Shadows of Asphodel

Karen Kincy
Shadows of Asphodel
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Release Date
September 2013
Book 1 of Shadows of Asphodel
Action/Adventure Romance, Alternate Universe, Fantasy Romance, Historical Novel with Romantic Elements, Paranormal with Romantic Elements, Steampunk Romance

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?

Book Review by Shakera (reviewer)
Oct 26, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
85 people found the following review helpful
I had high hopes with this book as I read Clockwork Menagerie first and loved it. It did not disappoint. SHADOWS OF ASPHODEL was action-packed from page 1 and did not let up! One of my weaknesses with heroes is a vulnerable, smart ass. I have that in Wendel! I love a strong heroine! Ardis has moments of me wondering "Why are we going through this?!", but I lived for their interactions.

I will admit, in the beginning I had a hard time connecting with Ardis, but once you get her backstory, everything makes sense and you feel for her. With their troubled pasts, finding each other was the best thing that could happen to Ardis and Wendel. Add in Konstintine and best. story. EVER!

It's a quick read with flawed characters that seek redemption and find love. I recommend to anyone that loves steampunk romance!
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