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Beautiful Death – A Review

June 13, 2008

“Luck is a four letter word.”

But oh, how lucky I am to have had the opportunity to read the ARC for this story. And now I get to share all the lovely details with you fine people! 😀

You all know by now (or atleast, you may have guessed) that my love knows no bounds for Joely Sue Burkhart’s work. If I didn’t know it before, reading Beautiful Death proved it.

This story is nothing like The Rose of Shanhasson. No, this story has a beauty all it’s own. No carbon copies set in a different time here. Joely weaves her worlds, characters, and creatures with such mastery you’re left in a state of complete awe as the tale unfolds.

And this one was a doozey!

Review Below:

New Olympia stands as a beacon of hope to it’s citizens after a mutating alien virus nearly caused the end of the world as they knew it. Regular vaccinations may keep the people from contamination, but only the First Marshall of Athens, Isabella Thanatos, keeps them from rebellion against the politicians and outright panic when the monsters, spawned from the outbreak of the virus, come to town. The contaminants know her only as Beautiful Death. For she’s killed hundreds of their kind to keep her city and it’s people safe.

When the Monster’s come to play, you can bet Beautiful Death stands at the ready to slay.

Only, she’s turning into a monster herself. In the final stages of mutation, forced to flee the city she’s long stood to protect, Isabella finds herself having to rely on the monster she hates most of all.

Hades.

Lord of the Underworld. Underworld of contaminants that is.

And what better place for Death to be than in the Underworld?

Chilling, no?

I was also thoroughly impressed with the way she handled the Marshalls. (I’m a huge military geek.) *g* The banter and comraderie between them was great. I absolutely LOVED Herakles!  He was full of the very thing you’d want in a brother in arms; unwavering loyalty.

I’m actually torn between who I liked better, him, or Charon, Hades’ drakon Enforcer.

(Joely, your sister has great taste in characters. Then again, as I said before, you make it insanely difficult to dislike any.)

Ok, I think I’ve mentioned a few times that I’m interested in fashion? One of the characters, Icarus, Isabella’s best friend, owns On Death’s Wings, a highly admired a sought after clothing line. I know this is mostly just geek-ary for me that noone else will find very fascinating but I was so enthralled in the magnificent descriptions of the designs! Of course, everything’s objective, and what she had in mind could be totally different from my visualizations, but in my mind they’re gorgeous! But more to the point, they play a crucial role in the story, which is always a plus.

The romance between Hades and Isabella was scorching hot and bitterly cold. Complex and Beautiful. And with each interaction between them it just got more and more interesting.

But you don’t have to take my word for it.

You may read an exceprt here,  win a free download at Joely’s giveaway, details here, or wait until it’s release date (June 20th, 2008) to purchase it from Drollerie Press.

Either way, Happy reading! 😉

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 14, 2008 12:17 pm

    Soleil, I’m honored you enjoyed the story so much! Thanks again for taking the time to read and write up the review!

  2. June 16, 2008 7:14 am

    Why do I feel like there’s another book with a very similar title that I’ve been meaning to read for ages? Or is it this book? I’m so confused!

    Anyway, great review. I’ve been reading a fair bit of Ancient Greece-based fantasy/historicals lately, and I absolutely love that subject matter.

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