Title: Sing for the Dead
Author: P.J. Schnyder
Series: London Undead #2
Genre: Paranormal Romance (Adult)
Reviewer: Kristen Rinaldo
London is crawling with zombies and nobody knows why. Werewolves and other were-creatures help the human police keep the zombies and stupid zombie hunting humans under control.
Kayden is a were-leopard living in zombie infested London. Though a loner by nature, he is allied with the London werewolf pack and aids in patrols. Sorcha is the child of a Baen-sidhe and a mortal, cursed to carry the battle rage of her berserker father. She is a half-fae warrior sent by the Court of Light to investigate the danger that the zombies may pose to the fae.
Some of the zombies are moving in coordinated attacks, the likes of which have not been observed before. Sorcha agrees to temporarily team up with the were-creatures, specifically Kayden, to investigate the reason for the new zombie behavior.
This is book two of the London Undead series. I am the kind of girl who does not like to start reading a book in the middle of a series, so I began with the first story, Bite Me. This was a good investment of my time and money because it gave me a fuller understanding of the setting and I got to read the story of Seth and Maisie, who are great characters.
That being said, this story can easily stand alone. The author incorporates enough back story so that reading the first book is not necessary, but it is highly suggested because it is well written and enjoyable.
Sorcha’s internal struggle is compelling. She has berserker tendencies and is ashamed of her lust for violence:
“And that was her shame, wasn’t it? Violence sang through her blood – the mortal part of her heritage surging to the fore at the mere memory of the earlier fight. More. She needed more.”
With the help of Kayden, who is not ashamed of his own violent tendencies, Sorcha can start to come to terms with who she is.
Schnyder’s writing style is engaging. Characters each have a unique voice. As the point of view alternates between Kayden and Sorcha the voices are distinct. The descriptions of London and the parks in which some of the action takes place are very well done:
“The trees in Kensington Gardens were bare skeletons this deep into the winter in London—sleeping, but restless, tugging at her heart. Would the trees be too sickened to bring forth new life after the roots had bathed in blood?”
4 out of 5 bookmarks. This is an original take on zombies, which was refreshing. I recommend this book for anyone who is not too bothered by zombies. This really is more of a horror romance novel, which is just fine with me. I only wish it was a little longer so that I could spend more time with the characters and their world, though the current length does not make the story seem rushed or incomplete. I hope the author will set a full length novel in this world but I will happily buy another novella length work in this series.