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SHE WOULD DARE ANYTHING TO SAVE THE WORLD FROM HIS RULE.
EVEN HIS BED.
He ascended from the darkness years agoÔÇöAzrael the Eternal, Azrael the Undying, Azrael Who Is DeathÔÇöbringing with him the black rains, the fires, the souring of the sky, and the Eaters. Now he rules in the walled city of Haven with his favored Children and his dead court, while all that is left of the living struggles to survive in the ruins of a world that used to be their own. But even as extinction looms, humanity will never surrender to their monstrous conqueror.
For Lan, this brutal life has been the only one sheÔÇÖs ever known, but she still believes it can change. If the war can never truly end until the Eaters are ended, she will go to Haven, to Azrael himself, and demand he end them. To her surprise, she does not immediately die the heroÔÇÖs death she expected. Instead, Azrael offers her a chance to convince him, and all she has to do is submit herself to the chill embrace of the lord of the Land of the Beautiful Dead.
From the author of The Scholomance and The Last Hour of Gann comes a new vision of erotic horror! This book contains explicit sex and gore and is intended for mature readers only.
***All The Stars In The Universe***
But then I guessed you’d like a little more information on why you should read it. And I can tell you why.
Because “Land Of The Living Dead” by R. Lee Smith is hands down the best thing you have read in a long, long time.
This book has consumed me pretty much 24/7. Even when I wasn’t reading, I was thinking about it. And at night, it happened that I dreamt about it.
There is no way to put a label on the story. It’s dystopian, erotic, romantic, but most of all, it is one of the most beautiful and touching love stories ever written.
The world R. Lee Smith created is elaborate and detailed, but unlike many other books, the details don’t bore or drag on. Instead, they helped me get lost in a world that was equally scary and hopeless as it was fascinating and luring.
The premise is truly unique and might appear like it’s something out of the comfort zone for some people. But all I can say is to give this book a chance.
In a world ruled by the dead or actually undead, their leader Azrael is feared as a ruthless, brutal monster. And one that can’t be destroyed as he’s immortal. The living barely manage to exist, not only fighting against starvation and illness, but also living in constant fear of the Eaters – brainless zombies trying to get a bite. The same Eaters that are Azrael’s army against humans – their numbers growing with every occurring death.
In the middle of this desolate, hopeless chaos is Lan, a young woman who’s been hardened by the desperate situation. After a haunting loss, she makes her way to Azrael’s city, ready to convince him to end the Eaters or die trying.
But to even have a chance, she has to offer her body to the man the whole world considers awful, revolting and loathsome.
And for the first time in his existence, Azrael is confronted with someone who ignites his interest, who isn’t too scared to make demands and stand up to him.
What follows is passion, madness, heartache, pain, loss and despair, but also something neither Lan nor Azrael have expected.
I’m so glad I heard about this book, because it really touched my heart. There were moments with so much angst, that I was scared to read on and find out what happens next and at the same time I couldn’t wait to figure out what fate had in store for the characters.
I haven’t felt such an emotional investment in a story and characters in quite a while. But it was impossible not to get captivated, as Azrael and Lan were characters full of intensity and depth. Their personalities were so well-developed they were tangible and the side-characters weren’t that far behind.
Lan was pure awesomeness. She was a strong, opinionated, brash heroine who didn’t know when it was time to shut up. Diplomacy was definitely not one of her strong points and I loved her for that even more. She was willing to take risks, not as much for her own benefit as for the benefit of others. Even when everything seemed lost and the people didn’t appreciate it, she kept on fighting for what she truly believed in. She did all that though without being a martyr or without being whiny. Instead, she was a power to be reckoned with.
She made me laugh, she made my heart break for her and she made me cry. Perfect heroine.
And Azrael. I have no words. I mean, he wasn’t the type of hero Lan should have fallen for and definitely not the type of hero I should be head over heels with. But I am. I couldn’t help it. He wasn’t good-looking (at least not in the traditional sense), he was harsh and often heartless. He was full of scars – the visible and invisible ones. And he was feared and fearless, so definitely not the type of guy you want to mess with. But there was more to him than meets the eye and more to his story than the people, including Lan, knew.
For someone who was considered the bane of human existence, he was the most human of them all. I can’t even put into words how in love I am with this character.
Azrael and Lan – their story is full of back and forth, of fighting and loving, of hating and forgiving. It’s intense and deep. It’s gripping and tender.
It’s perfect. It’s THE love story.
“Land Of The Beautiful Dead” is pure perfection. It’s beautiful. It’s poetic. It’s art.
Do yourself the favor and read this. Give this book a chance and you’ll be transported into a world that will consume you – even days after you’ve read the last word.
Stars aren’t even an applicable rating system for this. It’s in a league of its own.
~Review by Paula