Nix PNR Review – Sing For the Dead by PJ Schnyer (4 Stars)

Posted January 8, 2014 by Nix in 4 Stars, PNR, review / 1 Comment

Book Two of London Undead

Kayden, a lone were-leopard allied with the London werewolf pack to keep the zombie infestation in check, is used to working solo—until he discovers a beautiful fae woman surrounded by the aftermath of battle. He’s immediately drawn to Sorcha, but quickly discovers she’s much more than a pretty face.

Half Bean Sidhe and half berserker, Sorcha trained over centuries to become the perfect warrior. She agrees to work with local weres to investigate a new type of zombie capable of coordinated attacks—and is partnered with Kayden. He’s strong, darkly handsome and completely unafraid of her. And his kiss fills her with insatiable desire instead of bloodlust.

As Kayden and Sorcha work together, their attraction grows and their deepest scars are bared to each other. But with the force behind the deadly new zombies poised to overwhelm the city, Sorcha can only pray that the next time her bloodlust strikes, Kayden isn’t among the fallen…

FTC: I requested this book for a fair and honest review. I have no relationship with the author.

I requested this novella based on the strength of the first. Set in a world where supernatural and mortals live alongside each other in a world torn apart by Zombies, this series really hooked me in with its dark edges and unforgiving setting. This particular installment features sexy shifter Kayden and half fey Sorcha, warrior woman extraordinaire with beserker rage (On a side note, I’m reading a lot of Beserker characters at the moment…this is the first heroine though). I liked them together, my only issue that I felt that the paranormal plot didn’t seem to help the romance and did overtake it in my perception of the book.

Both of the characters were well written and strong. They were very well matched and I enjoyed watching their relationship develop as they learn’t to trust each other through the violence that they encountered. Again, I must stress that, although I could see their relationship develop, I wasn’t sold that they knew each other well enough to talk forever. I really really enjoyed the character of Kayden, a sexy smooth Leopard who had a possessive streak a mile long and a temper to match. A loner by nature, for some reason he was happy going against his nature to spend time with Sorcha. She fascinated and drew him, a woman who didn’t need his protection but was quite happy to offer hers to others. She was a bit of a mystery to me but I think that was because she was a bit of a contradiction in terms. Banshee’s are gentle in nature but she also had the beserker rage; it made her a little bit unpredictable. I felt I needed more time to get to know her as a heroine; I do hope that we see more of her in future books.

The side story was compelling. I was grabbed from the second the “new” zombies were mentioned and then I read furiously as we discovered the true story behind the frequent zombie attacks on London. You do need to read the first book but the world building is pretty fantastic in this series. I am so impressed with the depth of the story-telling crammed into a novella; it really is a series I recommend looking into.

Overall, a dark and twisting novella set in a world I am growing to really enjoy. With a part berseker heroine and a slinky shifter hero, there is something there for everyone. 


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