She never asked for the undying loyalty of a necromancer.
1913. Austria-Hungary. Ardis knows better than to save a man on the battlefield. Even if he manages to be a charming bastard while bleeding out in the snow. She hasn’t survived this long as a mercenary without some common sense.
When she rescues Wendel, it isn’t because he’s devilishly handsome, but because he’s a necromancer. His touch can revive the dead, and Ardis worries he will return from the grave to hunt her down. Besides, a necromancer can be useful in this world on the brink of war.
A gentleman of questionable morals, Wendel drops to one knee and pledges his undying loyalty to Ardis. She resists falling for him, no matter how hot the tension smolders between them. Especially when she discovers Wendel’s scars run much deeper than his skin, and it might be too late to truly save him from himself.
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Ardis was distantly aware of her heartbeat thumping, and of a tightness in her throat.
“When a necromancer dies,” she said, “does he die like a normal man?”
Wendel’s eyes glittered with a molten emotion she couldn’t name. She found it hard to look at him, but she didn’t dare look away.
“God,” he said, “I hope so.”
She still held the bottle of absinthe out to him, and when he took it from her, the very tips of his fingers touched hers. A shiver of electricity skittered down her backbone, as if she could feel the latent necromancy in his skin.
For some strange reason, she wanted to touch him again.
“Shadows of Asphodel is a great, rollicking adventure with plenty of steam! Kincy’s world-building is some of the best.” – Bec McMaster, author of Kiss of Steel
“A gripping alternate history of World War I, filled with magic and swordfighting, steamy romance, and general badassery—a daring adventure you don’t want to miss!” – Chelsea M. Campbell, author of The Rise of Renegade X
“This was a book that when I finished reading I lay in bed and stared at the ceiling just thinking about it. For hours. I couldn’t pick anything else up; I just wanted to read it again!” – Candace’s Book Blog
“Shadows of Asphodel has fantasy, action, adventure, magic, a steamy romance, power struggles, and AMAZING characters placed into even more amazing settings.” – Gin’s Book Notes
“I loved it. From the gorgeous cover to the dazzling synopsis, I was hooked on the dark fantasy, the charismatic characters, the fast-paced plot, the European setting, the sinister magic and the steampunk technology. I loved it all.” – Tower of Babel
“Shadows of Asphodel is a breathtaking page-turner. The action starts at page one of this book and it practically never stops. The many twists and turns, unexpected plot developments and reveals, combined with all the layers of character building and magnificent historical backdrop, result in a novel that is not only action-packed and epic, but also quite intellectually stimulating and emotionally engaging.” – Bookish
“Karen Kincy has done a great job with ‘Shadows of Asphodel’. There was even one point where I squealed and clapped, and then paused and mentally scolded myself. I actually have a note that I wrote, it says this: “How about NO. I need this to be fixed. I’m too emotionally attached. CANNOT DEAL!” There was just so much going on, and it gave me such a rush.” – Whimsical Nature
“I…fell in love with this book. Or maybe it is just Wendel. Yeah, maybe I fell in love with Wendel. Wendel & Ardis. Nope, I fell in love with Wendel AND this book. A little steampunk, a little magic, a little romance, incredible passion, thirst for revenge, when I finished, I sighed happily.” – A Tiffyfit’s Reading Corner
“And HOLY ACTION, Batman! There’s never a dull moment in SHADOWS OF ASPHODEL. The story brims with well-choreographed fight scenes, simmering tension, and an abiding emphasis on forward movement, be it physical or emotional. ” – In the Forest of Stories
“To sum it all up: this will be a series that I purchase, and will go on the bookshelf with my most favorite books, to have to read and re-read for years to come. Ardis and Wendel are a journey that will never grow old or tiring.” – Girl of 1000 Wonders
“Page turning excitement. One of those books that has plot twists galore and just so overly action packed that you cannot help but to read longer then you really should.” – Mad Steam
“I loved it. Ms Kincy has a new fan for life.” – Why I Can’t Stop Reading
“Dark, intense, and amazing, Shadows of Asphodel was just brilliant. I absolutely loved this New Adult dieselpunk read. It was darkly romantic, endlessly thrilling, and deeply emotional. I really enjoyed this fabulous book.” – Imagine a World
