Disclaimer: I receive a free e-copy in order to facilitate an honest review.
1913. In her work as a mercenary for Austria-Hungary, Ardis has killed many men without hesitation. One more man shouldn’t matter, even if he manages to be a charming bastard while he stands dying in the snow.
I had never heard of steampunk or dieselpunk before this book. It's not really my thing, but I did enjoy the book.
Ardis and Wendel make you root for them with their fantastic chemistry. The flirting between Ardis and Wendel was entertaining at times and it was nice to see their relationship develop throughout the course of the story. It must be said: the sex scenes were written very well! They were believable and the author even has her characters use a "preventative" each time! ;)
Shadows of Asphodel is more than that though. The storyline was very interesting from the get-go. I love Ardis! I mean, who wouldn't love a bad-ass female slashing throats left and right?! Think Kill Bill. The necromancy thing kind of weirded me out at first, but I quickly got used to it. Honestly, that is new to me just as dieselpunk is.
I'm glad the ending didn't leave as a cliffhanger. It does make me wonder where Ardis goes next. Also, I wonder about the Hex and another character, Konstantin. I didn't get to know him as much as the other main characters, but he did interest me.
|4 out of 5 stars|
Author Bio:Karen Kincy (Redmond, Washington) can be found lurking in her writing cave, though sunshine will lure her outside. When not writing, she stays busy gardening, tinkering with aquariums, or running just one more mile. Karen has a BA in Linguistics and Literature from The Evergreen State College.
Special thanks to Candace's Book Blog!