Keeper of Light and Dust
I’m Kim Alexander and this is Fiction Nation, smart reviews for modern readers on Sirius XM Book Radio. The book is Keeper of Light and Dust by Natasha Mostert.
Would you think less of me if I told you I was obsessed with mixed martial arts? I know, it’s bloody and brutal and Spike TV runs stupid commercials while it’s on, but for those of us who think boxing doesn’t have enough homoerotic content it’s an exciting way to spend an hour.
Is MMA (as it’s called by devotees) also a natural outlet for mystical energy? Serious students of martial arts certainly think so. Do the fighters require supernaturally gifted women to serve as their healers and guardian angels? I do sometimes wonder how these guys manage to rise to their feet after the pummeling they take. Maybe there is a mystical element. That’s the premise behind Natasha Mostert’s Keeper of Light and Dust. Mia’s a tattoo artist, but that’s only her day job her true vocation is that of Keeper, a long line of women who ‘protect’ the male warriors. She and her boyfriend Nick are busy getting him ready for a big fight when hot vampire (seriously, is there any other kind?) Ash arrives on the scene and he thinks Nick looks like dinner.Ê It’s all very ancient wisdom and modern science up in there, as Ash is more interested in draining Nick’s chi (oh, is that what they’re calling it now?) than opening a vein. He’s figured out how to steal the light from a person’s electrical field (sort of) and basically give them a brown out (not really) while he lives on borrowed battery power forever (I think).
So ultimately it’s going to be Ash vs. Mia in a showdown that takes place mostly in the metaphysical realm.Ê The best parts of this book were Ash’s diary entries, which contained lots of cryptic messages and science-y looking stuff alongside his musings on why he’s actually the hero of the story and why won’t meatsacks just understand? While I liked our feisty heroine Mia very much, as usual evil wins the popularity contest and Ash was a lot more compelling a character than nice-guy Nick. On the whole, an unusual and elegantly written book by an author who seems adept at seeing old things in a modern light. Plus I learned how to kill a guy by just using my thumbs ! So, I’ll see you in the Octagon!