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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. 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/

  2. 4 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. 4 out of 5

    Sh3llraiser (grumpybookgrrrl)

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

  4. 5 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 4 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 4 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

    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.

  10. 5 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.

  11. 5 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.

  12. 5 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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!

  15. 4 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.

  16. 5 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!

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: A lovable heroine who can shoot like nobody's business, a harsh, post-apocalyptic world, and plenty of action make this an excellent start to a new urban fantasy series. I’m so happy I decided to take a chance on Charlaine Harris’ latest. I read the second book in her Midnight, Texas series and although I enjoyed it, I felt I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: A lovable heroine who can shoot like nobody's business, a harsh, post-apocalyptic world, and plenty of action make this an excellent start to a new urban fantasy series. I’m so happy I decided to take a chance on Charlaine Harris’ latest. I read the second book in her Midnight, Texas series and although I enjoyed it, I felt it was slow-paced and not as interesting as I hoped. But An Easy Death left me giddy, and I cannot WAIT to read the next book in the series. In fact, I would say that protagonist Lizbeth Rose has become one of my favorite main characters ever , and I hope this turns into a long-term series, as I just know Harris has many more adventures in store for her! Nineteen-year-old Lizbeth Rose is a "gunnie," a gun-for-hire who makes her living escorting groups of people across the barren and dangerous stretches of New America. After the assassination of Franklin Roosevelt and the subsequent death of the Vice President, the United States has fallen prey to a series of calamities, including influenza, drought, and ultimately the breakdown of all social and political infrastructures, leading to complete chaos. Other countries have swooped in and taken over big chunks of the country, including the Russians, who have settled in California and Oregon and claimed the land as the Holy Russian Empire. Borders are no longer clear, and life in general has reverted back to the lawlessness of the Old West. When a routine job escorting a group of farmers to a town in New America goes completely south, and Lizbeth’s crew is killed and her charges kidnapped by bandits, she knows she’s going to need a break when she finally gets home. But unfortunately for Lizbeth, that’s not going to happen. A couple of grigoris—Russian wizards—named Paulina and Eli want to hire her to protect them while they search for a man who could be the key to healing the ailing Russian Emperor, and although Lizbeth doesn’t trust grigoris in the slightest, she really needs the job, so she agrees to accompany them on their journey. But things quickly change when she discovers that the man they are searching for is none other than her father, Oleg Karkarov. Before she knows it, Lizbeth is knee-deep in trouble, and as the reason Paulina and Eli are searching for Oleg becomes frighteningly clear, she realizes that she needs to keep the secret of her relationship to Oleg from them no matter what. You know you’re going to fall hard for a character when, in the first scene of the story, she chops off her long, curly hair because her boyfriend is so obsessed with it. Seriously, that’s my kind of girl! Lizbeth was such a great character, and she’s clearly got her priorities straight. Her favorite possession in the world is her 1873 Winchester rifle that she calls Jackhammer, and she treats it like it’s her baby. She’s one of those kick-ass female characters who seems to be popping up more and more in speculative fiction, but I thought Harris did a great job of making her unique. She’s a cold-blooded killer, but it’s out of necessity because of the world she lives in. There are dangers around every corner, and Lizbeth takes her job as gunnie very seriously. But she’s also got a soft side. She’s very close to her mother, Candle Rose, who has raised her single-handedly, and although she’s only in the story for one or two scenes, I loved their relationship. One of Charlaine Harris’ strengths is her character development, and I enjoyed many other characters in An Easy Death, even when they only appear briefly. We meet Lizbeth’s short-lived fellow gunnies Tarken, Galilee and Martin in the first chapters, and I immediately connected with Galilee and was quite disappointed when she met her fate. Near the end of the story we meet a girl named Felicia that might be Lizbeth’s sister, and I’m hoping Harris brings her back in the next book because I just know there’s more to that story. My other favorite character turned out to be Eli, one of the Russian grigoris, and there is a bit of a romance going on between him and Lizbeth, although it certainly isn’t the focus of the story, and calling it a “romance” is actually a stretch. But Eli grew on me, especially at the end when he does something wonderful for Lizbeth. The sexual tension between them was awfully entertaining, I have to admit. The other reason I loved this story so much was the world building. I had no idea when I picked it up that this would be an alternate history, post apocalyptic story, but that’s exactly what it was. Harris goes into detail about what happened for things to get so bad, and she really makes life tough for her characters. Lizbeth lives in her own place, but she barely has running water and she doesn’t have electricity at all. Owning a refrigerator is a luxury, and it just isn’t in the cards for Lizbeth. Even finding food is a challenge at times, and the scenes where she, Paulina and Eli are trying to make it across open land without getting killed are pretty harrowing. The use of magic is very subtle and it really isn’t the main focus of the story, but I thought it was well done. The grigoris are able to do things like kill or injure people with gestures, do spells of protection and even heal injuries. We learn some interesting things about Lizbeth’s heritage and the reason she can “smell” magic. There’s also a magical reason for tracking down Oleg, but overall the use of magic doesn’t really drive the story. An Easy Death was packed full of action, and I worried about the characters throughout the entire story. Lizbeth is constantly being injured, shot at and attacked by grigoris. She goes without baths and clean clothes and sleep and food, and I could feel every single pain she felt. I sincerely wanted her to make it home to her own bed and take a really long nap, and I’m pretty sure that’s exactly how she felt too! If you’re a Charlaine Harris fan, you are going to have so much fun with this book. And even if you aren’t, I hope you’ll take a chance and get to know Lizbeth, she’s pretty awesome. Big thanks to Wunderkind PR and the publisher for supplying a review copy.This review originally appeared on Books, Bones & Buffy

