As the World Dies: Untold Tales Volume 1
by Rhiannon Frater
Publication date: March 22nd 2012
Genre: Horror, Zombies
Source: eArc received in exchange
for an honest review
THE FIRST DAYS: AS THE WORLD DIES introduced Jenni and Katie and their harrowing journey to the makeshift fort in the Texas Hill Country. But theirs is not the only tale to be told. In the first volume of the AS THE WORLD DIES UNTOLD TALES experience three terrifying tales of those who are forced to face the unrelenting and hungry walking dead.
Deep in the Texas Hill Country, a man and his little dog takes refuge in a bed and breakfast located in the hills above a doomed town where an infested rescue center might unleash the hungry undead…
On a deserted highway slicing through the desolation of West Texas, a woman struggles to survive as she faces the horrifying aftermath of the rise of the zombies…
And finally, discover what happens on the first day to Katie’s beloved wife, Lydia, as the world dies…
I have been wanting to read the Untold Tales for quite some time now, but I wanted to get through the entire As The World Dies series first. It didn’t work out that way. So far I’ve only read The First Days — my review can be found here – and it was brilliant, of course, just as all of Frater’s work. When this blog tour hit my radar I knew I had to jump on it, even though I hadn’t read the rest of the series. I’m so glad I did. Volume 1 is a compilation of three short stories that fill us in on the history of three of the characters from the series. First up… Lydia’s story.
Lydia is a favorite character to most fans of the series even though she is dead from the start. I’ve always wanted to know more about Lydia and now that wish has come true. As if I didn’t mourn her enough after reading The First Days, I bawled my eyes out once again, all while screaming, “No! Get away from him! Run, Lydia, Run! Tissues are a must for this one.
Next up is Monica, Juan’s cousin. Her story made me cringe. Child zombies totally make my stomach flip. It’s probably because I have children and I have a giant fear of not keeping them safe. It’s the same reason the beginning of The First Days totally messed me up! Monica had to kill her ex-boyfriend to escape her first zombie experience. She heads in the direction of her remaining family in Ashley Oaks. Along the way she has to stop to siphon gas and runs into some trouble, both the zombie and the human kind. Does she make it out alive? Ooh, ooh.. I know the answer!
Eric’s story is the longest of the shorts in this first volume. He and his girlfriend are off at a B&B for a romantic weekend when shit hits the fan. They have no idea what is coming because Eric promised Brandy he would keep his phone off and watch zero television for the duration of their trip. Brandy is a total WITCH – with a capital C, if you know what I mean. I wanted her to get ripped apart before there was even a hint of apocalyptic action. I was desperate for zombies to come and take her down. Did she get overrun by a horde and make my dreams come true? You’ll have to read it to find out.
Rhiannon Frater quickly became my favorite author of horror after reading The First Days and her In Darkness We Must Abide series. She has a way of pulling the reader into the story and living it right along with the characters, then dumping you out with your head on backwards. That’s exactly what reading horror should do to a person. Reading this first volume of the Untold Tales makes me frantic to dive into Fighting to Survive!
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~About the Author~
Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of over a dozen books, including 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),and other horror novels. Her next novel for Tor, Dead Spots, will be published in 2014. She was born and raised a Texan and presently lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and furry children (a.k.a pets). She loves scary movies, sci-fi and horror shows, playing video games, cooking, dying her hair weird colors, and shopping for Betsey Johnson purses and shoes.
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