Publishing Date: March 2014
Publishers Description: It’s 1895—the cusp of the Victorian and Edwardian eras—and Bartholomew Pelletier is a gentleman and a warrior. For fifteen centuries he’s endured the depraved appetite of Famine—one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse—as she’s consumed his strength and sought to unite with her fellow Horsemen. But now Bartholomew’s chance to imprison her has appeared…in the form of his young ward Matilde.
Review: This started out pretty good. Fast pace, good movement and character development with the yawning back in time to reflect on an immortals life. Then it stalls in order to build Matilde’s character from feisty irascible guttersnipe into a feisty, irascible woman. Kind of a My Fair Lady story with murderous cadavers and their hot host, Famine. As we languish in Seattle while Matilde grows up (learning to fight, play piano etc.) nothing much happens other than a cruel drunk meeting a just end and “murders” of crows everywhere.
The writing is very accomplished yet the creative side suffered a bit with the downtime. The ending is not an ending, only a promise of more relentless dialogue and period history frippery.