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You ever pick up a book so fast based on the elevator pitch alone? That's exactly what I did when I saw the blurb for Nadia Gilkes' Woke Up Dead.
If you enjoy horror, this is a great psychological slasher that keeps tension building upon tension. Give it a chance, and may it be your gateway to Indigenous spec-fic!
Join me and SeaWitch Books tomorrow, July 16th at 5PM Eastern Time/11AM Hawai'i Time, for a live reading and author talk about BLOOD OF THE TRUE BELIEVER. Event is via Zoom. More info below the cut.
This Fantasy Romance does many things that more professionally published authors have failed to give me, and a good number of those things have to do with the protagonist, Maddie. As I said in my Goodreads review of this title, Sanatra has removed many of the elements that frustrated me with Bella Swan in TWILIGHT, or rather, the way her wants and desires were treated in the text by the author and the surrounding characters.
In telling Emily's story, author Andrea Fink has pulled off some plot elements that impressed and entertained me in a richly layered world, with intricate rules and politics.
Lauren Marie, the great mind behind The Indigo Books on Instagram, interviewed me about Blood of the True Believer.
Iskandar plays a much larger role in Kahrin and Innes' journey in BLOOD OF THE TRUE BELIEVER, and going forward into book three. I never expected to want to know him this well, but here we are.
I recommend this to fans of high fantasy, zombie stories, and maybe even Dungeons & Dragons. In fact I purchased the audio version for my spouse on his commute. I mean, Kaia knows the #1 rule of fighting undead: Don't just set them on fire, because then you have ambulatory fire, and that is not something we can turn our noses at in this house of fantasy lovers.