I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Reburialists Published by Ace on March 1st 2016
Number of Pages: 416
Purchase: At Amazon
Burying the dead is easy. Keeping them down is difficult.
At the Bureau of Special Investigations, agents encounter all sorts of paranormal evils. So for Agent Brynner Carson, driving a stake through a rampaging three-week-old corpse is par for the course. Except this cadaver is different. It’s talking—and it has a message about his father, Heinrich.
The reanimated stiff delivers an ultimatum written in bloody hieroglyphics, and BSI Senior Analyst Grace Roberts is called in to translate. It seems that Heinrich Carson stole the heart of Ra-Ame, the long-dead god of the Re-Animus. She wants it back. The only problem is Heinrich took the secret of its location to his grave.
With the arrival of Ra-Ame looming and her undead army wreaking havoc, Brynner and Grace must race to find the key to stopping her. It’s a race they can’t afford to lose, but then again, it’s just another day on the job . . .
Why is this not a series?? That was literally my thought when I finished this book. It was such a fun ride, and an interesting world. And I want more!
The story is told from two view points, Grace who is an analyst, and Brynner who hunts down the monsters and kills them. So you get the scientific, wanting to know everything and not believing in magic or religion view point. And you also get the ‘this is the way it works because it works, and I was raised to believe in this’ view point. (And no, that is nowhere near any kind of actual book quote!)
I loved how Grace grew and changed as a character. There was never a complete turn around, but a very believable progression of how her thoughts changed as she was exposed to more Re-Animus, as well as Brynner himself. Brynner changed as well, but to a slightly lesser degree.
We do eventually get to know all about what’s wrong with Grace’s kid, it just takes a while to come out. We also find out a lot about Brynner’s past. And yes, I totally saw the reveal at the end coming. But I loved how it was done, so didn’t mind at all that it was fairly obvious.
There is some sex in the book, but it isn’t explicit. The descriptions of blood and killing Re-Animus is worse, but even at that, the book isn’t very gory at all. Certainly wouldn’t bother me to read it while eating. The mythology was really interesting, and I loved the world. If I knew there would be more books in the series this would have made my 5-Star list. However there were a few things left hanging that needed to be wrapped up more for me to give that rating to a stand-alone.
If this isn’t on your To Read list yet, it should be!