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The beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series, the inspiration for HBO’s True Blood, and the Midnight Crossroad trilogy adapted for NBC’s Midnight, Texas, has written a taut new thriller—the first in the Gunnie Rose series—centered on a young gunslinging mercenary, Lizbeth Rose. Set in a fractured United States, in the southwestern country The beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series, the inspiration for HBO’s True Blood, and the Midnight Crossroad trilogy adapted for NBC’s Midnight, Texas, has written a taut new thriller—the first in the Gunnie Rose series—centered on a young gunslinging mercenary, Lizbeth Rose. Set in a fractured United States, in the southwestern country now known as Texoma. A world where magic is acknowledged but mistrusted, especially by a young gunslinger named Lizbeth Rose. Battered by a run across the border to Mexico Lizbeth Rose takes a job offer from a pair of Russian wizards to be their local guide and gunnie. For the wizards, Gunnie Rose has already acquired a fearsome reputation and they’re at a desperate crossroad, even if they won’t admit it. They’re searching through the small border towns near Mexico, trying to locate a low-level magic practitioner, Oleg Karkarov. The wizards believe Oleg is a direct descendant of Grigori Rasputin, and that Oleg’s blood can save the young tsar’s life. As the trio journey through an altered America, shattered into several countries by the assassination of Franklin Roosevelt and the Great Depression, they’re set on by enemies. It’s clear that a powerful force does not want them to succeed in their mission. Lizbeth Rose is a gunnie who has never failed a client, but her oath will test all of her skills and resolve to get them all out alive.


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The beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series, the inspiration for HBO’s True Blood, and the Midnight Crossroad trilogy adapted for NBC’s Midnight, Texas, has written a taut new thriller—the first in the Gunnie Rose series—centered on a young gunslinging mercenary, Lizbeth Rose. Set in a fractured United States, in the southwestern country The beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series, the inspiration for HBO’s True Blood, and the Midnight Crossroad trilogy adapted for NBC’s Midnight, Texas, has written a taut new thriller—the first in the Gunnie Rose series—centered on a young gunslinging mercenary, Lizbeth Rose. Set in a fractured United States, in the southwestern country now known as Texoma. A world where magic is acknowledged but mistrusted, especially by a young gunslinger named Lizbeth Rose. Battered by a run across the border to Mexico Lizbeth Rose takes a job offer from a pair of Russian wizards to be their local guide and gunnie. For the wizards, Gunnie Rose has already acquired a fearsome reputation and they’re at a desperate crossroad, even if they won’t admit it. They’re searching through the small border towns near Mexico, trying to locate a low-level magic practitioner, Oleg Karkarov. The wizards believe Oleg is a direct descendant of Grigori Rasputin, and that Oleg’s blood can save the young tsar’s life. As the trio journey through an altered America, shattered into several countries by the assassination of Franklin Roosevelt and the Great Depression, they’re set on by enemies. It’s clear that a powerful force does not want them to succeed in their mission. Lizbeth Rose is a gunnie who has never failed a client, but her oath will test all of her skills and resolve to get them all out alive.

30 review for An Easy Death

  1. 4 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    Soooo I got this from the library but I’m definitely buying this when the HB price goes down!! There are mixed reviews on this book as there are on any book! My take? I FREAKING LOVED IT! This book is on my favorites list now!! There are a few shocking things in the book but overall it was awesome!! Trigger warning for a rape you can skim over Happy Reading!! Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tracett

    Hooray! If, like me, you loved roughly 1/2 of the Sookie books (the beginning 1/2) but found the rest sort of meh (but still kept on reading) you will like An Easy Death. Same for the rest of her series, love some and are annoyed by the others (but still kept on reading). An Easy Death had me putting off chores so I could spend all my time with my new gunslinging girlfriend, Lizbeth. Oh boy, oh boy, I'm surely looking forward to this kick-ass series and its alternate history line.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris is the first book in her new Gunnie Rose series. I had a whole internal debate on what to even classify this series, sort of a historical western fantasy I suppose. Characters in here can wield magic and it does take place in an alternate version of our world in the past in the days of gunslingers. Lizbeth Rose is a gunslinger is an obviously man’s world making her work that much harder to succeed at her chosen job. When out with her crew making a run protecting An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris is the first book in her new Gunnie Rose series. I had a whole internal debate on what to even classify this series, sort of a historical western fantasy I suppose. Characters in here can wield magic and it does take place in an alternate version of our world in the past in the days of gunslingers. Lizbeth Rose is a gunslinger is an obviously man’s world making her work that much harder to succeed at her chosen job. When out with her crew making a run protecting a couple of families on their journey her whole crew is taken out but Lizbeth makes sure she saves her customers and finishes the job escorting them the rest of the way. After arriving back at her home she finds out there are a couple asking about for someone skilled to hire and before she knows it the couple are tracking her down. The pair turns out to be a couple of Russian wizards searching for a a direct descendant of Grigori Rasputin in which Lizbeth is afraid that they will find out it’s her blood they need. Ok, I will first admit that I picked this one up strictly based on author only since I’ve never been a huge western fan but having read a few different series from Charlaine Harris and enjoying them curiosity killed the cat so to speak. After finishing the first book I’m glad I gave this a shot though as it was actually quite entertaining. A kick butt lead female gunslinger mixing it up with bandits and magicians is certainly different than anything I’ve picked up and I’ll definitely want to know where this one goes from here. So if you up for a different type of fast paced fantasy then I’d give this one a try. I received an advance copy from the publisher via Edelweiss. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sh3lly (grumpybookgrrrl.com)

    I might get this from the library and try it. I like alternate histories - plus magic. But... still not over Sookie. :P

