Unearthed (Death Seeker #1) by Cecy Robson
Read: 31st August – 3rd September 2019
Publication Date: 24th September 2019
Quote from Unearthed
“I examine my boss and shake my head. Marco is roughly five feet, six inches tall, three hundred pounds and balding, and about as cuddly as a rabid raccoon living in a sewer.”
My Overall Rating: 4/5
Plot: 5/5 – Flow: 4/5 – Character Development: 4/5 – World Building: 4/5
Unearthed is the first book (approx 331 pages) in a new urban fantasy series by award winning author Cecy Robson – Death Seeker. The Fae realm was once a thriving paradise inhabited by many species of fae, until Death became greedy, targeting its inhabitants and destroyed the realm. Those Fae who escaped the massacre by travelling through the portals into our realm, live in fear, hidden in plain sight. But Death escaped here too and stalks their dwindling numbers with a fierce hunger and without mercy.
If you’ve read any of my reviews before, you’ll know that I write about how the story was told rather than the plot itself, which means that my reviews don’t contain spoilers of any kind or reveal any plot twists, so here’s what the official blurb has to say about the story:
Fae was once a flourishing paradise. Until Death turned greedy and destroyed it, targeting the creatures who inhabited it. Those who survived escaped to Earth’s realm, but Death wasn’t far behind . . .
Olivia Finn is just another pixie trying to blend in among humans and hide from the death hounds who devoured her family. Clinging to the talisman that keeps her veiled from those who hunt her, she believes she is safe. . .. Until Death finds her and discovers she’s immune to its grip.
Now that Olivia’s power is unearthed, she is sought by Fae who see her as their savior and stalked by dark entities compelled to destroy her. Can she trust the King of the Dead who has sworn to train and protect her? Or should she obey her instincts that warn he desires more?
Olivia can no longer hide from Death. To survive, she must seek it.
So, before we get into what I thought about this book, I want you to know that I was given an unedited digital version of this book for free from Caffeinated PR as part of the blog tour in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my review; these are my words, I’m giving you my honest opinion here.
Cecy Robson is a new-to-me author but found this book engaging and easy to read. I liked Ms Robson’s writing style; the prose she used, the balance of dialogue to narrative, the pace of her plot and the characters that she created. I enjoy stories more when they are populated with complex, multifaceted characters – characters tend to feel more realistic when, like us, they live in the grey area between evil and goodness and are shown to be capable of both.
While I’m on the subject of characters, if you’ve read my reviews before, then you’ll know that I connect to a story more when the main female protagonist is intelligent, resilient, resourceful and has plenty of gumption; Olivia ticked all of my boxes and also came with a wonderful sense of humour (as the quote I chose demonstrates). Riker was dark, deadly and damaged but with an air of old knight gallantry about him that satisfied all of my cravings as the main male protagonists in this tale. Perfect.
Unearthed didn’t take the course I was expecting – I thought a story about a pixie would be a light hearted humorous cozy paranormal mystery, it’s not – there’s more darkness, fear, terror and adult themes in this tale. But rest assured, dear reader, although it may have had my pulse racing in fear and tears streaming down my face in sorrow, it also made me smile and actually chuckle out loud, had me scratching my head trying to work out the mystery, warmed by old romantic heart and gave me delicious flutters of arousal. In short, I felt a completely emotional connection to this story, which is what we’re all looking for, right?! 😉
As you can tell by my rating, I really enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to seeing where Ms Robson takes us next.
I will just take this opportunity to remind you that as the first book in a new series, not all of our questions or mysteries are resolved within these pages, although the immediate threats are satisfactorily dealt with, there’s no awful life-or-death cliffhanger at the end of this book! Woo!Hoo!
I really enjoyed this story! It’s got everything that I look for to keep me engaged; great action to get my adrenaline pumping, an intelligent mystery to get my little grey cells whirling, nail biting tension to keep me on the edge of my seat, well written humour to put a smile on my face and balance any darker plot-lines and this story had the added bonus of a sprinkling of romance and sexual heat. Delightful!
So, has my review of UNEARTHED (DEATH SEEKER #1) encouraged you to find out more? I do hope so. Just click on any of the links below to check out the book yourself or to find out more about the author.
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Cecy Robson is an author of contemporary and new adult romance, young adult adventure and award-winning urban fantasy. A double-nominated RITA® Finalist, Winner of the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence and published author of more than twenty titles. You can typically find Cecy on her laptop or stumbling blindly in search of caffeine.
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