Lady of the Dead by Gretchen S.B.
There is a world mere humans know nothing about. A world where thousand year old Warriors, Werecreatures and the Lady of the Dead, exist. The, as in only one and there has never been one quite like Gwen.
Publisher’s Description: A Lady of the Dead only comes along once in a century. Gwen knows this makes her valuable but she hates the constant supervision of her Warrior guards. Her increasing power has gifted her some independence until rumors of war spook her guards enough to report to the King.
Cesar has been King of North America through several wars and rebellions. When one of his generals informs him these new rumors involve the Lady of the Dead he flies to Seattle himself it investigate, posing as his second-in-command. The instant attraction he feels to Gwen becomes increasingly hard to ignore.
Will Cesar be able to protect Gwen while battling his lust? Will Gwen stay with her warrior guards or will Cesar’s dominating nature push her to switch sides? Hidden alliances surface in Lady of the Dead.
Possible spoilers beyond this point.
Luna Lovebooks says…
What I liked: I like that the author mixes it up. This book is part mystery, part romance and part paranormal. It makes for a truly unique novel idea and while combining all these elements may seem a bit overwhelming, the author does a wonderful job of making the story flow. The characters are well written and even the secondary characters make you feel for them. I love that Gwen rebels. She accepts what she is and helps many people, but she rebels against the rules and has a sassy attitude that many modern women have. It throws the old school Warriors for a loop but it makes them even more loyal and protective of her. There are a couple of mild sex scenes but they work.
What I didn’t like: So. Many. Characters. While they were well written, the cast of characters seems more along the lines of what you would find in an epic novel. Some of the names were very similar and I had to pause a second in my reading to remember who was being talked about. Roman, Cesar/Augustus, Bandit, Buccaneer are just a few of the names that appear in the book. I spent most of the book wondering exactly what the Lady of the Dead could do besides communicate and see the ghost plane. There were several references to powers that Gwen shouldn’t have and I sincerely hope that any lingering questions will be answered in the upcoming novels. There were a few mechanical errors such the wrong word being used. But there are few of those.
I give this book four stars.
If you like this book…
If you are looking for more books like this check out the second Night World Novel, Viking Sensitivity. You should also check out the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews and Kim Harrison’s The Hollows series.