by Rhiannon Frater
Series: The Hidden Necromancer #2
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According to the Lost Texts, the sins of the mother are laid on the shoulders of her female children
My mother was a necromancer and the shadow of her conviction and death blots out my hard work to be considered Pious Standing in the very religious settlement where I live.
Though I’ve been exonerated through the Necromancer Trial, there are those who are convinced that I am a heretic, a devil-woman, someone who should be exiled, or worse, killed. I have to escape and my only hope is for Quade to win my hand at the Bridal Auction.
The Accused Dead by Rhiannon Frater is the second in the addictive Hidden Necromancer series. Corruption, twists, judgment and more await you as we delve deeper into Ilyse’s world as she struggles to keep her necromancy a secret.
Can I say I missed Frater and the intense, developed addictive world she creates? The Accused Dead picks up right where book one left off. Ilyse is busy preparing on the morning of the Bridal Action. She is hoping everything she and Quade planned will go off without a hitch. Even though she was exonerated (twice) through the Necromancer Trial, she fears people in the community want her dead particularly their powerful leader.
As I stated in my previous review, the settlement Ilyse lives in follows the Lost Text. It reminds me of a very strict Amish or Mennonite community. The world fell apart due to a zombie outbreak and gated communities sprouted up. As the world rebuilt they learned to live with the dead. Some communities cut ties with the world. Their teaching showed that the Necromancers allowed the dead to rise and caused the fall of man. They do not permit modern advancements and medication and believe technology is a gateway to evil.
In The Accused Dead, Frater continues to flesh out the world we find ourselves in and exposes the cracks. I devoured this story in one sitting as I never got to a point where I felt I could set it down. The Bridal Auction had me gripping my Kindle. Sabotage, overheard conversations and fear of the secret necromancer exposing Ilyse hung in the air. I felt as if I were on display. What a horrible way to decide a young woman’s fate.
The story that unfolds pulled Ilyse in many directions. I honestly didn’t know what she would decide. Quade would like her to join a society that will teach her control. Someone else wants her to escape and join the rebel necromancers. It was nerve wracking. Meanwhile her biggest concern was exposure or worse being stoned to death.
Toss in zombies, crazy zealots, and this oppressive town and you’ve got yourself an intense story. Like the first book it resolves the immediate situation but for every answer ten more sit in the wings. It left me eager for more. I hope we get another book this year. *hint-hint*
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
I was curious about this new series, and now I definitely want to read it!
Yay I hope you grab them Darlene.
I need to get back into Frater’s books! I haven’t read one in a couple of years and I miss it too. I’ll have to check out book one.
Apparently she was ill and stepped back for a while. I am so glad she is back!
Oh good to know book two was all that too Kim. Great review thanks she is on my wish list! 🙂
Love adding to your TBR pile Debbie!
I just started rereading her As The World Dies series.. If you love this series, I’m sure I will too!
That is the only series I have not read by her. I am so ashamed
Wow, stoned to death…Ughhh. This one sounds totally intense! Great review Kim!
Right. I am loving it and cannot wait for more.
I has been aaaages since I read about zombies
Zombies are cool!
Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books
Ohh…this sounds like my kind of book! Thanks for putting it on my radar!
Happy to Carole. I love this author and hope you enjoy the series.
I cannot wait to hear your thoughts!
Crystal @ Lost in Storyland
I love post-apocalyptic books with fantasy elements. This sounds like a read I’d enjoy . . . once I’ve read book one, of course 🙂 Adding this to my TBR!
Wow, it sounds like there’s so much going on in this one. Most of it sounds awful to have to live through but that also makes for a great story.
Yeah, I am sure I would have to be a rebel or outlaw in most dystopian worlds. The women are so oppressed.
okay the world and the world building in this sound really good and creative o.o so do the characters. Sounds a bit dark
All of the above Lily. I hope you try it.
Can’t remember why, but I was just checking her out on Amazon. Great review and it sounds like another winner.
I hope you decide to try these. Maybe you looked when I reviewed book one last month?
it’s an author I heard a lot about but I never tried a book
I hope you try her. One of my favorites!
Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading Addict
These sound so exciting, fast paced and adrenaline filled! My kind of story!
Yes, I can see you loving these.
Necromancer plus zombies?! I’m in!
Sweet! I hope you love them Vanessa.
oh yeah been seeing this around .. definitely worth a read
That makes me happy.
So, what you’re basically saying is that I should go grab the first book, I see . . . You know I can’t stand zombies, but this necromancer series sounds quite good, and you definitely piqued my interest!
The world has been living with the undead for a while, so while we see a few attempt to break in, it is really about the necromancer. So yes, basically I am saying Silvia read these!
When you put it like that . . . 😉
This series sounds really good. I’m adding to my TBR list. I do love zombies. Great review.
I really hope you decide to grab these. I love Frater.