Saturday, July 9, 2011

Book Review: A Reaper's Tale by Adam Slade

A Reaper's Tale by Adam Slade

One of the best things a writer can do, in my opinion, is to create, inside our mundane world, a place a lot less ordinary.  Adam Slade has accomplished this feat with ease and delivered a tale that is alternately intriguing and laugh-out-loud hilarious.

In A Reaper’s Tale, we are introduced to Mal, a Grim Reaper who manages to efficiently bumble his way through employment with The Company, and he is immediately likeable. Mal’s “bosses,” Xyla (a succubus complete with tail and horns) and Morgana (the ever-grumpy) make unscheduled appearances in Mal’s living room to hand out his assignments. Rounding out the cast are several demons, a few humans, some fresh souls and a cat named Charlie.

Mal is given an unusual reap in which the soul of the recently departed is an “undecided” that must face a tribunal to determine its final destination. The reap goes wrong and Mal ends up with the soul of his most recent assignment actually bonded to him. The soul that has been fused with him is apparently valuable to the Black Market and other nefarious villains and Mal soon finds himself running for his (un)life. What follows is unpredictable, hilarious and well written. Mr. Slade not only successfully develops his characters, but he manages to put them through plot twists that even seasoned readers won’t see coming.

A Reaper’s Tale is an awesome read from start to finish and I highly recommend it to anyone wanting a well told story. This book is hard to step away from and I actually found myself going back and re-reading my favorite passages.

On a zero to five scale with zero being the worst, this book gets FIVE STARS!

The Kindle version of A Reaper's Tale is available from Other digital versions can be found at Lyrical Press.

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