Bloodwalker by L. X. Cain

RATING: ★★★★☆

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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 struct 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…


I was sent a copy of Bloodwalker by the author in exchange for an honest review. It is not the type of book I would normally pick up, but I’m so glad I read it. It was gripping from start to end, with twists and turns which kept you guessing throughout.

The book is split into alternate chapters focusing on Sylvie, a young bloodwalker, and Rurik, the security chief of the Zorka Circus. Rurik has become suspicious after realising that children have been going missing from each town the circus has visited on its current tour. He is determined to solve the mystery and protect any more children from whatever horrors have befallen them. However, investigation is not very easy in a circus full of people who turn a blind eye to crimes and do not trust Rurik due to his heavily maimed appearance.

Sylvie is a member of the Skomori clan, and like the other women in her family, a bloodwalker. Bloodwalkers have a duty to prepare the dead for burial. Their traditions, however, are gradually dying out as undertakers are beginning to take their business. Despite this, Sylvie’s mother is determined that she will marry another member of the Skomori tribe and follow in her family’s footsteps. Sylvie is worried – she does not believe she has the true bloodwalker gift, and if the other Skomori discover this she will be cast out to live alone for the rest of her life. She is hoping for a straightforward wedding day, but it is anything but, when she discovers the badly decomposed body of a child in her camper at the Zorka Circus, where the wedding ceremony is taking place. After the wedding, Sylvie does her best to alert Rurik, hoping that he will be able to help.

As more evidence is uncovered, others begin to realise that there could be some truth in Rurik’s suspicions. The circus-folk band together trying to catch the killer, but all of their plans fail. Soon another child is missing. And this time she is from the circus.

Rurik and Sylvie’s paths cross again in the final showdown with the killer, but will they ever be able to get justice for the murdered children?

The whole story was a great page-turner, with the mystery of who the killer is making you desperate for answers. I loved reveal of the killer’s identity – I was not expecting it at all. The end in particular was very good, with plenty of action to keep you hooked, waiting to find out who would triumph in the end.

I would definitely recommend Bloodwalker if you would enjoy a slightly different type of mystery with a huge cast of interesting characters, lots of action and few gruesome scenes!


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3 thoughts on “Bloodwalker by L. X. Cain

  1. Emily says:

    Hiya Alice!
    Very interesting review! I might have to pick this book up!
    I also tagged you to do the 3 Quotes in 3 Days tag.
    More information is on my blog.
    xx Emily’s Bookcase

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