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

    Look what just landed on my doorstep! Looks very interesting - the only question is how and when to fit it into my already overstuffed reading schedule.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Miki

    Girl has guy. Guy is killed. Girl kills killers. Walks across the desert. Kills other people. Drives across the desert. Kills more people. Walks across the desert. Kills still more people. Has sex with frenemy. Walks home. The end. Nice cover. No point.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    🤠⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐🤠 What a fun book! I usually don’t like western gunslinger themed books but I absolutely loved this one! Lizbeth (Gunnie) is an awesome character that you easily like to read about rather quickly. In a torn and divided USA, Gunnie ends up being hired by two wizards (which she is not fond of because of something in the past...no spoilers from me!) and it is at this point that the story really picks up. At this point, I could not put this book down and I ended up finishing it in one sitting. 🤠⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🤠 What a fun book! I usually don’t like western gunslinger themed books but I absolutely loved this one! Lizbeth (Gunnie) is an awesome character that you easily like to read about rather quickly. In a torn and divided USA, Gunnie ends up being hired by two wizards (which she is not fond of because of something in the past...no spoilers from me!) and it is at this point that the story really picks up. At this point, I could not put this book down and I ended up finishing it in one sitting. So if you start this book and think it is slow, just wait for the wizards to show up and then prepare for the thrill ride. I hope book two comes out soon! My quick and simple overall: fun and thrilling read (and that is coming from someone who does not normally like gunslinger and western themed books).

  8. 5 out of 5

    Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews

    It pains me to write this review, almost as much as it pained me to finish this book. I’ve always enjoyed Charlaine Harris’ writing: the Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood series, Harper Connelly, Midnight, Texas. When I saw that Harris had a brand-new, what I would call, dystopian/fantasy, I was all in. An Easy Death simply did not meet my expectations. I’ve always loved the way that Harris could make me laugh out loud through a unique dark story. While Lizbeth Rose had a constant stream of sarcasm fl It pains me to write this review, almost as much as it pained me to finish this book. I’ve always enjoyed Charlaine Harris’ writing: the Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood series, Harper Connelly, Midnight, Texas. When I saw that Harris had a brand-new, what I would call, dystopian/fantasy, I was all in. An Easy Death simply did not meet my expectations. I’ve always loved the way that Harris could make me laugh out loud through a unique dark story. While Lizbeth Rose had a constant stream of sarcasm flowing from her mouth, it just didn’t hit the mark. Did Harris create a new concept of a dystopian world with An Easy Death? Absolutely. Was Lizbeth Rose a well-developed, strong heroine? Definitely. Sometimes this just isn’t enough. An Easy Death was dragged out far too long with too much repetitive action: Lizbeth leaves town escorting her charges, she kills bad guys, arrives in the next town, has a bath, changes clothes, repeat. Come on, Charlaine, you can do better than this. If you don’t know Charlaine Harris, (what rock are you living under?) I would have to say that An Easy Death is not the best place to start. Go for Dead Until Dark or Midnight Crossroad. From a technical aspect, there is nothing wrong with An Easy Death, but it felt like the story was tossed together just to get a book out. *I received a copy of the book from the publisher (via NetGalley).

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mogsy (MMOGC)

