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A modern dark urban fantasy, telling of two powerful families who uphold a secret duty to protect humanity from a threat it doesn’t know exists. Though sharing a common enemy, the two families form a long-standing rivalry due to their methods and ultimate goals. Forces are coalescing in a prominent Central European city- criminal sex-trafficking, a serial murderer with a sA modern dark urban fantasy, telling of two powerful families who uphold a secret duty to protect humanity from a threat it doesn’t know exists. Though sharing a common enemy, the two families form a long-standing rivalry due to their methods and ultimate goals. Forces are coalescing in a prominent Central European city- criminal sex-trafficking, a serial murderer with a savage bent, and other, less tangible influences. Within a prestigious, private university, Lilja, a young librarian charged with protecting a very special book, finds herself suddenly ensconced in this dark, strange world. Originally from Finland, she has her own reason for why she left her home, but she finds the city to be anything but a haven from dangers and secrets. Book One in a planned series....

Title : Dance of the Butterfly
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ISBN : 30966818
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 337 Pages
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Dance of the Butterfly Reviews

  • Carmilla Voiez
    2019-02-23 02:03

    Dance of the Butterfly is set in an unnamed city in central Europe. It is a place where organised crime, represented by the cruel and calculated Gnegon, meets old magick. A powerful sense of place and time is created through the characters, settings and dialogue. The author manages both characters and suspense elegantly, bringing the world to life.There are clever red herrings and mysteries that keep us guessing throughout the book. And the developing love story between the two main players, Skot and Lilja, is very sweet. So sweet that it leads to a strained contradiction in the way the romance plays out, including the very vanilla portrayal of BDSM that seems to exist only to illustrate the differences between our hero, Skot, and the vicious torture and sexual slavery prevalent in the crime boss’s world. I would have been tempted not to call it BDSM at all, but that is how the main characters describe their foreplay and romance. Just don’t pick up this book expecting a sub/dom theme. Both the male and female characters are well drawn, although the way the author attempts to obscure the identity of the vigilante leads to some strange descriptions and awkward pronouns at times. This coupled with the use of present tense can make some sections clunky. Thankfully, even if you, like I, guess the identity much earlier than the reveal it spoils little.It’s the first book in a series, and while I get the feeling that more adventures for Skot and Lilja will follow, the story is wrapped up in this volume in a very satisfying way. I really enjoyed the plot and the character development. Especially as this is a debut novel from a little known indie author, I have to admit I was very impressed. I love stories full of magick, old books, secret identities and plot twists, and Dance of the Butterfly does not disappoint.

  • Joan
    2019-03-21 05:59

    An engaging dark fantasy horror story with compelling characters and a mysterious jigsaw of events that will surprise you at every turn. I thought I had some of it figured out and then,oops nope, wrong again. I'm looking forward to seeing just where this story takes me in the second book in this series. I hadn't read any of Carruba's books before but I will definitely keep an eye out for more books by this author.

  • Paul Grover
    2019-03-14 07:43

    Dance of the Butterfly is an urban fantasy a genre where magic and mysticism exist in a world not unlike our own.The story is set in an unnamed Central European city; it feels real and grimy. Although painted in broad brush strokes I thought the city was as much a character as the humans who live on its crime riddled streets. It felt to me that danger lurked around every corner. If not overtly hostile the city is certainly unsympathetic. It reminds a little of the city in the movie Sin City. In short, the perfect location for this tale.The author has populated his novel with some wonderfully well drawn characters. It took me some time to like Skot; he seemed a little aloof and distant at the start but I really warmed to him in the end. Lilja on the other hand was instantly likeable- she is smart, moral, witty and she knows how to change spark plugs on an older model BMW. She has both a certain confidence and a vulnerability. There is a wide supporting cast of characters all of whom are well drawn and have depth – Gnegon, Ernst and of course the Vigilante all have certain characteristics that made me want to spend time with them. I really enjoyed Therese, her sub adventure had my heart pounding (she reminds me a little of Lisbeth Salander while still being totally herself).In terms of writing style the book is extremely well written, sometimes a little wordy in places in a way that suits the story. The novel feels very “European” it’s hard to say why but in places I was reminded a lot of Stieg Larsson; particularly in the non fantasy elements. Scott Carruba’s style is to write in the present tense and to swap character point of view within scenes. This works incredibly well as it creates a real sense of tension within interactions. This head swapping is skilfully done and as a reader I was never confused as to which character I was living the story throughAlthough a fantasy novel with dark magic at its core, the majority of the book reads like a straight thriller/crime story – there is murder, corruption and human trafficking lurking in and around the city. This makes for a story that will appeal to wide reader base and not leave anyone disappointed.Downsides? I kind of worked out who the Vigilante was quite early on, but the book did throw enough curveballs to keep my certainty in check. In summary, I enjoyed this book immensely. I loved the writing style, the multiple story lines, the location and the characters.All in all a well deserved 5 out of 5!

