#BookReview #BlogTour The Life of Death by Lucy Booth
My Rating: 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩
Publisher: Unbound Digital
Available: 2 May 2019
Genre: Fiction / Religious Fiction / Afterlife
A wonderfully written story that will capture and captivate with it’s range of emotion, you won’t want to put it down! Thankyou so much to Anne Cater of #RandomThingsTours for my spot on the tour, The Author for writing this gorgeous book, and the publisher Unbound Digital for my copy.
In 1590, I sold my soul to the Devil. I was twenty-three.
Elizabeth Murray has been condemned to burn at the stake. As she awaits her fate, a strange, handsome man visits her cell. He offers her a deal: her soul in return for immortality, but what he offers is not a normal life. To survive Elizabeth must become Death itself.
Elizabeth must ease the passing of all those who die, appearing at the point of death and using her compassion to guide them over the threshold. She accepts and, for 500 years, whirls from one death to the next, never stopping to think of the life she never lived. Until one day, everything changes. She – Death – falls in love.
Desperate to escape the terms of her deal, she summons the man who saved her. He agrees to release her on one condition: that she gives him five lives. These five lives she must take herself, each one more difficult and painful than the last.
There are some stories that you pick up and expect something from them, with a thriller you expect there to be twists and turns to shock and stun, with comedy you expect to laugh your way through it, with fantasy you expect out of the ordinary. When starting this, I really didn’t know what to expect. The premise sounded a bit different, and held the promise of something surprising.
I wasn’t disappointed.
We join our MC in the times of witchcraft and witch trials, where anyone who tried to help others could be accused of magic and devil worship, and in this case that is precisely what happens, thus begins our story. She becomes the devils helper, Death, ushering souls to the underworld, but after hundreds of years decides she wants life.
She wants to love, to experience all the things that life has to offer, a fresh start at being a regular person, a chance to live in a world free from the condemnation she previously experienced. Making a deal with the devil, she is tasked to take five lives, not just usher them, but to do the reaping.
And there follows a story that is subtly different, beautifully written to keep you enthralled and curious as to what will happen, eager to see what this tale has in store for us.
The book is wonderfully done, full of such a mixture of emotions that the story feels very real indeed. For somebody who holds no personal belief as to life after death, but has always been intrigued, walking away from a book about that very subject and suddenly wondering about it all? That’s no small accomplishment.
The story isn’t flowery and soft, it is a rollercoaster of emotional with enough realism and believable scenario that you may find yourself double checking you read a book, rather than took a walk in their world.
If you enjoy stories that are a bit different, based on old considerations of life and death but with a gorgeously unique twist, then you need to pick this up. But be warned, it may surprise you with the range of emotions that will pull you out of sleep wanting to read just one more chapter….