Thursday, 10 January 2013

BOOK OF THE DAY: Cruxim (Gothic Guardians) by Karin Cox

by Karin Cox

Amedeo is Cruxim—a rare, winged supernatural creature who knows neither his purpose nor his past, save but to feed on the vampires that plague the earth. When his one weakness, the girl and novice nun Joslyn, is taken and turned by his enemies, Amedeo vows never to rest until evil is expunged from his world. 

On his quest, he meets Sabine: a guardian. Half-woman, half-lioness, she is a Sphinx who has been protecting humans from vampires since the dawn of time. But when she fails in her task of protecting a young boy, she is relentlessly pursued by her evil employer, Dr. Claus Gandler, a scientist collecting a sideshow of freaks, and both she and Amedeo are captured and cruelly paraded in Gandler's Circus of Curiosities.

When the stakes are eternity in a cage, what will Amedeo risk to save one or both of the women he loves?

This gothic paranormal novel explores the beast within amid a setting of mythology and forbidden love. Cruxim's dark world and conflicted characters are the antithesis of the sparkly vampire genre.


Karin Cox is an Australian editor turned Whitley-Award-winning author. Since her first book was published in 2004, she has had more than 30 titles published across a range of genres, from children’s fiction and non-fiction, to creative non-fiction, social history, natural history guides, and coffee-table books. She is the author of Cruxim (a gothic paranormal romance novel), Cage Life (a book of short stories), Hey, Little Sister and Pancakes on Sunday (illustrated picture books), and Growth(an anthology of poetry). Karin lives on Brisbane’s bayside with her partner, her daughter, her two dogs, and a cat with the improbable name of “Ping Pong.” You can follow her on Twitter (@Authorandeditor), or on Facebook at or

5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful new voice in paranormal literature January 5, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Before reading Cruxim, I thought it would be another paranormal vampire novel. I couldn't have been more wrong. When I first began reading Amedeo's story, I was intrigued by the mystery and drama surrounding this winged creature who feasts on vampires. Yes, vampires. These vampires are not the heroes. They do not sparkle and are definitely not cool. They are evil, bloodsucking plagues, and it's Cruxim's job to rid the earth of them. And then there's Sabine, the Sphinx, whose job is also to feast on vampires. Cruxim's and Sabine's relationship is complicated. There's definitely sexual tension, as they explore the idea of forbidden love. Then add Joslyn to the love triangle. She's a girl Amedo once loved who had been unwittingly turned into a vampire.

Their paths cross more than once, and often times their lives are mired in personal tragedy and strife, as Amedo and Sabine are being hunted by an evil scientist.

I thought the blend of paranormal and mythology brilliant. The grammar flawless. The prose, poetic. If I could give this book a higher rating, I would. It is simply the most intriguing and original paranormal I've ever read.

5.0 out of 5 stars Introducing a new phenomenon to vampire lore... January 8, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
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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