The Collector of Dying Breaths
By: MJ Rose
Both alluring and bewitching The Collector of Dying Breaths is a complex labyrinth of a story that will ensnare your heart and mind until the very end. M.J. Rose has gifted us with an extraordinary story filed with history, fiction, drama, intrigue, action and romance. Just about as full of rich and complex notes as an expensive, handmade perfume, the essence of this work will linger on your mind from the turning of the first page. Once I started reading, I found myself being drawn in, cautiously exploring every detail like the lead character Jac on one of her trips, researching myths and legends around the world. After tragedy carried her away from at a young age, Jac L’Etiole returned home to France to remain with her brother who had taken ill. A young man, Robbie’s death was approach way too early for the last member Jac had of her family, and no one knew why.
Before Robbie passes he imparts both information and makes a request of Jac. Incredibly pained at the prospect of loosing her older brother and confidant, Jac hangs on every last word. After his passing, she wrestles with whether to continue with Robbie’s research. Begun by a 16th century perfumer, Robbie had been working re animating a person’s soul by capturing their dying breath and creating an alchemical elixir of life. Full of twists and turns, jumps and false starts, you find yourself in Jac’s shoes. You experience all of her feelings and emotions, fears and anxieties. M.J. Rose has a skillful and captivating writing style that propels her works to great heights. From the moment that I started reading The Collector of Dying Breaths I could not put it down. I found myself myself steeling a few lines here, a page or two there. At the stoplight, on my lunch break, late into the night – I couldn’t stop. I finishes the book in two days. Up until the very end Rose has me on my toes, surprising me and delighting me with every new development. The work is a treasure hunt, a mix of history and mysticism, sprinkled with danger. Simply put, it’s worth your time.