Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Book Review: Shadows of Asphodel by Karen Kincy

Disclaimer: I receive a free e-copy in order to facilitate an honest review.
Book Description:
When Ardis discovers a man bleeding to death on the battlefield, she knows she has to walk away.

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.
But when he raises the dead to fight for him, she realizes she must save his life.
If a necromancer like Wendel dies, he will return as a monster—or so the rumors say. Ardis decides to play it safe and rescues him. What she doesn’t expect is Wendel falling to one knee and swearing fealty. Ardis never asked for the undying loyalty of a necromancer, but it’s too late now.
Ardis and Wendel forge an uneasy alliance underscored with sexual tension. Together, they confront rebels, assassins, and a conspiracy involving a military secret: robotically-enhanced soldiers for a world on the brink of war. But as Ardis starts to fall for Wendel, she realizes the scars from his past run more deeply than she ever imagined. Can Ardis stop Wendel before his thirst for revenge destroys him and everyone else around him?
(Dieselpunk romance. Because steampunk wasn’t dirty enough.)
My review:
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.
There is good news though! There is a giveaway on Goodreads right now for this book! Also, there is a second book (Storms of Lazarus) and Goodreads has a giveaway for it as well!

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.

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1 comment:

  1. So glad you enjoyed this! The second book has more Konstantin and I LOVED it!