Death Knell (Foundling, #3)
Luce is back in the third book of The Foundling, the bestselling fantasy series perfect for fans of Shannon Mayer, Jenn Stark and the Sookie Stackhouse novelsWar burned her. Famine nearly killed her. Now Death is at her heels.After her two worlds clashed apocalyptically, Luce Boudreau needed some time out. But Destiny had other ideas. When bodies begin washing ashore down the Mississippi River, Luce discovers they are part of a gruesome, lethal message. Her final sister, Death, is trying to break through.Every sign is clear: the end is coming, but earth will be destroyed - quite literally - over Luce's dead body, even if that means she'll be battling her own nature. And her coterie will stand with her, though Cole keeps standing one step too goddamn far away. Her mysterious new partner, Adam Wu, on the other hand, seems determined to keep her close at all times. And the more Luce learns about the new world she's part of, the deeper the secrets go. Who - if anyone - can she really trust?As the final pieces of an ancient war come together, Luce's chance to fight back comes sooner than she expected. Death can come at her . . . she's eager to return the favour.'An inventive and multifaceted world with serious heart and one hell of an emotional kick, this is a series that needs to be on your TBR' Bookish Em

Death Knell (Foundling, #3) Details

TitleDeath Knell (Foundling, #3)
Author
ReleaseDec 4th, 2018
PublisherPiatkus
Rating
GenreFantasy, Urban Fantasy, Magic, Paranormal, Demons

Death Knell (Foundling, #3) Review

  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    Third in the Foundling series, Death Knell has Luce trying to get to grips with her new life. Whatever place she had in the normal world is over, this is her new reality. When dead bodies start washing up on the banks of the Mississippi River trying to talk to her, it signals that she’s not got a lot of time to get used to it. Death is coming. What she does have is her coterie and her new NSB partner, Adam Wu. But while they’re helping her deal with the fallout from Death’s imminent arrival, the Third in the Foundling series, Death Knell has Luce trying to get to grips with her new life. Whatever place she had in the normal world is over, this is her new reality. When dead bodies start washing up on the banks of the Mississippi River trying to talk to her, it signals that she’s not got a lot of time to get used to it. Death is coming. What she does have is her coterie and her new NSB partner, Adam Wu. But while they’re helping her deal with the fallout from Death’s imminent arrival, they’re also keeping secrets. Ones that have shattering consequences for everyone she loves and may just change her existence all over again.Sill, we all know Luce isn’t about to give up without a fight. We really get to see her start to throw down, even if some of the scenes faded to black way before I wanted them to. I genuinely can’t wait to see when Luce/Conquest really lets loose. And boy it’s coming…. What this book does more than those before is set up the Big Bad, shifting the focus from the problems everyone, reader included, thought were going to form the final confrontation to much bigger, more powerful ones. The inclusion of Wu plays a significant role in this, he knows much more about what’s going on that anyone else in Luce’s life, especially when it comes to what’s going to happen on this world, and what he brings to the table is going to change the whole game. While everyone except her knows plenty about the past, about Conquest in particular, this instalment turns the gaze forwards as much as back. It’s an effective decision by the author, allowing Luce the space to deal with her life as Conquest, but also focus on how she, or maybe even they, can do something about what’s coming. So much about her struggle with this only makes me get behind her even more. Keep going Luce, you got this.In contrast to all the ground shaking revelations, there are the smaller but crucial scenes of love and connection which illustrate the ever growing bonds and understanding between Luce and her coterie. The genius creation is, of course, Thom. For those not in the know, his shifter form on this terrene is human and winged tomcat. And he’s the best character by far. No, you’re biased... Ok, so he’s a cat and that’s a winner right from the start. But what really appeals about the way he’s been created is that he has these super adorable feline traits even when in his human body. They’re weaved seamlessly into the story providing laughs and cuteness on a scale rarely imagined. So in the middle of a serious discussion about what the coterie need to do next, he’ll walk in, throw in his own opinion, then plop down next to Luce so he can give her the fresh fish he just caught from the lake. A present for his mistress, just