LAND OF THE BEAUTIFUL DEAD by R. Lee Smith
SHE WOULD DARE ANYTHING TO SAVE THE WORLD FROM HIS RULE.
EVEN HIS BED.
He ascended from the darkness years ago—Azrael the Eternal, Azrael the Undying, Azrael Who Is Death—bringing with him the black rains, the fires, the souring of the sky, and the Eaters. Now he rules in the walled city of Haven with his favored Children and his dead court, while all that is left of the living struggles to survive in the ruins of a world that used to be their own. But even as extinction looms, humanity will never surrender to their monstrous conqueror.
For Lan, this brutal life has been the only one she’s ever known, but she still believes it can change. If the war can never truly end until the Eaters are ended, she will go to Haven, to Azrael himself, and demand he end them. To her surprise, she does not immediately die the hero’s death she expected. Instead, Azrael offers her a chance to convince him, and all she has to do is submit herself to the chill embrace of the lord of the Land of the Beautiful Dead.
Ooft! I have yet to read anything that Ms Smith has written that is not 110% amazing.
Every book of hers that I read I get lost in pretty much immediately and I never quite find myself the same person when I come back out of it.
This one was no different. I felt everything as if it was my life she was creating with her words.
This is one awesome young woman. I would say “lady” but that, she is not, lol.
Having been born after Azrael’s ascension, she has only ever known this dark and dreadful world with zombies and starvation. Death and destruction.
After her mum passes away (horribly I might add) she decides to face the devil head-on and in person.
From the first moment that they actually speak to eachother…shit gets real.
She is a spitfire, lol. Stubborn and opinionated and she doesn’t know how to be any other way.
She had me in fits of giggles as well as tears.
Under no circumstances are you to butter your entire roll and, my God!” she cried suddenly, switching Lan’s hand three times in rapid succession. “Never lick your knife!” “Ouch! Fine! Buggering fuck! Leave off with that beshitted thing!” The dead woman let out a sound like the chirping of a bird, staring at her with an indignation that was nearly horror. “Ladies,” she sputtered at last. “Ladies do not say bugger or fuck!” “But beshitted’s all right?” Lan asked cautiously. “No, it is not!” “You know, I may not be as mannered-up as you are, but in Norwood, it’s rude to yell at the table.” The dead woman actually hung her mouth open for a second or two before snapping it shut.
Where the hell do I start with this guy?
He is called many things. A god. The Devil. Evil.
But he is so much more complicated than that. He is rough and raw. A tortured soul, and everything you could not imagine by just looking at him and listening to what he says.
The things he keeps inside. Dude.
How does R Lee Smith manage to et me to fall in love with the man who killed billions of humans?
He has…depth…oh for fuck’s sake. I can’t do this justice!
“How are you beautiful? You are…two unflinching eyes and the chin where you carry all your stubbornness. You are the blush you never admit to and that rebel lock of hair you are forever pushing back. You are the throat that arches and the lower lip you bite to keep from moaning…just before you moan anyway. You are my Lan and you are radiant.
Again I will say that although the sex between these two was fierce and passionate, this book is not about the sex.
Her first movements were self-conscious, unsure of what he wanted or was feeling, but she knew what she wanted and in the absence of command, she took it. What began with caution soon gave way to something violent, that was nearly an attack. She rode him, graceless, bucking and clawing at his chest for leverage, her eyes squeezed shut against the distraction of sight. His body was awful, but it gave her what she wanted and hers took it in with single-minded, animal need.
FINAL THOUGHTS on LAND OF THE BEAUTIFUL DEAD by R. Lee Smith
This book was so freakin’ deep and dark. Beautiful and ugly. It was more than simply “emotional” and I still haven’t managed to wrap my head around these characters.
I’m still absorbing the book, even now.
I feel I could read this book 100 times and still feel and discover something new every time.
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