- Publisher: Dell Publishing Co Inc.,U.S.
- Format: Paperback | 423 pages
- Dimensions: 104mm x 173mm x 36mm | 236g
- Publication date: 15 August 2010
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0553592874
- ISBN 13: 9780553592870
- Sales rank: 119,074
Evangeline Stone, a rogue bounty hunter, never asked for a world divided between darkness and light . . . . . . or the power to die and live again in someone else's borrowed body. After a murder plot meant to take her out leaves an entire race of shapeshifters nearly extinct, Evy is gnawed by guilt. So when one of the few survivors of the slaughter enlists her aid, she feels duty-bound to help--even though protecting a frail, pregnant shifter is the last thing Evy needs, especially with the world going to hell around her. Amid weres, Halfies, gremlins, vamps--and increasingly outgunned humans--a war for supremacy is brewing. With shifters demanding justice, her superiors desperate to control her, and an assassin on her trail, Evy discovers a horrifying conspiracy. And she may be the only person in the world who can stop it--unless, of course, her own side gets her first.
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A native of the Delaware seashore, Kelly Meding briefly attempted life in the bustle of the Northern Virginia/DC Metro area, before retreating back to the relative quiet of the Eastern Shore. She lives in a small town near the beach, with a neurotic cat who occasionally meows at ghosts. Kelly received her Bachelor's Degree in Communication in 2002 and she hasn't used it since, preferring instead to wile away her non-writing hours on the sales floor of a national retail chain. After discovering Freddy Krueger at a very young age, Kelly began a lifelong obsession with horror, science fiction, and fantasy, on which she blames her interest in vampires, psychic powers, superheroes, and all things paranormal. When not writing, she can be found crafting jewelry, enjoying a good cup of coffee, or scouring the Internet for gossip on her favorite television shows.
By Claire Smith 28 Sep 2011
As Lie The Dead is book 2 in the Dreg City series written by Kelly Meding. It follows the story of Evy Stone who used to be a hunter for the Triads which protect the city from Dregs otherwise known as vampires, halfies, weres, goblins etc. Triads are teams of three hunters and one handler. In book 1 Three Days To Dead Evy was raped and tortured to death by goblins and the other two hunters in her Triad also killed. But she was brought back from the dead and put into a new body, that of Chalice Frost who had recently committed suicide. Evy then had three days in which to avenge her murder before dying permanently. However the magic spell which brought Evy back to life was changed when Wyatt also died but he too came back to life so she is now in Chalice's body forever. Oh and during all of this the majority of the Owlkins (were birds) were massacred in the hunt to find Evy. Confusing huh?
Book 2 picks up exactly from where book 1 left off. Apart from the basic story of Evy dying and coming back to life in the first book I couldn't remember what had happened, but that was ok as you are given a good re-cap at the beginning. My feelings are torn on this book there were parts that I was completely engrossed in then other parts where I just wanted to rush to get through it. I felt the same with Evy too sometimes I really liked the character then others I was wishing someone would just kill her. It was interesting to see Evy changing as she took on more of Chalice and I must say she was more of a pleasant character because of it. Wyatt was a little too wimpy for me as well. Evy was always literally fighting for him or telling him what to do, I wanted Wyatt to man up a bit. One character that I did like was Phin the were Osprey. He was interesting and well written I hope there is more of him in the following books.
The story was quite repetitive Evy would get knocked unconscious or nearly killed and she would black out, somebody would then save her and when she came round she would be told what things had happened whilst she was out of it. I found this annoying I want a heroine to be kick ass not blacking out and being saved all of the time. I also thought it was an easy way out to move the story along. Plus if you are a hunter carry a weapon, stop going into fights then realizing you do not have anything other than your fists to fight with. There is a massive shock near the end of the book that I did not see coming at all that explains everything that has happened wince the very beginning and I thought it was brilliant. I have deliberated about what to give this book and I would like to give it 3 and a half stars. It wasn't as good as the first book but I am hoping that the next one is better.
Originally posted at www.clairesbookcorner.blogspot.com