    4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/11/15/... Before An Easy Death, my past experience with Charlaine Harris’s work pretty much began and ended with the first Sookie Stackhouse book, and it was swiftly determined that southern vampires just weren’t for me. Afterward, I wasn’t so sure about trying another one of her series, but then I heard about Gunnie Rose. Maybe it was the weird western vibes or the idea of a modern gunslinging urban fantasy set in a post-collapse 4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/11/15/... Before An Easy Death, my past experience with Charlaine Harris’s work pretty much began and ended with the first Sookie Stackhouse book, and it was swiftly determined that southern vampires just weren’t for me. Afterward, I wasn’t so sure about trying another one of her series, but then I heard about Gunnie Rose. Maybe it was the weird western vibes or the idea of a modern gunslinging urban fantasy set in a post-collapse alternate world where most of the country and its heroes are wild again, but right away, the premise caught my attention like a fish on a hook. Lizbeth Rose, our intrepid protagonist, is a gunnie—a hired gun who makes her living with a mercenary team whose jobs frequently involve escorting bands of farmers across the treacherous landscape of what was once the southwestern United States. Following the assassination of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the 1930s, the country suffered a massive decline in economy, infrastructure, and national defense, forcing its government to cede much of its territory to the other world powers. The Russians, for instance, have claimed much of the west coast as part of their Holy Russian Empire, while Canada has also taken a chunk out of the north, and in the bordering states to the south where we find ourselves now, the area has become known as Texoma. Much of society here has reverted to the times of the Old West, where bandits on the road are not uncommon, and travelers who wish to arrive at their destination in one piece are wise to hire gunnie crews like the one Lizbeth works for. But of course, survival—like everything else in Texoma—is never guaranteed. What was supposed to be a routine job turns into a bloodbath, as the caravan Lizbeth and her crew were hired to escort is ambushed on the road by a group of merciless bandits. All our protagonist’s teammates are killed, including a couple of their charges, but nevertheless, our girl perseveres, completing the job with what’s left of her party. Once safe, Lizbeth returns home for some much-needed quiet time in order to grieve and figure out her next step. Unfortunately, respite is not in the cards. Apparently, her reputation as a reliable gunnie has reached the ears of the Holy Russian Empire, and a couple of their wizards from California have found their way to her doorstep, looking to hire her to protect them while they search for one of their fellows. Pauline and Eli are “grigoris”—powerful magic users named for their venerated Rasputin—on a dangerous and secretive mission, one that would require the services of an effective and discreet bodyguard. What they don’t realize, however, is that Lizbeth has a personal stake in their manhunt too, and she knows a lot more about the situation than she lets on. Have you ever finished a book and thought to yourself, wow, this was just what I needed? I felt that way after reading An Easy Death. It’s the perfect book to raise you out of a reading slump, or to tackle on a leisurely Saturday morning after grueling week. Action-packed and fast as hell, this was a novel I finished in a single sitting. The pacing never really let up, and the snappy prose and dialogue kept me reading for hours until the very last page. I enjoyed everything about the book—so much so, I can’t decide what I loved best. World, characters, story—it was all so good. But I suppose Lizbeth Rose made the strongest impression. The author has a knack for writing feisty, spirited main characters who might not be very worldly for their young age, but they make up for it with cleverness, independence, and determination. Some of Lizbeth’s strongest traits include her sense of honor and loyalty. She’s only a killer when she needs to be, when she’s on a job or defending herself and her friends. She’s the kind of person who does right by those who treat her well, and will give no mercy to those she considers her enemies. This simple worldview of hers also has a tendency to make strangers underestimate her, always to their own detriment. In reality, Lizbeth is a lot more perceptive and calculating than others give her credit for, which she uses to her advantage. Then there’s the world-building. Charlaine Harris has created a no holds barred version of a post-apocalyptic Wild West-like setting where life is rough, violent, and mostly lawless. You get a sense that everyone is out for themselves out here, in this world where wishing someone “an easy death” is the kindest and most friendly greeting you could receive from a passing traveler. Theft, murder, and rape are everyday realities in Texoma, a notion backed up by the blunt, no-nonsense attitude of the prose. Horrifying as it is, none of the violence or suffering is really played up for emotional points or drama, and in a way, this stark presentation further adds to the gravity of the situation. Perhaps none serves as a better example than the massacre in the opening chapters. This is the only life Lizbeth has ever known. It is what it is, so you do what you do to pick yourself up and keep going. This being an alternate history, the setting also has its fair share of quirks, not least of them being the presence of the Holy Russian Empire in the Americas, bringing along with them their powerful magic. And yet, the fantastical elements remained a more understated aspect of the book throughout, though I enjoyed the interesting angles they provided. They added spice to what was a standard adventure plot following the trio of Lizbeth, Eli, and Pauline as they made their way across Texoma, stopping at town after town—some of which are more welcome than others. As you would expect, there was also a light touch of sexy action, though mixed in with the action and mystery, the romance wasn’t something that was emphasized or put on a pedestal, which was exactly the way I liked it. Bottom line, for a straight-up awesome read, pick up An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris. Whether you’re new to the author’s work or an old fan, I think most readers will be struck by the refreshingly different feel of her new series and be riveted by the energy of Lizbeth’s tale.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    I didn't get on with Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series. Never the less when I read about this book before it was published, I was excited. I do love a weird western. And I absolutely loved this. Can't wait for the next one.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine Southern

    Meh. I'm a huge Harris fan, have enjoyed all her other series, so I really hate to say this ... but, Gunnie Rose? Meh. That is all. Just, meh :(

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    Oh my stars, yes! Move over, Sookie Stackhouse, and take a seat, Angel Crawford! There's a new snarky southern chick in town and she's jumped right to the top of my supernatural fun list! This is not a deep read, but goodness, did I enjoy it! In An Easy Death we follow Lisbeth "Gunnie" Rose who lives in an alternate timeline where (when?) the US became fractured with the assassination of Roosevelt. Without his guidance, the country was divided and broken into pieces -- some parts were absorbed by Oh my stars, yes! Move over, Sookie Stackhouse, and take a seat, Angel Crawford! There's a new snarky southern chick in town and she's jumped right to the top of my supernatural fun list! This is not a deep read, but goodness, did I enjoy it! In An Easy Death we follow Lisbeth "Gunnie" Rose who lives in an alternate timeline where (when?) the US became fractured with the assassination of Roosevelt. Without his guidance, the country was divided and broken into pieces -- some parts were absorbed by neighbour countries Canada and Mexico, some states were taken by other countries altogether. Americans who were caught in states with new leaderships are trying to migrate to New America, and to stay safe on the trail, they hire gunnies for protection. Lisbeth Rose is one of the best gunnies, with an almost second sense to warn her of looming danger, and an aim that can take down even the quickest targets. Although Gunnie Rose comes close to falling into some tropey traps, I didn't find the character annoying at all, and my attention was held from start to finish. I alternated between reading and listening to the audiobook as narrated by Eva Kaminsky. I think this may be a case where the narration truly elevated a good book to one that was completely unputdownable! My only real disappointments here are that I don't know how long I'll have to wait for the next book in the trilogy, and the fact that it's only planned to be a trilogy -- I loved the world building here and I think there are many more stories that could be told in this world. Thanks to Netgalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for providing me with a DRC of this book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Yodamom

    Well that was really a fun read. Ms. Harris has hit the money spot with this series. Strong action packed, characters, magical extras and suspense with only a semi touch of romance. I really enjoyed this and want more asap.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Marianne

