Isn’t reading the conclusion to a story you loved the greatest relief ever? And if that conclusion is the ride you were hoping for, it’s even better! (Follow Kat Ross tag to see what I thought of the first book).
I’m talking about The Necromancer’s Bride (Gaslamp Gothic, #4) by Kat Ross, released in May in the Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Retelling genre.
Forgiveness is not Gabriel D’Ange’s strong suit.
A self-appointed soldier of God with a penchant for ruthlessly punishing his enemies, he vanished after Anne Lawrence stabbed him with his own dagger.
The smart thing would be to let him go.
Unfortunately, Anne’s life isn’t just lonely without Gabriel. It’s insufferably boring.
Determined to heal the rift between them, she goes in search of her tempestuous former lover, black parasol in hand and daeva magic crackling at her fingertips. But Gabriel has his own plans afoot and Anne finds herself drawn into one of his tangled webs, much against her better judgment.
Gabriel’s nemesis has reappeared in Brussels, a vile slaver who’s plundering the Congo Free State with the blessing of King Leopold. Gabriel might be willing to give Anne a second chance, but not until Jorin Bekker’s head is lying at his feet.
Back in London, the quasi-reformed necromancer Balthazar sets his sights on the same quarry. He holds a very personal grudge against Bekker — and killing him might be the only way to keep Gabriel D’Ange from Balthazar’s own throat.
When the hunters collide at a lavish gala thrown by the king, Anne learns just how far she’ll go to save the man she loves.
Note: The Necromancer’s Bride is the sequel to A Bad Breed, which should be read first.
I really loved this book. The perfect ending of a great story.
Let me be clear, it’s not an end-end, but Gabriel and Anne’s love story is resolved.
The focus on the Bad Breed’s characters was split between Vivienne and Alec and Anne and Gabriel, and if I understand the reasons for it, I also enjoyed how Anne and Gabriel had their own book. There are other character’s stories and viewpoints along the journey, but the meat is with our couple.
I liked Anne already, and the way she acted in this book only cemented my feelings. She’s no one’s fool, and she’ll decide for herself, thank you very much. She’s not afraid to ask for forgiveness and to go after what (or who) she wants. She’s unapologetically free and honest, with herself and with others.
Gabriel… Oh, Gabriel. Less messed up, but still… He’s one you have to meet and enjoy, and accept, in all his Gabriel-ness.
And there’ Balthazar, a man who doesn’t think he can be good, doesn’t want to be, but begrudgingly makes the right choices for the right reasons. He doesn’t like that, not one bit.
The ending is perfect, all the way down to who gets to kill whom. You expect the heroes of the story (read, Anne and Gabriel) save everything and fix all that’s wrong, but it doesn’t go exactly this way. In this ending, there’s a poetic justice that satisfies the right people, and the reader.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I highly recommend it. Once again, I wish I had more stars.
This is a reviews Tour. If you want to read more of them, you can find the schedule here (http://xpressobooktours.com/2019/07/16/tour-sign-up-the-necromancers-bride-by-kat-ross/).
AUTHOR BIO:Kat Ross worked as a journalist at the United Nations for ten years before happily falling back into what she likes best: making stuff up. She’s the author of the Fourth Element and Fourth Talisman fantasy series, the Gaslamp Gothic paranormal mysteries, and the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day. She loves myths, monsters and doomsday scenarios. Check out Kat’s Pinterest page for the people, places and things that inspire her books.
Giveaway:Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)
- Signed copy of A Bad Breed
- 10x ebook copies of A Bad Breed
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