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The Ravenous Dead
     

The Ravenous Dead

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by Natasha Hoar
 

This time the dead are hungry…

Rachel Miller doesn't just see dead people, she rescues them. As a member of The Order of Rescue Mediums, she spends most of her time helping stubborn spirits move on from the world. But after she learns the details of three brutal murders, she knows the culprit can only be a reaper, an undead monster that

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This time the dead are hungry…

Rachel Miller doesn't just see dead people, she rescues them. As a member of The Order of Rescue Mediums, she spends most of her time helping stubborn spirits move on from the world. But after she learns the details of three brutal murders, she knows the culprit can only be a reaper, an undead monster that relentlessly stalks its victims to feed on their souls.

A reaper once consumed the soul of Rachel's mentor as she watched frozen in fear. Now, Rachel is in the role of teacher to Kit Elkeles, a rodach just learning to control his wraithlike powers. After Kit and Rachel rescue a half-vampire, they work to protect him while searching for a way to stop the reaper. But when Rachel realizes who the monster is really after—and just what kind of dark magic she'll need to stop it—will she be able to do what is necessary before it devours one of her friends…or even herself?

27,000 words

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426894084
Publisher:
Carina Press
Publication date:
07/16/2012
Series:
Lost Souls
Sold by:
HARLEQUIN
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
File size:
331 KB

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Rachel Miller brought the sharpened tip of the Italian rapier's blade to rest in front of Kit's Adam's apple just as Jon Bon Jovi began hollering the first line of "You Give Love a Bad Name." Her heart beginning to beat a little faster, she held her position and stared at him, waiting for him to make a move.

Kit dove backward, snickering like a schoolboy.

Rachel sighed, lowering the sword slightly. "How old are you?"

"I'm sorry." He tried to stifle his glee, his "aw shucks, ma'am" good looks in full effect. "I just can't take you seriously with that thing."

"How is it you can't take me seriously when I'm wielding a live weapon?"

"I don't know." He rubbed the back of his head and shrugged. "I mean, I guess it's a bit of a girlie sword. If you had something with a significant blade on it, like a long sword, I might feel threatened. But then you'd look even sillier—"

Rachel spun around and speared the punching bag hanging from the ceiling in one elegant lunge. She recovered immediately and turned on Kit before he had time to fully comprehend that the blade had pushed clean through the bag as though it had been made of tissue paper.

"What the—?" He stepped back.

She lunged at him, aiming for his head.

Kit ducked with millimeters to spare. Rachel didn't hesitate, going after him again and again, using the music to maintain an aggressive tempo. Years of competitive swordplay and dodging violent entities for a living allowed her to anticipate and counteract his movements with little effort.

It wasn't enough.

Opening her heightened sense of empathy, she could pick up that Kit was perturbed but not afraid. They both knew he "wraithed-out" when he was mad. Mention his back-stabbing sister who'd tried to have him killed while he was stuck in his wraith form, and Kit just about transformed on the spot. Rachel had a solid hunch that he would shape shift in reaction to other strong primal emotions, such as fear. If they could nail down the range of emotions that caused uncontrolled shifts, they'd know what frames of mind to tap for controlled changes.

First things first.

"Rachel—what the hell?"

She feigned a strike one way and then sliced from the other. This time she made no effort to miss him. The blade tip nipped across the flesh of his cheek. Blood immediately beaded along the wound.

"Holy shit! Stop it!"

He tried to dive for a nearby dumbbell. She blocked him, her blade seeking out and opening up the softer flesh on top of his reaching hand.

Confusion finally gave way to fear.

The room temperature dipped dramatically.

One more push.

Kit's back slammed against the wall, his hands raised in a surrender position on either side of his head. A small, red smear bloomed on the wall as the back of his wounded hand swiped across the dusty wallpaper. At the last moment he made an attempt to escape.

Rachel brought the sword to within millimeters of his face in what to her was a very controlled lunge. Kit, though, must have seen his life pass before his eyes.

Human-Kit literally poofed into wraith-Kit.

Or at least he came close. Rachel could have sworn she saw him transform, his body elongating, darkening, edges blurring as he replaced his human body with the otherworldly, cowl-like visage of the wraith. But just as quickly as it started, the transformation reversed, leaving a panting, sweating, wide-eyed human-Kit glaring at her.

Meet the Author

Born in South Africa, Natasha moved to Canada in her 20s and settled just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia. This meant she was surrounded by an abundance of amazing natural beauty, interesting people from around the world to talk to, and a fair bit of rain. She’s always up for a good adventure, especially if it involves ‘stumbling upon’ movie/TV shoots, meandering through book & toy stores, or looking into paranormal phenomena.

