Sunday, September 1, 2019

Book Review: Dagger and Scythe by Emilie Knight

Dagger and Scythe by Emilie Knight

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Synopsis: Dagger and Scythe spent good decade’s together, stalking human prey at night, and taking out the targets the god Maniodes deems worthy. With one hundred years under her belt, Scythe is comfortable in her ways, and takes incredible enjoyment of her skills. Dagger may be new to the undead order, but he’s relishing in the work. The two of them together set beautiful bonfires, with the occasional corpse inside that fire.

When they enjoy each other’s time a little too much, and an entire village burns down because of it, Maniodes becomes sick of their rogue behavior. Regular punishments haven’t worked on either of them, so he tries something new: marrying them to each other. To keep each other in line or they’ll both end up properly dead.

Both have grown tired of the god’s odd punishments and lazy control, taking over his throne and the land of the dead should fix things.    

Her scythe is perfectly curved for slicing.
His dagger, made of folded steel, is ready to strike.
But are they strong enough to take on gods?

Like a twosome that just clashes but somehow works? Then you should read Dagger and Scythe by Emilie Knight. This duo has remnants of Bonnie and Clyde, only if that duo worked with murder. As these two create chaos, they end up being reckless and punished! What's their punishment? Marriage! Slightly offended as I am married but none the less I digress. One of my favorite things about this novel is the dialogue between the two protagonists. It is not stale nor do you feel as if it's beyond worldly limits, no you get a bit of humanity. As the two are forced in this marriage, you begin to see a relationship develop. Knight knew what she was doing by creating these two and revealing layers through dialogue. Whether you're part of this world or not, you kind have to root for the two? Right!? Another good tidbit about this novel? Its a romance story hidden underneath a dark fantasy, it's about two people coming together to go against a common enemy. It's about the connections, and you just really have to root for them!

So if I am rooting so hard for Dagger and Scythe was is it a four out of five? Glad you asked! (or read - let's not get technical). The story muddled a bit as I was confused at the point of the setting and world that was built if we didn't dive into it. Knight does an amazing job at world-building but it gets mushed underneath the character's quest and relationship. An example? Scythe is jealous of Dagger demanding she doesn't kill one person at a wedding reception they go to. So naturally, that makes Scythe want to kill this person more. (She's a woman! Duh) Scythe learns that one person turns out to be Dagger's sister who is still depressed over the ten years of his death. Another woman reveals how Dagger died (don't want to spoil it but WOW). Great scene but I forgot this was a dark fantasy! Believe it or not, ya girl wanted a bit more macabre in this!

However, this was book was quite enjoyable and I loved the journey these two go on and grow together.  

 I recommend this book for any reader 16+ of adventure, slight gore, dark romance, and fantasy.

The book can be purchased at on October 1st, 2019 or Preorder today at Amazon