Something is savaging Augustus Baltazar’s many wounds. Is the voice in his head the Shadow Lord, or is Solani tricking him with mind games? Can he stop the incessant rotting before it becomes too much, and consumes his very soul? DI Merrick encounters similar difficulties, after playing his hand that results in unexpected disaster. The loss of his closest colleague and the tragic circumstances of his past have become heavier than stone.
Find out which path they both take. For Stu, it could be a life of darkness and decay alongside the man of fire, or the understanding and openness with the woman he yearns and is slowly falling for. For Merrick, it could be a descent into darker territory, or a salvation that no-one is willing to offer.
So today see’s the release of the second book in the “Augustus Baltazar” series from local (to me) author Neil Bursnoll, I was lucky enough to get to read it early, I’d been looking forward to this one having very much enjoyed Book One.
Things grow complicated for our Stu in this instalment as he struggles to control his power and understand what is going on inside his head – those he cares for will get caught up in the aftermath of some pretty scary goings on, there is plenty of action (and a fair bit of horror) and best of all Stu’s nemesis Solani is back with a vengeance.
I liked this one even better than the last one – if anything it was even darker and I DO like my Urban Fantasy to have a bit of a kick to it. The Augustus Baltazar series hovers nicely between Urban Fantasy and Horror so fans of both genres will like this – there is a nice depth to the mythology created here and Mr Bursnoll does a good job of mixing the real world around us with the darker, hidden world of Augustus Baltazar.
This is a well rounded tale, and The Scar that Bleeds can easily be read as a standalone, there is enough information here to tell you enough about what has gone before without spoiling the original if you want to go back to it. Some well built characters, an intriguing premise and a nice flow make this a great little read. Some clever plotting means I am very much looking forward to finding out what’s next for Stu and co – I’ve a feeling things are not going to get any easier – he’s probably in for one hell of a ride.
This is definitely Urban Fantasy for adults – Not for the faint hearted but ultimately satisfying.
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Happy Reading Folks!