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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482376733
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482376739
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,005,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By jbmetz on September 1, 2013
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Actually, it is only a brief and tastefully rendered scene, but it illustrates the possibilities when people have the ability to enter the minds of others as several characters in Blood and Parchment can do. I usually stay away from books described as "paranormal." The often turgid prose and whimsical scenarios turn me off. However, I picked this up after a recommendation by a friend and I have to admit, I was impressed. Despite the genre, the story has down-to-earth believable characters, realistic dialogue, and a style of writing that reminded me of early Stephen King. The plot keeps the reader engaged with clever twists and accelerating tension as it alternates between two narratives that eventually merge at the climax of the book. The relatively short length and rapid pace of the story make this book an excellent selection for a long plane ride or a weekend on the beach. I would recommend this novel to readers who enjoy thrillers, horror, mystery, romance, and of course, those interested in the paranormal.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Eastman on July 28, 2013
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I really enjoyed reading this first novel by Mr. Knight and I look forward to the sequel.
This genre is not typically what I read but it was recommended to me so I gave it a chance. I was very impressed with Mr. Knight's writing style. It was an easy read with great dialogue and good use of metaphors. The book ends with an obvious opening for a sequel and I look forward to reading it when it is available.
My only complaints are that the binding was not very good and my book starting falling apart before I finished it. I would have preferred to read it on my Kindle but it was not yet available there. I hope the sequel comes out in Kindle form at the same time as the printed form.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nemetz on July 29, 2013
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Blood and Parchment is an exciting journey combining the realms of reality and the mystical world. I enjoyed the unique blend of crime mystery and fantasy in this fast paced adventure. The transitions between story lines were engaging and kept me guessing as to what was happening next. I liked the twists and turns as the pieces of the puzzle weaved together building to the exciting conclusion. Very well written and entertaining.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David on November 16, 2013
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An excellent first novel. I just finished my second time through.

It's a good read and a fun ride; everything you want from a book - a well told story with believable characters and enough twists and turns to make it difficult to put down.

Perfect for your holiday downtime.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By An amazon fan on October 6, 2013
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It's terribly addicting! Since I finished the book over three-months ago, I find myself continuing to think about the characters. I'm excitedly awaiting the sequel...
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By CW on August 22, 2013
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Fans of supernatural stories will enjoy this book, I sure did. The variety of characters and the quick paced plot held my interest cover to cover. The characters with the psychic abilities were my favorites and their storyline was quite intriguing. The title did give me some concern, but the murder details were not as gruesome as the title and cover graphics caused me to imagine.
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