Book Review: King of the Dead by: Joseph Nassise

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Tor Books

Publish Date: November 27, 2012

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Hardcover

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Joseph Nassise shook up the urban fantasy genre with Eyes to See, a novel New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry called “heartbreaking, deeply insightful, powerful and genuinely thrilling.” In a devil’s deal, Jeremiah Hunt sacrificed his human sight in exchange for the power to see the hidden world of ghosts and all of the darker spirits that prowl the streets. Hunt uncovered a world of murder and magic that took his daughter from him and nearly cost him his life, but that was only the beginning....

Now Hunt is on the run from the FBI, who have pegged him as a mass-murdering dark sorcerer. His flight from the law is diverted to New Orleans when his companion, a potent witch, has a horrific vision of the city under magical siege. When they arrive, they realize that the situation is more dire than they could have imagined: the world of the living faces a terrifying attack by forces from beyond the grave. King of the Dead, the second book in this groundbreaking series, promises more of Nassise’s electrifying writing that will enthrall readers looking for a supercharged, supernatural thrill.

Review: ‘King of the Dead’ picks up where ‘Eyes to See’ left off and the three main characters are on the run from the FBI when Denise Clearwater receives visions of a threat in New Orleans. As Hunt, Dmitri, and Denise enter New Orleans, it is clear something is very wrong. A number of the Gifted are in a strange sort of coma and when Hunt looks deeper, he realizes something or someone has stolen their souls. Yet, this is not the worst event as Death himself is coming to reap all the souls in New Orleans and perhaps beyond. Now Hunt, Denise, and Dmitri are in the fight of their lives and risk their very souls to save those around them.

I really like Mr. Nassise’s “Jeremiah Hunt Chronicle” and ‘King of the Dead’ is a great addition. I enjoy how the author can go in almost any direction with the stories and weaves together differing magickal paths and mythologies to create terrifying enemies for the main characters. I did have problems at times with the shifting viewpoints. It’s good to see into another characters’ thoughts, but it didn’t feel cohesive when it was a viewpoint other than Hunt’s. Overall, I really enjoyed ‘King of the Dead’ and I am looking forward to the next book. 

Jeremiah Hunt Series: Eyes to See (1), King of the Dead (2), Watcher of the Dark (3)


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