Four Star Review: The Unblessed Dead by Rhiannon Frater

The Unblessed Dead
by Rhiannon Frater
Series: The Hidden Necromancer #1
Publication: April 10th 2018
Category: YA
Genre: Dark Fantasy, Dystopian, Horror

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When I 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.

~My Thoughts~

It’s been a while since I was fortunate enough to read something from the brilliant mind of Rhiannon Frater and I’m not ashamed to admit that I missed it. Every time I crack open one of her books I’m amazed that a mere mortal can craft such intricate stories.

The Unblessed Dead is a riveting tale that will sweep any reader up and transport them to a different time, a different world, a different way of life…and death. The world building is magnificent and the story pacing is spot on. If you love any or all of the following genres–dystopian, dark fantasy, horror, zombies, a dash of romance–you will be blown away by this tale. It’s a masterful mashup of several different genres seamlessly folded into each other creating a recipe for pure entertainment.

This isn’t just another zombie book–not that any of her books are ever just another anything. This is a truly unique expression of art that explores the revelation of uncovering truths and making ones way through any and all obstacles. And it’s just the beginning. Only book one! There’s more to come and I cannot wait!

~About the Author~

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.

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Wife, homeschooling mom, YA author of paranormal, dark fantasy, and horror, huge fan of the Oxford comma, book blogger, crafter, baker of sweet things, lover of the culinary arts, self-appointed zombie slayer.