Publication date: May 1st 2018
Genres: Adult, Horror
When Corbin Stewart, a down-on-his-luck writer living in Paris, witnesses the brutal attack of an old gypsy, he rushes to help. He chases off the attackers, three albinos wearing porcelain tragedy masks, but not before they stab the old man repeatedly. While Corbin tries to keep the man alive until help arrives, blood gets on his skin, in his eyes, into his mouth. The old man dies, but Corbin soon discovers that death isn’t the end for the powerful gypsy, and that the blood in his body carries part of the man’s tortured soul with it.
Gypsy Blood is about a man named Corbin Stewart living in Paris who gets splattered with the blood of a man he tries to rescue from a stabbing, only to discover he has been imbued with magical powers. As he gets haunted by the spirit of the old man he tried to save, Corbin gets pulled into a dangerous world of the Roma and their fierce enemies. This mystery takes Corbin all over Paris with two groups of warring gangs after him, as well as the Parisian police. Can Corbin uncover the truth of what happened to him before he loses his own life?
I wasn’t sure what to think of this novel. At its heart is a supernatural mystery involving the Roma and a gang of albinos. Corbin Stewart is a writer living in Paris following the death of his daughter. Struggling with writer’s block, Corbin spends most of his time in local bars. When one of his publisher’s agents finds him demanding to see proof he’s earned the advance given to him, the two find themselves thrust into the middle of a murder. I found this novel to be very suspenseful. It was full of action and moved at a steady pace. The novel never dragged, and Gunhus kept me guessing from beginning to end.
I also enjoyed the character of the City of Lights. I’ve never been to Paris, but I felt as if I have. Gunhus uses the city in such a way that it becomes a character in its own right. As Corbin runs around the city seeking clues to what is happening to him, and how to get out of the middle of this war he’s stuck in the middle of, readers are given a tour of Paris. The novel tours Notre Dame and even the Paris catacombs. This aspect of the story really allowed me to visualize the scenes, and feel as if I was actually there.
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Jeff Gunhus is the USA TODAY bestselling author of thriller and horror novels for adults and the middle grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year-old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His books for adults have reached the Top 30 on Amazon, have been recognized as Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalists and reached the USA TODAY bestseller list.
After his experience with his son, he is passionate about helping parents reach young reluctant readers and is active in child literacy issues. As a father of five, he leads an active life in Maryland with his wife Nicole by trying to constantly keep up with their kids. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel or on JeffGunhus.com.