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The Music of Razors by Cameron Rogers
Review by Steve Sawicki
Del Rey Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780345493194
Date: 01 May 2007 List Price $13.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

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From publicity material: In 1840, Henry Lockrose was a young medical student with a bright future. But a chance encounter drew him into a netherworld where Heaven and Hell compete for human souls. Now, more than a hundred and fifty years later, kept alive by magical instruments carved form the bones of a murdered angel, Henry harvests souls, all the while looking for someone he can train to take his place.

Walter is four and a half. A huge furry monster with long, sharp claws and teeth lives in his bedroom closet. Unbeknownst to Walter, the monster is there to protect him. When the frightened boy sends it away, Henry steals his soul, leaving his body in a comatose state. But before Henry can totally claim the boy, the monster, in a final sacrifice, merges its being with Walter's essence and something new is born.

Without Walter, Henry is forced to look elsewhere for his replacement. So he turns to Hope, Walter's baby sister. Now, trapped in a nightmare from which there is no waking, Walter must grow up fast if he is to protect his sister from a fate that is quite literally worse than death.

(Source: Del Rey)

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