Thursday, December 6, 2018

#Review - Death Knell by Hailey Edwards (Urban Fantasy)

Series: Foundling # 3
Format: Kindle, 320 pages
Release Date: December 4, 2018
Publisher: Piatkus
Source: NetGalley
Genre: Urban Fantasy

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 favor.

Death Knell is the third installment in author Hailey Edwards' Foundling series. This third story finds Luce Boudreau aka Conquest, starting her new life as an agent of the NSB. Famine has been captured. War & her coterie are
still on the loose. Death is close to coming through the same breach that the other three sisters did into this world. But, before we can get to that point, we need to have Luce and her partner Adam Wu, along with Luce's coterie, deal with bodies washing ashore in various places along the Mississippi River.

They also have to deal with the real fact that a contagion may be spreading in relationship to the bodies that were dumped. Could it be that Death is sending a message? Could this be her portent of things to come once she gets here? We, as readers, especially me, have been asking questions about why Luce is so different from her other sisters. She came through the breach totally different from her Conquest alter-ego. How did she choose the body she is in? Did someone intentionally have a hand in what happened to her? 

If so, this being must be awfully powerful. Could there be even more powerful beings already here that are controlling things? As the series progresses, Luce becomes more of a cross hybrid of Luce and Conquest. It's not necessarily a bad thing. When things get really going, Luce isn't one to cower away, or let her coterie or Adam handle the dirty work. She's finally coming out of her shell. Luce and Adam have a whole lot of issues to deal with. Mostly about things he is keeping a secret from her and the fact that he wants to keep her on a choke chain and let her out only when he thinks she can be an asset. 

Same goes for Luce's coterie of Cole, Santiago, Thom, Miller, Portia/Maggie who are sharing one body. Plus, we get a different glimpse into the relationship between Luce and Cole. Things have been moving in the direction of a romance between Luce and Cole, and the author leaves just enough Easter Eggs for the readers to put together. There are so many different surprises in this book, that one needs to just read the book. The author also explores two very different places; The Hole where charun who are too valuable to be killed or can't be killed as kept. And, the Enclave, which is a sanctuary. 

The book ends on one hell of a cliffhanger just to give fair warning. Luce has been eagerly wanting to speak to someone who supposedly watched over her for 15 years. Are we truly getting to that moment in the series, or will the author drag it on for another book? We shall see. We shall also see if Luce can really truly trust Adam and anyone else at NSB, or will she join with Death to make one helluva statement?

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