Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The Hidden Necromancer Series by Rhiannon Frater Tour & #Giveaway

The Unblessed Dead
The Hidden Necromancer Series Book 1
by Rhiannon Frater
Genre: YA Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy

When I was younger, my mother saved my settlement from the Unblessed Dead that would have killed us all. It cost her everything to reveal her necromancy and sent shockwaves through our stringent religious settlement. Convicted of heresy against our sacred Lost Texts, she died soon after. 

Since then, I have worked hard to maintain my Pious Standing so that when I turn eighteen I will be selected by a suitable husband at the Bridal Auction. 

As the large clock in town square ticks down to my eighteenth birthday, the dead have been appearing in my garden. If I’m discovered, I’ll face the Necromancer Trial just as my mother, oldest sister, and I did all those years ago. This time I fear I will not survive it.

To add to my worries, an enigmatic handsome young man has arrived in the settlement. Around him swirls a green aura only I can see. Is he here to help me? Or does he have more nefarious plans?

My name is Ilyse Nott, and I fear I am a necromancer. 

If I am, my life is over. 

In a dystopian world, where religion has been bastardized, men dominate unfettered and women are property, forced to live by oppressive rules, Ilyse Nott struggles with remaining “plain and pious” in a world who has judged her for supposed the sins of her mother. She must live with the knowledge that her mother a secret necromancer, saved her village from certain zombie death only to be tried, convicted and put to death for her efforts for heresy.

Ilyse is guilty by association and possible heredity, yet has passed the “test” that “proves” she does not consort with the dead. Still, she is a pariah, and now the walking dead are showing up in her garden and she has no idea what that means… With the Bridal Auction coming, no one will offer for her, no matter how desperately she adheres to the twisted religious tenets of her village, until a stranger comes to town and she may finally have an ally, or does this man also have an agenda regarding Ilyse?

Rhiannon Frater’s THE UNBLESSED DEAD is a tale of zombies, necromancy, innocence and the corruption of a world where oppression begets fear and no one can be trusted. Seeing her world through Ilyse’s eyes and heart will cause any free-thinking human to cringe. Yes there are zombies, sure they can rend flesh from bone, but that is not the main thrust of the story here. It is a story of manipulation and repression, and the soul-deep turmoil of one teen searching for acceptance and happiness.

Not a fast-paced read, there is so much to absorb, take the time to leave reality behind and imagine yourself living in this world…definitely cringe worthy, and I am NOT talking about the zombies!

The Accused Dead
The Hidden Necromancer Series Book 2

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.

Just when you think Ilyse’s world couldn’t make your skin crawl any more, Rhiannon Frater gives it one more sadistic twist, followed by another and wraps it up in a barbed wire tale of evil, egos, and perverted power.

THE ACCUSED DEAD may, at first glance, start out a little slow, over-wrought with dark, demented customs that are heart-piercing and anger inducing. BUT, as I slid into Ilyse’s life, the stacked-against-her deck she has been dealt, every excruciating event, it felt real. I felt her feelings, saw events through her eyes and understood so many of her actions.

The Bridal Auction becomes one more thing for Ilyse’s people, her father and the Elders to torment and humiliate her with. If not for the few, unexpected allies she finds, even her own heart and determination wouldn’t be enough for her to survive as she discovers what powers she truly possesses and the truths about the Dead.

Deliciously dark, torturously tense and emotionally gutting, Ms. Frater’s world is nothing short of a living nightmare. Fabulous world-building, tremendously strong character development, this is NOT your typical zombie read, but it may be one of your most intense!

Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of the As the World Dies zombie trilogy (Tor) as well as independent works such as The Last Bastion of the Living (declared the #1 Zombie Release of 2012 by Explorations Fantasy Blog and the #1 Zombie Novel of the Decade by B&N Book Blog). She was born and raised in Texas where she currently resides with her husband and furry children (a.k.a pets). She loves scary movies, sci-fi and horror shows, playing video games, cooking, dyeing her hair weird colors, and shopping for Betsey Johnson purses and shoes. She’s the co-host of the ZCast, a Z Nation Fan Podcast.

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