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An Easy Death The beloved 1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series, the inspiration for HBO s True Blood, and the Midnight Crossroad trilogy adapted for NBC s Midnight, Texas, has written a taut new thriller the first in the Gunnie Rose series centered on a young gunslinging mercenary, Lizbeth Rose.Set in a fractured United States, in the southwestern country now known as Texoma A world where magic is acknowledged but mistrusted, especially by a young gunslinger named Lizbeth Rose Battered by a run across the border to Mexico Lizbeth Rose takes a job offer from a pair of Russian wizards to be their local guide and gunnie For the wizards, Gunnie Rose has already acquired a fearsome reputation and they re at a desperate crossroad, even if they won t admit it They re searching through the small border towns near Mexico, trying to locate a low level magic practitioner, Oleg Karkarov The wizards believe Oleg is a direct descendant of Grigori Rasputin, and that Oleg s blood can save the young tsar s life.As the trio journey through an altered America, shattered into several countries by the assassination of Franklin Roosevelt and the Great Depression, they re set on by enemies It s clear that a powerful force does not want them to succeed in their mission Lizbeth Rose is a gunnie who has never failed a client, but her oath will test all of her skills and resolve to get them all out alive. 4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum An Easy Death, my past experience with Charlaine Harris s work pretty much began and ended with the first Sookie Stackhouse book, and it was swiftly determined that southern vampires just weren t for me Afterward, I wasn t so sure about trying another one of her series, but then I heard about Gunnie Rose Maybe it was the weird western vibes or the idea of a modern gunslinging urban fantasy set in a post collapse alternate world where most of the country and its heroes are wild again, but right away, the premise caught my attention like a fish on a hook.Lizbeth Rose, our intrepid protagonist, is a gunnie a hired gun who makes her living with a mercenary team whose jobs frequently involve escorting bands of farmers across the treacherous landscape of what was once the southwestern United States Following the assassination of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the 1930s, the country suffered a massive decline in economy, infrastructure, and national defense, forcing its government to cede much of its territory to the other world powers The Russians, for instance, have claimed much of the west coast as part of their Holy Russian Empire, while Canada has also taken a chunk out of the north, and in the bordering states to the south where we find ourselves now, the area has become known as Texoma Much of society here has reverted to the times of the Old West, where bandits on the road are not uncommon, and travelers who wish to arrive at their destination in one piece are wise to hire gunnie crews like the one Lizbeth works for.But of course, survival like everything else in Texoma is never guaranteed What was supposed to be a routine job turns into a bloodbath, as the caravan Lizbeth and her crew were hired to escort is ambushed on the road by a group of merciless bandits All our protagonist s teammates are killed, including a couple of their charges, but nevertheless, our girl perseveres, completing the job with what s left of her party Once safe, Lizbeth returns home for some much needed quiet time in order to grieve and figure out her next step Unfortunately, respite is not in the cards Apparently, her reputation as a reliable gunnie has reached the ears of the Holy Russian Empire, and a couple of their wizards from California have found their way to her doorstep, looking to hire her to protect them while they search for one of their fellows Pauline and Eli are grigoris powerful magic users named for their venerated Rasputin on a dangerous and secretive mission, one that would require the services of an effective and discreet bodyguard What they don t realize, however, is that Lizbeth has a personal stake in their manhunt too, and she knows a lot about the situation than she lets on.Have you ever finished a book and thought to yourself, wow, this was just what I needed I felt that way after reading An Easy Death It s the perfect book to raise you out of a reading slump, or to tackle on a leisurely Saturday morning after grueling week Action packed and fast as hell, this was a novel I finished in a single sitting The pacing never really let up, and the snappy prose and dialogue kept me reading for hours until the very last page I enjoyed everything about the book so much so, I can t decide what I loved best World, characters, story it was all so good.But I suppose Lizbeth Rose made the strongest impression The author has a knack for writing feisty, spirited main characters who might not be very worldly for their young age, but they make up for it with cleverness, independence, and determination Some of