Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Book Review: A Grave Inheritance by Kari Edgren


Selah Kilbrid may descend from the goddess Brigid, but her heart beats—and breaks—the same as any human. Yet enduring the scorn of London’s most noble lords and ladies is a small price to pay for a chance at true happiness. Selah would endure much more for love, and her betrothed, Lord Henry Fitzalan, is prepared to challenge anyone foolish enough to stand in their way—even another goddess born.

But when a captivating young gentleman draws Selah into a world shadowed by secrets, she is forced to confront her darkest fears. What if some differences are too great to overcome and a future with Henry is doomed from the start?

With these doubts threatening her impending marriage and the very last of Brigid’s fire draining from her soul, a violent attack on an innocent child pushes Selah to the very edge of her power. She must find a way to cross into the Otherworld and regain her strength—or forfeit the streets of London to death and disease.



I love a good story about embattled love, and A Grave Inheritance is just such a story.  The juxtaposition of an heirloom knife being used to chop herbs in the kitchen one minute and destroy a hellhound the next is priceless.  This attack, on the eve of Selah's voyage to reunite with Henry in England is but a foreshadowing of things to come.

So the King of England might arrest her for distracting Henry from his fiancee, a princess.  So Henry is acting cold towards her.  So the touch of a beggar girl leaves a burn on her skin.  

Alliances are forged and broken.  More goddess born come to light, so Selah is not as alone as she thought, which is a good thing.  I suspected who sent the basket of needful goodies for Selah to cross to the Otherworld, and it turns out I was right.  Usually, I don't like being able to guess something in a book in advance, but Ms. Edgren handled the exposition so well, all I did was give a fist pump and whisper, "Yeah!"

I do not avoid books with a supernatural element, but I don't usually go searching for them either.  I will be searching for the next book in Edgren's "Goddess Born" series.



Kari Edgren is the author of the Goddess Born series. In 2010 and 2011 she was a semifinalist for the Amazon Break Through Novel Award. In 2013, she was a RWA Golden Heart finalist. Ms. Edgren enjoys writing both historical and contemporary fiction, so long as there’s a spark of paranormal. She resides on a mountain top in the Pacific Northwest where she spends a great deal of time dreaming about the sun and torturing her husband and children with strange food and random historical facts.

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(Disclosure:  I received a copy of A Grave Inheritance by Kari Edgren from the author and publishers via Historical Fiction Virtual Blog Tours in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.)


This book will help me fulfill the following 2015 reading challenges.  The links will be active later today:

52 books in 52 weeks
105 Challenge (romance)
Around the World (Atlantic Ocean)
Books N Tunes (Witchy Woman)
Ethereal Reading Challenge
Gentle Subjects - 7) Daunting
New to You RC - new author
TBR Challenge
Ultimate Reading Challenge - Female Author
Women Authors

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