. Cain makes it feel real. She manages to incite that spark of voyeurism that adds an additional element to her work. The chapters begin with excerpts from the Skomori’s Bloodwalker book. It’s evident right away from that first excerpt that they are different. Their entire community seems to be based around the one task that they were trusted to perform for years. A task that made them outcasts in the community, even as the community depended on them to perform it. Sylvie is a great character because she’s normal in so many ways. She’s got low self-esteem. She’s not gorgeous or extremely competent in any area. Sylvie’s basically your every day girl who finds herself in one crappy situation after another. I spent a good portion of the novel wondering what big part she was destined to play. Rurik was an interesting character, too. Very much the ‘Beast’ to Sylvie’s understated Belle. A former strongman, now Security Chief for the Zorka Circus, he does his best to protect ‘the family’. It hurts him when he thinks that one of those family members has started killing young children. But he’s determined to find the culprit and put a stop to things before any other kids get hurt. Soon Rurik and Sylvie cross paths in a most unexpected fashion. Overall, Bloodwalker was a great read. Even though action happens right from the beginning, it feels like a slow-burn novel. This is one of the very few cases where I didn’t mind that. Especially since the author delivers a satisfying climax to the book. The ending had just enough of a certain something to make me smile without making me want to roll my eyes. Solid job by L.X. Cain! Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
This is the story of two people who meet for moments but are intrinsically entwined in some unknowable way. It is well written, intense and action-packed and kept my interest from beginning to end. The author has created two groups of people with their own communities and rules that don’t always overlap easily. The Bloodwalkers and the circus people should not have much in common but…in this story they definitely do share something that is definitely not sugar and spice and everything nice. Sylvie is a Bloodwalker and it time for her to marry. Bloodwalkers do not expect love and are subservient to their husbands. Little did Sylvie realize how horrible her life would become after her marriage. Rurik is in charge of security for the circus - the venue for the wedding ceremony. He was once the strongman of the circus but after his run-in with lightning on two occasions he has relegated himself to staying out of the limelight due to the scars he bears. His focus at the time of Sylvie’s wedding is to find out who is kidnapping children on the last day the circus is in each town they perform in and put a stop to it. Once the wedding is done Sylvie moves off with her husband to an abusive life of drudgery. Rurik continues to search for the kidnapper while dealing with issues in the circus. Eventually Sylvie and Rurik cross paths again and when they do their world shifts and shakes leaving them wondering if any sort of future is possible for them. Creating the Bloodwalkers - a group of people that have lived apart for centuries, have their own rules, have their own customs, and give service to their community was intriguing to read about – they seemed so very real. The phrases at the beginning of each chapter made the Bloodwalkers depth and gave more insight into their lives while foreshadowing what might take place in the chapter ahead. I applaud the author for being so inventive and detailed in creating this group of people. I also believe she did a good job depicting life in the circus. I enjoyed this book and would like to thank the author for the copy to read in exchange for my honest review. 4.5 Stars