    An Easy Death is the first book in the Gunnie Rose series by popular American author, Charlaine Harris. It’s not what her mother, Candle wanted, but nineteen-year-old Lizbeth Rose is a gunnie with the Tarken Crew. They have a good reputation for safely transporting newly landless ranchers from Mexico through Texoma to New America. Gunnies are needed because bandit attacks are common. When such an attack sees Gunnie Rose without her crew, she’s sought out by a pair of grigoris from the Holy Russi An Easy Death is the first book in the Gunnie Rose series by popular American author, Charlaine Harris. It’s not what her mother, Candle wanted, but nineteen-year-old Lizbeth Rose is a gunnie with the Tarken Crew. They have a good reputation for safely transporting newly landless ranchers from Mexico through Texoma to New America. Gunnies are needed because bandit attacks are common. When such an attack sees Gunnie Rose without her crew, she’s sought out by a pair of grigoris from the Holy Russian Empire (on the west coast of their altered continent). People generally don’t trust grigoris (who prefer the term wizard) and Lizbeth has more reason to be wary than most, but something about their quest draws her in. And if this strange pair aren’t altogether forthcoming about their mission, neither is Lizbeth sharing all she knows. Set in the 1930s in a very different America, this is a fast-paced adventure with guns and magic and a high body count. Lizbeth is a fiercely independent protagonist, quick and clever and brave. Her support characters are interesting and sometimes enigmatic, and Harris’s worldbuilding is subtle and seamless. This novel is billed as Gunnie Rose #1 and more of this feisty heroine would definitely be welcome. Very enjoyable.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Strong start to a new series. I’ve read and enjoyed most of Charlaine Harris’s books, and even if I was disappointed in how she ended her Sookie Stackhouse series, I was curious to try this new one. Harris already has demonstrated that she writes in a variety and mix of genres, and this new Gunnie Rose series is quite different from all her others. The story takes place in an alternate history, in approximately the 1930’s after the US was devastated by assassination, flu, and civil war, with the f Strong start to a new series. I’ve read and enjoyed most of Charlaine Harris’s books, and even if I was disappointed in how she ended her Sookie Stackhouse series, I was curious to try this new one. Harris already has demonstrated that she writes in a variety and mix of genres, and this new Gunnie Rose series is quite different from all her others. The story takes place in an alternate history, in approximately the 1930’s after the US was devastated by assassination, flu, and civil war, with the former US broken up into separate territories. The original colonies returned to England, some of the south central to Mexico, the west to Russia, and the rest into three independent but struggling territories. The Russians are headed by the Czar, aided by magic-using grigories in Rasputin’s tradition. Our protagonist, 19-year-old Lizbeth Rose, lives in the depressed and often lawless area in the lower central plains and west known as Texoma. Lizbeth makes her living as a gunnie, a gun for hire who acts as guide and protection for those traveling through the area. When she’s hired by a couple of grigories on a quest from their czar, Gunnie Rose finds herself embroiled in a plot that is a bit more personal and a lot more dangerous than she would like. Lizbeth is a strong new character, one who kills easily when needed, who wishes that her own eventual death will be an easy one, but who expects that life itself never will be easy. Throughout, she follows her own code to make sense of the crazy life she leads. I look forward to reading the next book in the series, even if I haven’t yet quite forgiven Harris for the way she wrapped up Sookie’s world.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)

    Charlaine Harris has a way of sucking me in to her books.  It isn't exceptional writing or story lines, in fact I do a lot of eye rolling usually, it's more about cozy entertainment with strong ordinary female protagonists. When I saw this new release is the beginning of yet another series, I was like, *sigh* "Another series?  Another series?" *clicks "Place Hold" on library account. I seriously don't know where this compulsive need for yet another Charlaine Harris series on my TBR comes from but Charlaine Harris has a way of sucking me in to her books.  It isn't exceptional writing or story lines, in fact I do a lot of eye rolling usually, it's more about cozy entertainment with strong ordinary female protagonists. When I saw this new release is the beginning of yet another series, I was like, *sigh* "Another series?  Another series?" *clicks "Place Hold" on library account. I seriously don't know where this compulsive need for yet another Charlaine Harris series on my TBR comes from but I went with it and I'm glad that I did because this book was a pleasant surprise. In An Easy Death, we're introduced to an alternate history of America where President Franklin Roosevelt was assassinated and a massive influenza outbreak during the Great Depression killed the vice president and caused a large population drop.  The vulnerable U.S. was overthrown and countries conquered large portions. The setting of our novel is known as Texoma (formerly the states of Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and a portion of Colorado) and we follow Lizbeth Rose, a young gun for hire who protects people traveling across the lawless divided countries full of bandits and patrols. After losing her team on a routine job, she's hired to be a guide and gunnie for two Russian wizards (c'mon, this is a Charlaine Harris novel, of course there are wizards!) searching for a man believed to be a direct descendant of Rasputin in order to save the life of their young tsar. On a journey to the border towns of Mexico, the wizards are hiding something from Lizbeth that places them all in danger at every turn ...but she has an even bigger secret to keep until she can learn their true intentions. The Gunnie Rose series, an alternate history/paranormal fantasy Western, is off to a promising start with Harris's signature formula of an ordinary female protagonist living in a bizarre world.  If you enjoy a light but entertaining read with a little fantasy/paranormal thrown in, this fits the bill!   For more full reviews, visit www.rootsandreads.wordpress.com