  • Yvonne Davies
    2019-03-26 05:49

    Skothiam is on a quest for 3 ancient books, his research leads him to a prestige university. Meeting Lilja the curator of the university, she has a passion for the old books and a secret that she wants to keep. Also going on in the town is a vigilante trying to stop Gnegon a crime lord who is involved in human trafficking and a serial killer.Skothiam is a mystery man and its only as the story progresses do we find more about his life. A man of means he does not flash is cash and is very unassuming. Lilja was a confident, strong woman but only at work, when she was with Skothiam she was unsure of herself and in some case quite naïve, especially when she was discussing BDSM. At the start of this book I kept wandering were the author was taking me, as you had Skothiam’s story and the vigilante’s story running alongside each other and when a serial killer turned up in the book I was still having my doubts, but the author managed to interweave these stories together to make this an absorbing read. The author had an eye for detail and throughout this book even the smallest feature was explained. It brought a smile to my face whenever the character had a lip ring as their characteristics were so like my daughter who is always chewing on her lip ring. With human trafficking a major part of the story, there are some dark scenes however this is necessary to the story and explains a lot at the end. This is definitely a book for the adult market, however the sex scenes were tastefully written and did not read trashy, in fact they reinforced the bond between Skothiam and Lilja. As I finished this book I was hoping that I could read more of Lilja and Skothiam as they made a good team and I was pleased when I saw Sword of the Butterfly already to purchase. A great read with a touch of fantasy

  • Marie Franke
    2019-03-07 03:43

    I was very intrigued with Dance of the Butterfly before ever opening to page one. In the end I was not disappointed; however it was a journey to get there. I'm not going to spill too much of the books details (solely because going into a book like this blind on the plot only adds to the excitement!)In the beginning I found it hard to keep track of characters. It reminded me a lot of reading a play script. Conversations happened without a hint as to which character was speaking. This was a little off putting, taking several days to get through a handful of chapters. And then the author sucks you in with his villian..And then the author sucks you in further with his vigilante...From the moment you truly get into the "meat" of the story; the vigilante, Skot, and Lilja keep you focused, turning page after page to see what happens to each of them. How they put clues together, the relationship that follows. Skot and Lilja gave me a book hangover; and can't wait to crack open the next chapter in their lives!I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a thriller. It truly had it all!

  • Patricia
    2019-02-25 08:53

    This is a very interesting book. I started reading it in the evening and struggled with it at the beginning . The first couple of chapters were a little hard to get through. So I put it down and thought I would start fresh in the morning . When I dived back into the book and got through the first two chapters . I found this book to be very interesting and I really got into the story line. The rivalry between the two families is very powerful and all because of old books and lore . They have very different methods of keeping the book safe . Lilja a young librarian that is entrusted to keep the book safe. Will she survive and will the book be safeThe characters are vast and in this book . They are complex and well written. Lilja is a complicated lady she seems so sweet and innocent at first but as you read you find out she is quite kick ass with her secret identity to shut down the human trafficking ring . Another notable character is Skothiam Feltcraft. He is the patriarch of the family that is in charge of keeping the three books safe. He is fighting relentless evils with a team. He is a very strong character but you can see the weight of the world is on his shoulders . He works hard to keep everyone safe . There are so many characters in this book and they all play an important part in keeping the story goingThis book has so much going on with so many twists and turns . You sometimes don't know if you are coming or going. The author takes us down some pretty dark pathways especially with the sex trafficking aspect of the book . There is a touch of BDSM also in the book which to me was kind of off putting. I wish the author could of went into more about the books and the lore behind them . Also more into the rivalry of the two families . I found that to be a lot more interesting and sucked me in big time . Also a few times when I was reading I didn't realize what characters were in the chapter until almost the end of the chapter. Overall I did enjoy this book, the author has a way with words that will leave you breathless and wanting more . He will keep you on the edge of your set and make you want for more . I will say this is the first book in the series so it does have a cliff hanger . So if you want an intense dark urban fantasy that will take you on a rollercoaster ride . Check out DANCE OF THE BUTTERFLY by Scott Carruba

