Today I’m reviewing Cruxim by Karin Cox. I’m super excited about this one. You see, Karin edited my first two novels for me and when I finish the third, I hope she’ll work on that one as well. She’s a wonderful person and an insightful editor. When her book came out I was excited to buy it. Unfortunately at the time I was busy and couldn’t read it right away. When I did pick it up, I didn’t want to put it down.
Before I tell you my thoughts, here’s the blurb:
What is Cruxim?
Amedeo is Cruxim, a mysterious, immortal fallen angel. Destined to seek redemption as a vampire hunter, he nourishes his insatiable hunger on vampire blood. But when the object of his passion, the novice nun Joslyn, is turned 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. Dr. Claus Gandler knows the secret of Sabine’s mythological past and has vowed 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 Dr. Gandler’s Circus of Curiosities. Only vampire Joslyn has the power to intercede. Will she prove Amedeo’s redemption, or his destruction?
When I first saw the title of the novel I wasn’t sure what I was in for. Cruxim. Never heard of it. The cover drew me in right away. Soon I learned that this wasn’t your typical vampire story. Karin has introduced two creatures, Amedeo, the fallen angel who has to kill vampires to find redemption and the half-woman, half-lioness, Sabine, who is a Sphinx. The introduction of the two breathes new life into the vampire world. And Dr. Gandler is a creepy villain that made my skin crawl. Each time he appeared I had the instinct to cover my eyes. This paranormal romance, for me, had it all. A clever story, flawed heroes, despicable villains, shocking scenes, and one surprise after another. It was hard for me to put down.
Has anyone else read Cruxim? What did you think?