The magical construction of EYES TO SEE was mesmerizing, and though I wasn’t swept away that book’s eventual resolution, I was eager to pick up KING OF THE DEAD to see where Nassise took me next. Nassise’s flair for the paranormal is back in full effect and the plot has a great balance between urban fantasy and an upside down police procedural (as it is our hero who the FBI is hunting).
Author: Joseph Nassise
I thought BY THE BLOOD OF HEROES was going to be a simple ‘killing the undead horde of zombies with very large guns’ tale but it ended up being a much larger war story with very serious implications not only for the heroes but for the world if the wrong side won. The zombies, or shamblers as they are called, are used as weapons of war by the Germans against the Allied forces during WWI. Learning about the advancements in the corpse gas technology was very creepy as it went beyond just raising the dead. The experiments (done on both the dead and living) with the corpse gas elevated the horror to a frightening new level that was all too reminiscent of the Holocaust experiments carried out by the Nazis.
The whys and wherefores of Jeremiah Hunt’s world are fascinating, a mix of grim reality and arcane practicality. As the chapters switch between the past and present, Hunt’s growth from comfortable academic to iron-hard, isolated mystic unfolds page by page. While I loved all of the chapters from Hunt’s perspective, I could have done without the present-tense chapters from other characters’ points of view. They never reached Hunt’s level of charisma and interest, and I found myself anxious to get back to our hero.