1 Aug 2015

Blog Tour: Storms of Lazarus by Karen Kincy

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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1913. 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?

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via Curiosity Quills Press in exchange for an honest review.

I read and reviewed the first in this series, Shadows of Asphodel, which I loved so I was overly eager to read and review this one too. I was a little afraid that it would be a let down compared to how much I loved the first one, but it was even better than the first in my opinion.

The relationship between Ardis and Wendel deepens in this one and they become closer than ever. I liked that there was some conflict between them about their relationship but that they were able to get past it. It made their relationship all the more realistic to me and I absolutely adore them together. In the first one I was rooting for them to get together, but in this one I was rooting for them to stay together.

The overall conflict of war is looming in this one. Everyone is trying to figure out a way to fight and stop the Russians from invading and destroying Prague, which houses Wendel's family. We got some insight to the familial relationship in the first novel, but it was expanded upon in this one, which I was grateful for. I thought it was an interesting dynamic there and I would like to see a bit more of it in the future.

Konstantin was even better this time around. He was so cute with his fanboy attitude toward Nikola Tesla. I am excited to see where his character development will go next. I see that there is a novella that focuses on him so I will for sure be checking that out (in fact, I just signed up to do a blog tour of that one too)

Ardis is a freaking bamf. Like she has her condition (saying that for spoiler-y purposes) and still takes on a clockwork dragon. She is actually amazing and I love everything about her. I wanted even more of her being awesome, but every fight scene she was right in the middle of things. What a hero.

I thought the last 20% of the book was a little rushed for how slow the pacing was at the beginning. I thought the final fight scenes could have been a bit more expanded on than they were, but overall it was still good pacing. 

Overall: 4/5 stars. This one had everything I wanted in a sequel, I just thought it was a tad rushed.
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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