Death Bringer is the second book in Kelly-Marie Pollock’s new trilogy, The Chronicles of Nova Morgan.
Thank you to Melanie of Fraser’s Fun House for sending me an Advanced Review Copy in return for an honest review.
Death Bringer follows on directly from the first book in the series, Cherry Nova — so there will be some spoilers here for the first book! I read this straight off the back of the first. I think you’d definitely need to read Cherry Nova to understand what’s going on — while there is some recap, I don’t think it would make sense without it.
The book begins with Nova, Ruth, Bucky and Chaplin making Max’s mansion their base. Ruth casts a spell to call all misfits and those wronged by the Righteous Ones to them, and build an army of 60 vampires, werewolves and witches. They plan to break into the Hindra, find Max, overthrow the corrupted Righteous Ones, and put in place a new council. No easy task – the Hindra is almost impossible to find, with the entrance hidden by magic, and once inside, there are guards, scouts and truth serums to overcome to get to the Righteous Ones. However, Nova is determined to save her friend – and after they manage to break into the Hindra, she makes some new allies. But will this be enough?
(A lot happens in this book so it’s hard to describe it without giving spoilers away!)
The plot is fast-paced, with lots of twists and turns along the way. Nova and her friends are fighting against seemingly impossible odds – everytime Nova learnt more about the Hindra, I wondered how they would get around it. The story takes a twist that I hadn’t expected at all and it really gripped me — I read this one really quickly as I wanted to find out what would happen next!
Almost the whole book takes place in the Hindra, a hidden world in another realm where vampires and other Inflicted co-exist under the rule of the Righteous Ones. There are lots of magical beasts and beings in this story and a rich history that’s filled with detail. We learn a lot more about the Righteous Ones and how they became so corrupted. I liked the new allies that Nova meets on her journey — sirens, seers, and more! The magical system and hierarchy is well-explained by Ruth and easy to understand, and I think it’s going to play a big part in the next book!
Nova is a much more mature character in Death Bringer. She is much less reckless, she listens to others and takes their advice more. She has grown into a strong female protagonist which has been great to see! I liked that we see more of her ‘human’ side — she feels incredibly responsible for the army that she has put together. We also learn more about her past and she feels much more well-rounded as a character. She also is very much about female empowerment — telling other women that they should be raising each other up rather than being jealous of each other, which is definitely a message I can get behind!
Ruth was my favourite character in Cherry Nova, and that hasn’t changed in this book. She is strong, powerful and sassy. She is also always honest with Nova, calling her out when she is behaving irrationally or needs to focus on the task at hand. We also learn a lot more about her past in this one, and it was great to see her character develop. I was also really pleased that she and Bucky have found love!
The writing is much better in Death Bringer, with fewer grammatical errors. There are still a few punctuation problems (missing apostrophes and commas used instead of a full stop or semi-colon). In conversation, the characters have the habit of using character names constantly, which doesn’t feel very realistic — I don’t know anyone who uses the name of the person they are talking to all the time in conversation.
Overall, Death Bringer is a fun read — I liked the characters and the story had me hooked. Nova has really grown as a character and the quality of the writing has really improved. It ends on a huge cliff-hanger and I can’t wait to find out what happens next.
The blurb for Death Bringer
Death Bringer is the second book in The Chronicles of Nova Morgan trilogy.
Nova may have won the fight for her freedom, but she’s far from won the war. Journey beside her, Ruth and Chaplin as they leave the gritty streets of Victorian London behind and immerse themselves in the magical living realm of Hindra.
In a world where dying isn’t forever and living isn’t easy, they’re about to unearth all manner of secrets and lies. Their mission seems clear, infiltrate the Council Chambers and free the captive, Detective maximus Steele, bringing down The Righteous Ones as they go, but time is moving fast and as Nova comes to realise, time is running out.
From streetworker to rebellion leader, is her path one of greatness, or has it simply been paved by someone or something, far greater than her? Like pieces on a chess board, is Nova just a pawn in someone else’s game.
Content warning — contains adult themes including; Sex, Drug use, Profanity and Violence.
About the author, Kelly-Marie Pollock
Kelly-Marie lives in Dorset with her Husband Mitchell, four young children and menagerie of pets. She’d dreamt of being an Author from a very young age and her late Auntie Julie pushed her to follow her dreams. Kelly-Marie is a stay at home Mother, full time carer and active Parenting and Mental Health Blogger, you can find her blog over at www.amixedupmummy.blogspot.co.uk
Death Bringer is the second novel in ‘The Chronicles of Nova Morgan’ trilogy and follows the successful publication of her debut book Cherry Nova. She has also released a book of poetry entitled Forever Blue.