TITLE: A Touch of Death (The Outlands Pentalogy #1)
AUTHOR: Rebecca Crunden
I received an electronic copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. My thanks goes to the author for the opportunity to review this book.
It’s 1000 years into the future and the last of humanity resides within the Kingdom of Cutta. The rich are protected within the capital city of Anais, but only to a point, they are still at risk of execution. Safety can only be granted by the King. Nate is spared execution for dissent due to being the son of the King’s favourite, but following this decision he disappears. After two years Nate returns. His actions have placed Catherine, daughter of the King’s hangman in danger and this has left her conflicted. She can’t forgive Nate but she is in love with Nate’s brother Thom. Her comfortable life is no longer secure. Their only choice is to flee to the Outlands, a treacherous place full of danger, yet their only hope to escape the King’s guards.
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If this isn’t your first time here then you will probably be aware that this isn’t my usual type of read. I haven’t read a lot of dystopian/fantasy/sci-fi because it doesn’t usually appeal to me. However, when the author reached out to me to ask if I would like to review it I read the synopsis and felt so intrigued that I couldn’t say no. I’m so glad that I accepted because this is a fantastic book! The first in a series, I can confirm that I will absolutely read more as they are published.
The writing style is brilliant, you are thrust into the action straightaway and as a result it’s hard to stop reading. I struggle with books where it takes a while to get going but that is certainly not the case with this one.
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Another aspect that can leave me apprehensive with books of this genre is how believable they are. I appreciate that a fantasy read isn’t supposed to be realistic as such, but I still expect to relate and care for the characters and to believe the events that are unfolding. This book certainly achieved this and that was why it was such a page turner for me.
I don’t think you need to be a fan of the genre in order to enjoy this but if you are then I would absolutely recommend giving this a try. I would recommend it to an adult audience but I think it could appeal to a young adult audience also.
With it being the first in a series, the ending does show how there is more to come but it could be read as a stand alone text because it’s not a heavy cliffhanger at the end. It was enough to hold my attention and want to read book two though.
It earns it’s place within the dystopian/fantasy/science fiction genre, with strong descriptions and a writing style that really brings the world of Cutta and the Outlands to life.
The plot is engaging, there are twists and turns that are unexpected and well thought out. The characters (particularly Nate and Catherine) are constructed so well that you really bond with them, you feel as though you are on their journey with them and this is a huge positive for me. I look forward to finding out more as the series progresses.
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MY RATING: 4/5
Have you read A Touch of Death? What did you think about it? If you haven’t read it do you think that you will? As always I would love to hear your thoughts!
Thanks for reading, I hope that you enjoyed!