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The Ravenous Dead 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The second novella in Hoar's Lost Souls series is solidly-plotted, with fun characters and a few really exciting sequences. In an unusual twist, the villainous reaper is sympathetic while an ally in stopping the reaper is cold and creepy. Looking forward to the next installment! -- lyradora
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shyd More than 1 year ago
Rachel was such a kick butt heroine. I loved everything about her from the way she could hold her own to the amazing abilities she has. It was really cool to see her powers at work and the way the author described them. I really felt like I could see what Rachel could see every time she used her abilities. It was like I could see all the stages coming together. Rachel was also such a sweet person with the way she would help others and take care of people. That was evident in the special interest she took in helping Kit learn more about himself. Kit was a really cute character. He had the whole boy next store thing going for him even though you knew there was more to him. He could blend in even with his Wraith abilities. I felt bad for him that he really didn't know how his abilities worked but was glad he had Rachel to help him out. They worked well together and I could see him having the potential to be really powerful once he got a handle on what he could do. I also loved how protective of Rachel he was. He really looked out for her and helped protect her. I have to say that I didn't really care for the character of Luke. He was a little condescending and I didn't trust him that much. I felt like he had a hidden motive and should have been more grateful for Rachel's help than he was. I am interested in learning more of his background though to really see how I feel about him. Luke, Rachel and Kit work together to try to stop the Reaper that is killing people in the town. They run into a few obstacles along the way with there being a truly heartbreaking event that happened. I felt my heart drop when it happened and was truly shocked. Overall this was a quick read being a novella but it was still a good story. The writing was on point and kept me engaged from start to finish. I managed to read this one all in one day because I didn't want to stop. The author did a great job because she had me invested in the characters and wanting to know more about them. The vivid description of Rachel's abilities and what she sees was just so fantastic. The author did a phenomenal job with that. I highly recommend this book to others and really enjoyed it. I have to read the first book in this series now to learn more about these awesome characters. I received this book via the publisher for a honest review.
Erlessard More than 1 year ago
I’ve felt dissapointed by every Urban Fantasy novel I’ve read this year. Could it be that it always involves a female protagonist who is in Law Enforcement and spends most of the novel talking instead of fighting or solving crime? First off, it begins exactly where the first book left off, leaving anyone who hadn’t read the initial book in the series completely flabergaster. Maybe its a pet peeve of mine, but I prefer my sequels to be stand-alone books. The Ravenous Dead felt more like an episode of Supernatural than a full fledge story. It laid heavily on the assumption that you are already a fan of the series and that you are already committed on the characters. The characters themselves don’t develop in this story. They end exactly as they begin. Rachel is a pretty kick-ass heroine, but nothing evolves in her personality. Maybe I’m asking too much from a novella. At less than 30k words, there isn’t much room for development. Another annoying thing is that Rachel seems to be completely dumb about the world. She is constantly having people explain things that she should already know – in other words, poorly done info dumps by the author. I wish the information was weaved into the narrative instead of her being asked questions and then told the information. One thing the author does do well is the action scenes. I wish it was the entire novella, because then I’d give it 5 stars. I totally enjoyed that part of the book. As far as the ending, it left many things unsolved. I really wished that instead of making these books so short and part of a series that the author tied them together into one book. Only read the Ravenous Dead if you have read and loved the first book, The Stubborn Dead.
RomanceaholicBR More than 1 year ago
I think my biggest problem with this book, as with the book before it, is that it's simply too short. The thing is, however, it's not that the story felt incomplete, or rushed, or anything negative like that. Instead, I consider it a sincere compliment to the author -- I'm so invested in Rachel and Kit and Janus and the rest of the players that I'm dying for more as soon as I'm done. Romance fans do need to understand going in that there is no romance, not even a hint. This is an Urban Fantasy series, not a Paranormal Romance, and while I personally am holding out some hope that Rachel will get a HEA (with Janus if I have my way!), I'm not reading this series for any "romance" and neither should you be. Instead, I enjoyed this story for the masterful storytelling, thrilling action, and a deep and abiding love of the world Ms. Hoar has created. An incredibly solid 4.5/5 Stars {This title was provided free of charge by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Full review available on The Romanceaholic}
kimba88 More than 1 year ago
The Ravenous Dead is the second novella in the Lost Souls series by Natasha Hoar. This is a fantastic urban fantasy series featuring protagonist Rachel Miller. This tale finds Rachel dealing with a reaper. It delivered suspense, mystery, paranormal creatures and terrific action. I quickly consumed this and was left wanting more! The tale picks up where the Stubborn Dead, the first novella ended. You can read my review of it here. Protagonist Rachel Miller is a rescue medium and a member of the Order of Rescue Mediums. She removes stubborn souls from this world when they wreak havoc here. Kit Elkeles, the rodach she handled in the first novella; is living with her as she trains him to control his wraithlike powers. She gets a call from the city morgue about some strange deaths. They quickly realize they have a reaper on their hands. As they begin searching for it, they end up saving a half-vampire and need to protect him. Rachel has to confront some of her biggest fears as they hunt this creature and stop the killings. The tale that unfolds is suspenseful as they scramble to contain the reaper. I love the characters in Hoar’s novels. Rachel has had one heck of a messed up life, but she is dedicated to the cause and is totally kickbutt in the rescue department. This case however shakes loose some of her old childhood fears and she falters. Kit has to step in and assist. Kit is adorable, inquisitive, and all male. I think he has a little thing going for Rachel. While there is no romance in this tale, something is brewing between these two and I cannot wait to see it unfold. Luke is the half-vampire they save and I am anxious to learn more about him. We meet other characters and some old ones who help round out this tale. The world-building in this series is action packed and I am beginning to have a sense of all the paranormal players in this world. While each novella could be read as a standalone there is a side plot that builds with each tale. Something or someone is watching/wants Rachel dead. This adds additional suspense and I cannot wait to see how it plays out. I love the supernatural creatures that appear in this series and love learning about the different orders and rules. We get to see a vulnerable side to Rachel and I liked getting to know her better. The plot possibilities are endless and Hoar’s writing style makes them a pleasure to read. My only complaint; I want more. I am hoping these develop into full length novels! Ravenous Dead and the Lost Souls trilogy is a must for fans of urban fantasy. I quickly consumed this in one sitting and cannot wait for the next chapter. I have added this author to my list and look forward to reading more of her work. I want to thank Carina Press and netGalley for providing this ARC in exchange for my unbiased review.