Monday, January 5, 2015

A Grave Inheritance

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Publication Date: December 1, 2014
Carina Press
Series: Goddess Born
Genre: Historical/Paranormal/New Adult/Romance

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02_A Grave Inheritance_CoverSelah 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.


When I've read the first book, I usually evaluate a sequel on whether it develops the author's premise further.   This is an aspect of  A Grave Inheritance  that I would judge successful.   When Selah Kilbrid travels from Pennsylvania to London, she encounters other goddess born with different gifts, and even a different goddess.  There are also new abilities and possibilities available to her as a child of Brigid that she had never imagined.  For Selah, the Old World opens a new world of experiences.

I admit that I hadn't expected originality because  the aristocracy of Georgian England is a well-trod territory for historical romance.  I am not really interested in the lives of aristocrats in any period.  I  preferred the first book because the Pennsylvania Quaker environment was so unexpected for a novel in this category.  Yet I did find several characters in this book that I considered remarkable--particularly Lady Dinley who I very much enjoyed. 

As in the first novel, there were also predictable elements involving traditional romance relationship character dynamics.  From a romance perspective, there is nothing I found unusual in this novel. There is a suspended HEA, but this is consistent with an ongoing series primarily focusing on one relationship.  

Unfortunately, the storyline in this second novel wasn't resolved.  There is a cliffhanger ending.   It might be advisable to put off reading this book until the third novel is available.  The cliffhanger caused me to rate this book lower than I would have if the ending had been more satisfying.

The publisher provided this book to me for free in return for this honest review.


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About the Author

03_Kari EdgrenKari 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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