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Shadows of Asphodel (Shadows of Asphodel, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Karen Kincy
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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Book Description

She never asked for the undying loyalty of a necromancer.

1913. Austria-Hungary. Ardis knows better than to save a man on the battlefield. Even if he manages to be a charming bastard while bleeding out in the snow. She hasn’t survived this long as a mercenary without some common sense.

When she rescues Wendel, it isn’t because he’s devilishly handsome, but because he’s a necromancer. His touch can revive the dead, and Ardis worries he will return from the grave to hunt her down. Besides, a necromancer can be useful in this world on the brink of war.

A gentleman of questionable morals, Wendel drops to one knee and pledges his undying loyalty to Ardis. She resists falling for him, no matter how hot the tension smolders between them. Especially when she discovers Wendel’s scars run much deeper than his skin, and it might be too late to truly save him from himself.


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"A gripping alternate history of World War I, filled with magic and swordfighting, steamy romance, and general badassery--a daring adventure you don't want to miss!" - Chelsea M. Campbell, author of The Rise of Renegade X
"The many twists and turns, unexpected plot developments and reveals, combined with all the layers of character building and magnificent historical backdrop, result in a novel that is not only action-packed and epic, but also quite intellectually stimulating and emotionally engaging." - Bookish

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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  • Print Length: 352 pages
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  • Language: English
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all Steampunk fans! December 4, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Shadows of Asphodel is a breathtaking page-turner. The action starts at page one of this book and it practically never stops. The many twists and turns, unexpected plot developments and reveals, combined with all the layers of character building and magnificent historical backdrop, result in a novel that is not only action-packed and epic, but also quite intellectually stimulating and emotionally engaging. I loved the setting of this book! It's not so much a steampunk novel, as it is dieselpunk - and the first dieselpunk I've ever read at that! We've got the fantastic and beautifully described historical setting, but then we've also got guns and cars, and some other things you wouldn't see in a typical steampunk novel. I thought that was really cool and I loved how swiftly and skilfully Karen weaved together the history with the modern world. I mean, come on! Rudolf Diesel himself is one of the characters in this book. How incredibly cool is that?!

Karen's descriptions of Ardis and Wendel's relationship - and particularly the spine-tingling sexual tension between them - put the steam in this steampunk novel! The sex scenes were just perfect for my taste - not too explicit, very tasteful and subtle, and yet completely mind-blowing (in a good way!). I loved the dynamics of their relationship. They are two very different people, with seemingly nothing in common, thrown together and expected to survive, all the while trying to make sense of what's happening between them and how it affects their lives. It was hot and heartpounding, yes, but it was also quite brilliant and complex. The romance between them, while maybe a tiny bit awkward and rushed at the beginning, was overall completely mesmerizing and convincing. I loved it!!!

Both the lead characters were simply awesome.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I'm admittedly a bit hesitant about self published books but upon recommendation from another reviewer who I trust...I took this one on and I was not disappointed...

Shadows of Asphodel completely gripped me from page one.

Karen Kincy's writing is descriptive yet fluid: the perfect combination. I felt immediately immersed in this alternate world and bought into it from the beginning. The story flowed seamlessly and balanced the perfect line between delivering the information needed and leaving enough unanswered to keep me up late reading to see what would happen next. The dieselpunk aspect is lightly peppered in and is just enough to give the book a bit more of a distinctive flavor without being distracting from the actual plot.

Although I wouldn't say that I felt a tremendous connection with either of the main characters, I need greatly like them and I was totally invested in what happened to them. Ardis is an amazing heroine: tough, smart and with just the right amount of vulnerable mixed in. I loved to see how she struggled with her own identity and managed to grow and open herself up by the novel's conclusion.

Wendel captured me from his first words. I have a weakness for mysterious and tortured and he delivered in spades. Add in his special abilities, a healthy dose of charm, a smidge of arrogance and how smart he is and he's a home run.

The romance between the two did develop a bit quickly for my taste...but I am much better able to forgive this sort of insta-love when the characters are caught in high pressure and dangerous situations like this two were. It never struck me as too unbelievable.

Swordplay, magic, zombies, robots....passion and revenge abound. Shadows of Asphodel will leave you completely satisfied...while still hoping and waiting for more.

NOTE: Received for Review from Author
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Shadows of Asphodel (Shadows of Asphodel #1) December 22, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
SHADOWS OF ASPHODEL kicks off a new adult, dieselpunk, romantic series. The author, Karen Kincy, has been traditionally published, but decided to self-publish this book. Don’t worry — it’s as well-written and as edited as a regularly published book would be, and quite creative.

The book is set in 1913, where the world is teetering on the edge of World War I. Only, it won’t be war as we know it. Archmages have set up the Hex, a sort of magical forcefield that keeps guns from working. Ardis, one of the main characters, works as a Peacekeeper, aka mercenary, for the archmages. While on the battlefield, fulfilling an assassination mission, she runs into Wendel. Ardis decides to take him prisoner for a possible ransom, but when Wendel brings a dead wardog back to life, she realizes the horrible truth: Wendel is a necromancer. And when she rescues him, Wendel swears fealty to her.

SHADOWS OF ASPHODEL is one of the first books I can remember reading where a necromancer is the good guy. Well, sort of — Wendel is trying to be a good guy. He ran away from the Order of the Asphodel, and they’ll stop at nothing to get him back. Wendel doesn’t always succeed at being a good guy. He’s got a sarcastic and noble streak a mile wide, and a gigantic thirst for revenge that gets him into trouble a lot.

As I said, I thought this book was quite creative. I’m not entirely sure of the difference between steampunk and dieselpunk, and I do wish there had been some more explanation of that. But near the end there are some great scenes with automatons that mostly made up for that for me. I love me some automatons, and I was laughing when the archmage piloting it kept worrying about scratches rather than being in true danger. As a whole, I liked the world established in SHADOWS OF ASPHODEL.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love these characters.
This is a great Steampunk--heavy on the steam. Ardis is a wonderfully badass heroine who joins forces--more or less--with Wendel. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars it liked it and how it takes diesel punk and makes ...
What I thought of the plot:
This takes place in 1913, you could close your eyes and as the Zeppelins take flight so will your imagination. Read more
Published 1 month ago by mom of two
4.0 out of 5 stars Red Hot Necromance
As my first attempt at Dieselpunk, this book certainly does not disappoint. I am not a huge fan of romance, but it managed to capture just the right amount of bitter versus sweet... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amber @ Casual Readers
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book!!!
Published 1 month ago by Michelle
4.0 out of 5 stars Great characters, cool world
I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down (figuratively, of course!)
Couldn't put it down (figuratively, of course!)
Published 2 months ago by Tabitha Conyers
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of Shadows of Asphodel
I really enjoyed Shadows. The characters were fun and interesting, the story was intriguing and the world building was well done. However, there were a few points that bothered me. Read more
Published 2 months ago by AimeeKay
3.0 out of 5 stars so so
This boom was so so. I read the reviews and was ready to step into the amazing world of diesel punk. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Dieselpunk New Adult Romance? Heck Yes!
A week or so ago I posted the free link for this new adult book on my Facebook page along with a short snippet about what genre…exactly…this book calls home. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ruckasaurus Rex
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting
I really enjoyed this book, excitement, magic, a strong woman protagonist and of course the sexiness of it all! Couldn't put it down
Published 3 months ago by Beth C Walters
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Karen Kincy (Duvall, 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. She is a member of SCBWI and RWA.

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