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The Valley of the Shadow of Death Paperback – September 28, 2012
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
About the Author
I was born in England and lived most of my life in Australia before returning to the UK a few years ago; my dual nationality means that I am often a bit too cheeky, but will always apologize for it. I have been writing fiction for almost thirty years, mostly for the enjoyment of myself and my friends, but writing is my love and my vocation so of course that’s where my dreams and ambitions are. In the meantime, technical writing helps to pay the mortgage, while I also have fun with web design, reading, watching movies and television, knitting, and imbibing espresso. If you would like to know more, please come and join the conversation at juliebozza.com
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This book, like all of Ms. Bozza's, is extremely well-written. There is little character development as both main characters seem to have sprung from the pages fully-grown, and the secondary characters are just window dressing.
A heretofore straight cop succumbs to a "gay-for-you" moment with no explanation other than the book needed him to fall in love with the mobster who is the other main character. And, I must give Ms. Bozza credit for the ultimate meet-cute, which takes place in a locked walk-in freezer, of all places.
However, I am loath to admit that I didn't really like this book. If you like happily-ever-after endings, don't purchase this book. There is a dark cloud over the whole thing which probably should have foretold the incredibly depressing, almost unbearable ending.
Unless a book offers some great insight or emotional catharsis, in some form, I prefer not to be depressed by the novels I read. I leave that to the headlines.
So, if you're sensitive to bad stuff, I don't recommend you read this one. She has written so many other marvelous books, I suggest you read one of the more uplifting books by this talented author.