Review: A Time of Dying (Araneae Nation #3) by Hailey Edwards

January 5, 2015 Review 0

Review: A Time of Dying (Araneae Nation #3) by Hailey Edwards

"They just might survive...if they don't kill each other first. " 

Once the future Segestriidae maven, Kaidi lived a privileged life. Now she spends her nights haunting cities ravaged by the plague. Spade in hand, she stalks rows of freshly dug graves for corpses...and then she takes their heads.

Her new life is caked in blood and spattered with gore, but it's hers. At least until-to her fury-she's caught napping.

A plague survivor by the skin of his teeth, Murdoch risks his neck to solve the mysteries left in its wake. Bodies have gone missing. Guards have left their posts and never returned home.

When he rouses a female dozing among the dead, he's unprepared for the violence of her response. Or his. Beneath the grime, she's lovely. Too bad the blood under her fingernails belongs to his clansmen.

He has no choice but to follow this alluring creature deeper into her world of winged beasts and flesh-eating monsters. She holds the knowledge he craves, but the price is high-and they may both pay for it with their lives.

Warning: This book contains one heroine in desperate need of a bath and one hero willing to wash away her sins. Expect threats, swears and general cursing. Love is a slippery slope, and these two are sliding.

Title: A Time of Dying
Author: Hailey Edwards
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Dog With A Bone, A Hint of Frost, A Feast of Souls, A Breath of Winter
Published by Samhain Publishing
Source: Purchased for Self
Published: 1 July, 2013
Genres: Fantasy Romance
Pages: 291
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Stars: five-stars
Flames: three-half-flames

My favorite so far, the pieces are starting to fall into place as the stage is starting to take shape for an epic battle.  Hailey Edwards has managed to add even more depth to the world building and characters in this story, and ramps up the tension: I needed to see Kaidi and Murdoch find respite with one another, almost as much as I wanted to see the “good guys’ win.

Another instalment in this must read in order series – trust me, you will miss so much and have so many questions as threads build and strengthen from small introductions to fully formed stories, and every element seems to rely on something introduced in earlier books.  That is no hardship – I bought the series and haven’t been able to put it down.

The plague has ravaged the world, and its effects seem to be most strongly felt in this story’s characters. Kaidi was used to the finer things in life and her betrothal was to be no different, until her betrothed turned out to be a psychopath. Running from that life, and assuming a new one as she hunts for a cure for the plague showed her determination to make her own choices, and even though she makes some mistakes, I really liked her.

Murdoch is the one who caught Kaidi, and his deeply rooted loyalty made him, at first, a bit of a hardheaded oaf. But, that protective nature is intrigued by Kaidi, and their interactions are laden with frustrated tension that builds to a breaking point.

Still more elements are coming into play, and we are seeing a clearer picture of the plague and who may be responsible.  And, as the villains are coming closer to exposure, tensions are increasing everywhere, with treachery wearing many faces.  There are no missteps in the continuity or development of the world, the threat or most especially the characters.  The feel of information overload is diminishing a bit, although certainly heavier in the early chapters of the book.  I’m not minding it much, however, as I am finding it refreshing my memory and giving a deeper look at characters that were introduced briefly in earlier books, and only coming to fruition in this one.
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