STORMS OF LAZARUS, by Karen Kincy
Genre: Historical-fantasy romance
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Release: July 29, 2015
Cover Artist: DamonZa
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- Christmas Eve. Ardis hardly expects a quiet holiday with Wendel, between fleeing Constantinople and hiding from an ancient society of assassins. And they owe a debt to a certain archmage.
In Königsberg, Prussia, they work with Konstantin on the next evolution of Project Lazarus. Wendel once called Königsberg home, the city now besieged by the Russians and their clockwork engines of war. This may be Wendel’s last chance to save his family and find redemption, but he’s tormented by nightmares and tempted by laudanum. Ardis fears her love isn’t enough to save Wendel. Her hands are full piloting the automatons, and she’s terrified to tell him a secret of her own. Will they—and their love—survive the storms of war?
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).
(This review may contain spoilers).
I did enjoy the first book in this series, so I jumped at the chance to read the second. I enjoyed this just as much… albeit in a slightly different way.
I do like Ardis and Wendel together. It was nice to see that they did have issues… and that Ardis was worried about the possibility of her being pregnant. Wendel wasn’t just all right after the events of the previous book and I thought that came across really well… not just at the beginning of this book, but all the way through, too.
The setting of the book is really intriguing and I liked reading about the different types of technology there was. I was a bit surprised to see Wendel return to needling Konstantin… even though there were some references to what had happened with them. It was nice to see that Wendel did apparently care about what happened to Konstantin, despite later trying to deny it.
The inclusion of vampires in this was an interesting concept, but I would have liked a bit more detail about how they fit in with necromancy. Some of Wendel’s behaviour did make me a bit suspicious… he comes across as something of an addict, which isn’t something that can be easily fixed or dealt with.
I really liked seeing Konstantin and Himmel. It was sweet, the way they were almost skirting around each other. Plus, it was nice to see that Konstantin had someone who actually seemed to care about him.
There were a couple of amusing moments in this book, which were good, since they helped to lighten the mood a bit… especially considering how much tension there was in parts.
It was interesting to see Wendel’s family, though I really disliked his father and didn’t find his mother that better. It was good to see his relationship with his brother, though. I liked Wolfram.
I’m very interested in seeing where the characters go next, in particular Konstantin and Himmel. I definitely plan to read any more books set in this world in the future.
About The Author
Karen Kincy (Kirkland, Washington) can be found lurking in her writing cave, though sunshine will lure her outside. When not writing, she stays busy gardening, tinkering with aquariums, or running just one more mile. Karen has a BA in Linguistics and Literature from The Evergreen State College.
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