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Keeper of Light and Dust by Natasha Mostert
Review by Gayle Surrette
Dutton Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780525951001
Date: 02 April 2009 List Price $25.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Mia Lockheart is a tattoo artist, having taken over the house and the shop after the death of her parents. She also studies the martial arts at the local gym. She watches over some of the fighters who work out in the gym because, as her mother before her, she's also a Keeper. Her life is full and rich, especially since her childhood friend Nick Duffy moved back into the neighborhood. They may even someday be more than friends, until one of the fighters that Mia has in her keeping dies of no known cause after a fight. Nick investigates and finds this isn't the first fighter to die after a fight and with no reason other than their heart gave out. Something is not right and Mia's dreams are horrific and feature a book that she fears to read.

From official release/information:

Product Description: Mia Lockheart has a secret. Her mother was a Keeper, as was her grandmother—women who were warriors, healers, and protectors. As Mia practices her craft among the boxers and martial artists of South London, and begins a romance with her childhood friend, the fighter Nick Duffy, she has no idea that a man who calls himself Dragonfly is watching from the shadows.

Adrian Ashton is a brilliant scientist, an expert in the breaking field of biophoton emissions from cells within the human body. He is also a skilled martial artist—and a modern-day vampire. With the aid of the enigmatic Book of Life and Death, written in the thirteenth century by the legendary Chinese physician Zhang Sanfeng, he preys on other martial artists and drains them of their chi—the vital energy that flows through the body.

Mia finds herself drawn to his dark genius, but when he targets Nick as his next victim, she is forced to choose between the two men. It becomes a fight to the death in which love is both the greatest weakness and the biggest prize.

(Source: Dutton)

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