6. pro 2013.

Blog Tour: Shadows of Asphodel by Karen Kincy

Hello darlings. Today I have a review of a really interesting book for you. Also don't forget to check other stops on the tour and to enter the giveaway. 
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Book summary:
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?
          The time setting of this book is a very familiar to all of us. We all remember history classes and the whole First World War period. We know that Germany was preparing for the big war and that a lot of army and arms were included. But this book will show you that not only human inventions were part of this era, but some paranormal forces as well.

          Ardis, our main character here is a mercenary and her task for Austira-Hungary is to kill people with her skills. With that she is half American and half Chinese, an unusual combination for that time, which brought her the life of mercenary in a first place. Once on a battlefield when she sees a man bleeding to death, it's strange that it hits her stronger than she would expect. She killed many after all. But soon enough she discovers that the bleeding stranger is more than usual man, he is actually a necromancer and if she let's him die he might return as a monster. She cannot let that happen. Upon saving him, he swears fealty to her. Now they're somehow stuck together, and soon enough they discover what a great team they are. On all fields.

        While Ardis was someone I could easily connect with, Wendel and I have some issues to overcome. He is a great portrayal of necromancer, person who had a really tough past to deal with. Still I had some problems with some of his actions. But, on the other side the world-building and the whole setting has everything I could ask for. We're in the center of activities but at the same time we're far from it. The whole war idea is in the air but we can see everyday lives of people and the whole network of people behind the curtains.

        I have a strong feeling that Karen Kincy has more to offer to the whole steampunk genre and be sure that I'll be waiting to see what.

Rating: 4 stars.

About the author 



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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24 komentara:

  1. I am so glad you signed up for this one too, wasn't it fabulous?

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  2. I really like the blending of history and paranormal. I always find that very creative. I'm glad you enjoyed!

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    1. It is, especially if it's done differently :) Thanks :)

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  3. I'm so glad you enjoyed this! I'm thrilled there's so much to love in this story, though it does seem as though the romantic interest is falling short for quite a few readers. Still, that doesn't deter me and I'm excited to meet this kick-ass heroine. Great review, Tanja! :)

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    1. It's not romantic in a way that they dream about each other etc, simply there is love but due to circumstances it's mostly not in focus :) Thanks Keertana :)

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  4. Ohh steam punk can be so much fun. I love when authors take something you think you know and add their own flair. Great review!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

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    1. I'm sure you'll enjoy this one. Thanks Teresa :)

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  5. So glad you enjoyed this one Tanja! I quite liked Ardis, and though I did enjoy Wendel, I have some questions about him still. I want to know more about what happened with his family, so hopefully we'll get more of that in the next book!!!!

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    1. I did have those questions too and I cannot wait to meet the background better :)

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  6. This isn't my typical type read but it does sound interesting and I do like the cover!

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    1. Maybe you should give it a try :) Yeah, the cover is amazing :)

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  7. I'm glad you enjoyed this one too! I'm not always a romance person, I like some romance, but not such a focus, however this was a romance I really DID like. It's interesting how it's something that not everyone is liking though. It's been about half and half so far. Those who DO love the romance seem to REALLY love it though. So I guess it is what it is. I'm anxious to see where things go in the next one. Thanks for hosting a tour stop and reviewing this one!

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    1. Yeah I loved that romance is not in the focus, I mean they both are trained killers so it'd be kinda of stupid to turn this into lovely love story. Thanks for organizing this Candace :)

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  8. I am reading this right now, and so far I am not having issues with Wendel because a read a post about him,and it helped me understand him better, still I may have issues down the line, I will see. Glad that you loved this overall, Tanja!

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    1. Yeah after reading the interview with him the things are a bit clearer, but while reading without knowing anything about him. It's different. Thanks Heidi :)

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  9. This is on my radar, and I love the blending of paranormal and history.

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  10. I'm wanting to read this more and more. I've seen it up on a few blogs and I'm very interested. It seems some are a little disappointed by the romance, though. I hope I wouldn't be. Great review, Tanja! :)

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    1. I cannot wait to see what you think of it Rachel :) Thanks :)

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  11. I am a huge fan of diesel punk and I am really looking forward to reading this book. I concept and the fact that it features a necromancer really intrigue me. Great review and thanks for the spotlight.

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  12. lots of my friends seem to be reviewing this one. I am a little stunned it features a necromancer myself really. Have not seen them popping out in a lot of books lately but the genre it self now has my attention. It sounds ridiculously good.

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  13. From all the reviews I've been seeing, I feel pretty sure I'm going to like this story and love Ardis. Wendel might be harder for me to warm up to. Glad you enjoyed it, I'm definitely adding this to my must try list. Thanks for your lovely review!

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  14. I love war set ups and WWI is such am interesting topic. I'm glad I came across this post as this is one book I'd love to add to my never ending TBR. It's good to know you liked it, Tanja. Great review!

    Sarika @ The Readdicts

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