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An Easy Death 375 stars Final review first posted on Fantasy Literature along with my co reviewer Jana's reviewThe author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels jumps into the Weird West with her latest series GUNNIE ROSE It’s a combination of Old West magic alternative history An Easy Death appears to be set in the 1930s or 40s but not in an era we’d recognize When Franklin Roosevelt was assassinated before taking office the US fractured and chunks of it were claimed by other countries including the Russian royal family taking over California and Oregon Mexico taking back Texas and Native Americans reclaiming much of their territory Nineteen year old Lizbeth Rose is a gunslinger or “gunnie” part of a crew that gives travelers an armed escort to protect them on their journeyThe very first thing we see Lizbeth Rose doing at the beginning of this book is cutting her hair into a pixie cut mostly because her much older boyfriend Tarken liked it long and cutting it is her way of pushing back against his too often telling her what to do It’s a signal of Lizbeth’s obstinacy and independence — ualities she’s going to need in the conflicts and difficulties coming her way It's grimly amusing that an easy death is the accepted way to say goodbye to a gunnie and the kind of luck they wish forAfter the Tarken Crew’s job escorting two farming families from Texas to New America takes a disastrous turn Lizbeth — somewhat at loose ends and financially strapped — overcomes her detest for wizards and accepts a job protecting a couple of Russian wizards or “grigori” These wizards Eli and Paulina are searching for a particular Russian Oleg Karkarov or if not him his descendants whose blood is needed for transfusions to preserve the life of Tsar Alexei Apparently the blood of Grigori Rasputin and his relatives has a salutary effect on hemophilia it’s nice to know that in this world Rasputin was good for something What the wizards don’t know although Lizbeth mentions it in her narration to the reader fairly early on is that view spoilerLizbeth is actually Oleg’s daughter and that she killed him herself for excellent reasons hide spoiler AN EASY DEATH by Charlaine Harris is the first book in the Gunnie Rose series This was an exciting start to a new series that spans genres It is a western an urban fantasy an alternate history a thriller and it contains magicFranklin Roosevelt was elected President but assassinated prior to taking office The vice president dies of influenza the banks crashed followed by a large drought and massive influenza With the population decreased the government was not able to protect itself and other countries grabbed pieces of America Additionally this is a world where magic exists and is mistrusted by manyWith this alternative history we meet our protaganist Lizbeth Rose who lives in the southwestern county now known as Texoma She is a young gunslinging mercenary who protects and moves people andor cargo Within this world the story progresses rapidly with Lizbeth's skills constantly testedCharlaine Harris is one of my favorite authors and she did not let me down with this uniue start to a new series The worldbuilding is fantastic and the characters are compelling Lizbeth's motivations are believable and well drawn and the secondary characters were well rounded and enhanced the story The plot twists were believable but mainly unexpected The story moved at an appropriate pace The scenes were well described and gave me a clear sense of place I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series If you like blended genre books then this may be a book that you would enjoy Hooray If like me you loved roughly 12 of the Sookie books the beginning 12 but found the rest sort of meh but still kept on reading you will like An Easy Death Same for the rest of her series love some and are annoyed by the others but still kept on reading An Easy Death had me putting off chores so I could spend all my time with my new gunslinging girlfriend Lizbeth Oh boy oh boy I'm surely looking forward to this kick ass series and its alternate history line An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris is the first book in her new Gunnie Rose series I had a whole internal debate on what to even classify this series sort of a historical western fantasy I suppose Characters in here can wield magic and it does take place in an alternate version of our world in the past in the days of gunslingersLizbeth Rose is a gunslinger is an obviously man’s world making her work that much harder to succeed at her chosen job When out with her crew making a run protecting a couple of families on their journey her whole crew is taken out but Lizbeth makes sure she saves her customers and finishes the job escorting them the rest of the wayAfter arriving back at her home she finds out there are a couple asking about for someone skilled to hire and before