Release Date: May 11, 2015
Publisher: Curiosity Quills
Recommended By: Candace's Book Blog
Genre: Adult Fantasy | Steampunk
She never asked for the undying loyalty of a necromancer.
1913. Austria-Hungary. Ardis knows better than to save a man on the battlefield. Even if he manages to be a charming bastard while bleeding out in the snow. She hasn’t survived this long as a mercenary without some common sense.
When she rescues Wendel, it isn’t because he’s devilishly handsome, but because he’s a necromancer. His touch can revive the dead, and Ardis worries he will return from the grave to hunt her down. Besides, a necromancer can be useful in this world on the brink of war.
A gentleman of questionable morals, Wendel drops to one knee and pledges his undying loyalty to Ardis. She resists falling for him, no matter how hot the tension smolders between them. Especially when she discovers Wendel’s scars run much deeper than his skin, and it might be too late to truly save him from himself.
- I know some of you aren't very keen on steampunk. The good news is, SHADOWS OF ASPHODEL is not steampunk, it's more dieselpunk (meaning the gadgets run on diesel rather than coal/steam). The better news is, it's more fantasy than -punk. The technology isn't in the forefront and served as an accessory to the story than a driver.
- I love the pace of the novel, it's quick and straightforward. I wasn't much of a fan of the insta-love though. But it's not like Ardis and Wendel were immediately declaring their love for each other, there's just a sudden softness, pull, and emotional attraction between the two almost at the very beginning.
- I love the diversity of the cast, Caucasian, Asian, straight, bi-curious, etc. The setting is probably my favorite part, KKincy took us to Vienna and other surrounding areas as background of this fantastical dieselpunk adventure.
- Ardis and Wendel are likable characters, but they have yet to grow on me. I love Ardis' enchanted blade though!
- The plot is rich with enough complexities to make it interesting. There are also a couple of twists down the road involving both Ardis and Wendel which added layers to their characters, and made the building conflict more entertaining. Gotta love family drama!
I had fun reading SHADOWS OF ASPHODEL, it's a very entertaining series. The biggest draw for me is the amount of thoughtfulness that KKincy wrote into the series from the characters down to the setting. It's not unique by all means, but the manner in which she put it all together made all the difference. I will definitely read the next one soon!