like your cat would do … whether you want it or not. And instead of freaking out about getting a dead fish, Luce merely turns to him and says something like: that looks fresh, why don’t you keep it for yourself… The book is filled with little moments like this, gone in a flash, but feel so much like you own experiences with your cat that you can’t help but love them. I know I do. It doesn’t just happen with Thom either, there are special scenes like this for most of her coterie, building the kind of reciprocal trust that’s going to be so important for the future.However, there is, perhaps, just a bit too much explanation in this one, too many conversations where all is revealed in a way that didn’t feel natural. A lot of big players are brought fully into the story here, beings whose motivations or backgrounds had to be expanded upon, details filled in hastily to fit with wherever the plot was moving. On top of that, i’m not entirely convinced by the direction Luce and Cole’s relationship is taking, especially with the sudden appearance of someone who (is a major spoiler so I won’t say). This all fed into a rather sudden and anti-climactic ending, of the action bits at least, though it’s fair to say the final scenes set up very big things for the next instalment. Things like wholesale slaughter and the ending of worlds. Whatever my quibbles about this book, i’ll be there for that. No doubt.ARC via Netgalley
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    I just discovered Hailey Edwards writing a few weeks and ago and have been reading through all her series like wild fire... Of course, when I saw Death Knell show up as an ARC, I jumped at the chance to get my hands on it. And, Oh My, I'm so happy I did.This is the continuation of an urban fantasy story focusing on a "demon", Luce, who thinks she is human and her coterie of "demons" that she has learned to love as family... What would you do if you spent your life protecting others only to find I just discovered Hailey Edwards writing a few weeks and ago and have been reading through all her series like wild fire... Of course, when I saw Death Knell show up as an ARC, I jumped at the chance to get my hands on it. And, Oh My, I'm so happy I did.This is the continuation of an urban fantasy story focusing on a "demon", Luce, who thinks she is human and her coterie of "demons" that she has learned to love as family... What would you do if you spent your life protecting others only to find out your destiny lies in the destruction of worlds? Luce decides she is going to forge her own path even if she has to kick some ass to do it.Just when you think you have an inclination where Edwards is heading, she shakes it all up with a complex, utterly innovated and totally bold twist that gets your heart pounding. If you are an avid reader like me, it is such a joy to find yourself swept away by an amazing cast of characters, mind blowing originality and a flat out riveting read. I received this ARC copy of Death Knell from Little, Brown Book Group UKPiatkus. This is my honest and voluntary review. Death Knell is set for publication Dec 4, 2018.My Rating: 5 starsWritten by: Hailey EdwardsPublisher: Piatkus Books Publication Date: December 4, 2018ISBN-10: 0349417091ISBN-13: 978-0349417097Genre: Paranormal Urban FantasyAmazon: https://www.amazon.com/Death-Knell-Ha...Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/deat...Want more check us out on Tome Tender Book Blog or on Facebook
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    Well this series is like a telescope, panning out slowly to a bigger picture. I had no idea if this was going to be the last in the series as a trilogy, or whether it would go on. While I am pleased it’s going to continue, I NEED SOME ANSWERS,PEOPLE!! Just when the picture starts to clarify that sly Hailey Edwards adds another layer. I’m already envious of people who will come to this series when it’s completely done, because they won’t have to pause between books. So, this book may answer some Well this series is like a telescope, panning out slowly to a bigger picture. I had no idea if this was going to be the last in the series as a trilogy, or whether it would go on. While I am pleased it’s going to continue, I NEED SOME ANSWERS,PEOPLE!! Just when the picture starts to clarify that sly Hailey Edwards adds another layer. I’m already envious of people who will come to this series when it’s completely done, because they won’t have to pause between books. So, this book may answer some of your questions, but there will be more by the end of the book, I promise! And as for Luce and Cole...seriously frustrating!
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  • Colleen Scidmore
    January 1, 1970
    OMG just got this today can’t wait to start this! The Foundling Series is so addictive.