she knows it the couple are tracking her down The pair turns out to be a couple of Russian wizards searching for a a direct descendant of Grigori Rasputin in which Lizbeth is afraid that they will find out it’s her blood they needOk I will first admit that I picked this one up strictly based on author only since I’ve never been a huge western fan but having read a few different series from Charlaine Harris and enjoying them curiosity killed the cat so to speak After finishing the first book I’m glad I gave this a shot though as it was actually uite entertaining A kick butt lead female gunslinger mixing it up with bandits and magicians is certainly different than anything I’ve picked up and I’ll definitely want to know where this one goes from here So if you up for a different type of fast paced fantasy then I’d give this one a tryI received an advance copy from the publisher via EdelweissFor reviews please visit It pains me to write this review almost as much as it pained me to finish this book I’ve always enjoyed Charlaine Harris’ writing the Sookie StackhouseTrue Blood series Harper Connelly Midnight Texas When I saw that Harris had a brand new what I would call dystopianfantasy I was all in An Easy Death simply did not meet my expectations I’ve always loved the way that Harris could make me laugh out loud through a uniue dark story While Lizbeth Rose had a constant stream of sarcasm flowing from her mouth it just didn’t hit the markDid Harris create a new concept of a dystopian world with An Easy Death? Absolutely Was Lizbeth Rose a well developed strong heroine? Definitely Sometimes this just isn’t enough An Easy Death was dragged out far too long with too much repetitive action Lizbeth leaves town escorting her charges she kills bad guys arrives in the next town has a bath changes clothes repeat Come on Charlaine you can do better than thisIf you don’t know Charlaine Harris what rock are you living under? I would have to say that An Easy Death is not the best place to start Go for Dead Until Dark or Midnight Crossroad From a technical aspect there is nothing wrong with An Easy Death but it felt like the story was tossed together just to get a book outI received a copy of the book from the publisher via NetGalley April 2119 This is the Audible daily deal today for anyone who was thinking about this one Oh my stars yes Move over Sookie Stackhouse and take a seat Angel Crawford There's a new snarky southern chick in town and she's jumped right to the top of my supernatural fun list This is not a deep read but goodness did I enjoy itIn An Easy Death we follow Lisbeth Gunnie Rose who lives in an alternate timeline where when? the US became fractured with the assassination of Roosevelt Without his guidance the country was divided and broken into pieces some parts were absorbed by neighbour countries Canada and Mexico some states were taken by other countries altogetherAmericans who were caught in states with new leaderships are trying to migrate to New America and to stay safe on the trail they hire gunnies for protection Lisbeth Rose is one of the best gunnies with an almost second sense to warn her of looming danger and an aim that can take down even the uickest targetsAlthough Gunnie Rose comes close to falling into some tropey traps I didn't find the character annoying at all and my attention was held from start to finish I alternated between reading and listening to the audiobook as narrated by Eva Kaminsky I think this may be a case where the narration truly elevated a good book to one that was completely unputdownableMy only real disappointments here are that I don't know how long I'll have to wait for the next book in the trilogy and the fact that it's only planned to be a trilogy I loved the world building here and I think there are many stories that could be told in this world Thanks to Netgalley and Simon Schuster Canada for providing me with a DRC of this book I might get this from the library and try it I like alternate histories plus magic But still not over Sookie P Just as the cover implies An Easy Death is a cowboy shoot 'em up style book In the classic comedic style of Charlaine Harris we are introduced to our bad ass heroine who doesn't like anyone meddling in her affairs and has kept her hand on her gun mos of her life just to survive CharactersSomething Harris is a master at creating are characters Her original series 'True Blood' characters are unforgettable and as such so are the ones in An Easy Death Not only is our lead gal likable she has many traits readers may wish they had; including a fearless personality Additionally Harris introduces us to a whole host of characters you come to care about Although fair warning there are a lot of people that don't make it in this wild west dystopian environment; so try not to get too attached Alternate Dystopian HistoryThe setting of Harris' new series is really interesting It's back in the 1930 40's or so I think and yet the USA