Series: London Undead #2
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication Date: November 4, 2013
Kayden, a lone were-leopard allied with the London werewolf pack to keep the zombie infestation in check, is used to working solo—until he discovers a beautiful fae woman surrounded by the aftermath of battle. He’s immediately drawn to Sorcha, but quickly discovers she’s much more than a pretty face.
Half Bean Sidhe and half berserker, Sorcha trained over centuries to become the perfect warrior. She agrees to work with local weres to investigate a new type of zombie capable of coordinated attacks—and is partnered with Kayden. He’s strong, darkly handsome and completely unafraid of her. And his kiss fills her with insatiable desire instead of bloodlust.
As Kayden and Sorcha work together, their attraction grows and their deepest scars are bared to each other. But with the force behind the deadly new zombies poised to overwhelm the city, Sorcha can only pray that the next time her bloodlust strikes, Kayden isn’t among the fallen…
Sing for the Dead picks up slightly after Bite Me ended. The story begins with the introduction of a new character named Sorcha whose been sent to London as an emissary of the Fae to figure out why their numbers have been decreasing. After saving a Brownie from a pack of Hungry undead Sorcha meets the wereleopard Kayden as well as Seth and Maisie from the first book. Caught up? Good.
What I liked about Sing for the Dead is how perfectly paced the story was. Introducing new characters in a Novella series isn't always easy but Sorcha gets enough introduction to clue us into her mission and learn a little about what makes her unique all without being weighed down by pages us pages of exposition. We also learn more about the Fae which if you recall were merely hinted at as existing in the first book so it was nice to see that plot point wasn't dropped. I must say I am quite impressed with how the Author is handling all the paranormal elements in her series. She has quite the mix of creatures and yet they all have their own hierarchies, personalities and rules to abide by. Usually you don't see this much background and lore in Novellas but I really enjoy it.
Another thing I really enjoyed about Sing for the Undead is the romance. Unlike Maisie and Seth in the first book most of the ahem romance between Sorcha and Kayden happens right off the bat giving them time to really explore how they feel for each other over the course of the novella vs. just humping like rabbits to prove a point about them being mates. I also think they fit as a couple nicely. Both her and Kayden are warriors at home on the battlefield. Plus it helps they both have lived a long time and so they don't have to worry about one growing older and dying on the other. Overall, I ship them and can't wait to see their relationship progress as the series continues.
Lastly, I really liked the ending. Unlike Bite Me the ending for Sing for the Dead felt satisfying all while setting up the next book nicely. Now that the Zombies have breached quarantine I believe things are about to get a whole lot more interesting to say the least.
Now while I really did like this Novella I do have two small complaints. The first being how little Kayden interacted with the London pack. It would've been interesting to see a bit more of Seth and his crew instead of only popping up on occasion to remind the reader that yes this was indeed a sequel and not a companion novel. I also would've liked Sorcha and Kayden to check in on the Brownie whom she rescued in the beginning. Even a phone call here and there asking for an updated status report would've been nice.
If you're looking for a unique take on the Zombie apocalypse with plenty of action, steamy romantic elements and a wide variety of paranormal creatures to root for than I highly suggest picking up Sing for the Dead and giving it a go. With that being said, I will be rating Sing for the Dead by P.J. Schnyder ★★★★.
*Copy purchased. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in an which way for providing them.
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