**We were gifted a copy of this book in return for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are our own**
This is a post I have been desperate to share as I can eventually tell you my thoughts on the brand new release from author Kelly-Marie Pollock. Last year I read and absolutely adored the Cherry Nova, first book In the Chronicles Of Nova Morgan Trilogy, and I have been eagerly awaiting the next instalments release. I’ve had the pleasure of organising the publication tour for Death Bringer and I hope you not only enjoy my review, but that you will also check out some of the other bloggers participating. Thank you to Kelly-Marie for working with me on this project.
About The Book
Nova may have won the fight for her freedom, but she’s far from won the war. Journey beside her, Ruth and Chaplin as they leave the gritty streets of Victorian London behind and immerse themselves in the magical living realm of Hindra.
In a world where dying isn’t forever and living isn’t easy, they’re about to unearth all manner of secrets and lies. Their mission seems clear, infiltrate the Council Chambers and free the captive, Detective Maximus Steele, bringing down The Righteous Ones as they go, but time is moving fast and as Nova comes to realise, time is running out.
From streetworker to rebellion leader, is her path one of greatness, or has it simply been paved by someone or something, far greater than her? Like pieces on a chess board, is Nova just a pawn in someone else’s game.
**CONTENT WARNING – contains adult themes including; Sex, Drug use, Profanity and Violence.**
Detective Max Steele is missing, but Nova knows what really happened to the man she’s come to think of as a friend. Imprisoned and taken against his will to the realm of Hindra by the corrupt council, she knows she is going to need some serious help to rescue him. Having successfully raised an army and enlisted the help of banished witch Ruth and Chaplin, a drug addled Warlock, to find and open the illusive gates of Hindra, Nova knows the odds are already heavily stacked against her despite the Lady of Death tag her army have given her.
The challenges come thick and fast once they make it through the gate, highlighting the lack of plan and inexperience of the ‘warriors’, at times making Nova question the decision to embark on the risky mission. However, with a whole new level of magic comes a whole new set of dangers and with time against them Nova has to make instinctive choices about who to trust in order to accomplish their goal of saving Max and overthrowing the Righteous Ones. But, it’s not as simple as that when Nova is promised something she never thought possible. Will she decide to make the detour and use her precious time, all for the greater good?
Firstly, I have to say how difficult I found writing the paragraphs above without giving away too much! As is often the case when I LOVE a book I could talk about it endlessly so to limit myself to a matter of lines is excruciating!
Death Bringer picks up the baton exactly where we left Nova at the end of Cherry Nova so I would definitely recommend reading the books in order or you may be a little confused. For me personally though it was fabulous to dive straight back in and immerse myself in the world and characters I know and love.
Whilst Cherry Nova was based in the ‘real world’ of London, in Death Bringer we follow Nova and a handful of already familiar characters into the unknown magical world of Hindra. Being set in a different world this book took on a different feel from the first one and Pollock did an amazing job of making it equally as atmospheric as the last. As I read on I discovered a whole new set of characters as well as fantastical, magical beasts including shape shifters and sirens to name just a couple. There are certainly some colourful and imaginative characters thrown in there too, including some queer nods which I am assured come to the forefront of the story in book three Hindra’s Heroine. Another aspect of the story which particularly struck a chord with me was Nova’s attitude to building other women up as opposed to tearing them down; a really important message to advocate.
Pollock has created a fantasy world with a complex, yet easy to grasp, magical system and hierarchy that drew me in and kept me turning the page until it’s clifhanger finale. Death Bringer is brimming with action from start to finish which when added to Pollock’s unique writing style, combine to make a fast paced story I couldn’t get enough of – In fact I messaged Kelly-Marie begging to know when the next book is due for release! It’s got plenty of surprises dotted within it’s pages that had me gasping aloud, having not seen it coming which also added to the overall intrigue of the story.
I absolutely loved this book and seriously can’t wait until the release of the final book in the trilogy. I also find it really hard to believe this is only Kelly-Marie Pollock’s second novel as her prose and story lines are so well thought out and something I would expect from a more experienced author. I highly recommend this series to any fantasy fans, it’s a solid 5 stars from me.
About The Author
Kelly-Marie lives in Dorset with her Husband Mitchell, four young children and menagerie of pets. She’d dreamt of being an Author from a very young age and her late Auntie Julie pushed her to follow her dreams. Kelly-Marie is a stay at home Mother, full time carer and active Parenting and Mental Health Blogger, you can find her blog over at www.amixedupmummy.blogspot.co.uk
Death Bringer is the second novel in ‘The Chronicles of Nova Morgan’ trilogy and follows the successful publication of her debut book Cherry Nova. She has also released a book of poetry entitled Forever Blue.
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