Saturday, September 14, 2019

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Necromancer's Bride (Gaslamp Gothic #4) by Kat Ross

The Necromancer’s Bride
Kat Ross
(Gaslamp Gothic, #4)
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: May 31st 2019
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Retelling

Forgiveness is not Gabriel D’Ange’s strong suit.

A self-appointed soldier of God with a penchant for ruthlessly punishing his enemies, he vanished after Anne Lawrence stabbed him with his own dagger.

The smart thing would be to let him go.

Unfortunately, Anne’s life isn’t just lonely without Gabriel. It’s insufferably boring.

Determined to heal the rift between them, she goes in search of her tempestuous former lover, black parasol in hand and daeva magic crackling at her fingertips. But Gabriel has his own plans afoot and Anne finds herself drawn into one of his tangled webs, much against her better judgment.

Gabriel’s nemesis has reappeared in Brussels, a vile slaver who’s plundering the Congo Free State with the blessing of King Leopold. Gabriel might be willing to give Anne a second chance, but not until Jorin Bekker’s head is lying at his feet.

Back in London, the quasi-reformed necromancer Balthazar sets his sights on the same quarry. He holds a very personal grudge against Bekker — and killing him might be the only way to keep Gabriel D’Ange from Balthazar’s own throat.

When the hunters collide at a lavish gala thrown by the king, Anne learns just how far she’ll go to save the man she loves.

Note: The Necromancer’s Bride is the sequel to A Bad Breed, which should be read first.

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My Review:

4 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Historical, Mystery, Romance, Supernatural, Suspense, Werewolves, Witches--

Keep in mind while most books in the Gaslamp Gothic series can be read as standalone (I highly recommend that you start at the beginning but it is not required!) this is actually the sequel to book 3, Bad Breed, and it needs to be read after book 3 since it is a continuous plot.

We got to meet Anne and Gabriel in the previous book which was a dark and twisty retelling of Beauty and the Beast and it did not end with any type of resolution (for me) so I have been waiting the last few months to see how it will finally play out! I will admit that I was really stressed that Anne and Gabriel would have a disastrous ending because Kat is not known for her happy stories, more the dark, scary and dangerous kind. I found this installment to be full of deadly intrigue, many types of adventuring, some awesome fight scenes and an epic love that will last for the ages.

I love that there have been multiple side characters pop up randomly throughout the series and in this story we got to see more of the elusive Balthazar and his servant/ward Lucas. The banter between the two was my absolute favorite part of the series, you could see the affection and mischief that the two had a history of. I really really hope that I get to see more of both of them, and maybe Balthazar's love life might feature a certain badass warrior lady in the future...

"If you weren’t covered in blood and cat hair, I’d stop for a stroopwafel on the way. The cafes will be opening soon.” 

Lucas brushed ineffectually at his coat. “Don’t, my lord. Not on top of Armagnac. Here, have a nice digestive.” He fished in his pocket and took out a biscuit. Blew on it to dislodge the clump of orange fur. 

Balthazar eyed it askance. “That’s kind of you. But I’ve consumed my quota of hair today already.”

I am so completely satisfied with how this ended, it wrapped up the little duology perfectly. I also saw read that the next book in the Gaslamp Gothic series will return to America with Harry, who was the first character I met in this world and I have been waiting to see her again. I was originally lured into the series with a Jack the Ripper retelling and I have stayed for all the super scary paranormal action that Kat has created. I love how the series has been building and introducing new characters for me to connect to and go on adventures with in each book and there is no doubt that I will continue reading! I recommend this series for anyone who loves paranormal mysteries with action/adventure and a hint of romance.

I reviewed a complimentary copy of this title.

Author Bio:

Kat Ross worked as a journalist at the United Nations for ten years before happily falling back into what she likes best: making stuff up. She’s the author of the Fourth Element and Fourth Talisman fantasy series, the Gaslamp Gothic paranormal mysteries, and the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day. She loves myths, monsters and doomsday scenarios. Check out Kat’s Pinterest page for the people, places and things that inspire her books.

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  1. Thanks so much for the lovely review! Confession: Balthazar and Lucas are my favorites too, and after Dead Ringer, they’ll be getting their own (well-deserved) book. Can’t wait for you to read it!

    And, ahem, for me to write it, of course...

    1. Yay!!! I can't wait for you to write their book💜💜💜