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Review from Tenacious Reader: http://www.tenaciousreader.com/2018/1... I found An Easy Death to be very easy to get in to. I immediately enjoyed getting to know Lizbeth. She is fiercely independent , speaks her mind and is quite the shot. Really, there’s not much not to like. Lizbeth, also known as Gunnie Rose, is part of a crew of “gunnies”, which are are pretty much hired protection, people skilled with handling bandits that might try to prey on their customers as they travel. Because this world Review from Tenacious Reader: http://www.tenaciousreader.com/2018/1... I found An Easy Death to be very easy to get in to. I immediately enjoyed getting to know Lizbeth. She is fiercely independent , speaks her mind and is quite the shot. Really, there’s not much not to like. Lizbeth, also known as Gunnie Rose, is part of a crew of “gunnies”, which are are pretty much hired protection, people skilled with handling bandits that might try to prey on their customers as they travel. Because this world they live in is a bit of a wild west, there is a good amount of lawlessness, Gunnies, while not really approved of by the law (what law there is), are a necessity if travelers want to get to their destination safely. But even for gunnies, the roads can be terribly dangerous as bandits set traps and ambushes where their victims will be lucky if their worst fate is merely being robbed of all their wealth and possessions as the bandits are likely to murder and rape as well. Like I said, it is a tough world with harsh realities. Lizbeth suffers a terrible, unthinkable loss during one of these trips with her crew, but almost immediately she is offered a job that she doesn’t want to do, but really can’t turn down either. For her new job, she will be working solo instead of with a team of gunnies, and will be escorting and guiding two wizards (Paulina and Eli) as they desperately search for a man whose blood is supposed to be some magical cure for the emperor. Lizbeth does not trust magic users one bit, so travelling alone with this pair the last thing she wants to do. But she is also a proud and dedicated professional, and commits to the job. Once she commits, she will see it through no matter what because that is the type of person Lizbeth is. The world in this is an interesting alternate history where the US pretty much collapsed and borderlines were redrawn, Canada absorbing some areas, Mexico some, England reclaimed some areas, Russia actually colonized areas to the west, and some regions regrouped to form new countries like Texoma, where the story takes place. The Russian region is magic heavy, so our two wizards are Russians. There is a lot of prejudice against Russians and magic users, and Lizbeth is quite biased against both. Her travels with these two is an interesting opportunity for her to see them as people instead of just an us versus them scenario. Her personality really clashes with Paulina, but Eli she slowly starts to see as something other than a stereotype. He is nice and respectful, I found myself a fan of his pretty quick. It’s a nice way to show how humanizing a population can lessen the impact of racial bias. People are people, get to know them and you can see that. Lizbeth was reluctant, but you can see her change through the journey. I’ve read other books by Harris, and I have to say I enjoyed this one much more than the others. It had less focus on romance and more focus on the characters and world, and really, it was just a whole lot of fun. Definitely recommend for anyone who is a fan of kick-ass heroines and/or wild west style settings.

  18. 4 out of 5

    ☕ Kimberly

    In Lizbeth's wonky world the US fell after the assassination of FDR in the 1930s, and was picked off by the UK, Canada, Mexico, and Russia. Lizabeth Rose is a gunnie *gunslinger* who makes her living providing safe passage for folks. She and her security team escort them from Texoma (formerly the states of Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and  Colorado) to Mexico where opportunities and jobs are plentiful. Ironic twist huh? After a bad run, Lisbeth reluctantly accepts a job from two Russian wizards e In Lizbeth's wonky world the US fell after the assassination of FDR in the 1930s, and was picked off by the UK, Canada, Mexico, and Russia. Lizabeth Rose is a gunnie *gunslinger* who makes her living providing safe passage for folks. She and her security team escort them from Texoma (formerly the states of Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and  Colorado) to Mexico where opportunities and jobs are plentiful. Ironic twist huh? After a bad run, Lisbeth reluctantly accepts a job from two Russian wizards employed by the Czar and their success determines whether someone lives or dies.   Eli and Ilya are searching for a direct descendant of Grigori Rasputin.  Despite her niggles, she wants to know what they are up to and how they are tied to her past. The tale that unfolds provides plenty of twists and action. The world is interesting with gunnies, sorcerers and spotty electricity. The US seems to be trapped in a wild west movie.We are given a vague understanding of the state of the United States. In some parts slavery is still legal, roads and infrastructures never happened and well as modern medical advancements.  Magic is openly accepted but still shrouded in mystery and distrust. I liked how Harris tied Lizbeth's own history into the job with the magicians. It allowed for some growth and connections while giving the listener insight into our young gunnie. History buffs will find this alternate history fascinating, particularly when it comes to the Romanovs. While these three are searching they are not the only ones, and they will face opposition from others as powerful, if not more so than our wizards and skilled gunnie. I love a good quest and this aspect drew me in. However, while I enjoyed the overall tale, some aspects felt like a rinse and repeat. The group would enter a town, investigate, gain answers, escape from others and flee to the next town. Only for the same scenario to happen, again and again. Of course we got to see some of Lisbeth's skills, and learn about the wizards as Harris eked out the world,  but it slowed down the middle of this tale for me knocking over a full cup of coffee. We see some romantic developments, witness some cool magic and gained some closure before the tale wraps up. Despite some of my issues with An Easy Death, I am looking forward to the next Gunnie Rose audiobook. Eva Kaminsky was the narrator and it was my first time listening to her. I enjoyed her voices, accents and pacing for the tale. I think she added another layer to the story and these characters. I am hoping she continues to narrate the series. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer

  19. 5 out of 5

    Barb (Boxermommyreads)

