Author: TJ Klune
Publisher: DSP Publications
Cover Artist: Kyle Thompson
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 08/23/2016
Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)
Genre: Apocalyptic/dystopian, Gay Romance
In a world ravaged by fire and descending into madness, Cavalo has been given an ultimatum by the dark man known as Patrick: return Lucas to him and the cannibalistic Dead Rabbits, or the town of Cottonwood and its inhabitants will be destroyed.
But Lucas has a secret embedded into his skin that promises to forever alter the shape of things to come—a secret that Cavalo must decide if it’s worth dying over, even as he wrestles with his own growing attraction to the muted psychopath.
Cavalo has twenty-one days to prepare for war. Twenty-one days to hold what is left of his shredded sanity together. Twenty-one days to convince the people of Cottonwood to rise up and fight back. Twenty-one days to unravel the meaning behind the marks that cover Lucas.
A meaning that leads to a single word and a place of unimaginable power: Dworshak.
Crisped + Sere is deliciously dark and twisted, and yet there is hope and love and redemption. This series is on my favourites shelf for all of those things.
Cavalo is haunted and crazy, however he still has feelings and you can see the good in him by the choices he makes. Lucas is also crazy but behind the rage and madness you can see the young man that needs to be loved. Together they make an unlikely pair but you come to see the devotion in each of them.
I loved SIRS and BadDog just as much. BadDog, especially, is my favourite character in the book. I loved how there was still glimpses of humour to lighten things up.
This story is brutal at times, there are many deaths and hardships, but the end is all I could ask for. I enjoyed the journey immensely.
Although my copy did not include the illustrations, I will be purchasing the paper back so I can enjoy them.
I highly recommend this book and series. I hope for more from Cavalo and Lucas.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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