I just finished Martha Brockenbrough’s brilliant novel, THE GAME OF LOVE AND DEATH. It’s all I hoped it would be and rightfully deserves every starred review. The characters are all players, though only Love and Death know the high-stakes game to begin with. We meet Love and Death as they choose the male and female infants who will grow up to play their haunting Game. Love chooses Henry Bishop. Death chooses Flora Saudade. The players come from different races, different classes, different sides of town. On the surface Flora and Henry are opposites, yet as we come to know them, we see beyond all surfaces to the music that runs through their veins, the strong temperaments that set them apart, that make them bound to meet and catch fire.
The plot sizzles with many unexpected twists and turns, but the twists all come from within the characters themselves, from Love, Death, Flora, Henry and from those closest to them who are also burned by the Game. And it’s the character twists that drive the novel to breathtaking heights and depths that make you hold your breath as you turn pages, and barely let it out again. I’ve only whispered hints about the plot in THE GAME OF LOVE AND DEATH because you must play the Game whose characters make and break the rules. Clever. Heartbreaking. Memorable. Read and experience this masterful work by Martha Brockenbrough.