What I read this week:
“Since the president died, the world has gone to hell. God help us all.”
The first book in the newest Charlaine Harris series is an alternate history fantasy set sometime in the early 1900’s. When Franklin Roosevelt was assassinated before being formally sworn in as president a chain reaction started and ultimately the government failed. The Native American tribes reclaimed their land, Canada and Mexico took over parts of the United States and rather than stay in Russia in a hostile environment, Tsar Nicholas moved his family, along with Rasputin and their Grigori mystic protectors, to California where they currently reside and rule.
Lizbeth “Gunnie” Rose is a hired gun and runs with a crew. When her entire crew in killed during a job she must find another way to make a living. Against her better judgement she accepts a job protecting two Russian Grigoris on their way into Mexico searching for someone who Gunnie Rose knows very well. She also knows that they will never find him, because he is already dead.
An Easy Death is an okay start to a new series, but it wasn’t until I was half way in that I started to get into it. While I think Ms. Harris did a good job of introducing the world building and her newest fantasy heroine, the writing is dry and often repetitive. I never really connected to any of the characters so I was never super concerned about their well-being or what would happen next. I like the idea of this world and now that I know what to expect I may pick up the next book in the series. Or I may not, I’m not sure yet.
Fire of the Dreki by LE Wilson– This is the first book in a new PNR series by a new to me author. A half vampire/ half dragon shifter finds his soul mate in a woman hiding out after testifying against her employer. Review to post next Monday.
The Swedish Prince, The Wild Heir, and The Nordic King by Karina Halle- A++++ to the cover designer for these books because I can not look away from them whenever they pop up on my Twitter feed or GR page. I clicked on that sexy Nordic king first, which led me to the holy smokes wild heir guy next and then I realized there were three books and they were all royal standalones and I one-clicked so hard. FYI, they are all available in KU as well. I’ll report back next week.