Review- A Touch Of Death by Rebecca Crunden

A Touch Of Death by Rebecca Crunden

  • Series The Outlands Pentalogy #1
  • Published on February 23rd 2017
  • Genre– Science Fiction, Dystopia
  • Pages– 306
  • Format– eBook
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A thousand years in the future, the last of humanity live inside the walls of the totalitarian Kingdom of Cutta. The rich live in Anais, the capital city of Cutta, sheltered from the famine and disease which ravage the rest of the Kingdom. Yet riches and power only go so far, and even Anaitians can be executed. It is only by the will of the King that Nate Anteros, son of the King’s favourite, is spared from the gallows after openly dissenting. But when he’s released from prison, Nate disappears. 

A stark contrast, Catherine Taenia has spent her entire life comfortable and content. The daughter of the King’s Hangman and in love with Thom, Nate’s younger brother, her life has always been easy, ordered and comfortable. That is, where it doesn’t concern Nate. His actions sullied not only his future, but theirs. And unlike Thom, Catherine has never forgiven him. 

Two years pass without a word, and then one night Nate returns. But things with Nate are never simple, and when one wrong move turns their lives upside down, the only thing left to do is run where the King’s guards cannot find them – the Outlands. Those wild, untamed lands which stretch around the great walls of the Kingdom, filled with mutants and rabids. 

‘We should be able to say that we’re unhappy and not fear repercussions.’

My Thoughts:- 

The story begins when Nate returns back to Anais, the Capital city of Cutta where the rich live after disappearing for two years . Nate is a privileged kid with rich parents but that was something he never asked for. What he desperately wanted was freedom from the King and his tyranny. He has been rebelling for years with rebel groups and after being caught and sent to the prison he comes back a different person yet with the same beliefs which he had before. He wants nothing to do with King and his Council but he has something that the council needs destroyed and thus the chase begins. 

Nate’s character as a rebel was quite well written. His delusions, his fears, his hatred for the system, his sense of rebellion and the wish to never bow down to them could all be felt. Catherine’s character was a contrast to Nate’s but complimented him and the story perfectly. She was smart and brave and willing to sacrifice everything for Thom, her love. For him, she chooses to push aside his hatred for Nate and team up with him. 

This was a fast paced fantasy which focuses more on the characters yet the plot was well formed and just as enjoyable. Along with Nate and Catherine, Thomas’s character was one I liked the most. His love for his brother and willingness to go any length for him made him remarkable. I liked the world building and the author tried hard to make it come alive with detailed descriptions of all towns and cities in the kingdom but there were too many names and details which made it hard to keep a track of them all. I also wish we had more details of the King’s regime, of the laws and life the people were made to lead. 

Overall it was a fun tale of rebellion and quick read! The characters and the plot kept the book intriguing till the end and I want to find out what happens next. This is the first book in a five book series and I would recommend it to those who enjoy dystopian genre and intricate world building! 

About the Author-

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Rebecca Crunden is an Irish-based author originally from Texas. After completing her first series, she decided to start independently publishing her novels in 2017. To date she’s published one series, two standalone novels, a novella, and co-written an anthology. When she’s not writing, reading or drinking ridiculous amounts of coffee, she’s hiking with her partner and watching an insane amount of science fiction-fantasy shows.

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Hello and thank you for visiting! I love writing reviews and just talking about books! When I’m not reading I’m drawing and browsing the internet.

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