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"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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They ended up in a place named Fredricksville . Survivors camp where Eve was claimed as the wife of a overweight man named Mason who treated Eve like a fragile position.He was close to the tyrannical ruler of Fredricksville Lawrence who took Lei for his wife.Leisel was not as fortunate as Eve was.Lawrence used Lei as a punching bag and a plaything, something to torment and torture for his amusement. Eve & Lei needed to leave Fredrickville before one of them were killed, but they needed help.That is where Alexander Adams (Alex), Lawrence's right-hand man.He was the Gaurd that took Lei to the infirmary after a savage beating by her husband on many occasions.Alex had secretly been in love with Lei for 3 yrs an Lei had no clue.Jami was Eve's fling or man of the hour he was a Guard as well.Eve thought she could learn to love Jami.They plan their escape.
Eve & Lei hadn't been outside the wall for a long time and wasn't prepared for what it took to survive. They relied on Alex to keep them safe.They had heard tell of women being treated like a commodity sold, claimed and something used to barter with for a few hours to gain supply they needed.They would travel by day and find a safe place to hold up at night when they could.They crossed path with some good Joshua & his daughter and others not pure of heart like the man and the teen that were trapped in a barn surrounded by the walking dead.After Alex, Lei &Eve saved those two, they stayed the night in the barn. The man told them he would take them to the safe haven where her lived the next day that went by the name of Purgatory.Purgatory is ran by a man named Jeffers and his women named Liv. In many ways Purgatory was worse than Fredricksville,just in a hidden way. They give the appearance of free will and hope.But it is an illusion. The rules were strict and the punishments were harsh.For your second infraction of the rules, you were put in a cage and infected.Then put on display for the whole town to see.Eve ran into a dangerous man named E. Everyone seemed to fear that man for good reason.
Just when you think things are going to go smother for this group of three the bottom drops out. Kudos to this team of Authors.They did a great job,pick up this book. I know it seems like I gave a lot away, but really I didn't there is so much more to be found in this book. Book two Beneath Blood & bone is already out so there is no wait for book two.There is a few chapters of book two in the back of the book as well as an excerpt from The Beautiful Dead.
Book 1 of a series that at the time of writing (Sept 2015) is slated to have at least three stanzas.
Two life-long friends Leisel and Evelyn, each with odd-couple personalities but overlapping backstories survive in a USA four years after a zombie apocalypse. The evil in this world are humans, specifically men, and women are tradable commodities. This is a tale of comradeship, love and sacrifice told from alternating MC perspectives; often using a palette of internal dialog.
Warning: Contains at least one pretty graphic and brutal sex scene. It's very realistic and well into the 18+ sensitive-trigger class. That said, I take my hat off to the authors for crafting a top-shelf example of erotic writing.
TTB begins by setting the scene (dystopia four years after Vaal Fever has turned "humanity" into Max Brooks-style zombies and uninfected survivors) and then takes you off on a journey whose elements are often disturbing and always profoundly emotional. No Pollyanna, the-sun-will-come-up-tomorrow yarn, TTB may not work for those readers who like wet-nosed puppy kisses. Chapters alternate between the two female leads characters' POVs which are heavy on well-written passages of internal dialog.
TTB is an easy read and entertaining. AFAIK I haven't read anything by Madeline Sheehan before, but Clair Riley's Odium series works in well with TTB's general theme and her name-recognition, the blurb and the cover drew me in.
I took one star off and gave it an A- rating because:
1. There were a few quite significant plot holes (thinly papered over) which had me shaking my head in disbelief. No spoilers, but for example, if you hold all the high-value cards and plan to renege on a deal you don't scrupulously fulfill your terms of the contract.
2. The first third of the book contains two unrelated episodes which connect poorly to the remainder and thus come across as space-fillers. Okay, I could see one component linking up almost right on the last page but on first encounter it clonked as a distraction.
Overall: TTB (Book 1) edges out Book 2 which I gave 3-stars. This series is fully investable. Go for it.
I have never read Claire Riley before but I think Madeline Sheehan is a master story teller. I really enjoyed this book and think it was a great collaboration. I love the risks they took with the characters and story line....you go girls!!!
Why not five stars? (no spoilers)
I really vacillated between high 3's to a 4 on this score and that is really because of the over long narrative sections. At one point I found myself skimming paragraphs of the tedious description of the zombie appearance and killing the zombies.
There was also a lot of info dumps and not as much balance with dialogue as I would have liked. At times I honestly felt like I was watching
an episode of the Walking Dead. I think Sheehan's talent with character portrayal through dialogue is genius and I did not see as much of that as I would have liked.
I am still thinking about the book....interesting read.