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Horton’s “Blood and Banjos” does not fail!
Reviewed in the United States on November 26, 2020
The eighth book in Franklin Horton’s Borrowed World series gives us a closer look at Lloyd, the banjo player (and Horton’s best friend in real-life). Jim takes off, (Lloyd is a last-minute unwanted tag-a-long in this journey) thinking it will keep his homies safe but after a couple weeks of self-reflection, decides on a different path. In their travels, Lloyd wants to check on an old friend who established a children’s music camp where he used to play and teach. Several children were stranded when SHTF and they play a dramatic role as their protector succumbs to natural causes and they find they have to stand alone. Lloyd discovers a different role in this situation, where he has chosen to stick around for a while. Meanwhile, back in Jim’s valley, things still go side-ways at times.
While there is a lot of action in “Blood and Banjos”, Horton examines motives, rational, cause and effect, and relationships. Delving deeper into philosophical thinking and the self-examination of his characters, this may be Franklin Horton’s best book yet. Though a stand-alone book, it would be better to read the first seven books to catch up. Well done, Franklin. Well done!