ARC Review: An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris

an easy deathTitle: An Easy Death

Author: Charlaine Harris

Genre: Dystopia, Magic, Wild West-ish

Series: Gunnie Rose

Received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 


In a new trilogy that presents a chilling alternate history of the United States where everyone believes in magic—but no one is sure whether they can trust it.

Gunnie Lizbeth Rose has been hired by a pair of Russian sorcerers as both their local guide and muscle through the small towns of East Texas as they search for a distant relative of an infamous sorcerer whose bloodline can help save their emperor-in-exile as an ever-increasing number of assassins tries to stop them.

After the assassination of FDR in the 1930s, the US collapses and is picked off by the UK, Canada, Mexico, and Russia. We find ourselves in the southwestern states now known as Texoma. It is here that the gunnie Lizbeth Rose tries to piece out a life, running security on runs from Texoma, across the border to Mexico where work and prospects are stronger. When two Russian magicians come looking for a man named Alex Karkarov, they hire Lizbeth to find him or his family, but there are problems: The man they’re looking for is dead, but he has a daughter they now need to find, as an ever-growing set of sorcerers and gunnies do not want them to succeed. It’s a good thing Lizbeth is a deadly gunfighter; too bad she hates sorcerers, even the ones she has to learn to rely on.

My Thoughts:

This book was one that I was not sure what to think going into, and now that I’ve read it I’m not sure what to think coming out of it.

It has a very cool wild-west sort of vibe to it that appealed to me from the beginning, though that perhaps, may have been my interpretation of the setting. That being said the descriptions of the setting are vibrant and not-so picturesque but rather brutal and slightly frightening.

Gunnie Rose is interesting though I found myself rather startled at her age, versus her experience, giving me much the same reaction that many people have in the book to her.

The magic within this world is much different than that in Harris’ previous work, which is good because it proves she’s not sticking to just one thing.

This is a story that definitely deserved more expansion, which is why I am glad to hear that it is a trilogy and make no mistakes that I will be signing up to read the remaining books as well.

The plot sometimes meandered but always drew back into sharp, violent focus.

Read This If:

  • you like Charlaine Harris
  • you like dystopian fiction
  • you like the Wild West

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