The Sunderlands Review

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About the Book

A Kingdom of Men is pushing the Elven clans of the Sunderlands over the brink of extinction. The mortal counterpart to the God of Death, Keres has the power to stem the tide of bloodshed. As brutal civil war threatens to tear her homeland asunder, she struggles to control her gift without succumbing to a curse of unslakable blood-lust.
When her people are attacked, she can no longer hold back. The beast within awakens. Gods know there will be no redemption on the other side of her revenge. Wading deeper into the darkness plaguing her land, unraveling the secrets of her heritage, Keres faces a greater challenge: finding her place in this world or being broken by it.
Many seek to tame her and use her as a divine weapon.Including a Knight desiring to claim her body and spirit. As the war between Man and Elf stains the Sunderlands with innocent blood, Keres must make a choice: save her people and damn her cursed soul, or forsake the Gods and her homeland to gain freedom.

Note: This story is not suitable for persons under the age of 18.

Praise for The Sunderlands

“This book is packed with action nonstop from the very beginning. Once you get trapped in this world, you’ll be so invested in the characters. When I received this book as an ARC, I was interested to see how death itself could be a character without getting boring. Well, this book did Death justice. I was hooked immediately.” – Michelle

“Must read now. Thrilling new novel on death possession. Yes, you read that right. Death has captured a princess and has a use for her! This book has a lot of emotional struggles, will tear at your heartstrings, and keep you guessing. What you think you know… you really have no idea.” – Nicole

“What the bloody hell?! What an amazing find! Excellent start to a debut series. Great spin on fantasy, great action & lusty moments. I can’t wait to see what happens next!” – Emily
“This was a dark and edgy read. Plot twists were on point. I was literally glued to the screen, rooting for Death to take the wheel!” – Elizabeth

“Fantastic read! Keres is the type of heroine who makes you cheer her on for her next kill. So many twists and turns, brilliant world building. I couldn’t put this book down!!” – Vanessa

Review

This book was a slow burn romance between me and the story. I went into it seeing it being rated a New Adult and expected to devour it, but it turned out that there was so much more to the story than I was expecting! So, I wound up REALLY taking my time reading it. Which is something of a rare occurrence for me, as I am typically a binge reader. BUT, there are some books that just deserve your time and consideration.

Ok, but honestly, all I really have to say after finishing this book is: What the h*ll? Seriously, have you ever had a lucid dream where you wake up and can’t tell up from down? That’s what finishing this story is like. It’s an amazing feel, but also, I like seriously need the second book twenty minutes ago. THIS is why I hate reading series before every book is out. I am destroyed and distraught by this ending! AHHHHHH!!!

But on a more serious note, this book is good. The first 2/3 of the book is really focused on world building. And, if you have read any of my other reviews, you know that’s basically what I fantasize about in my dreams. I salivate when I hear there’s some amazing world building in a book. What can I say? I was raised on Tolkien. But, this book NEEDED to spend all that time setting the scene, as some may say. There is a LOT in this book and even with that much focus on world building, I still don’t know everything about this world, or even honestly some of what I read! Which is fantastic, because that means there’s going to be even more foundation laid in the upcoming book.

So, imagine you’re going on this lovely but Wonderland inspired stroll through the park. That’s what the first 2/3 of the books feels like. There’s so much happening, but it still feels like hardly anything is happening all at the same time. Lucid fever dream, I’m telling you. Then you get to the last third of the book. And phew, child, I… I have no words. I literally couldn’t put the book down. Asides from the couple of (ignored, RUDE) messages to my friend who I read this with of me asking her: WHAT IS EVEN HAPPENING?! I mean, it’s just wild. Like holy heck, just wow.

But now that I’ve ranted on and on about my feelings (ew, who wants to talk about those?), I should probably give a little info about the book? Maybe? So, take a little bit of ACOTAR and a pinch of Throne of Glass, throw in some elves, a dash of “Off with their heads!” and you have The Sunderlands. First off, I’m loving that this is a book about elves. While I love the fae, elves need their limelight too! Plus these are smexy warrior elves, so, I mean, what’s not to love? My girl Keres is a total babe. She is in essence a vessel on earth for the God of Death, which is honestly pretty cool. I really loved learning about how the Gods worked in this world, and I am particularly intrigued to learn more about this harbinger of Death. Then you have the two main hulking elven men vying for Keres’ attention (’nuff said). BUT, who I am most intrigued to learn more about is Keres’ sister, Liriene. Read it and find out why (because spoilers and secrets).

But yeah, that’s it. I should stop pouring out all of my feelings over needing the second book yesterday (see how my time is going further and further back?) because you could have started reading this book in the time that it took you to read this review! Oh! And before I leave I forgot to mention how ecstatic I was to see a book filled with characters that didn’t shy away from swearing! The inner sailor in me was ecstatic!

About the Author

What’s Up! I’m Anastasia King. Obsession with cute animals & avocados aside, I promise I’m not your average millennial, Italian girl from Brooklyn.

What started as my best-kept secret turned into a full-blown writing career. After 15 years of hiding my stories, I stopped stopping myself. Now you’re reading my Author Bio on Goodreads. I’d high five you, but we’d spill our champagne. Let’s silently agree to stalk each other on IG instead:
@anastasiaking.og

Oh, and you’ll hate my stories if you can’t handle dangerously intelligent women, unflinching violence & gore, monster hunting, soaked panties, broody alpha males, and meddling gods.
My books are best paired with wine.

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*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*

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