  20. 5 out of 5

    Darcy

    I like this author, her series are always so different from each other at times it’s hard to believe it’s the same person writing them. I really liked the world that this book was set in. An alternate history, the US fractured into different countries during the time of Franklin Roosevelt. The world a harsh place and magic is a real thing, although not trusted, its users more so. Gunnie Rose lives a hard life, her job, to lead others to safety a dangerous one, one with not a long lifespan. Altho I like this author, her series are always so different from each other at times it’s hard to believe it’s the same person writing them. I really liked the world that this book was set in. An alternate history, the US fractured into different countries during the time of Franklin Roosevelt. The world a harsh place and magic is a real thing, although not trusted, its users more so. Gunnie Rose lives a hard life, her job, to lead others to safety a dangerous one, one with not a long lifespan. Although Gunnie Rose has a great crew, the job they go on goes wrong fast. While Gunnie Rose is able to get her people where they need to go, those events were hard on her, she lost many trusted people. In the aftermath of this job gone wrong Gunnie Rose ends up on the radar of a couple Russian wizards, who are on a quest to save the Czar. In this world the Russian Imperial family did not die, instead they escaped to the US and when the world fell apart they claimed a part of it. Gunnie Rose feels forced into taking the job the Russians offered her due to her circumstances, but she makes sure that she is paid well. Of course the job runs into all kinds of trouble, the least of which is a secret that Gunnie Rose is hiding. The time with the Russians opens Gunnie Rose’s eyes to the way of magic as she sees much of it up close. It’s also surprising how during the travels that Gunnie Rose’s reputation proceeds her. So many of the people are not who they seem when the encounter them, which makes things a bit tricky for Gunnie Rose and her crew. By the end of the book Gunnie Rose has helped do what was needed to help the Russians, but now she is on their radar and a couple of them know her secret. It remains to be seen how that will affect her. I look forward to reading more in this series!!

  21. 5 out of 5

    ☕ Kimberly

    3.5 Enjoyable start. RTC

  22. 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 :(

  23. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    An intriguing look at an alternate post WWl America where gunslingers for hire are a way of life. Written in Ms Harris’s inimical style, the characters are fun to get to know and the story easy to read. Good fun.

  24. 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.

