Influenced by —> Shadows of Asphodel

Book Review  { 7 } 


Shadows of Asphodel by Karen Kincy
{Published} Createspace on Sept 13th 2013
{Series} Shadows of Asphodel #1
{Pages} 350 Softcover
{Genres} Steampunk, Diesel Punk, Adult Fiction, Science Fiction, Alternate History, Urban Fantasy
{Source}  Personal Nook Library

My Simple Thoughts:

I bought this book straight away after seeing this beautiful cover posted on a fellow book lovers instagram. Yes, I am admitting to judging this book by its beautiful cover. How could one go wrong with a Diesel Punk/Steampunk sort of novel?

Shadows of Asphodel is one of those books that has plot twists galore and just so overly action packed that you cannot help but to read longer then you really should. Plenty of swordplay scenes. And Zeppelins! Oh, how I wish I could add air travel via a zeppelin to my bucket list!

steampunkIf you are not swoony over the fact that Wendel is a necromancer then maybe once you hear he swore his fealty to Ardis for “saving” his life you will be. Imagine a long haired necromancer to be ever by your side. However, Ardis did not want to be near one who has such deadly skills. Still she must set out on her quest which soon becomes more complex then one thought. Conspiracy is uncovered. Which was not even the most shocking part.

Ardis is an half Chinese magical sword wielding mercenary who is paid to keep the peace, also known as kill the people who oppose. She is working for the archmages, during alternate pre World War 1 times where modern weaponry is useless under the veil of a magical hex. Wondering what a magical hex is? I was picturing a huge domelike invisible shield over a huge mass of land.

Almost immediately in the story she finds a snarky Wendel among the wreck and bodies of a battle field. Dressed nicely she wants to capture him and collect the coins that would surly come for such a pretty head of long locks. After finding out that he is actually a necromancer in a most unusual way, she has bouts of disgust, fear and interest rack over her. A necromancer! Mind blow, I did not know there was going to be a necromancer in this one.

“Necromancy is fascinating,” he murmured. “There’s a certain repulsive elegance about the magic. With it, I can recover memories long lost. I can speak to the dead who left this world days, weeks, even centuries ago.”

Ardis seems to get over her disgust of Wendel’s special talents to find out he is talented in other areas of manhood. Although, at times it was quit vexing how she was could barely stand the man then desire his touch. Most would argue women are just complex. Here I just felt a bit of the off & on or the hit & miss between the two. The romance was not always fluid but not quit pushed.

A possible Wendel & Adris.


The Steam Punk, Diesel Punk, Alternate History was integrated in equal parts of wonderful, ironclad, daredevil. Actual historic events and places blend right into the novel beautifully. Gadgets and technology were spot on with Steampunk genre. One must point out that Diesel Punk finds inspiration of the time period between 1920’s – 1950’s which includes World War 1. *Definitions differ throughout in subtle ways, sharing just basic knowledge.*

If you need more of a reason to read this book other then my beautiful review then let me just remind you that there is a necromancer in it! How often are you going to run into a hot necromancer?

“This isn’t the end,” she said. “This is the beginning.”

** Thanks to myself for buying such a book!  However, my thoughts have not been swayed or swaggered except through my own distorted brain.**

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