Review: Masters of Blood and Bone by Craig Saunders

masters_of_bloodAbout Masters of Blood and Bone

Publication Date: February 3, 2015

Holland's a man who's good with death. Good at death.When his daughter goes missing, he finds himself pitted in a deadly game against the Gods themselves. Powerful enemies surround him—a changeling, a mage, and a god who wants to destroy the world.

With silver bullets in his gun and death on his mind, Holland aims to set things right...or die trying.

For the captors of Holland’s daughter, death is not only on it’s way, it’s in their very possession as Holland's daughter isn't just a fact, she's barely mortal at all...

She's Ankou, Death's daughter, and she's not an easy mark.

The battleground has been set, the world’s at stake, and all Hell is about the break loose.

Masters of Blood and Bone is an epic clash between good and evil, life versus death, Gods against mortals, a timeless story of power and corruption and one man’s pursuit to protect what he loves at any cost.


About the Author

Craig Saunders is the author of many novels and novellas, including Flesh and Coin and The Estate, Deadlift and Masters of Blood and Bone, which called a 'rare treat from a master of horror'. He writes horror and fantasy for fun and humour when he's feeling serious, which isn't often.He lives in Norfolk, England, with his wife and children, likes nice people and good coffee.Find out more at:,, @Grumblesprout

My Thoughts

Masters of Blood and Bone is a hard work to pin-down, so steeped is it in a multitude of genres that it defies simple categorization. Craig Saunders has taken the detective genre, by way of urban paranormal noir, and run it through the blender with a strong measure of high fantasy, and written with a deft, contemplative style ripe with intense imagery.

Honestly, I'm not sure that I can adequately write about this work, because it's one of those books that you just need to read for yourself and experience. Go drown yourself in the words and let those inky worms crawl over your flesh and consume you. (Trust me, that will make more sense after you read this book...)

Taking center stage in Saunders's narrative is a fat ex-cop named Holland. When we meet him, he's reading a book of significant power, and by the time his seventeen-year-old daughter, Ank, reads some of it, the damage has been done. An ancient wizard had cast himself into the book's pages long ago, and Holland has inadvertently unlocked its cage. Now, his daughter is missing and an old evil is loose in the world.

Saunders has a terrific writing voice, and he's able to blend these disparate genres seamlessly. I absolutely loved the twists of turns, and pitting a hard-boiled PI against ancient gods of lore in an effort to save his daughter was perfectly mesmerizing. I also really loved the characters - Holland is a great protagonist and his daughter is a wonderful character filled with an agency of her own. Ank is a real spit-fire and a far cry from the damsel in distress, despite being trapped in a rather peculiar and threatening situation.

In short, I found Masters of Blood and Bone to be a perfect read, and I loved every page of it. There's just so much literary panache and noir-cool that it's utterly impossible for me to not fall in love with this book. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a return to this world in the near-future, and I think it could make for a fantastic series if Saunders is willing. Highly recommended.

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Michael Patrick Hicks

Michael Patrick Hicks is the author of the science fiction novels Convergence, an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2013 Quarter-Finalist, and Emergence. His work has appeared in several anthologies, and he has written for the websites Graphic Novel Reporter and Audiobook Reviewer. In between compulsively buying books and adding titles that he does not have time for to his Netflix queue, he is hard at work on his next story.

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