Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Shadows of Asphodel by Karen Kincy

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Shadows of Asphodel - Karen KincyPublisher: Createspace (September 13th 2013)
Paperback: 350 pages
Source: Candance’s BB & author
Add on: Goodreads
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
*Note: This book is intended for mature readers

When Ardis discovers a man bleeding to death on the battlefield, she knows she has to walk away.

1913. In her work as a mercenary for Austria-Hungary, Ardis has killed many men without hesitation. One more man shouldn’t matter, even if he manages to be a charming bastard while he stands dying in the snow.

But when he raises the dead to fight for him, she realizes she must save his life.

If a necromancer like Wendel dies, he will return as a monster—or so the rumors say. Ardis decides to play it safe and rescues him. What she doesn’t expect is Wendel falling to one knee and swearing fealty. Ardis never asked for the undying loyalty of a necromancer, but it’s too late now.

Ardis and Wendel forge an uneasy alliance underscored with sexual tension. Together, they confront rebels, assassins, and a conspiracy involving a military secret: robotically-enhanced soldiers for a world on the brink of war. But as Ardis starts to fall for Wendel, she realizes the scars from his past run more deeply than she ever imagined. Can Ardis stop Wendel before his thirst for revenge destroys him and everyone else around him?

Review:

“Damn birds,” he said. “If it were up to me, I would choose a quieter omen.”

So Shadows of Asphodel is a pretty badass dieselpunk romance with magic, conspiracies, zombies, bad guys and just all-around kickassness. Set in an alternate universe during the brink of WWI where a hex, created by archmages, has rendered modern weaponry useless, our badass heroine Ardis is a mercenary armed with an ancient sword. She saves a necromancer, Wendel, on a battlefield and of course our Wendel is a charmingly handsome man that’s full of snark and secrets. Let me tell you there’s some good  ol’ sexual tension there.

As Ardis forges an alliance with Wendel, she is drawn deeper in to the battles &  conspiracies of a military secret. Ardis and Wendel journal across Europe, from Venice to Constantinople, fighting rebels and assassins. The interesting thing is Ardis isn’t really on the “good side” or “bad side” of this fight to save or start the war. The actual story line with the military secret, was pretty interesting but from what I gathered from the end, it was more of just a backdrop for Ardis and Wendal’s story. Though the fight scenes were pretty awesome and the touch of magic everywhere was fantastic and gruesome.

I really like Ardis. She’s that brave, confident, take-charge kinda heroine and she’s not much for the angst and drama. I actually found Wendel to be more the drama-queen of the two (though to be fair, he does have a pretty angsty childhood/ history, though Ardis’ wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows either and she turned out pretty awesome). I really liked Ardis and Wendel together. Their romance was cute with just the littlest bit of angst.

“Ardis did kiss him, never mind the cold and the wet. And it was the best kiss she could remember, in spite of it all. Because of it all.”

Overall Shadow of Asphodel was an interesting universe  with awesome characters (which included a badass heroine, which is always a win), awesome battles and an intriguing plot. The desielpunk influence gave it a nice dark gritty feel that I loved ( and I always do love stories with dirigible in them too).  Oh, I also liked the archmage Konstantin. He sorta won me over by the end haha. This book is recommend for those who want their romance with a bit more of a kick and a hint of magic.

{* Thanks to the Candance Book Blog & Karen Kincy for providing an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

*Giveaway:

$25 Amazon Gift Card (INT)
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Karen Kincy - small photoAbout Karen Kincy:

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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0 Replies to “Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Shadows of Asphodel by Karen Kincy”

  1. I’m with you on the angst and drama, it was pretty low in this book and that was an added bonus for me. I think with a romance there needs to be some, just not too much. I’m really glad you enjoyed this! Thanks so much for hosting a tour stop!

    1. Yup! Totally agree, a little is okay, too much is not haha. Thanks, it was definitely a fun read! And thanks for hosting/organizing the tour!

  2. […] I really like Ardis. She’s that brave, confident, take-charge kinda heroine and she’s not much for the angst and drama. I actually found Wendel to be more the drama-queen of the two (though to be fair, he does have a pretty angsty childhood/ history, though Ardis wasn’t all sunshine and rainbow either and she turned out pretty awesome). – Book Munchies […]

  3. I love the sound of Asphodel’s diesel-punk setting, and Karen Kincy is a new author to me. The romance and magic are two of my favorites, checking out some more on Goodreads. thanks for sharing Cyn 🙂

    1. It was a fun read! I’ve never read diesel-punk before this totally won me over haha. I hope you enjoy!

  4. Wow diesel-punk, I haven’t heard of that genre before! This book sounds totally badass with some of my favourite things, kickass heroine, zombies and magic! And even a necromancer! Thanks for sharing and the opportunity to win 🙂

  5. This books sounds like it has it all. Quite exciting.

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