Another Kind of Dead
It’s impossible to keep up with all of the paranormal fantasy series that have cropped up in recent years. I’ve tried quite a few of them, and given the sheer numbers out there, I only keep up with the ones that honestly interest me. Kelly Meding’s Dreg City novels have consistently keep me reading, and the third novel bears out the promise of the original volume.
(Description nicked from B&N.com.)
“Been there. Done that. Evy Stone is a former Dreg Bounty Hunter who died and came back to life with some extraordinary powers. Now all but five people in the world think she is dead again, this time for good—immolated in a factory fire set specifically for her. Evy and Wyatt, her partner/lover/friend, can no longer trust their former allies, or even the highest echelons of the Triads—the army of fighters holding back from an unsuspecting public a tide of quarreling, otherworldly creatures—they can trust only each other. Because when the Triads raided a macabre, monster-filled lab of science experiments and hauled away the remnants, they failed to capture their creator: a brilliant, vampire-obsessed scientist with a wealth of powerful, anti-Dreg weaponry to trade for what he desires most of all—Evy Stone: alive and well, and the key to his ultimate experiment in mad science.”
While I definitely enjoyed the first two novels in this series, I did feel that they were a little choppy in sections. The story was interesting and the characters well written, but there was something that was off in the execution. Another Kind of Dead doesn’t have that problem. Meding has found her stride with this book.
This tale is fast paced and never lets up on the action. At the same time, the plot advances in a satisfying manner. This is the first of the series to break away from the “taking place in three days” gimmick, and allowing the plot to unfold at its own pace is a huge improvement. Readers will also get a glimpse of the mastermind behind events.
Evy’s character has undergone a transformation for the better too. No longer just a punching bag for the bad guys, she seems to have been written as a more active participant in what happens to her. That’s not to say that she doesn’t take her share of punishment—she gets into some truly awful situations—but that’s not the main focus of events.
For the most part, the characters are all in jeopardy at some point, and it gives the narrative an air of unpredictability. I really think that the author could kill off any of her characters at any time, and knowing that keeps the tension high. Readers can’t take anybody for granted here.
This is the Dreg City novel that I’ve been waiting for. Meding’s writing always had that promise, and now it’s been made manifest. Another Kind of Dead has non-stop action, heart-pounding excitement, and a heroine who isn’t afraid to kick ass and take names. This is one of the best paranormal fantasies out there, so pick it up and give it a try.
Also by this author: As Lie the Dead
This review appeared on Owlcat Mountain on December 15, 2011.