    Lizbeth Rose is a gunnie, which means individuals hire her for assistance based on the fact that she is an excellent markswoman and is not afraid to kill to survive. Early on in the book, we see Lizbeth's team fall prey to an ambush. She survives but this means that she must find another way to make a living. Despite hating the Russian wizards and wanting noting to do with the part of the United States they have taken over, she agrees to a job helping two of them, Eli and Paulina. However, unbek Lizbeth Rose is a gunnie, which means individuals hire her for assistance based on the fact that she is an excellent markswoman and is not afraid to kill to survive. Early on in the book, we see Lizbeth's team fall prey to an ambush. She survives but this means that she must find another way to make a living. Despite hating the Russian wizards and wanting noting to do with the part of the United States they have taken over, she agrees to a job helping two of them, Eli and Paulina. However, unbeknownst to them, Lizbeth may have more of a connection to the man they seek than she is willing to share. I loved this book. It was almost impossible to put down and Harris has created a intriguing yet terrifying world in her alternate United States story. First of all, Lizbeth is a kick-ass heroine. She loves her guns almost more than people and is not afraid to kill. Secondly, I found the adventure of looking for an individual who might be able to share the Tsar's life full of twists and turns and very few of them predictable. At every turn, someone was trying to kill Lizbeth, Eli, Paulina or all three and I would have just given up and died before I reached the halfway point. Finally, while there isn't really a romance in this book, which it definitely didn't need, I loved the relationship that developed between Lizbeth and Eli. Though they are an odd pairing at best, I am excited to see where they end up in the future. In the impossible world they live in, when someone works hard to give you a fridge, yep I said fridge, it's a relationship you can't easily ignore. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes mysteries, alternate history, fantasy and action-adventure. There are witches, Russian nobility, lots of guns, dirt, grime and magic. I fell in love with Harris' Midnight Texas trilogy and hated when it ended. That being said, I think I'm going to enjoy this new trilogy even more!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    I received an ARC from the publisher, but all opinions are my own. I must confess I've not read anything by Charlaine Harris before. It wasn't until I looked her up that I realized how prolific an author she is! I only really knew about the Sookie Stackhouse books and I don't particularly care for vampires so I didn't do my research, and that's shame on me. Anyway, the point is that I thoroughly enjoyed An Easy Death. I could not put it down! I was just so enthralled by the world that Harris had I received an ARC from the publisher, but all opinions are my own. I must confess I've not read anything by Charlaine Harris before. It wasn't until I looked her up that I realized how prolific an author she is! I only really knew about the Sookie Stackhouse books and I don't particularly care for vampires so I didn't do my research, and that's shame on me. Anyway, the point is that I thoroughly enjoyed An Easy Death. I could not put it down! I was just so enthralled by the world that Harris had created. It's like the wild west, but with magicians! I'm also very intrigued by the greater world that she talks about, though most of this book is set in the same region - Mexico and Texoma (a Texas/Oklahoma mishmash that sprung up after the US crumbled). Alternate histories are always so fascinating; they give a bigger sense of the world and make a story more complete. I liked Gunnie Rose as a character very much. She's flawed and therefore relatable. She doesn't trust easily and this is probably the most relatable thing about her, for me. She has a great arc in this book; she really doesn't like wizards and then she takes a job where she has to guard two wizards, and it's just the perfect opportunity for growth and development. I like the journey she goes on. I like a good mystery, and this one was nice because I couldn't really predict how it was going to end. It's sometimes frustrating when you're reading a book and you can guess who the "big bad" is. I didn't know how this was going to end until it ended, because you're not introduced to all the players until later, so it's difficult to predict. It kept me interested until the very end.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Wayland Smith

    It's hard to even know how to classify this book. It's part Weird Western, part alternate history, and part sorta urban but really rural fantasy. We never do get a year the story is set in, but I think sometime just after World War I, the United States fell apart, weakened by a major flu epidemic, a massive depression, and rival countries. The former America fragmented into several regions. Texoma, the former states of Texas and Oklahoma with a bit more territory, is one of the new countries, an It's hard to even know how to classify this book. It's part Weird Western, part alternate history, and part sorta urban but really rural fantasy. We never do get a year the story is set in, but I think sometime just after World War I, the United States fell apart, weakened by a major flu epidemic, a massive depression, and rival countries. The former America fragmented into several regions. Texoma, the former states of Texas and Oklahoma with a bit more territory, is one of the new countries, and where most of the story takes place. Lizbeth Rose is a gunnie, a shooter for hire, escorting people where they need to go in this no longer safe world. When she suffers a terrible loss, she needs a new job, and gets a disturbing offer. The Holy Russian Empire, much of what used to be the West Coast, is a strange place where magic exists and their spellcasters are known as grigori. They want her to keep them safe while they try and hunt down someone with a blood tie to a very important person. Lizbeth keeps some secrets right off the bat, and learns more as they go. She's a very interesting main character. A woman of secrets and great skill, she's very good at what she does, and pretty damn skilled at keeping things to herself. I enjoyed reading about her, and her very believable interests (a person on dusty roads with a thing for being clean is a nice touch). I don't think this will catch on quite as much as Sookie Stackhouse (which became True Blood) or the Midnight novels, also a tv show, but I really enjoyed it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Williams

