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Book of Slaughter

Book of Slaughter #1Book of Slaughter #1 by James Tynion IV
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This quick, interesting sidebar to the main plot line of SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN follows Maxine Slaughter as she is presented with the opportunity to switch from being a White Mask to a Black Mask. There’s not much action here; the story’s bigger purpose is to allow readers into the pages of the Book of Slaughter, the secret book of the House of Slaughter that explains all the rites, hierarchy, and iconography of the Order of St. George. I think much of it readers were already able to figure out on their own from context, but it’s still nice to see it all clearly laid out.

I heard this is a one-shot, rather than the start of a new spinoff series, but regardless, I suspect we haven’t seen the last of Maxine Slaughter in the KILLING universe.

P.S. I read this in paperback, but Goodreads only currently lists the Kindle edition, for some reason.

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