A Touch of Death (The Outlands Pentalogy #1)-Book Review

41347040._SY475_A thousand years in the future, the last of humanity live inside the walls of the totalitarian Kingdom of Cutta. The rich live in Anais, the capital city of Cutta, sheltered from the famine and disease which ravage the rest of the Kingdom. Yet riches and power only go so far, and even Anaitians can be executed. It is only by the will of the King that Nate Anteros, son of the King’s favourite, is spared from the gallows after openly dissenting. But when he’s released from prison, Nate disappears.

A stark contrast, Catherine Taenia has spent her entire life comfortable and content. The daughter of the King’s Hangman and in love with Thom, Nate’s younger brother, her life has always been easy, ordered and comfortable. That is, where it doesn’t concern Nate. His actions sullied not only his future, but theirs. And unlike Thom, Catherine has never forgiven him.

Two years pass without a word, and then one night Nate returns. But things with Nate are never simple, and when one wrong move turns their lives upside down, the only thing left to do is run where the King’s guards cannot find them – the Outlands. Those wild, untamed lands which stretch around the great walls of the Kingdom, filled with mutants and rabids.

A Touch of Death by Rebecca Crunden


Author: Rebecca Crunden

Pages: 306

Publishing date: February 23rd, 2017


I got this book from the author in return for an honest review.

It is Rebecca Crunden’s debut novel. When she asked me to review it, the description was enough to convince me. Dystopian? Why not.

Though my life was going crazy, I tried to read it a couple of times but due to lack of focus/mood/reading block…It took me a month to finish it. My review can be kinda biased due to my mood.

We all know dystopian are kinda same, you don’t have enough ground to play around. But Rebecca successfully added a few elements which are new to me and I liked the way the story turned out. The world-building is also different from typical dystopian. Though writing wasn’t my cup of tea and kept me from reading it in a short time. There were also a few things which were disturbing for me and I was like Ewww I don’t want to read it.

Overall it was a nice book with both good and bad elements.

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11 Comments Add yours

  1. Stinks this was only a 3 star read for you.

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    1. Better than DNF though 😄


  2. Pity the book didn’t fully work for you. Great review.

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  3. Empress DJ says:

    You are braver than I am – I just cannot bring myself to read dystopian – it is too disheartening for me

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    1. I try to not read much dystopian but I have started a few series and want to finish those…plus occasionly for a change I pick them.

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  4. Not much of a fan of dystopian, and I have tried a few.

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  5. Great honest review sorry this book was only a three stars for you, I hope your next read is a much better read for you. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

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    1. Thank you Kati… Happy Reading 😊


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