The Grim Reaper ,that personification of Death, has always been a popular character for so many authors. Doesn’t matter the media, format, culture, or even era, the popularity and mythology even mysticism, makes the Reaper a being of power and fantasy.
For many, even romance. How many have posited what could happen if Death fell in love? It’s a fascinating theory.
Kiki Clark and E.M. Lindsey have a new series that focuses on that question. Their world building gives us a multitude of Reapers, each with their back history of becoming a Reaper, a Afterdeath universe complete with its set of rules and structure, and, an ability to soul bond with a human.
The authors do a terrific job with Tristan, the eldest son and heir of a ne’er-do-well Victorian landowner. Tristan, who realizes early he prefers the company of men, can’t bring himself to wed. In a short time, the authors paint him to be a tortured, kind, empathetic man, in a era that would certainly see him imprisoned. But fate and his family’s poor genetics have other ideas. In a raw scene, we are present as he’s transformed into a Reaper.
If death is a element that makes you uncomfortable, then this is not the story or series for you. Because people die here. Some are angry, some bewildered, others full of pain at those they are forced to leave behind. With no guarantees they will ever see them again.
No Aunt Minnie is waiting for you on the other side. It’s not that universe. At least not in this book. FYI.
Which brings us to Elias, a medium. He sees ghosts and tries to help the living make peace , along with their departed, of whatever issues remain between them. Elias has many troubles of his own, including a family that despises him due to his sexuality, as well as his “oddness”.
Elias is engaging and believable, moving about his little shop, a kitchen witch , with a kind, albeit unstable heart.
Their romance is remarkable. Especially considering one is a virginal Victorian non corporeal Reaper and the other a weak, delightful, human, who teeters constantly between the living and those who refuse to move on.
There’s several obstacles between their HEA, and it feels a bit rushed towards the end.
There’s also already several Reaper/human soul bonds that have happened prior to this story. Some of those couples make appearances here.
I believe they are Free Stories out there. See the list below.
At any rate. Until His Last Goodbye (Scythe #1) by Kiki Clark and E.M. Lindsey is a terrific story that needs just a tad more world building and length to be outstanding. Tris and Elias have such promise to their future and their relationship growth.
I really look forward to seeing what more these authors and this series has to offer.
Until His Soul Awakens #0.5
Until His Beginning Ends #0.6
Until His Last Goodbye #1
Cover note. Am I the only one getting tired of seeing this same color variation. style, layout format everywhere? If it’s fantasy, it’s purplely, green, swirly, cover, it’s too too much. Rant over.
When Death is your soulmate, finding love has never been so heart-stopping.
Having been a powerful medium for as long as he can remember, Elias knows his fair share about the afterlife.
Spirits are pushy.
Spirits are needy.
And they don’t respect personal boundaries.
Being a conduit between the living and the dead is exhausting but ignoring his gift isn’t an option. Even though embracing his calling has ruined nearly every relationship he’s ever had, Elias has learned to offer what comfort he can to those left behind, knowing his own time is limited.
So the day Death comes knocking,
Elias is resigned.
And then enchanted.
He has no business falling for an immortal collector of souls. No matter how kind and surprisingly innocent he is. Or how the Reaper’s gentle nature soothes the hollow ache inside his chest.
There can be no way forward when you fall for Death…
…unless you join him.
Until His Last Goodbye is the first installment in the epic Scythe trilogy by E.M. Lindsey and Kiki Clark. It features an uptight Victorian reaper, a medium eager to corrupt him, witchy best friends willing to hex anyone who hurts the people they love, and a former Spanish pirate who doesn’t have time for other people’s nonsense.