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Death Knell (The Foundling Series) Paperback – February 4, 2020
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Book Three in the bestselling fantasy series The Foundling, perfect for fans of Shannon Mayer, Jenn Stark and the Sookie Stackhouse novels
War burned her. Famine nearly killed her. Now Death is at her heels.
After her two worlds clashed apocalyptically, Luce Boudreau needed some time out. But Destiny had other ideas. When bodies begin washing ashore down the Mississippi River, Luce discovers they are part of a gruesome, lethal message. Her final sister, Death, is trying to break through.
Every sign is clear: the end is coming, but earth will be destroyed - quite literally - over Luce's dead body, even if that means she'll be battling her own nature. And her coterie will stand with her, though Cole keeps standing one step too goddamn far away. Her mysterious new partner, Adam Wu, on the other hand, seems determined to keep her close at all times. And the more Luce learns about the new world she's part of, the deeper the secrets go. Who - if anyone - can she really trust?
As the final pieces of an ancient war come together, Luce's chance to fight back comes sooner than she expected. Death can come at her . . . she's eager to return the favour.
Readers LOVE Hailey Edwards:
'An inventive and multifaceted world with serious heart and one hell of an emotional kick, this is a series that needs to be on your TBR'Bookish Em
'Edwards creates amazing fantasy worlds' - (Goodreads reviewer)
'A fantasy of a five-star read!' (Amazon reviewer)
'Hailey Edwards has exceeded all expectation' (Goodreads)
'Well-plotted fantasy with intriguing characters, heart-pounding action, suspenseful intrigue and subtle romance' (RT Book Reviews)
'Edwards has this way of writing that makes you feel like the narrator is talking to you and that you're old friends' (Goodreads)
'The world building is fresh . . . The characters are well-drawn and easy to root for. And the romance really hits the spot' (Red Hot Books)
'She builds dynamic character bases, using common mythology but takes it one step further using previously unseen species or imbibing currently known species with skills and know how that offers readers something new in the paranormal world' (Smexybooks)
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Hailey Edwards writes about questionable applications of otherwise perfectly good magic, the transformative power of love, the family you choose for yourself, and blowing stuff up. Not necessarily all at once. That could get messy. She lives in Alabama with her husband, their daughter, and a herd of dachshunds.
Visit her website at www.haileyedwards.net
- Publisher : Piatkus (February 4, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0349417091
- ISBN-13 : 978-0349417097
- Item Weight : 9.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.75 x 7.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,688,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It's not your typical supernatural type of 'romance'. I am not a romance fan, being more inclined to read Eddings or devour Pratchett or Feist. But, this book series just satisfies. They all satisfy. Do yourself a favor and read Hailey Edwards books. If you can't get into her work... well then, I just can't trust ya. Go get checked out.
To be fair, I love this author. Her other series is excellent and each book was a treat. So, I will keep going with this series to see how it ends. However, I'll probably wait a while before continuing.
Recommendation: Read if your already committed to the series, just lower your expectations.
Good points to consider:
1. The story is engaging and keeps the reader wanting more.
2. Luce, Cole and the rest of her coterie are fabulous characters written with depth - allowing readers to really love each one, for good or ill.
3. The interaction, loyalty, love and commraderie between those main characters is the basis that brings one back to each new book.
4. The whole “found in the swamp as a girl” thing is incredibly interesting, along with Luce’s human nature because of it gives the entire series its heart. (See #2 below for the “but” coming.)
Bad points to consider:
1. NO ENDING!! Not even a cliffhanger - it is a full-stop. Right in the middle of the storyline. No threads tied up. No conclusion to any part. Just... quit. I HATE THAT!
2. While the “found in the swamp” was a creative and immensely promising start to the series, the play-out with Luce being one of the four harbingers of the apocolypse with all the evil, kinda weird world buidling after was dissappointing. Part of her being this horrifically sadistic creature isn’t enjoyable for me to read.