has been split into factionsareas that are no longer one country due to a rise in magic and magical abilities This has led to outlaw areas new regimes and intense politics My fave part because I'm very biased was that Canada held onto their land and got a chunk of the northern United States So I just have to say thanks to Harris for not assuming my country would fall ; The other side of the split of the USA is that the Russians have taken over portion of the former country including what was California They are the ones with the most magic and a royal bloodline that includes the original royal line whom all suffer from hemophilia There's no lack of politics in this world and yet it's not complex or heavily set A perfect balance to the wild west feel of the show ActionAn Easy Death is primarily a bunch of action scenes strung together with some mysterious plot But don't be fooled into thinking there is a complexity to this story At the end of the day it's just like your average John Wayne style story Except our lead gal doesn't end up with near as many people in bed with her as Wayne might have had back in the day lol OverallThis is a fun take a break and laugh book Just like the Sookie Stackhouse series True Blood on HBO Harris has taken a relatively simple approach to let us know that the books are really all about having some laughs shooting up a lot of places and our heroine surviving As our lead gal is only 19 or so she displays a strong desire to survive that is admirable and reminded me that I can totally handle 35C on one of the days I was reading this so long as no one is shooting at me While no one is likely to give out a literary award for this new series I know I will look forward to the next book And I hope that this series can go on for 3 6 books and be decent additions to my TBR as 'break' reads from some of the heavy literature on there To read this and of my reviews visit my blog at Epic Reading Please note I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley This is an honest and unbiased review The beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series the inspiration for HBO’s True Blood and the Midnight Crossroad trilogy adapted for NBC’s Midnight Texas has written a taut new thriller—the first in the Gunnie Rose series—centered on a young gunslinging mercenary Lizbeth RoseSet in a fractured United States in the southwestern country now known as Texoma A world where magic is acknowledged but mistrusted especially by a young gunslinger named Lizbeth Rose Battered by a run across the border to Mexico Lizbeth Rose takes a job offer from a pair of Russian wizards to be their local guide and gunnie For the wizards Gunnie Rose has already acuired a fearsome reputation and they’re at a desperate crossroad even if they won’t admit it They’re searching through the small border towns near Mexico trying to locate a low level magic practitioner Oleg Karkarov The wizards believe Oleg is a direct descendant of Grigori Rasputin and that Oleg’s blood can save the young tsar’s lifeAs the trio journey through an altered America shattered into several countries by the assassination of Franklin Roosevelt and the Great Depression they’re set on by enemies It’s clear that a powerful force does not want them to succeed in their mission Lizbeth Rose is a gunnie who has never failed a client but her oath will test all of her skills and resolve to get them all out alive You have to give points to Charlaine Harris for being inventive From Aurora Teagarden to Sookie Stackhouse to Lisbeth Rose and a few others along the way each series is totally different to the one before An Easy Death is set in an alternate USA one where Franklin Roosevelt was assassinated and the Government lost control Other countries uickly moved in to claim whole areas for themselves resulting in a sudden loss of things we take for granted such as usable roads and a police force Lisbeth Rose is a talented shooter and is employed as a Gunnie or a person who rides with travelers to protect them from banditsThe scene is thus set for an urban fantasywestern but later developments introduce magic as well via the Grigori These Russian wizards have some interesting and freuently lethal talents and definitely add excitement to the story I thought the book was great fun It moved at a steady pace and was hard to put down and easy to pick up again Always a sign of a good book Gunnie Rose is a great character and I am looking forward to reading about her

About the Author: Charlaine Harris

Charlaine Harris has been a published novelist for over thirty five years A native of the Mississippi Delta she grew up in the middle of a cotton field Charlaine lives in Texas now and all of her children and grandchildren are within easy driving distanceThough her early output consisted largely of ghost stories by the time she hit college Rhodes in Memphis Charlaine was writing poetry an

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