Friday, August 21, 2015

Blood Sky by Traci Slatton (After Series, #4)

Blood Sky
by Traci L. Slatton

My rating: 5 stars

Series: The After - Book 4
Publication Date: August 24, 2015
Publisher: Parvati Press
Genre: Dystopian | Scifi | Fantasy
Print Length: 214 pages
Available from: Amazon
In a time of apocalyptic despair, love is put to the test… Deep in the badlands of Outpost City, in the Dark Horse saloon, a poker game is being played. The stakes are life and death—for the world.

What can Emma afford to lose? Will she gamble on herself, or on Arthur?

Will love find a way when the apocalypse closes in? A mystical odyssey, a haunting love…

 Blood Sky by Traci Slatton (After Trilogy, #4)

Blood SkyWe are back in Emma’s world, devastated, still haunted by the mist, while Emma herself is haunted by the decisions she has made. Once bridges are burned one can never go back, and Emma burned those bridges to help save humanity as well as be with the man she truly loves. Even the love between Emma and Arthur is tested to its limits, as Emma must find a pilot for a mission beyond danger, a mission she must undertake. A pilot lives beyond that burned bridge along with her children, as her husband, there was a time he would have done anything for her, but not now.

Emma must travel deep into the heart of one of the most dangerous areas still populated, Outpost City, where the dregs of humanity congregate and lives can be wagered over a game of poker. Emma’s life versus the use of a pilot, a high stakes game held at the Dark Horse Saloon, winner takes all, and if Emma doesn’t win, humanity doesn’t win. Once again, her decisions are questionable, her strength is tested and her poker face must be solid. This is a game of survival and she plays to win, against the odds, against love and loss and hope for a future even for those beyond that burned bridge.

Has Traci Slatton used a carving knife to pen Blood Sky? Once again the turmoil is like a boiling cauldron, Emma being the witch to stir its boiling brew. Fraught with peril, few heroes and the green mist, only a strong heroine will do, and Traci Slatton has given us one, warts and all. Frighteningly realistic, the worst and best of humanity shows through when it should be a time of banding together as equals to survive in the long run, not for the moment. Deceit and treachery still abound, and hard decisions must be made, some leaving us with misgivings, but only the strong will survive and time is running out.

Bold and decisively, Traci Slatton leads us through dark labyrinths and scenes of devastation and doubt as once again, our emotions are put through a dark and edgy ringer. A possible reality? They say fiction mimics life, could this be our future? Do we have what it takes to survive and fight back? Emma does and this is her story. Do NOT miss the trilogy that outgrew itself, The After.

I received this ARC edition from Traci Slatton in exchange for my honest review.

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