3. The afore-mentioned world is so complex it seems convoluted at times. I guess I like mine a bit more linear and not so all over the place. SO many players, it’s tiring.
Everything considred, however, my biggest problem is with the non-ending. To me those are extremely disrespectful to every reader who invests the time and money to read a book. Leaving the overall arc dangling in a series is fine as long as the arc in each individual story is closed. Completely opened-ended should never be considered unless it is written and stated as a serial.
This series must be read in order. The first book is "Bayou Born". The second book is "Bone Driven". This is the third book. I can't wait to read "Rise Against"!
Luce has her work cut out for her. She needs to repair the damage to her house done by Famine and her minions... And that is the least of her problems. She needs her Father to come out of his coma... She needs to figure out when and where Death will Breach. She needs to find Famine and out her down for good. Everything seems so massive she doesn't know where to start. Can she keep Death from Breaching? Will she be able to win Death to her side when and if she Breaches? Can she totally win the trust of her Coterie? Can she trust her "partner"? Or is she all alone in this world without an ally in sight not bound to her?
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After the previous fallout with Luce's human partner Rixton, Luce is now firmly collaborating with Adam Wu as he shows her the ropes of her new job.
The enigma that is Wu continues to obscure while his mysterious father is brought into the mix for examination.
There are so many questions here not least of all their family's curious species and origins and just what Wu actually wants and expects in the long-term from his partnership with Luce.
I also do get the impression that this is maybe not his first rodeo in regards to Luce.
There is also the question of her shattered psyche and whether he has anything to do with that particular event both personally or from further afar.
Then there's that enigma Ezra, just who he is and what does he represent especially in regards to Luce and Conquest.
I pinged back and forth over his end-goal and actual identity changing my mindset multiple times over.
My eventual conclusion as of yet and at this stage of the journey is just complete conjecture but I think I have a fair idea of idea and hopefully, the next book will prove me right for the moment, I am not sharing.
Back to Wu and what his presence could mean in regard to Luce and her destiny and I do think he is up to his pretty neck in all this.
Well, he is obviously powerful and has connections of the highest order, definitely top of the food chain.
He is holding his cards close to his chest and I do think he definitely has his own agenda, what that is does start to become clearer the further on here you get.
As for sides, I think Wu wants to be on Luce's but it may clash with his own agenda as much as he may wish that it didn't.
We also do get to see a more human side to Wu here which I really did appreciate.
So here we get to finally discover just what Miller is hiding under his skin and my guess was so spot-on, just need to see Santiago's base form now which is obviously aquatic in nature.
Pace-wise this one was way snappier than the previous book and where that was all about the connection Death Knell focuses more on the action and systematically removing their enemies.
In fact, in terms of violence, this holds the top spot so far.
Finally, that ending really put the cat among the pigeons it was just so spectacular and further muddied the waters.
This instalment just had so much going on and if you felt in the previous book that the momentum was lost here its full steam ahead in terms of the plot moving forward.
I really like how the whole picture is starting to fit together
This was a complete trip and I am still loving the ride really looking forward to book 4 just so much.
Luce is still discovering herself and embracing the relationships with her coterie. The revelations in this book took my breath away at times - then more twists and turns unfold. Read this series of books - you will not regret it.
I received a copy of this from Netgalley in advance of the release but still bought the book as I wanted it for my collection.
Luce finally gets to see the otherness of her coterie as she heads out to destroy nests belonging to War, when Thom is hurt deliberately to taunt Luce.
We finally understand that Ezra is Adam's father and is a self proclaimed god, but people are still keeping secrets but Luce tells them about her found day phone calls and demands to meet him.
Lots of revelations in this book and I am looking forward to reading the next book. It is a fantastic example of superb world building. However, I always find the beginnings slow reaching to an almighty crescendo at the end.
Plenty of bombshells in this installment, but the story does not end yet!
I hope the wait for book 4 is not too long....
Great read for lovers of urban fantasy.