Book Review: Path Unchosen by Kim Cleary

dfw-kc-pu-cover-medal-ebookTitle: Path Unchosen (Daughter of Ravenswood Book One)

Author: Kim Cleary

Genre: Fantasy, Dark Fantasy

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

When eighteen-year-old Judy Hudson discovers she’s a necromancer and sees firsthand the pain her powers can cause the dead, she wants to deny who she is. The zombie plague is long over. She wants to find a more normal life, a challenge when a beautiful, otherworldly man who claims to be her guardian saves her life.

But as Judy tries to set right the harm she inflicted on the spirit she raised, new zombies attack–zombies raised from among the long-time dead. Someone else just like her is out there, and he’s not trying to set anything right.

Now, to save her own life and protect the innocent inhabitants of the nearby town who’ve become her friends, Judy must figure out who’s raising the dead and why. She must also learn to control the darkness inside her–a seductive darkness that promises her power beyond her wildest dreams.

In Path Unchosen, the first book in the Daughter of Ravenswood series, eighteen-year-old Judy Hudson discovers she’s a necromancer. But her powers can hurt the dead, so she wants to deny who she is, and live a normal life. But when an otherwordly man, claiming to be her guardian, saves her life, she’s forced into makign some choices that will make an ordinary life almost impossible.

Judy is not the only necromancer out there, and when zombies attack her and the inhabitants of a nearby town, she has to figure out who the other necromancer is, and why he or she is raising the dead. She has to learn to control her powers, and to come to terms with who she really is.

I really enjoyed reading about Judy. She was a complex character, not completely to terms with who she was at first, but she changed and grew a lot throughout the book. The author did a good job on setting an atmospheric tone for the book, and describing the setting. With the zombies added, the whole book had a slightly creepy feel, which I loved.

I’m eager to get started on the next book. If you enjoy a good fantasy with zombies and darker themes, I would recommend this book.

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