I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.ODIUM IV by Claire C. Riley
Series: The Dead Saga #4
on December 12, 2016
Genres: Horror, zombies
Source: the author
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The Dead Aren’t the only thing to fear…
A kid, an old lady, and a heartbroken man…what could possibly go wrong?
Mikey is holding true to his promise to Nina, and is doing everything he can to keep the group alive. But when something attacks the threesome in the middle of the night, things begin to take a turn for the worst.
Luckily a new group—the N.E.O.s are on hand to ease Mikey’s burden and help fight alongside him. But first he must prove his worth to the leader Aiken and the people that follow him. Within this new group, Mikey begins to find a form of peace that he didn’t think was possible after losing Nina, and he discovers his place within this new world. A place where killing isn’t for fun, and is only ever committed as a last resort.
His heart is still aching, but at the end of the world there’s no time to stop and mourn, and as he searches out a Circus Freak Show and the horrors begin to stack up around him, Nina slips far from his mind.
It’s probably best, because there are many more terrors in store for him. Because within the folds of a small town, inside an old candy store, he meets a woman named Clare, her two dogs and something that he never saw coming.
Wow. Seriously, wow.
Okay, so I’m going to do my best to review this without giving anything of the previous books away, but I can’t guarantee that my filter is secure. So, if you haven’t already read the first books in the series, stop now and go read them. Go ahead, I’ll still be here when you get back.
For those of you still here, I know how you’ve been sitting on pins and needles, waiting for this next installment. I can so sympathize with your anxiety, frustration and grief. So, after everything Claire Riley put us through, I wasn’t sure how I would be able to handle this. I wasn’t sure how I felt about reading a book from Mikey’s POV. I mean, we’ve read chapters from him before, but I feel like I have a whole new understanding of him now, after living completely immersed in his head for a few days.
My favorite part of The Dead Saga is the sarcasm and wit with which the story is told. It lightens the mood, what with all the death and rot that threatens to overwhelm the survivors. Circus deaders? Mysterious masked killers? Corn mazes? All of these things add up to a good time! For me, anyway. Maybe not so much for the characters, but, you know… Yippee!
Be prepared: there are some seriously dark scenes ahead. Plenty of new characters to fall in love with, only to have them snatched from your grasp. But there is also hope. Claire’s new novel brings a certain balance to this post-apocalyptic world. The only thing it’s missing is more Joan; I love that crazy broad.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Her work is best described as the modernization of classic, old-school horror. She fuses multi-genre elements to develop storylines that pay homage to cult classics while still feeling fresh and cutting edge. She writes characters that are realistic, and kills them without mercy.
Claire lives in the United Kingdom with her husband, three daughters, and one scruffy dog.
Odium The Dead Saga Series (3 books),
Odium Origins Series (3 books),
Limerence (The Obsession Series) (2 books),
Out of the Dark Series,
Thicker than Blood series (2 books),
& Shut Up & Kiss me,
Plus much more.
‘She writes characters that are realistic and then kills them without mercy’
– Eli Constant author of Z-Children, Dead Trees, Mastic and much more.
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