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The Unblessed Dead

The Hidden Necromancer Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Laura Bannister
Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
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When I was younger, my mother saved my settlement from the unblessed dead that would have killed us all. It cost her everything to reveal her necromancy and sent shockwaves through our stringent religious settlement. Convicted of heresy against our sacred lost texts, she died soon after.

Since then, I have worked hard to maintain my pious standing so that when I turn 18 I will be selected by a suitable husband at the bridal auction.

As the large clock in town square ticks down to my 18th birthday, the dead have been appearing in my garden. If I’m discovered, I’ll face the necromancer trial just as my mother, oldest sister, and I did all those years ago. This time I fear I will not survive it.

To add to my worries, an enigmatic handsome young man has arrived in the settlement. Around him swirls a green aura only I can see. Is he here to help me? Or does he have more nefarious plans?

My name is Ilyse Nott, and I fear I am a necromancer.

If I am, my life is over.

©2017 Rhiannon Frater (P)2019 Rhiannon Frater

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I will be reading the next one

This was really interesting right from the beginning which is nice. If a book doesn’t grab me right away, I’m very likely to give up on it. I like the world this is set in. And while the narrator’s voice kind of annoyed me, it fit the main character so it works. Certain aspects were repeated but it didn’t detract from the story.

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I’m surprised to say I couldn’t stop listening!

I chose this book because the publisher’s summary was quite intriguing. However, after getting the book, it sat in my library for several weeks because I read some of the first reviews about this being a great zombie book. I’m not sure why my brain didn’t register zombie from “The Unblessed Dead” but it didn’t. Regardless of what my brain did or didn’t register, I’m not a zombie fan so I put off listening. BIG MISTAKE! Fortunately for me, Halloween came along and put me in the mood to give it a listen. I was shocked to find that I couldn’t put it down. I finished it in one sitting and, I CAN NOT WAIT to get my little zombie loving ears listening to the next book. So, if you haven’t figured it out, I definitely recommend this book!!! I received a review copy at my request and voluntarily reviewed.

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Utterly Fulfilling & Enjoyable!

Wow, just wow. This one grabs your attention from chapter 1 and keeps it, ramping up the tension and anxiety to the end. I freakin' loved this book. The Knott family was so dear to me, a family to love. A family with a hard-working father with such devotion to the Lost Texts that he injures his family. The children are so special. I adored Illyse and the innocent and earnest proclamations of her faith and commitment to the Lost Texts. Though her faith was misguided, it was beautiful to behold that much faithfulness and it was precious to see her eyes open to the grave errors of what she was taught. The danger looming over her had me white-knuckling through so much of this incredible book. Her sister was so bright, so faithful and spunky; I wanted to reach into the book and hug her. Their brother was a hidden gem, full of intelligence and devotion that was underestimated and beautifully revealed as he rose to the challenge to protect his sister. Characters within this book, major and minor, are natural and so believable, protagonists and antagonists, alike. This is not a traditional zombie book, but rather, a book about a town filled with people who cling to their faith and traditions and those who suffer from that misguided faith. Zombies are crucial to the story but this is not a typical zombie book, not in any way.

The excellence of the story is matched by a masterful narration performance. I am so glad that I was given this audiobook upon my request in exchange for a review. I loved it. This one is well worth a credit.

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Zombie Apocalypsa

Zombies, religious cult and mandatory marriage or indentured servitude. I really do not want to live in this future. Well developed story that leaves you wanting book two. Th narrator did a good job in bringing the characters to life. If you are a fan of either post apocalyptic or anti tech religions I highly recommend this book.
I was given a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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amazing listen!!!!!!

The Narrator really brought this book to life. a post apocalypse world where girls in this settlement have been stripped of rights and become second rate citizens. A religion that rules and governs all those who love within the walls and holds women to a standing of piety. the antagonist is a great threat and girls are auctioned off at 18 in marriage or cast aside as unworthy. The story revolves around a young woman who is about to go to auction yet her whole life is turned upside down a few weeks before. she is faces with horrors most would not survive. she recognizes her own self worth in the process and sees just how restricted and biased her world is. A young woman of faith learns to question everything in the world around her fighting to stay alive. this is an amazing read. I am immediately moving on to the second in the series. it has a total grip on me.

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Wow!

I loved this freaking book! The narration, the storyline. It’s definitely a refreshing take on the zompoc genre. Overall everything about this book was awesome. Once I started this audio book I couldn’t stop listening to it. Amazing job to the author and the narrator!

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great listen

This is quite the turn to the genre. I have really enjoyed this point of view and look forward to more. As to the narrator, in some places she sounds automated, but her saving grace is that she does have some intonations and emotion showing through.

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Pulls You In

This is a book that pulls you in the more you listen to it.

I liked that this book had a different type of story that involved pious women and the cult like worship. The character interaction was engaging and I liked that there were twists to the story involving necromancy.

When the book ended it left me wanting to know what happens next!

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The Unblessed Dead

This is a highly thought provoking audio book with an entertaining story line. Well rounded characters that you begin to care about. The narrator did a great job bringing the characters to life. I am immediately starting on book 2, The Accused Dead. So happy to have a new zombie series by Rhiannon Frater!

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You can not go wrong with this author!

I have more than a few books from this this author the story's are always amazing. Rhiannon Frater is one of the authors that I
check their book list weekly for new releases. The Unblessed Dead is An amazing twist on the Zombie genre but it's way more than just a Zombie story. Give this book a chance you will not regret it, the only problem is you will want more and more. The world was painted so richly as were the characters. As I am writing this i am downloading the second book to my phone. It's beyond that good.

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  • Helen
  • 09-07-19

amazing book

When I was younger, my mother saved my settlement from the unblessed dead that would have killed us all.
amazing book hocked straight away must buy