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Blood Magic by Matthew Cook

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Blood Magic

Nominated for the 2009 Gaylactic Spectrum Award

"Matthew Cook's impressive debut, Blood Magic, mixes old fantasy concepts, folklore and horror in an evocative tale.... Its mood is unique: horror and desperation tempered by hope for the future" (Five Stars)
--Curled Up With a Good Book

"Blood Magic is a spellbinding sword and sorcery tale ... the first book in what looks to be a fantastic fantasy series."
--Alternative Worlds

ISBN: 9780809572007
266 pages, $6.99
Publication Date: September 2007

With the power of her blood magic--a dark sorcery even she does not understand--Kirin avenges her twin sister's murder. Alone, except for the grotesque but loyal creatures she can create from souls and dead flesh, she fights to survive. When the inhuman Mor crawl up from their underground world to wage war, Kirin serves as scout and archer--and finds comfort in the arms of Jazen Tor, a sergeant in the Imperial Army. But it is beautiful, gentle Lia Cho, who can call lightning from the sky, who teaches Kirin about herself. Even with Lia as an ally, Kirin must still confront the hatred of her own kind and, together, they must face the seemingly invincible Mor.

Now available: Nights of Sin, the sequel to Blood Magic:

"Takes the familiar vengeful sword and sorcery tale and breaths fresh new life into it..."

"Once I started reading I found myself unable to put the book down as Kirin's past and present rushed toward each other in a story that simply demands to be read."

"Blood Magic is a must read for any fan of fantasy or horror. However, don't expect a book which simply follows genre conventions. Like [its protagonist] Kirin, this novel is far more than it seems. And like Kirin, you'll come away from this story wondering about the price paid for doing dark deeds-even when they are done for the best of reasons."
--Monster & Critics

About the author

Matthew Cook is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. As many Fine Arts graduates do, he took a normal, respectable job, one good for paying the bills but terrible at nourishing the soul. He spent several years trying to keep his illustration, digital graphics and photography skills sharp, even resorting to wedding photography when things were truly dire. More than ten years later, he was still no closer to making anything resembling a living in the visual arts, so he turned to his other great love: literature. In a bout of desperate optimism, he began on a mammoth undertaking: an urban fantasy trilogy set in his beloved Chicago. Four years later, while "taking a break" from editing that (still unfinished) project, he had this strange idea for a necromancer named Kirin...

Matt lives and works in Columbus, Ohio. His second book about Kirin, Nights of Sin, was published in September 2008 by Juno Books.

Find out more about Matt on his blog and in these interviews:

Matthew Cook
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