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As The World Dies: Siege: A Zombie Trilogy Paperback – August 14, 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 398 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441405178
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441405173
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,299,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


Thelma and Louise meets The Walking Dead.”
All Things Urban Fantasy on The First Days

“Frater has [developed] an original treatment of the zompocalypse; the protagonists try their best not to abandon civilized values, and they resist despair despite tragic loss.”
Publishers Weekly

“Rhiannon grabs you by the throat with the opening scene and your jaw is left hanging through much of the book. The anticipation and terror that follows you throughout this story is incredibly poignant. Frater brought the emotion, the intensity and sorrow, the laughter and love, the rebuilding and remembering, the pain and the tragedy, but at the end of it all, she brought the hope.”
—Smash Attack Reads

“Heartbreaking and heartwarming.  I admit freely that I cried like a baby during scenes in this book. I am so happy that I read this.  Although the premise of this story is a zombie infestation, the book is more about surviving than zombies.  It's about the human spirit and hope and relationships.  I am so sad that this ride is over, but am so glad that I was along for the ride.”
—Addicted to Heroines

“This book is nothing but EPIC. Siege is ingenuity and humanity in the face of insurmountable.”

“Amazing. Lots of tension, action and suspense. Recommend without hesitation.”
Book Chick City

“I loved the heroes and heroines, I loved the emotional intensity, and I loved the way in which Frater used allegory as—forgive the pun—biting social commentary. Anyone who calls themselves a hardcore zombie fiction fan who hasn’t read As the World Dies trilogy simply isn’t a hardcore zombie fiction fan.  Bottom line: a ‘must read’ for anyone who enjoys zombie fiction and/or apocalyptic fiction.”

“I found myself utterly amazed and thrilled while reading this. I found myself going through so many emotions. Laughter, tears, joys, anger. When a book can evoke so many emotions, you know you are in for a hell of ride. A very well put together blend of raw terror and relief to utter chaos. I loved it. It was a real nail biter. I loved the book in all of its beautiful intensity and raw emotion.”—Livre D’Amour

“This book is E-P-I-C.  I was filled with happiness, sorrow and desperation while the survivors of the fort try to pull together a semblence of any sort of life after the end of the world. A highly emotional ride that I want to take over and over!”
The Bookish Brunette

“I push these books on anyone who enjoys a good dramatic and horrific tale. The books are about zombies, but the essence of their very soul are the characters. I was completely smitten with this book. Frater excels at horrific storytelling. Isn’t it about time you checked out this series, if you haven’t already?”

“Intense is a complete understatement. Emotional doesn't begin to touch on how this book affected me. Rhiannon does a great job at keeping the humor and touching moments in there, which make you smile even through the tears that will undoubtedly be streaming down your face!  This is one of the most heart-pounding, tension filled, emotional books I have ever read.”
Book Loving Mom



--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

Rhiannon Frater is the author of The First Days: As the World Dies and two sequels, Fighting to Survive and Siege.  Originally self-published, this award-winning, critically-acclaimed trilogy has been substantially revised for the Tor editions.Frater has written several other novels and been active in the Goth and horror communities in Texas, around the US, and online. Rhiannon Frater and her husband live in Austin, TX.

--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

More About the Author

I'm the author of the AS THE WORLD DIES ZOMBIE TRILOGY. The first novel in the series, THE FIRST DAYS, won the 2008 Dead Letter Award for Best Book (Fiction). The second book, FIGHTING TO SURVIVE won the 2009 Dead Letter Award in the same category.

Originally self-published, the As The World Dies books were purchased by Tor. The first book will be released July 5, 2011.

Also, the series is optioned to become a possible TV show in the future. You can also check out my vampire novel Pretty When She Dies, which has been optioned for a possible film. My book for the younger zombie fans, The Living Dead Boy and the Zombie Hunters, has been optioned for film and the director hopes to start filming soon.

I previously wrote for The Edge Magazine and Rank & Revue (renamed Reloaded Monthly) in the mid-00s, before dedicating myself to my fiction writing.

I am represented by Hannah Gordon of the Foundry Literary + Media agency.

