The Cursed Dead
by Rhiannon Frater
Series: The Hidden Necromancer #3
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I have escaped the Atonement Settlement, the rule of the Elders, and the cruel doctrines that took the life of my mother and almost condemned me to death. I have abandoned my former way of life, and now question the religion that ruled over me.
But freedom is not all I imagined it to be.
There is great danger in the Deadlands. High fences keep the high-tech trains safe, and even higher walls protect the settlements from the hordes of the Unblessed Dead roaming the untamed land. Yet, just like in the Atonement Settlement, humans are just as much a threat. Marauders terrorize settlements while a new religion is murdering suspected necromancers.
I have no choice but to go to the Chantry and study to become a Necromancer Cleric. It is my only hope to one day save my younger sister, Carrie, from the Atonement Settlement.
But when I am forced to reveal the full force of my necromancy, I soon realize that the human threat against my freedom may destroy all my hopes for the future.
The Cursed Dead by Rhiannon Frater is the third novel in the Hidden Necromancer series. The dead aren’t the only danger Ilyse faces as she escapes the Atonement Settlement.
The series follows Ilyse, a young and powerful necromancer from the Atonement Settlement, and is best read in the order of its release.
Together with Quade, she escapes the settlement via the train. Once they reach the city, she will need to decide her fate. Join the Chantry and study to become a Necromancer Cleric or choose her own path. The fates might just decide for her.
Gads, I loved returning to this harsh world with the unblessed dead and oppressive civilization. The settlements are cut off from one another. They can only reach each other by trains and cross terrain vehicles. They mainly use them for trade as the undead traverse the deadlands.
Newly wed to Quade, Ilyse is shocked to discover how different the city is from her settlement. When an undead breach occurs, we discover just how powerful our little necromancers is.
With each book, the excitement builds as the world expands. Frater has a way of pulling you into her worlds and delivering characters and relationships you want to root for.
I loved seeing Ilyse explore the reach of her powers. I cannot help but wonderful just how powerful she will become. The tension is high as different settlements vie for her attention. Some want her for protection, others fear her and want her dead.
The tension escalates as we meet new characters and understand the players. Then things went topsy-turvy as Frater pushed us to an exciting cliffhanger-ish ending. I need answers and cannot wait for the next installment.
This series offers a little something for everyone, from romance to zombies to powerful necromancers and oppressive societies. I encourage you to visit this post-apocalyptic world.