Anna Dressed in Blood
by Kendare Blake • August 30, 2011 • Tor Books
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Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.
So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.
Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.
Yet she spares Cas’s life.
First sentence: “The grease-slicked hair is a dead giveaway—no pun intended. “
What do you get when Buffy Summers didn’t slay vampires and isn’t a girl? You get Theseus Cassio Lowood, mostly known as Cas, the ghost slayer.
Cas’s job: to kill the dead that should’ve stayed dead. No, not zombies. Ghosts.
Cas inherits two things when his dad dies: 1. the ghost-hunting job with the intention of avenging his death, and 2. his dad’s athame that has powers effective enough to kill the dead. He follows and investigates the ghost lores his trustworthy contacts tips him with, which sends him all over the country, never sticking long enough to make friends. After Cas kills County 12 Hiker, he, his white-witch mom, and their cat Tybalt, leave for Thunder Bay in Ontario, Canada, where he goes in search of the ghost, Anna Dressed in Blood. There, he discovers that there are other powers lurking in the shadows.
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