“Shadows of Asphodel is one of those books that’s just fun to curl up with and get lost inside — with its nonstop action and adventure, steamy romance, and intriguing plot. Magic and mystery round out the story and keep the pages turning.” – Novel Novice
“Shadows of Asphodel is a book that brings back my faith in NA novels. Not only was it unique, but it was also terrific in the character development and the world-building. I highly recommend this to fans of fantasy novels.” – Nick’s Book Blog
“The tension between the two is palpable from the first pages and grows in a crescendo culminating in the city of Vienna.” – Petrichor: A Book Blog
“The world and the characters truly felt dynamic and drew me into the story on page one, and I stayed right there in the world with the characters until the last page. This is one of the few books I’ve picked up this year which I can honestly say I’ll probably reread at some point, just for its sheer entertainment value.” – Friday Indie Review
“In Shadows of Asphodel, all the swords, zeppelins, necromancers, love and lust combined into a magical read that made me fall in love not only with the book, but with the genre itself.” – The Nocturnal Library
“So Shadows of Asphodel is a pretty badass dieselpunk romance with magic, conspiracies, zombies, bad guys and just all-around kickassness.” – Book Munchies
“Seriously, this book has so many elements that I adore and more. I am and have always been a great lover of assassins and mercenaries, so just having a mercenary in this book made it a good concept. But throw in necromancers, mages, ZOMBIES, swordfights, random scary-a** creatures, love, lust, magic, and an awesome revenge story set in a historical setting and you have me completely enthralled.” – Book Marks the Spot
“I really can’t say enough about the world building in this novel. It is done brilliantly and I love the alternate history aspect. If you enjoy the steampunk genre, you will definitely like Karen Kincy’s take on dieselpunk. Shadows of Asphodel is action packed with a complicated romance between two complicated characters.” – Meredith & Jennifer’s Musings
“Ardis is loyal and courageous, and she doesn’t back down from a fight. I loved this fierce girl, and I cannot wait to see more of her.” – Rainy Day Ramblings
“I was not quite sure what to expect with this story since I don’t typically read books with a necromancer as a lead character. Well that just changed, bring on the necromancers. I absolutely loved Wendel, he is cocky, has a swagger, and a refreshing surprise.” – Musings From an Addicted Reader
“A couple of times I was just plain jealous at Karen Kincy’s creativity. You’ll see what I mean when you read it. To twist all these complex things together and make a world that works in a historical setting, altering real world events, just slightly to change history, it’s ingenious. And makes for a great story.” – Buried in Books
“Ardis – B-A-D-A-S-S … need I say more.” – Romance Schmonance
“Wendel captured me from his first words. I have a weakness for mysterious and tortured and he delivered in spades. Add in his special abilities, a healthy dose of charm, a smidge of arrogance and how smart he is and he’s a home run.” – Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf
“Love: Wendel! He is the man!! This guy is ah-maz-ing!! Even though he is harsh there is something about him that just draws me in. Not to mention Ardis. She is one tough gal. She fights and survives. She has this strength about her that just draws the reader. And bring both characters together…EXPLOSION!!!!!” – Books With Bite
“Ardis and Wendel were kick butt characters in their own right and couldn’t have been more perfect for each other in almost every way.” – My Guilty Obsession
“I am completely wowed by this book! I had heard of dieselpunk before but never read anything definitely classified as such. If this is dieselpunk, I’m sold.” – Amethyst Daydreams
“I did not expect the book and characters to completely capture my heart the way they did—this novel is definitely one of my top reads of the year!” – Stephanie Parent
“Shadows of Asphodel is a dark, suspenseful and an enthralling story, with a strong heroine, and a swoon worthy romance.” – Books Live Forever
“What’s in it that’s so great? Well, in this book, you get paranormal and horror elements with the necromancer, sword and sorcery fantasy elements since guns don’t work thanks to a magical hex, technomancy (using technology to mimic magic), great battle scenes, fantastic characterization, a great unpredictable storyline, a heart-wrenching love story (heat level about medium), and a writing style that draws you in—all with a European backdrop with the early 1900s feel.” – Ebook Escapes
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