Book: Cruxim (Gothic Guardians) by Karin Coxcategories: Book, France, Freakshow, Vampires, Angels, Sphinx, Women's Fiction, Ile De Re, Paris, Barcelona, Supernatural, Gothic Paranormal Romance
Karin Coxabout this book: Cruxim is a gothic paranormal romance that started out as a short story that I was at loose ends what to do with. I knew I wanted to make my protagonist something different, something mythical and enigmatic, but I couldn't decide on what. One day, I was reading a book about mythology and I came across a creature from Croatian mythology known as a Kresnik or Cruxim. I instantly knew that this was my "hero." I've been fascinated with mythology for as long as I can remember, even studying Myth and Ancient Literature at university, so I knew just the female foil for my male Cruxim, a sphinx—part woman and part lion. When I started writing, I quickly saw that this was going to turn into a series, rather than a simple novella.
Using these characters allowed me to explore the relationship between man, myth and beast, and setting the novel in a freakshow, at least for part of the novel, allowed me to really examine what it means to be different. I also wanted to explore the concept of faith within the confines of the novel. Amedeo, my Cruxim, has a divine purpose, but he is not in touch with his Maker. I think many people can relate to that feeling of believing but still perhaps feeling a little alone. What gives him the faith to continue in his mission, even when it looks hopeless and even when he doesn't know why he is pursuing such a difficult challenge? The only real answer, in his case, is faith and love.
• "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."
— Eclective Books, 5 stars
• "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."
— Carol Davis Luce, 5 stars
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