Content Rating: Adult content including scenes of gruesome violence. No sexually explicit content.
There hasn’t been a Blood Warrior for decades. Everyone assumed they were extinct and couldn’t return. Turns out they were just in hiding. Pen chose to revert back to her nomadic life after the death of her family. Life was always safer that way, away from people. Now she’s been caught and odd occurrences have been happening in Ichorisis. People are surviving horrible injuries and illnesses that they shouldn’t be. Now that Pen is under custody of one of the several kings she’s been sent to fix the problem. Whether she wants to or not.
- I received a copy of this book from the author.
The Era of Undying is a little bit like Avatar the Last Airbender meets Torchwood Miracle Day (which I still haven’t finished watching yet.) Pen is a Blood Warrior, a person who can use their own blood as a weapon, basically bending it to her will to use as a whip, a lock pick, or to harden and use a sword or ax. But because of persecution of the previous Blood Warriors Pen keeps her gift a secret, attempting to live on the edges of society.
Added to that is the fact that people haven’t been able to die recently. They are surviving terrible illnesses and injuries (even beheading) without dying. Even the King is not immune. It seems that the goddess of death has gone AWOL. As the Blood Warrior Pen may be the only one who can survive a trip to the underworld to figure out whats going on and return death to the world.
It’s a very interesting and intriguing premise for a story.
The story hits the ground running and doesn’t let up. The energy in the writing really held me, causing me to speed through it. I enjoyed the characters, the world building and the mix of mythology in the book. Pen and Tellus are an interesting pair each with complicated emotional backstories and motivations.
The author does a great job playing the “what if” card in the undying scenario, each person handling it according to their own morals and ideals. Some praise it as a gift, others as a curse, some seek to take advantage of it and others dive into despair.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Era of Undying. The action didn’t let up and the twists kept me interested.