Legals, Illegals & Slaves. These are the types of zombies that roam the wild west. It's up to Zombie-Killer Bill to keep the peace, but when a zombie massacre occurs at the Hansen Ranch, he realizes he's about to step toe to toe with his own bitter and illegal past.
Trapped in an insidious world adjoining our own, Nora must conquer her own demons to fight a real one.
Sworn to protect his realm, the demon, Damien subjects Nora and her friends to a Challenge; a series of nightmarish realities meant to break them. Damien personally sees to revealing Nora's painful past and turn everyone against her.
It was the pieces of history and English folklore that brought this story to life for me. The Victorian Era was researched to fit the tale and the legends were without gimmicks or complicated backgrounds, something I found refreshing. The character development was well done and I found myself really liking Gareth and his aunt.
There isn't nearly as much steampunk as I'd hoped and I'd wondered if it would have been better off as a fantasy/romance only.
It's not easy to co-write and I think the authors did a great job blending their voices. “Armored Hearts” was an easy, enjoyable read that allowed for romance, a little mystery and an entertaining mix of legend and history.
This is a fun, adventure story. It's a smooth read, hardly a glitch in the writing. The characters are enjoyable with great descriptions of each and I liked the subtlety of the world Shreffler was building. I personally would recommend this to teens though there is mild adult content. The main character herself is a teen dealing with a world that has Wolfies and Catlins (you'll have to read to find out ;) ). I think teen and new adult readers would like it. The 'mud scene' was by far my favorite of them all. I found myself smiling and really enjoyed how Shreffler pulled it off. She has a talented way of creating a mood in each scene.
The plot was a little warbled though, swaying one way or the other. It didn't find purchase until the end and unfortunately only tied one loose end, but there are three books total to this series. That's ample time to knot the rest. There were entertaining fight scenes, which are also well written, though there wasn't much gratification except for one or two.
Scheffler's story is entertaining for sure, and a decent start to a series. I'd recommend checking it out if you like fantasy with some butt-kicking action scenes.
I believe the author put a lot of research into his novel. No only is it in the pov of a believable women but there are a lot of religions which are brought together for the re-telling of Adam's first wife, Lilith. There's regret, abuse, anger and the need for forgiveness that often comes afterward and Lilith has had many years to build up her regrets. Tagging along are her friends who she's saved from horrendous backgrounds as well as demons with even stranger stories to tell.
It wasn't a difficult read though it's certainly not a YA. There are many dark themes throughout, which there should be, it's about demons and their mother after all.
There is a real movie-like quality to the read. It's punched with action, dramatic dialogue and big characters with big problems. I'd give this a fat 4 out of 5 stars. I'd certainly be back for a sequel.