  25. 5 out of 5

    ALPHAreader

    ‘An Easy Death’ is the first book in a historical-paranormal series by American author Charlaine Harris, called ‘Gunnie Rose’. If you’ve been reading my book blog for a while now, then you would have figured out that Charlaine is easily one of my all-time favourite authors – and certainly the one I own the most books of. I inevitably fall in love with all her new series (whether they’re gritty small-town mystery noir, or paranormal-noir) I always get hooked, and I’m thrilled to say that ‘An Easy ‘An Easy Death’ is the first book in a historical-paranormal series by American author Charlaine Harris, called ‘Gunnie Rose’. If you’ve been reading my book blog for a while now, then you would have figured out that Charlaine is easily one of my all-time favourite authors – and certainly the one I own the most books of. I inevitably fall in love with all her new series (whether they’re gritty small-town mystery noir, or paranormal-noir) I always get hooked, and I’m thrilled to say that ‘An Easy Death’ first book in this new series is no exception. For one thing, Charlaine Harris has her finger on the pulse of American society. It’s little wonder that ‘Dead Until Dark’ – the first book in her ‘Southern Vampire’ series – came out in 2001, the time of September-11 and the most deadly terrorist attack on American soil. What followed in that series (at first very successfully, and then towards the end – less so) was a paranormal story focused on vampires that unlike Stephenie Meyer’s ‘Twilight’ a few years later, was not solely focused on vampirism as a metaphor for lust, but rather as an ongoing metaphor for “othering” in American society. Which remained especially timely when HBO and Alan Ball adapted the books into the mega-successful (again, more in the beginning than the end) television series ‘True Blood’, that used vampirism as an allegory for the gay rights movement in America. The final and seventh season of the show aired in 2014, and the following year in America the U.S. Supreme Court struck down all state bans on same-sex marriage, legalized it in all fifty states. So, yes – you can see that Charlaine Harris often has a canny ability to take a long view of the present situation in America and write some fabulously quirky and timely allegory and metaphors. Which is especially true here, in ‘An Easy Death’ and post-2016 Trumpism but especially Russian interference in Western democracy. Because ‘An Easy Death’ and the ‘Gunnie Rose’ series is essentially a historical-paranormal Western mash-up, set in a fractured America that broke apart after President Roosevelt and half the nation died in the wake of an influenza epidemic. As the protagonist, Lizbeth Rose’s, teacher mother explains to her daughter one day; A lot of people didn’t want to talk about the past, because it was painful. But Mom thought I should know how things had gotten to be the way they were: the dead president, the dead vice president (influenza), the banks crashing, the drought, and the influenza … again. The population had dropped, the government could not protect itself, and other countries had grabbed pieces of America. “USA got big bites takes out of it: by Canada from the north, by Mexico from the south, and by the Holy Russian Empire from the west, where the Russian tsar settled when he fled his own country. To the east, the thirteen original colonies – all but Georgia – voted to form a bond with England, to keep from becoming part of Canada. They picked the name Britannia. The southern states banded together as Dixie. Georgia went with them.” She was pointing out the new countries on the map. “So what about us?” I asked, looking at the old map. She pointed to the place where we lived. “Texas and Oklahoma and New Mexico and a bit of Colorado became Texoma, where we live. We live in Segundo Mexia, in Texoma. And this big area north of us, the plains, that’s New America.” Yes, especially interesting that in this version of human history – the Romanov Dynasty was not ended in a basement execution by Bolshevik rebels, but rather the tsar and his family (yes, all four daughters and son) were rescued by his British cousin, and were royal refugees for a time until they swooped in on a weakened America and created the Holy Russian Empire (HRE). When ‘An Easy Death’ begins – Lizbeth says that following Nicholas’s death, the young Tsarevich of Russia Alexei Nikolaevich has taken over as tsar (though rumours abound that he has a blood disease that keeps him perilously close to losing control of his reign). And while at first all of this big moving around of human history like jigsaw pieces feels like Charlaine Harris just world-building, it’s actually surprising how much all of the above soon comes to directly affect Lizbeth Rose and the trajectory of this gun-slinging story – when she’s offered a job to bodyguard two grigoris from the HRE as they hunt down one of their own … Now, as is often the case with the first book in a Charlaine Harris series – there is a lot of laying the land here, and possibly more than usual because there’s a historical component to this story (that as far as I can tell, takes place some times in the 60s?) and has to go over some rewriting of the 20th century to explain a few things; And bandits were everywhere, especially in Texoma, New America, and Dixie. I had heard that in Britannia, the area that had knelt to England, there was so much law that bandits were caught and hung quickly. The same for Canada, which had expanded to take in a lot of northern America. Canada had its horseback police, who were supposed to be crackerjack at their jobs. The Holy Russian Empire had a squad of grigoris and militia whose job it was to track highway robbers and kill them on the spot. But in Texoma and New America, formal justice was scarce on the ground. I can imagine that people who come into this hoping for all the Western gun-slinging and paranormal fun (of which there is – since grigoris in this universe do possess magical abilities) may get frustrated with how slow-going this is. But I personally loved everything about ‘An Easy Death’ – right down to the very sparse romance that could well grow into more with the series, or be a one-off (something else Charlaine Harris is very fond of, is a sort of “red-herring” romance in the first book and a completely new contender appearing down the track). Certainly ‘Gunnie Rose’ feels like classic Westerns, tipping into enclosed mysteries – in which every book could be a completely new adventure with a whole new cast of characters. I have learnt to be somewhat patient with Charlaine Harris, especially in the romance department (hello, Harper Connelly and Tolliver!) so while there's not a lot to go on here, I have hope and confidence that that will become more of a focus down the track ... Either way, I am onboard! And given the comparisons to ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Westworld’ especially (I’d also throw ‘Wynona Earp’ in the mix) I’m also not surprised that this is yet another Charlaine Harrris book being optioned for television (her series ‘Midnight, Texas’ is also a seriously decent paranormal show!) But mostly I am very impressed by Charlaine building an entire series on the premise of how precarious American history has been – that it all could have been so very different give or take a few influential players dropping off the scene … and talk about Russian interference in modern US-politics, here’s a new series in which the Russian Empire has embedded itself in the American heartland. I can’t wait to sit back and see how all of this unfolds, indeed.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kaffrun

