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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
The Knackerman Who Salvaged the Stars by Caroline A. Connell is a tale that pits humanity against a powerful force. He is invincible and his despicable act sows death in its wake. People see dead bodies from every part of the city piling up. The government is running out of options to address the situation while many are contemplating moving away. Even martial law doesn’t seem to have an impact. The crime rate is rising, including rape and other sex offenses and looting. But the hallmark of the killer’s work is still in design as he stalks the dark streets while mass graves are being prepared by the minister. Who will survive what comes next?
This is a wonderful story told in language that is not just crisp but poetic. It is immersive, spellbinding, and irresistible. The story presents fascinating characters, starting with the legendary Athelstan the Glorious and an intriguing episode that explores illness, healing, mortality, and eternity. The consciousness of the killer permeates the writing, and it is easy to see the author’s deft handling of themes of mortality, crime, death, and despair. This author has crafted a story that captures the human struggle for survival against an invincible enemy. She does so with style, in writing that is beautiful, featuring mortal characters that readers can relate to. Enid, Math, and others are just a few of the characters that are well written. This book is like a riddle that challenges readers to consider what it really means to be human. The Knackerman Who Salvaged the Stars is a book with a phenomenal conflict and one that readers who have known what it feels like to watch people die helplessly will love. It feels real. It is mind-boggling. It is a spell-binder.