  • Chris Garson
    2019-03-04 05:43

    In Dance on a Butterfly, Scott Carruba crafts a complex tale that keeps you guessing right up until the end. The protagonist, Skothiam Felcraft, is the patriarch of a family charged with keeping a terrible secret – the secret of the Three Books. While searching for the Books, which can protect humanity against ancient scourges so fearful that they may only be mentioned in whispers, Skothiam must overcome rivals searching for the Books and a ticking clock, which races ever faster to a horrifying end thanks to sex traffickers who unknowingly give rise to an even more depraved evil. Skothiam does not battle these forces alone, however, he has the resources of his powerful family, and Lilja a brave librarian, and an unknown ally in the form of a vigilante ninja intent on dismantling the sex trafficking operation. Carruba displays a rich vocabulary and pays impressive attention to detail. This story has, action, romance and sex, albeit of a BDSM nature which I found slightly offputting, intrigue, crime, and the occult, literally something for everyone. Give it a read. You’ll find it well worth the time.

  • Cyrene Olson
    2019-03-02 08:58

    Uncaged Book ReviewsOverall, I think this book is an excellent read, and I couldn’t praise it enough. Scott Carruba is an exemplary author who writes a fascinating and detailed plot that holds the attention of the reader. Somehow without fail, he manages to walk the thin line between fantasy and reality, marrying both in a very believable fashion. I would absolutely recommend this book, and I would also recommend that more authors follow Scott’s example.Reviewed by KaitlinFull review at

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    2019-03-26 00:58

  • Brooke Kyle
    2019-03-13 02:51

    I found the beginning of this novel difficult to get through. Firstly, an issue I had--which has not changed my rating in the slightest--is that the book is literally difficult to read. I read the print edition as I have a nook rather than a Kindle, and found that the side margins were too small to accommodate the text, hence any words printed at the edges of pages were often within the seam of the book's spine or underneath one of my thumbs. The top margins, however, were spacious enough to accommodate the author's name and title in a large font on each page, and the bottom margins were spacious and empty to the point of distraction, so I cannot imagine the short-changed side margins were due to an economy of space. I hope the publisher will take this issue to heart and correct the margin issue in the novel's sequels.Secondly, the first several chapters of the novel suffered from some writing issues that nearly led me to give up reading it entirely. There were countless instances where the word this is used without specification as to which "this" the author refers, and overuse of unnecessary copular verbs like seems and appears to the point that--from the reader's perspective--the events of the novel are often out of focus. It is as if the whole of the narrative takes place behind a sort of linguistic veil. I also sometimes felt like I was reading a play without the dialogue tags. The author sets the scene, and characters exchange dialogue, but outside of a handful of the major players, we do not get a sense of the characters' inner lives any more than we would if the writer had been bound by the limitations of the stage. Other reviewers have mentioned finding the BDSM within the novel off-putting. I did not find it off-putting, so much as it was gratuitous. In light of other recently published works, I understand that many members of the BDSM community will feel compelled to represent the healthy, consensual relationships that are its norm, as well they should, but I personally prefer reading erotica when I have sought it out specifically, not to stumble upon it in a fantasy novel. On the other hand, the philosophical references were most welcome, and made me wish I had taken Modern Philosophy as an elective in college and not just stopped at the required Ancient and Medieval. Id est, I hope the sequels include more of the metaphysical rather than the physical. Without spoiling too much of the plot, there is a turning point within the novel in which the fantastical elements begin to be revealed. Interestingly, it is at this fantastical climax that the writing becomes more focused and loses the issues that made me consider abandoning it. It is as if the author has a clearer vision of his fantasy than of reality, which lead me to consider that perhaps what I had originally perceived as weak writing was instead intentional obfuscation, leading the reader into accepting the author's fantastical world as more whole and complete than the gritty, unnamed Central European city in which most of the novel takes place. (Speaking of which, the author and I are from the same city, and certain locations in the novel were familiar to me. It was a joy reading about the most romantic bar in this unnamed city only to recognize it as a beloved favorite of my own. Since the unnamed city is like Houston, but in Central Europe, it can only be Brussels.)Ultimately I came to enjoy Dance of the Butterfly, I am glad I stuck with it, and i hope my review helps any readers struggling with its opening chapters do the same. It is a worthwhile read, and I'm looking forward to reading the sequels.