Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Review: King of the Dead (Jeremiah Hunt #2) by Joseph Nassise

November 27th, 2012 | Tor Books
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Joseph Nassise shook up the urban fantasy genre with Eyes to See, a novel New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry called “heartbreaking, deeply insightful, powerful and genuinely thrilling.” In a devil’s deal, Jeremiah Hunt sacrificed his human sight in exchange for the power to see the hidden world of ghosts and all of the darker spirits that prowl the streets. Hunt uncovered a world of murder and magic that took his daughter from him and nearly cost him his life, but that was only the beginning....
Now Hunt is on the run from the FBI, who have pegged him as a mass-murdering dark sorcerer. His flight from the law is diverted to New Orleans when his companion, a potent witch, has a horrific vision of the city under magical siege. When they arrive, they realize that the situation is more dire than they could have imagined: the world of the living faces a terrifying attack by forces from beyond the grave. King of the Dead, the second book in this groundbreaking series, promises more of Nassise’s electrifying writing that will enthrall readers looking for a supercharged, supernatural thrill.

I loved this!! King of the Dead had me hooked from the very first page!

Jeremiah is evading the cops, tracking down terrifying creatures, and developing into more than just a sad, lonely man consumed by loss and grief.

There is more development with the relationship between Hunt, Denise and Dmitri. They are on the run together and remain by each other's side even when Denise announces that a haunting vision means that she must travel to New Orleans, knowing that what they may find there could place them in danger.

What they discover is a fatal illness that is killing the magically gifted citizens of New Orleans at an alarming rate. It strikes without warning and no one can determine the source or who will be the next victim. They must work with Denise's former coven mate to find the answers and prevent future deaths.

The story occasionally switches to the point of view of the federal agent pursuing Hunt. These scenes were perfectly executed, giving us just enough to build up the anticipation of when and where their paths would finally cross.

I must admit that I was a little skeptical when beginning this sequel. What I enjoyed about the debut was the focus on Hunt's missing daughter and all of the dark and raw emotions that were involved. With that particular issue resolved, I wasn't sure that I would enjoy the next story as much. But my doubts were completely unnecessary because King of the Dead exceeded my expectations.

The story's ending left me wanting more and I can't wait to see what Nassise will deliver next. 


Braine TS said...

The cover & nature of the hero reminds me of Jonah Hex.. I don't know why. :D

Happy holidays, Cat!

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