    4.5 of 5 stars I had such a good time with An Easy Death – it’s one of those books that is, well, frankly, easy. Easy to read, easy to understand, easy to get along with and it has a great central character that I’ve already become attached to and can’t wait to read more from. An Easy Death brings to us an alternative post apocalyptic America with a Wild West feel, it has magic, shootouts and a hint of romance. The pacing is terrific and there is literally never a dull moment. The story practically 4.5 of 5 stars I had such a good time with An Easy Death – it’s one of those books that is, well, frankly, easy. Easy to read, easy to understand, easy to get along with and it has a great central character that I’ve already become attached to and can’t wait to read more from. An Easy Death brings to us an alternative post apocalyptic America with a Wild West feel, it has magic, shootouts and a hint of romance. The pacing is terrific and there is literally never a dull moment. The story practically leaps out of the stalls as we meet Lizbeth Rose – she’s preparing for a job with her crew. They’re all guns for hire and they’re about to escort a family of farmers across open and dangerous territory. Unfortunately things go very badly and we have a fairly quick induction into Lizbeth’s lifestyle which can be at best dangerous and at worst brutally murderous. Harris wastes no time in demonstrating just how cutthroat the place is and also in setting her stall out in terms of the main MC. Lizbeth is no pushover that much is for sure – she has no qualms about shooting to kill and will make a quick judgement call in order to give herself better odds. She’s a gunnie after all and in such a lawless world quick thinking is often rewarded by a slightly longer life. So, returning from her job, crewless now and in need of rest, Lizbeth is also painfully aware that she needs to find more work but it seems her fears are groundless, her reputation precedes her and she finds herself sought out by a pair of Russian Wizards seeking help in finding someone. With no better offers on the table she takes the job although she doesn’t really trust either of her new employers. And thus begins Lizbeth’s trail across Texoma searching for another wizard whilst trying to keep herself and her charges alive against a barrage of constant threat. To be honest the plot isn’t the main strength of the story although that’s not really intended to be a criticism. Lizbeth was the main focus for me. Finding out more about her, becoming familiar with who she is, what motivates her, her thoughts and feelings but more than that finding a character at the start of a series that I feel I’m going to really be able to get on board with. Like I said, Lizbeth makes some hard decisions but they’re in the line of her job. She will kill in the line of duty but she doesn’t fire off her gun willy nilly or kill without reason. Having read Charlaine Harris before she has this great ability to write strong female leads and Lizbeth is no exception. She could take the easy route, she could make her mother happy by getting an easy job with no danger attached, she could flee at the first sniff of danger but she does none of these things and she definitely isn’t a damsel in distress waiting to be saved. Hurray! The other thing that I like about Harris is that, without going overboard or getting into too much boring detail, she does pay attention to the everyday needs of a person. Hunger, searches for water, sleeping out in the open, care and attention to survival – they’re all dealt with naturally during the course of the storytelling and for me they bring something extra to the story and stop me from niggling. It would be easy to just have all these things easily dealt with but instead they’re part and parcel of the struggles. In terms of the world building An Easy Death gets the ball rolling really well. A fractured America with a wild west feel – and I don’t know why but I’m loving anything with a wild west feel at the moment – fantasy in the form of Russian wizards, and I confess that reading about an America where the Russians have claimed huge swathes of land as art of their empire was a huge surprise, as was the inclusion of Rasputin and the Grigori wizards. I would say that the magical elements are not overplayed – although that may change in future versions. I would say that magic isn’t happily accepted by most people in this alternate world and so it’s users tend to keep a low profile and often try to pass off their own use of magic as something more mundane to avoid suspicion. All in all I really enjoyed An Easy Death. It’s not afraid to be gritty and the opening sequences are a little bloody and contain potential triggers for some readers in terms of rape scenes. However, these scenes are not gratuitous, they’re bleak but honest statements of what’s taking place and serve to give readers a clear understanding of the place and it’s lawlessness. Don’t be put off though, the overall feeling that I came away with was an easy and entertaining read, a great opening shot that leaves plenty to explore in future novels that I’m really looking forward to picking up. I bought the audio version of An Easy Death. The above opinions are my own.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rina

    As a huge fan of the Sookie Stackhouse series I keep hoping that Charlaine Harris will put out a similar paranormal romance. This isn't it. And I should have known that when I read the synopsis. Lizbeth is a "gunnie" who protects people trying to get across the wild west. The novel is set in an alternative history, which I thought would capture my interest, but did not. Set in the early 1900s, the U.S. has crumbled and the world map has been redrawn. FDR is the last U.S. President and most of th As a huge fan of the Sookie Stackhouse series I keep hoping that Charlaine Harris will put out a similar paranormal romance. This isn't it. And I should have known that when I read the synopsis. Lizbeth is a "gunnie" who protects people trying to get across the wild west. The novel is set in an alternative history, which I thought would capture my interest, but did not. Set in the early 1900s, the U.S. has crumbled and the world map has been redrawn. FDR is the last U.S. President and most of the country has been taken over by Native Americans. Meanwhile, Russian wizards exist. The focus of this book is Gunnie trying to get two grigoris, Russian wizards, to a lost child of a deceased wizard. I was never hooked into this book at the beginning which generally indicates that I am going to flounder through the plot hoping for something interesting to happen and that was exactly my experience reading this book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    I was excited to read this new novel by Charlaine Harris as I am a huge fan of her books. This novel takes place in an alternate North America where the USA no longer exists. Lizbeth Rose is a gunnie. She keeps people safe by being an excellent shot and this is how she earns her living. After a particularly hard job she ends up protecting two wizards and what happens is an exciting adventure with some interesting twists. The novel has a western feel to it but still has the feel of urban fantasy I was excited to read this new novel by Charlaine Harris as I am a huge fan of her books. This novel takes place in an alternate North America where the USA no longer exists. Lizbeth Rose is a gunnie. She keeps people safe by being an excellent shot and this is how she earns her living. After a particularly hard job she ends up protecting two wizards and what happens is an exciting adventure with some interesting twists. The novel has a western feel to it but still has the feel of urban fantasy as well. A great read!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Belles

    I wasn't sure if I would ever read another Charlaine Harris book again after she ran Sookie into the ground (IMO). I'm glad I tried this one because I enjoyed it very much. The setting for the book was most intriguing. It's an alternate reality where FDR was assassinated, and that combined with the great depression (known as the Deconstruction) caused the end of the United States. Canada took some land in the north, Mexico in the south, most of the original colonies went back to England, and the I wasn't sure if I would ever read another Charlaine Harris book again after she ran Sookie into the ground (IMO). I'm glad I tried this one because I enjoyed it very much. The setting for the book was most intriguing. It's an alternate reality where FDR was assassinated, and that combined with the great depression (known as the Deconstruction) caused the end of the United States. Canada took some land in the north, Mexico in the south, most of the original colonies went back to England, and the west was taken over by Russia. There are some other new countries in the middle with remaining land. The part I liked most the Russian angle. Nicholas II and his family (the Romanovs) in this alternate reality weren't assassinated in 1918. Instead they fled to western America and took that over as part of the Holy Russian Empire. This continued lineage is the impetus of the story, even though existence is very reminiscent of the wild west (as you can tell from the cover). I'm looking forward to reading more in this series.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Linzi

