The Book of Shadow
Llyris Fildarae is an outcast tainted by a sliver of magic in a world terrified of the supernatural. Loathed and distrusted, she uses her ability to control a magical Unnamed to survive.
Caedric Carpera is desperate to save his son from a deadly illness. He enlists Llyris to locate a lost tome containing secrets capable of healing him, but its location is a mystery that’s already claimed lives. Thrust into a hostile world, Llyris and her companions risk everything to find the relic and return before the child’s sickness prevails.
But who is the enigmatic old man who appeared out of nowhere to set them on this dangerous expedition? And what does he really want?
Only a perilous mission to an untamed land can save the boy and reveal the truth.
Except some truths are too shocking to be exposed.
Bruce Blake lives on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. When pressing issues like shovelling snow and building igloos don't take up his spare time, Bruce can be found taking the dog sled to the nearest coffee shop to work on his short stories and novels.
Actually, Victoria, B.C. is only a couple hours north of Seattle, Wash., where more rain is seen than snow. Since snow isn't really a pressing issue, Bruce spends more time trying to remember to leave the "u" out of words like "colour" and "neighbour" than he does shovelling (and watch out for those pesky double l's).
Bruce's first short story, "Another Man's Shoes" was published in the Winter 2008 edition of Cemetery Moon. Another short, "Yardwork," was made into a podcast in Oct., 2011 by Pseudopod. Bruce's first Icarus Fell novel, "On Unfaithful Wings", was published in Dec., 2011 while the follow up, "All Who Wander Are Lost", came out in July, 2012.
Bruce is currently hard at work on the Curse of the Unnamed series, with the second book, Shadow Scarred, coming out June 1.
It. Was. Awesome.
Overall, this is a dark, moody piece which left me sad in places and laughing hysterically in others. A Reaper who has a solid body and can be shot, knifed and beaten - and can't really afford a car to go pick up his next soul for delivery? Love it. I am so looking forward to the next installment. If you are a fan of the old noir detective stories, the Nightside novels, or similar you will love these novels. Off to read the next one!
Bruce Blake is a heck of a writer.
The world is so richly developed and the characters so nicely fleshed out, it's hard not to get caught up in things. It's easy to savor the details, dialogue and wry wit Bruce has come to display in all of his writing.
Unusual, original characters connected by fate in ways that aren't yet entirely clear, a very carefully crafted setting, a simple but effective climax and an ever-growing sense of menace all make this book and this series one to watch. I'll definitely be grabbing Book 2 real soon!
I really loved this book, I gave it a much deserved 5 out of 5 because I thought it was awesome. I loved the storytelling and the world building. I really liked the way the author describes the characters and the environments in this world. It definitely has a very strong epic fantasy feel to it. This book really has everything...there are warriors, undead, dragons, magic, sorrow, sex, treachery and romance. All of these things combined make for a really interesting, entertaining read.