Lizbeth s strongest traits include her sense of honor and loyalty She s only a killer when she needs to be, when she s on a job or defending herself and her friends She s the kind of person who does right by those who treat her well, and will give no mercy to those she considers her enemies This simple worldview of hers also has a tendency to make strangers underestimate her, always to their own detriment In reality, Lizbeth is a lot perceptive and calculating than others give her credit for, which she uses to her advantage.Then there s the world building Charlaine Harris has created a no holds barred version of a post apocalyptic Wild West like setting where life is rough, violent, and mostly lawless You get a sense that everyone is out for themselves out here, in this world where wishing someone an easy death is the kindest and most friendly greeting you could receive from a passing traveler Theft, murder, and rape are everyday realities in Texoma, a notion backed up by the blunt, no nonsense attitude of the prose Horrifying as it is, none of the violence or suffering is really played up for emotional points or drama, and in a way, this stark presentation further adds to the gravity of the situation Perhaps none serves as a better example than the massacre in the opening chapters This is the only life Lizbeth has ever known It is what it is, so you do what you do to pick yourself up and keep going.This being an alternate history, the setting also has its fair share of quirks, not least of them being the presence of the Holy Russian Empire in the Americas, bringing along with them their powerful magic And yet, the fantastical elements remained a understated aspect of the book throughout, though I enjoyed the interesting angles they provided They added spice to what was a standard adventure plot following the trio of Lizbeth, Eli, and Pauline as they made their way across Texoma, stopping at town after town some of which are welcome than others As you would expect, there was also a light touch of sexy action, though mixed in with the action and mystery, the romance wasn t something that was emphasized or put on a pedestal, which was exactly the way I liked it.Bottom line, for a straight up awesome read, pick up An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris Whether you re new to the author s work or an old fan, I think most readers will be struck by the refreshingly different feel of her new series and be riveted by the energy of Lizbeth s tale. Soooo I got this from the library but I m definitely buying this when the HB price goes down There are mixed reviews on this book as there are on any book My take I FREAKING LOVED IT This book is on my favorites list now There are a few shocking things in the book but overall it was awesome Trigger warning for a rape you can skim overHappy Reading Mel Hooray If, like me, you loved roughly 1 2 of the Sookie books the beginning 1 2 but found the rest sort of meh but still kept on reading you will like An Easy Death Same for the rest of her series, love some and are annoyed by the others but still kept on reading An Easy Death had me putting off chores so I could spend all my time with my new gunslinging girlfriend, Lizbeth Oh boy, oh boy, I m surely looking forward to this kick ass series and its alternate history line. An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris is the first book in her new Gunnie Rose series I had a whole internal debate on what to even classify this series, sort of a historical western fantasy I suppose Characters in here can wield magic and it does take place in an alternate version of our world in the past in the days of gunslingers.Lizbeth Rose is a gunslinger is an obviously man s world making her work that much harder to succeed at her chosen job When out with her crew making a run protecting a couple of families on their journey her whole crew is taken out but Lizbeth makes sure she saves her customers and finishes the job escorting them the rest of the way.After arriving back at her home she finds out there are a couple asking about for someone skilled to hire and before she knows it the couple are tracking her down The pair turns out to be a couple of Russian wizards searching for a a direct descendant of Grigori Rasputin in which Lizbeth is afraid that they will find out it s her blood they need.Ok, I will first admit that I picked this one up strictly based on author only since I ve never been a huge western fan but having read a few different series from Charlaine Harris and enjoying them curiosity killed the cat so to speak After finishing the first book I m glad I gave this a shot though as it was actually quite entertaining A kick butt lead female gunslinger mixing it up with bandits and magicians is certainly different than anything I ve picked up and I ll definitely want to know where this one goes from here So if you up for a different type of fast paced fantasy then I d give this one a try.I received an advance copy from the publisher via Edelweiss.For reviews please visit

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