    This one just wasn't for me which is odd as I adore Charlaine Harris. (Midnight Crossing and Sookie as well as some of the early mysteries and Harper is one of my all time favourite series) I'm actually sorry that I feel this way as the new Charlaine H coming out each year has been one of my annual book highlights for close on 25 years. I think it was a combination of two quite unlikeable main characters, some very poor, slow dialogue and that I couldn't get a solid handle on the world. Oh and add This one just wasn't for me which is odd as I adore Charlaine Harris. (Midnight Crossing and Sookie as well as some of the early mysteries and Harper is one of my all time favourite series) I'm actually sorry that I feel this way as the new Charlaine H coming out each year has been one of my annual book highlights for close on 25 years. I think it was a combination of two quite unlikeable main characters, some very poor, slow dialogue and that I couldn't get a solid handle on the world. Oh and add in that between the endless shooting, walking, driving, tailing people, searching for people, running away from people, getting cleaned up, walking, driving somewhere else .... nothing much actually HAPPENED. Possibly just me but I also found the narrator (Barbara Barnes) a little annoying - she made everybody sound like they were missing vital brain cells. Boring characters, utter lack of plot and confusing (for a non-American) world-building and I actually gave up on it 70% of the way in as I couldn't muster a single f*ck for anyone in the book and I still find it hard to believe that I felt that way about anything Charlaine wrote! I'm also depressed because she's probably going to make it a loooong, boring series and I'll miss my annual fix :(

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dianne

    This book was Meh - \_(ツ)_/ Not good, not bad just okay. One thing that bothered me a lot is that we are never sure what era this book was written in - we think we know that it is at the early part of the 20th century but the language that Lizbeth uses is more 21 Century. But since this is Charlaine's world we are never sure. The killing both with guns and with magic go on and on, stick in some trekking through the desert not knowing if you are going to live, add in a secret Eli/Ilya is withholdin This book was Meh - ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Not good, not bad just okay. One thing that bothered me a lot is that we are never sure what era this book was written in - we think we know that it is at the early part of the 20th century but the language that Lizbeth uses is more 21 Century. But since this is Charlaine's world we are never sure. The killing both with guns and with magic go on and on, stick in some trekking through the desert not knowing if you are going to live, add in a secret Eli/Ilya is withholding secrets from Lizbeth and there you have it. I will be reading the next book though simply to see if any of my questions get answered. If this (and by all I can find out it is) going to be a series and not just a trilogy -then I really hope she adds something more to these characters. Lizbeth Rose really reminds me (emotionally) of Lily Bard from the Shakespeare series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

    idk when i actually started this because my original review was on the wrong edition, but I'm ready to finish this

  29. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn F.

    A really good book. Kind of a bizarro world where FDR is assassinated before becoming president and America goes to hell. I loved it. Can't wait until the next book comes out.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Carla

    I received an advance reader copy of this book through the library where I work. All opinions are my own. Summary: In this newest sure-to-be-a-series from Charlaine Harris, we are introduced to Lizbeth Rose, a 19-year-old gunslinger in a post-apocalyptic, alternate-history Texas. In Texoma (Texas + Oklahoma, presumably), infrastructure has been crumbling ever since President Roosevelt was assassinated and the former United States fell apart. North America now features several nations in addition to I received an advance reader copy of this book through the library where I work. All opinions are my own. Summary: In this newest sure-to-be-a-series from Charlaine Harris, we are introduced to Lizbeth Rose, a 19-year-old gunslinger in a post-apocalyptic, alternate-history Texas. In Texoma (Texas + Oklahoma, presumably), infrastructure has been crumbling ever since President Roosevelt was assassinated and the former United States fell apart. North America now features several nations in addition to Texoma, including Dixie (where slavery is still legal), a much-expanded Mexico, and the Holy Russian Empire (where California would be), the land that Tzar Nicholas and his family fled to with their advisor, Rasputin, and that welcomes those who practice magic. Electricity is scarce, roads have crumbled, and the technological advancements of the late 20th and early 21st centuries never happened. Lisbeth Rose works with a crew helping people make journeys to the northern countries. It's a hard life, one made even harder when Lizbeth agrees to help two grigori (magicians from the HRE) travel south across the dry, dangerous land in search of a rogue Russian magician. Every town is full of potential spies and assassins, and shooting someone in the head is no guarantee they'll stay dead. Lizbeth doesn't trust the grigori not to double-cross her, especially not if they knew her secret. Review/Critique: Having read most of Harris's other books, this one was comfortable and held few surprises. Our protagonist is a young woman who is level-headed, always busy, bright but not brilliant, and has a Special Quality that makes her stand out to those around her. She is Sookie and Lilly Bard and all of Harris's young heroines. The story (for the first 3/4 of the book) follows the structure of a classic Western. The setting is far more interesting than the supporting characters, who tend to be a bit flat. I'd expect that future books in the series will go into greater depth about both the magic and the politics that Harris introduced here. Long-standing readers will know that Harris's strength is not her prose nor her intricate plotting, but rather in her ability to write from the point of view of an average everywoman in extraordinary situations. This book is no different. I'd love to see some witty banter and cracking dialogue spice up an otherwise perfectly solid (but not amazing) fantasy/urban fantasy. I guess I like my Westerns like Firefly and Wynona Earp. Possibly when this inevitably gets picked up as a TV show I'll get my wish.

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