Contact me at rhiannonfrater at

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Lawreader on August 16, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition
The one star review was unfair and uncalled for since it does not review the work itself. That being said I loved this book. After months of watching Rhiannon's blogs in mouthwatering anticipation, I am sated even though I was sad when the book was done. I could not put this work down. Rhiannon did her homework when it came to researching the zombie genre. I am very fussy about my zombie books and I have read a lot of bad zombie books. I see a lot of work where the author attempts to freshen up the genre and give zombies some special powers. You cannot freshen this genre up by changing the mechanics of a zombie. Flesh-eating zombies should never have supernatural abilities or be driven by some unseen force. It takes the horror out of the monster when you mess around with zombie traits. They should stink, be gross to look at and have a vacant relentlessness. It just is not scary if a zombie is driven by more than insatiable hunger for living human flesh. You will not find supernatural zombies here. They are the perfect decaying corpses we love to read about. Some are fast and some are slow, but all are deadly hungry.
This work is also evidence of Rhiannon's growth as a writer. Her style has matured so much from the first installment. It is evident that when she said she was spending painstaking time to make the third and final entry to "As the World Dies" she meant it. It is a polished plot line focusing on the struggles of our heroines in the last stand between man, man, and the dead. The writing is vivid and imaginative and results in believable characters you cheer for and characters you hope will be on the menu for the next zombie horde.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cole R. Patterson on March 6, 2010
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Having previously read David Moody's brilliantly harrowing Autumn series and David Wellington's Monster Nation trilogy (which I felt ran out of steam by book 3) I was keen to get my teeth into another committed relationship with another worthwhile author.
But what was this ?
A female author of a zombie trilogy ?
And the main characters both women also?
I was slightly concerned that I might have to dig into my feminine side to have any kind of affinity with these two hellcats as they slew their way across the Texan wasteland that Rhiannon Frater so evocatively bought to life amidst the living dead.
But you know what?
She hooked me in from the very first chapter, the urgency of those opening chapters did not let up and the neither did the ever expanding cast and narrative.
I think for me the true beauty of this trilogy is the ability to be able to identify with such a large cast of characters and to find an empathy for most and even a hatred for a few.

I loved the fact that Rhiannon Frater has created two such rich literary characters in Jenni and Katie and that to me, as a male reader, to bond with them, to even feel protective toward them speaks volumes for her writing style.

I found it a refreshing change that the story doesn't take the usual assumption that all power and running water along with the internet vanishes within the first 24 hours of the plague starting.
Indeed I emailed the author those very thoughts and was not anly surprised to receive a reply but to be told that she had researched that fact and had been assured that that may very well be the case that power could survive along with a percentage of the population.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany Jones on August 17, 2009
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An amazing end to an amazing trilogy! With AtWD:Siege and the trilogy finished, Rhiannon Frater has firmly and permanently etched her name at the top of the list of zombie genre masters. The only bad thing I can say I about AtWD:Siege is that it ends this beautiful masterpiece of a trilogy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Brown on November 14, 2010
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I have rally enjoyed reading the "As the World Dies" trilogy. It is interesting to read a zombie series told from a feminine perspective. Despite being written by a female author do not think this book skimps on action, adventure and gore, it doesn't. Very enjoyable and thrilling read that brings the story to a satisfying end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Janet L. Rogers on August 23, 2009
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Rhiannon Frater does it again! If you have read the previous two books, you won't be disappointed with this final installment. It is touching, believable, and a thrill ride! The author seamlessly weaves a tale that draws you into that world from the first page. You laugh, you cry, you are a part the fort family and you genuinely come to care about the characters in this book. If you haven't read the other two previous books...WELL what are you waiting for? If you love zombie books or just horror books you will NOT be disappointed with these books!!! They will undoubtedly earn a permanent place in your library just as they have mine!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Patrick S. Dorazio VINE VOICE on September 25, 2009
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Siege is the culmination of the As The World Dies trilogy and draws to conclusion the stories of Jenni and Katie along with the rest of the residents of the fort that has grown and evolved since we were first introduced to it as readers of the first book of the trilogy. And while the fort become more of a safe haven for those who live behind its walls, things are no more comfortable than in the past and in fact will become more intense for them all before the story comes to a conclusion.
This is by far the biggest of the three books and deals with a great many different plot points, far too many to elaborate on here. Lets just say that Rhiannon Frater has created a very detailed and character rich tale that gives us some really interesting folks leading complex and challenging lives as they fight to survive during the zombie apocalypse. We do get to meet many new characters, based on the fact that another group of survivors, from a mall, are introduced and create some major challenges for Katie, Jenni, and the people they care about.
We are given plenty of surprises as the story unfolds and the author is in no way bashful about picking off significant characters. The story is drenched with heartwrenching twists that will leave those who have grown attached to the cast of characters gasping in shock and surprise. Now I am not going to change my tune from my past two reviews-I often feel that this story is almost overloaded with emotions: we are reminded at every turn about the loses these characters have faced and the people they remember and miss that were killed in the apocalypse.
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