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Cruxim: You Are Never Alone (Dark Guardians Paranormal Fantasy Series Book 1) by [Cox, Karin]
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"Cruxim  is filled with passion, revenge, action, and love all mixed together to form this story that is unlike any I've ever read." Give it to Cupcake Blogspot

"Every so often I'll read a book that is so engrossing, it forces me to neglect EVERYTHING until I finish. Cruxim by Karin Cox is definitely one of those books." Eclective Books

"Cruxim is one of the most original supernatural tales I have read in a long, long while -- and I have read a load of 'vampire, angel, demon, fairy-filled' books. Karin has a beautiful and effortless way with words - her descriptions are breathtaking, her characterisations are dimensional, her plot is flawless. Believe me, when you delve into the magical world she has created, you will not be disappointed ..." Need a Good Read Blogspot

"It's unique, the characters are decently drawn out, and it has a really good plot line  ... would definitely like to see more in this world." Indie Reviews Blogspot

"Karin Cox knows how to give her characters three dimensions. They have inner lives, and outer actions that stem from those inner lives. The blood and violence is never gratuitous but stems from the very nature of the beings she's writing about, and I sensed in Amedeo an unspoken wish for redemption, for release from his bloodlust for vampires, though not before he avenges himself on Beltran." Author Suzanne Lucero 

"By telling the story this way, it reminded me of many Anne Rice books, where the character must stay true to himself as well as the period and place of the tale. Warning: this is a dark journey. The mental images gifted from the excellent writing provide a movie-like experience. It does not take place in a fluffy, rom-com world." D Danaher

From the Author

Thank you for taking the time to read Cruxim. In this busy world, it is no small thing to decide to devote some hours of our lives to a book. I hope you find the world of my novel engrossing, and I thank you for choosing to immerse yourself in my little "fallen angel redemption" story. I assure you that I'm hard at work on the sequel.

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  • File Size: 1092 KB
  • Print Length: 218 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Indelible Ink Press (January 19, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 19, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0987360205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0987360205
  • ASIN: B00AX00912
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By Carol Davis Luce on January 8, 2013
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I loved Karin Cox's short story collection, The Gage. Therefore, I was eager to read her debut fantasy novel, Cruxim. Wow! I read it in two settings. I'm a fan. Karin, what took you so long to write a novel? I can't wait for the next in the series.

Introducing a new phenomenon to vampire lore... Just when you thought there was nothing fresh and innovative in the ancient vampire world, along comes Cruxim. Not a man, not an angel or a devil. A guardian. A breed so rare, few humans know of his existence. Yet the most hellish of vampires fear him, for his purpose in his immortal life is to destroy the undead. All of them.

From the opening page, Cruxim took me on a journey into a dark world of bloodsuckers, a legendary Sphinx, and a menagerie of human circus oddities (among them the wolfman and two-headed man), owned and controlled by the wicked butcher, Dr. Claus Gandler (a scientist more savage than any during the holocaust).

I fell in love with the Cruxim. Amedeo is like no other paranormal hero. He's not infallible. He bleeds, he grieves, he suffers in affairs of the heart and personal conscience. He must make choices that no man, or angel, should ever have to make.

The author takes us on a hair-raising ride from beginning to end. Her characters are bigger than life, yet true to form. I cheered on Amedeo and the she-cat Sabine as they faced insurmountable odds to rid the world of vermin and to save each other. A rousing debut. Highly recommended.
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Although not a genre I would have normally chosen to read, gothic paranormal romance, I accepted a copy of this to try for a reading challenge. I have to say that I really enjoyed it. The title character, Amedeo, is very well fleshed out by Karin Cox. The writing was clear and enjoyable and I look forward to the sequel when it comes out.
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This is a very interesting take on a vampires. Instead of them being all lovey and sparkly they are what you would expect, blood thristy. To make it even more interesting there is a creature that hunts the hunters, the cruxim. This is something I haven't really come across very often so I was pretty excited about starting this book. The beginning is interesting, we have Amedeo trapped as a prisoner and have some flashbacks to get the gist of what happened to him and the back story to characters that are going to be showing up later in the book. I liked the way this was done, it kept me interested in Amedeo's story and wondering if he was going to be able to escape his prison.

What I didn't like was the time shifts, it was hard to keep track of what was going on and when or where. It was hard to keep on track with the story when Amedeo would be in one spot then suddenly another and you really wouldn't know how he got there or how long it took for him to get to that point.

I also didn't really like how he comes across as an almighty vampire hunter but is to emotionally involved that he just keeps getting his butt handed to him when ever he comes across one. After a while Amedeo just came across as a wuss to me that couldn't even really do what he is made to do in the end. This was frustrating for me, and a lot of what he was going through mentally is told to us over and over again.

The love triangle that is in the book doesn't really feel like it should be one, mainly because we hear more about his time with Joslyn and how much he cares for her more then Sabine. But at the same time he does seem to care about Sabine quite a lot too. Personally this took away from the book for me because I don't really like love triangles at all.
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Author Karin Cox takes the vampire genre to a whole new level in this compelling paranormal adventure. This book is dark, visceral and not for the squeamish. The concept of angels hunting vampires is brilliant - a fresh and most welcome twist. In this story you meet Amadeo, an angel whose sole purpose in life is to destroy vampires. He loves two women he cannot have, who are taken from him by some of the most vile and evil villains I have ever encountered in a fictional novel. Highly recommended.
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Karin Cox's command of the written word shines in this novel. Her ability to describe a scene, an action, an emotion is concise yet evocative, near flawless.

Amedeo is a Cruxim, a being whose only reason for existence is to kill vampires. The novel opens in the 40th year of Amedeo's confinment in a tower by fearful villagers, unsure of what they have caught. Backstory is expertly worked in to the first few chapters, where we learn about the two great loves of Ame's immortal life: Sabine, a sphinx, and Joslyn, a mortal woman who was turned into a vampire by Beltran, Ame's sworn enemy.

Upon Ame s narrow escape from the tower, add to the mix a circus of human oddities; sadistic Dr. Gandler, Sabine's enemy; and Beltran's coven of vampires, and there is enough heart-stopping action to fill several books. Which is what will happen when Cox's sequel is published.

Karin Cox knows how to give her characters three dimensions. They have inner lives, and outer actions that stem from those inner lives. The blood and violence is never gratuitous but stems from the very nature of the beings she's writing about, and I sensed in Amedeo an unspoken wish for redemption, for release from his bloodlust for vampires, though not before he avenges himself on Beltran. How true are my suspicions? I can't wait to find out.
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