Review: A Touch of Death (The Outlands Pentalogy #1) by Rebecca Crunden

A Touch of Death

(The Outlands Pentalogy #1)

by Rebecca Crunden

A thousand years in the future, the last of humanity live inside the walls of the totalitarian Kingdom of Cutta. The rich live in Anais, the capital city of Cutta, sheltered from the famine and disease which ravage the rest of the Kingdom. Yet riches and power only go so far, and even Anaitians can be executed. It is only by the will of the King that Nate Anteros, son of the King’s favourite, is spared from the gallows after openly dissenting. But when he’s released from prison, Nate disappears.

A stark contrast, Catherine Taenia has spent her entire life comfortable and content. The daughter of the King’s Hangman and in love with Thom, Nate’s younger brother, her life has always been easy, ordered and comfortable. That is, where it doesn’t concern Nate. His actions sullied not only his future, but theirs. And unlike Thom, Catherine has never forgiven him.

Two years pass without a word, and then one night Nate returns. But things with Nate are never simple, and when one wrong move turns their lives upside down, the only thing left to do is run where the King’s guards cannot find them – the Outlands. Those wild, untamed lands which stretch around the great walls of the Kingdom, filled with mutants and rabids.


My Rating: 4 Stars.

I Received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I do not normally read post apocalyptical, or dystopian novels – so this was a really nice change of pace. This book was incredibly well written and the world building and imagery created by the author was spectacular. My only issue being getting into the book took a bit and I had to put it down twice before I managed to dive in properly – So if you are looking at this title – my advice would be stick with it because once you get over the first hump it is one wicked roller-coaster ride you do not want to get off of.

Ms Crunden spoils us with really great characters from the misunderstood bad guy to the perfect partner in crime with Kitty. They take you on a journey in which you are always kept on your toes and never left wanting for action, destruction and dasterdly doom.

This really was an epic read with lots of excitement and I cannot wait to get my hands on what is to come next.


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