October 4, 2016
Votes: 0
Audience Adult
Word Count 80-100k (average)

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Author’s Summary

When Zorka Circus performs, its big top roars with laughter and cheers, but when it moves on, there are fewer children in the European towns it leaves behind.

Circus Security Chief Rurik suspects a killer is hiding among the international performers, but they close ranks—they’ve always viewed lightning-scarred Rurik as the monster. Nevertheless, he’s determined to find the culprit and stop them before anyone else dies and the only place he can call home is ripped apart by the murders.

Into Zorka Circus comes the Skomori clan, despised as gravediggers and ghoulish bloodwalkers. A one-day truce allows bloodwalker Sylvie to marry. Instead, she finds a body. Alerting others will defy her clan’s strict rules, 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.

Other relevant information: BLOODWALKER is a dark thriller that blurs the border between science and the supernatural, like the novels of Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child, Tess Gerritsen, and Jack Kilborn (JA Konrath). The novel’s setting spans three Eastern European countries and has an international cast, including an original arcane society called the Skomori Bloodwalkers.

Short Description

A European traveling circus leaves town, and children vanish. Rurik suspects a killer hides in it, but they think lightning-scarred Rurik’s the monster. Sylvie, her bloodwalker clan despised as ghouls, will marry at the circus but finds a body instead. Tracking the killer leads Rurik and Sylvie to something unimaginable.


Lightning flashes. Another child disappears...

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Publishers Weekly and Author Endorsements

YA horror novelist Cain (Soul Cutter) steps right up to the center ring in this captivating shocker of children disappearing after the circus comes to town. While touring present-day Hungary, Slovakia, and Romania, Rurik, the lightning-scarred security chief and former strongman of the Zorka Cyrka circus, investigates the disappearances and mediates conflict when the insular Skomori folk hold a wedding at the circus. One of the brides, Sylvie, plagued by misfortune (including an arranged marriage to a man whose abusive and philandering ways are condoned by Skomori culture) and forbidden to use her skills as a bloodwalker (one who prepares corpses for burial), uncovers the remains of a child in a circus trailer and becomes a target for the killer. Using their unusual talents, first separately and then together, Sylvie and Rurik uncover the circus’s horrifying secret and put to rest the curse that haunts both their peoples. Cain immerses the reader in the working life of a struggling circus and in the daily chores of a fascinating, albeit fictional, Slavic folkway. A series of rising threats overextends the climax, but the likability of the protagonists is enough to keep readers going. (Oct.)
- Publishers Weekly

“L.X. Cain’s Bloodwalker is a dark, suspenseful thrill-ride that blends white-knuckle horror with a gripping murder mystery. Cain takes readers on tour with a traveling circus of terror in a fantastic story filled with eclectic characters, unusual suspects, and plenty of twists and turns that keep you guessing. I enjoyed Bloodwalker from beginning to end. Fresh, original, and a frightening fun read. Highly recommended!”
—Brian Moreland, author of Blood Sacrifices and Dead of Winter

"This fluent thriller is a must for aficionados of the Big Tent noir subgenre. Where entertainment is dangerous.”
---Geoff Nelder, award-winning author of sci-fi series ARIA and other sci-fi and thriller novels

– posted by LX Cain    

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