Title: Death Warmed Over
Author: Rachel Caine
Series: Holly & Andrew #1
In: Strange Brew (P.N. Elrod)
Rating Out of 5: 4.5 (Amazing, but not quite perfect)
My Bookshelves: Easy reading, Strong women, Urban fantasy
Format: Short story
Publisher: St Martin’s Griffin
5th sentence, 74th page: Sam Twist wasn’t answering – not his phone, his cell, or his secret emergency number.
A witch with a penchant for raising the dead, raises an old cowboy witch from the West.
The overarching message in this short story is that love can conquer all – even death. That is, if you have enough power to try. The concept and the story itself is incredibly sweet, and enough to make anyone believe in true love again.
I love Holly’s quiet strength and integrity throughout the piece – she doesn’t wish to re-raise those who are already deceased because of their potential torture and pain. Her unerring ability to do what is right and take care of Andy and the victims of horrific crimes shows her steely resolve and courage. But, it is her compassion and morality which make her such an admirable heroine, one that has made me want to jump further into the worlds of Rachel Caine.
Caine uses this short story beautifully to remind us that death is an integral part of our lives – without death, life doesn’t have the vibrancy and beauty that makes it worth living. Not only is messing with death and somebody’s afterlife seriously frowned upon, but it also can have some serious consequences, not only for the deceased, but those who tamper with it.
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