Monday, September 15, 2014

[Archive] LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of The Gifted Dead

Jenna Black is your typical writer. Which means she's an "experience junkie." She got her BA in physical anthropology and French from Duke University.

Once upon a time, she dreamed she would be the next Jane Goodall, camping in the bush making fabulous discoveries about primate behavior. Then, during her senior year at Duke, she did some actual research in the field and made this shocking discovery: primates spend something like 80% of their time doing such exciting things as sleeping and eating.

Concluding that this discovery was her life's work in the field of primatology, she then moved on to such varied pastimes as grooming dogs and writing technical documentation. Among her other experiences . . .
  • Ballroom dancing.
  • Traveling all seven continents. Yes, even Antarctica.
  • Becoming a Life Master in Bridge.
  • Singing in a barbershop chorus.
Keep up with Jenna online:

The Gifted Dead
GIFTED Book #1

Release Date 9/23/14

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Politics and magic make dangerous bedfellows.

Deep within the Order, the seeds of corruption have taken root. While younger generations of the Gifted have embraced modern democratic values, a secret society of old-guard zealots seek a return to the past, when only European men of distinguished bloodlines held power.

Now, three venerable European families and a maverick American each plot to seize control of the Order and shape it to their will. A cutthroat game of political intrigue will decide the winner; and the stakes couldn't be higher, for ruling the Order carries with it the power to grant—or deny—an afterlife.

What begins as a battle of wills could turn into an all-out war. And magic could prove deadlier than any missile.

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Chelle:
*Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review

Oh what a tangled web we weave....

Jenna Black joins the masterful prose I am so fond of with a thrilling new concept that takes the whole 6 degrees of separation concept and pairs it with some heavy duty political intrigue, all bundled up with some very cool preternatural world building for a book that most definitely pleased!

I was told that The Gifted Dead and the GIFTED series were Game of Thrones meets House of Cards and I can kind of see that with regards to the tie ins of the characters and the intrigue and deception rampant throughout.

Interesting protagonists, baleful antagonists, an interesting and complex world with plenty of room for growth and engaging prose make for a book that I was very happy I had the chance to enjoy. I definitely recommend The Gifted Dead for urban fantasy and mystery readers looking for something new and interesting and I can't wait to see where Jenna takes this new endeavor...

The Gifted Dead

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