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One Blood by Qwantu Amaru

April 19, 2012

A supernatural curse torments a group of people unaware of their hidden connections. Set in and throughout Louisiana, the story takes the reader on an epic journey from the 1800′s to the early 2000′s.

Full Disclosure: Thanks to the author, Qwantu Amaru, for sending the review copy!

I found myself a little intimidated at the prospect of reviewing One Blood. The blurb may be short and sweet, but the word epic is well deserved as a descriptor. Not only is One Blood meticulously plotted and paced at just the right speed to keep you turning page after page until well into the midnight hours, but it’s so well written that I had trouble believing it to be a debut novel. And yet, it does appear to be. Mr. Amaru must have been honing his skills for a long time, because One Blood does not read like a debut novel at all.

Reader beware! This book is not for the faint of heart. Few of the characters are likeable, (not really an issue for me, so this isn’t a criticism) and some are damn right despicable. And while you may wish to read past midnight, because the book’s just that damn good, I would advise not to. There are quite a number of scenes that will make it difficult to sleep after reading…

While mostly unlikeable, I did find the characters very realistic. Sadly, I think some of them may have been realistic because of how unlikeable they could be. I am sorry to be so vague about plot details, but I am just so loathe to spoil any of you. Because the heart of the book revolves around secrets that unfold as the plot thickens. One Blood keeps you guessing. What I can tell you is that the book spans from the 1800s to the early 2000s, and there is a lot of back and forth. I really enjoyed the use of flashbacks to establish and even develop several of the characters connections and relationships though. I thought the author did a superb job of making those scenes seamless instead of intruding. Naturally, threads involving slavery and racism are woven into the novel, including the role racism plays into the justice system in America to this very day.

One Blood has absolutely earned it’s place on my keeper shelf.

I highly recommend One Blood to those who enjoy dark, gritty, thought-provoking epics full of intrigue and aren’t put off by characters who constantly get their hands dirty. It can be bought at Amazon.

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