Monday, December 7, 2020

Death's Legacy by Dennis K. Crosby - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway



 Urban Fantasy

Date Published: November 17

Publisher: Acorn Publishing


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Twenty years ago, Reaper of Souls Kassidy Simmons battled Azra-El, the Angel of Death and won—or so she thought.

Now, a number of strange and unexplained deaths are afflicting Kassidy’s quiet New York town. She wishes she didn’t care. But she does.

Her empathic abilities are expanding beyond her control, and the intense emotions are tearing apart her relationships. They’re also degrading the magical wards put in place to protect her from other Reapers and the even deadlier Wraiths—onyx-eyed henchmen of Azra-El.

 Allied with her longtime mentor and a college professor with ties to her past, Kassidy learns that the untimely deaths are regenerating Azra-El, and that the only way to stop him is with the Scythe of Cronus, the legendary weapon of the God of Death.

To save her loved ones and reset the natural order, Kassidy must journey home and confront a past she’s been running from for two decades. She’ll face-off with enemies, old and new, and through a haze of fear and addiction, Kassidy will learn the secrets of her heritage, and challenge head on the one being she fears most—herself.

My Review
Death's Legacy is an urban fantasy novel that fans of Supernatural will really get into. I can say I really enjoyed this book more than I expected to, but that may have been because I'm still trying to process the fact that Supernatural has ended and I don't know what to do with myself now. Death's Legacy filled the void the show left, and that's definitely a good thing.
The story starts with a bang. Kassidy, the main character, is dealing with the discovery of the dead body of someone who had been missing. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. 
Kassidy, a Reaper, is struggling. She's been running from her past for twenty years, but it seems to finally be catching up to her. Her relationship is deteriorating. She's numbing herself with alcohol and pills. She's a mess. I immediately liked her and felt drawn to her. She reminded me of Jessica Jones, if Jessica Jones was more supernatural and less reluctant superhero. 
Add to the mix some strange deaths, some Wraiths who are slowly wheedling away at her protection wards, and the Angel of Death, and Kassidy's hold on life is about to break. 
I really enjoyed this book. It's kinda crazy at times, but in a good way. I thought Kassidy, disaster that she was, was a well-written character who readers will connect with. She's actually a pretty tough cookie. 
The plot is engaging, drawing readers in immediately. I found myself hooked, eagerly reading through the pages to see what Kassidy might be dealing with next. It's easy to get lost in the story. Very nicely done, paced well, and with all of the elements I enjoy in an urban fantasy novel. I can't wait for more! 
More sensitive readers may want to proceed with caution while reading this book, though. There are scenes that deal with rape/sexual abuse, so if that's something that bothers you as a reader, you may want to skip this (although I wouldn't recommend missing out on this gem).
4.5 stars!

About the Author

 

Dennis Crosby grew up in Oak Park, IL and completed his undergraduate work at the University of Illinois in Chicago. With a degree in Criminal Justice, he spent six years working as a Private Investigator and during that time developed an affinity for writing poetry. While working on a master’s degree in Forensic Psychology, Dennis transitioned into social service. Dennis has spent the last twelve years working with men and women experiencing challenges with mental health and addiction. He currently serves as Clinic Director for an Opioid Treatment Program.

With a lifelong passion for writing, Dennis wrote dozens of short stories, tapping into his creative side, but did not pursue the finer points of the craft until later in life. After leaving Chicago and moving to San Diego, Dennis had the opportunity to get more involved in the writing community where he strengthened his skills. To further augment his writing skills, Dennis completed an MFA program at National University.

A self-proclaimed geek and lover of pop culture, Dennis still lives and writes in San Diego, CA.


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1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a great book and I like the cover! Thanks for sharing! Thanks Jazzy for sharing the review!

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