    I have to say, I was so excited to get this ARC! I love Charlaine Harris. Her heroines are real people with real faults and I've loved them deeply This story is set in an alternate history of the United States. In this reality Franklin Roosevelt is assassinated in Florida before he can take office. To compound this tragedy the 1918 Flu Epidemic kills a large portion of the population in several waves and other countries move in to take back American territory including Canada, the Holy Russian Em I have to say, I was so excited to get this ARC! I love Charlaine Harris. Her heroines are real people with real faults and I've loved them deeply This story is set in an alternate history of the United States. In this reality Franklin Roosevelt is assassinated in Florida before he can take office. To compound this tragedy the 1918 Flu Epidemic kills a large portion of the population in several waves and other countries move in to take back American territory including Canada, the Holy Russian Empire and Native American nations. Lizbeth Rose is a "gunnie", a hired gun living in Texoma. She's part of a crew from her home town who transport people safely to New America, protecting people from bandits, wild dog packs and other nasty surprises. On a trip to a town in New America, the crew is ambushed and Lizbeth is left to take two farming families safely on their way by herself. Her troubles don't stop there. She's still got to make it back home and find a way to make a living and without a crew. She's got to hire herself out. A job shows up at her door, but she's not too happy about it. It's two "grigoris", Russian magicians. There is a great deal of prejudice against "girgoris". The Christian churches have definite stance against magic and the church has stepped in for the government in many places. After hearing what they want Lizbeth feels compelled to take the job. They have to track down someone vital to the keeping the Tzar Alexi alive. What follows is classic Charlaine Harris: fully developed, compelling and likable characters, impressive world building and a western romp that's difficult to put down. It's possible I like Lizbeth more than Sookie and Harper, and that's saying something.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Matt Linder

    Jim Butcher meets Cormac Mcarthy. Good stuff!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Richard Gray

    While I struggled to get through even the first book of Harris’ Southern Vampire Mysteries/True Blood series, the prolific author has found the Venn Diagram to my heart (or at least a well-used section of my brain) in her new series. The combination of western, alternative history and fantasy strikes a chord and gives the stories an almost timeless quality. The world may not be as instantly holistic as Bon Temps, or at least the HBO version I’m actually familiar with, but Lizbeth “Gunnie” Rose i While I struggled to get through even the first book of Harris’ Southern Vampire Mysteries/True Blood series, the prolific author has found the Venn Diagram to my heart (or at least a well-used section of my brain) in her new series. The combination of western, alternative history and fantasy strikes a chord and gives the stories an almost timeless quality. The world may not be as instantly holistic as Bon Temps, or at least the HBO version I’m actually familiar with, but Lizbeth “Gunnie” Rose is a formidable hero. A complete story that leaves you wanting to know more about the world, Harris stumbles a little in a rushed third act and a handful of convenient plot twists. Nevertheless, I look forward to the next entry, which can’t be much more than a year away given the author’s penchant for pumping them out.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Roy

    A post apocalyptic urban western fantasy if that makes sense. I've never read any of the authors previous novels. Ive watched a couple of True Blood seasons but never really became obsessed with it. I was told by a friend that this was good fun. I kept putting it off but after playing red dead for the past few weeks I wanted to read a western based fantasy novel. My issue with this isnt that its a bad novel its just too simple for me. The characters were ok however the action was meh, the plottin A post apocalyptic urban western fantasy if that makes sense. I've never read any of the authors previous novels. Ive watched a couple of True Blood seasons but never really became obsessed with it. I was told by a friend that this was good fun. I kept putting it off but after playing red dead for the past few weeks I wanted to read a western based fantasy novel. My issue with this isnt that its a bad novel its just too simple for me. The characters were ok however the action was meh, the plotting pretty standard and the world building was just rips of other fantasy novels. I guess the authors style just isnt for me.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Source* Library *Genre* Fantasy *Rating* 3.5 *Thoughts* Charlaine Harris's An Easy Death is the first installment in a brand new series called Gunnie Rose. The series is set in a fractured United States, in the southwestern country now known as Texoma. It is a world where magic is acknowledged but mistrusted, especially by a young gunslinger named Lizbeth Rose. Battered by a run that leaves her as the only survivor of her crew, Gunnie Rose takes a job offer from a pair of Holy Russian Empire wizard *Source* Library *Genre* Fantasy *Rating* 3.5 *Thoughts* Charlaine Harris's An Easy Death is the first installment in a brand new series called Gunnie Rose. The series is set in a fractured United States, in the southwestern country now known as Texoma. It is a world where magic is acknowledged but mistrusted, especially by a young gunslinger named Lizbeth Rose. Battered by a run that leaves her as the only survivor of her crew, Gunnie Rose takes a job offer from a pair of Holy Russian Empire wizards to be their local guide and bodyguard. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews* https://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/20...

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