Saturday, May 21, 2016

New Review! Lady of the Dead by S.B. Gretchen, 3.5 Cranky Stars

SLady of the Dead (Night World #1)Lady of the Dead by Gretchen S.B.
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 My rating: 3 of 5 stars

*** 3.5 Cranky Stars ***

In Lady of the Dead war is coming to the North American Night World. It's up to Gwen to bring everyone together and stop it. She also has other problems: trying to calm her volatile mate.

I wanted to love this book, but alas, it fell short of my expectations. The plot is crowded - with subplots and details and the number of players made it difficult to keep straight. Also, the overarching story is weak, which accentuates the 'crammed' feeling with characters and groups and subplots.

In fact, I wish the book had been separated into two books. I believe it would have made it easier to follow and reduced some of the 'busyness' and given readers something solid to hang onto.

I did like the storyline. It has a lot of potential and is unique. It mixes genres and draws in elements, which aren't usually put together. I appreciate authors who take a risk and want them to deliver.

I look forward to reading more from her in the future.

With thanks to Lilac Reviews.

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