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Keeper of Light and Dust by Natasha Mostert
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Mar 16, 11

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Natasha Mostert is a rare stylist in her writing; she combines metaphysical elements with suspense, exploring the darker side of desire. In KEEPER OF LIGHT AND DUST, she brings to life an equally unusual milieu: the arena of amateur boxers and tattoo artists.

Mia is a respected tattoo artist who also happens to be a Keeper, or guardian of men who box. She is descended from a line of Keepers, who mark their charges with symbols in ink and "step out" of their bodies to ensure these men are safe during their fights. But when a stranger intent on draining the life source, or 'chi' from Mia and her charges, invades her life, she must confront her own innermost desires and fears in order to defeat him and save the man she loves.

On the surface, this book is somewhat hard to define; the storyline is deceptively simple, a modern take on the vampire legend. What makes it so fascinating is Ms Mostert's vivid insider look at the mysterious world of martial arts, which she entwines with ancient Eastern medicine and spiritual beliefs, as well as her signature eroticism. This novel has one of the best love scenes I have read in modern fiction; and her cast of characters is both engaging yet flawed, which makes them human and accessible. Coupled with a story that builds at a relentless pace, this is a Gothic-scientific thriller that defies the usual clichés of the genre.
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