Monday, February 3, 2014

Shadows of Asphodel Book Tour: Review + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the Shadows of Asphodel book tour! I have a review of this fantastic book coming up, as well as a giveaway for copies of Shadows of Asphodel. But, before we get to all that, allow me to introduce the book:

Shadows of Asphodel
Release date: September 13, 2013
Genre: New Adult Steampunk/Dieselpunk Romance
Series: Shadows of Asphodel #1

When Ardis discovers a man bleeding to death on the battlefield, she knows she has to walk away.

1913. In her work as a mercenary for Austria-Hungary, Ardis has killed many men without hesitation. One more man shouldn’t matter, even if he manages to be a charming bastard while he stands dying in the snow.

But when he raises the dead to fight for him, she realizes she must save his life.

If a necromancer like Wendel dies, he will return as a monster—or so the rumors say. Ardis decides to play it safe and rescues him. What she doesn’t expect is Wendel falling to one knee and swearing fealty. Ardis never asked for the undying loyalty of a necromancer, but it’s too late now.

Ardis and Wendel forge an uneasy alliance underscored with sexual tension. Together, they confront rebels, assassins, and a conspiracy involving a military secret: robotically-enhanced soldiers for a world on the brink of war. But as Ardis starts to fall for Wendel, she realizes the scars from his past run more deeply than she ever imagined. Can Ardis stop Wendel before his thirst for revenge destroys him and everyone else around him?

(Dieselpunk romance. Recommended for ages 17+)

My Rating: 5 Roses

Dark, intense, and amazing, Shadows of Asphodel was just brilliant. I absolutely loved this New Adult dieselpunk read. It was darkly romantic, endlessly thrilling, and deeply emotional. I really enjoyed this fabulous book.

Ardis was a very strong heroine. She didn't let herself be taken advantage of and took on every bad situation that was thrown at her. She was the very definition of bad ass. I really liked her. I thought she was awesome.

Wendel was also great. He had a lot of secrets, so many so that I truly wondered about him a few times. And, I think that made him a very interesting character because he added a lot of complexity. He was very clever and a formidable opponent. But, he was also sweet and he tried to become a better person. I adored him. He was a perfectly flawed hero.

The romance was lovely. Ardis and Wendel has some super hot chemistry and there was a ton of steaminess with these two. But, they were also genuinely sweet together. They were both very strong and they met their match in each other.

The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. There were tons of thrills that kept me on the edge of my seat. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was wonderful. This is supposed to be the first in the series, and I don't know what's coming up, since the story was seemed fairly tied up at the end, but I would love to see more.

Shadows of Asphodel was a brilliant New Adult romance. I loved this book. It was dark, romantic, thrilling, and just fantastic. Romance lovers, this book is a must read.

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*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review
Up for grabs are 4 signed copies of Shadows of Asphodel. US only. 
Good luck!

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Also, up for grabs is an e-copy of the book, open INT. To enter the international giveaway, just comment here and mention that you want to enter. You have until February 20 to enter, and I'll choose a winner from the comments.
Good luck!

About the Author:
Karen Kincy
Karen Kincy (Redmond, Washington) can be found lurking in her writing cave, though sunshine will lure her outside. When not writing, she stays busy gardening, tinkering with aquariums, or running just one more mile. Karen has a BA in Linguistics and Literature from The Evergreen State College.


  1. I love how dark this sounds and unique, too! I already love Ardis she sounds amazing and so easy to root for as an MC! Glad you loved it, Farrah! Wonderful review!

  2. Great review I've been dying to get my hands on this book for a long time now because it looks and sounds awesome!