  • ☕️Kimberly
    January 1, 1970
    Luce is other, a mighty warrior sent to prepare the way for her sisters to conquer Earth. A freak development caused Luce to come through as a young girl with no memory. Raised by the police officer who found her, she grew up to follow in his footsteps. Accepting her new reality has been difficult, but she is determined to stop her siblings and save the world.  She will need her coterie, a team of others who can shift to aid her.The world and characters Edwards has written continue to fascinate Luce is other, a mighty warrior sent to prepare the way for her sisters to conquer Earth. A freak development caused Luce to come through as a young girl with no memory. Raised by the police officer who found her, she grew up to follow in his footsteps. Accepting her new reality has been difficult, but she is determined to stop her siblings and save the world.  She will need her coterie, a team of others who can shift to aid her.The world and characters Edwards has written continue to fascinate me. Without providing spoilers we see character and relationship growth in Luce’s team. Some of her “other” powers emerge and she has memories or flashbacks from a time before. Adam Wu the man who recruited her and her team has been a mystery throughout the series. Edwards rewards fans with answers and even more questions in Death Knell.There is a romance between Luce and Cole, a dragon-shifter. Their relationship is both complex and touching. The author does a phenomenal job of allow us to understand and feel where they are coming from. I worry a little about Wu’s place and how it might affect Cole and Luce. Only time will tell as we learn more about who he is and what Luce is to him. It is killing me!A virus is causing outbreaks among the humans, and the team continues to battle War. Now it appears Death is near. The story had a good pace with reveals, tidbits and action scenes that helped solidify the team.The last section of the story had me gripping my Kindle and the ending... O.M. G. Edwards left me screaming for more. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer
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  • Shelley
    January 1, 1970
    *Source* Publisher*Genre* Urban Fantasy*Rating* 3.5*Thoughts*Death Knell is the third installment in author Hailey Edwards' Foundling series. This third story finds Luce Boudreau aka Conquest, starting her new life as an agent of the NSB. Famine has been captured. War & her coterie are still on the loose. Death is close to coming through the same breach that the other three sisters did into this world. But, before we can get to that point, we need to have Luce and her partner Adam Wu, along *Source* Publisher*Genre* Urban Fantasy*Rating* 3.5*Thoughts*Death Knell is the third installment in author Hailey Edwards' Foundling series. This third story finds Luce Boudreau aka Conquest, starting her new life as an agent of the NSB. Famine has been captured. War & her coterie are still on the loose. Death is close to coming through the same breach that the other three sisters did into this world. But, before we can get to that point, we need to have Luce and her partner Adam Wu, along with Luce's coterie, deal with bodies washing ashore in various places along the Mississippi River.*Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews*https://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/20...
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  • Laura the Highland Hussy
    January 1, 1970
    Review posted on Got Fiction?If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ve seen that I just tore through Hailey Edwards books this summer. Obviously I was super excited for Death Knell. This is the third book in The Foundling series, and I was really intrigued about where that last ending left Luce and her friends.Quick game of catch-up: Luce Boudreau was found around age 12 in the swamp. The cop who found her took her in and was just the best dad a girl could ask for. But they both kne Review posted on Got Fiction?If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ve seen that I just tore through Hailey Edwards books this summer. Obviously I was super excited for Death Knell. This is the third book in The Foundling series, and I was really intrigued about where that last ending left Luce and her friends.Quick game of catch-up: Luce Boudreau was found around age 12 in the swamp. The cop who found her took her in and was just the best dad a girl could ask for. But they both knew Luce was different. The first book was about Luce finding out about herself. The second book was about Luce joining the crew, her coterie, and leaving her old life behind. Luce is basically a dragon and she is Conquest, a ruler along with her sisters Death, Famine, and War. She’s from another realm, and her coterie followed her to Earth. They’ve all adapted and live as normally as they can, considering they’re dragons of some sort. But they aren’t the only ones to come to Earth, in fact, they aren’t even the first. So this book is where Luce is trying to prevent 2 of her sisters from breaking through to Earth.The first half of this book swept me back into the world and I couldn’t put it down. But boy, Cole drives me nuts! If he’s going to be a love interest, let him be a love interest. Don’t jerk Luce around. But he does. He can’t let go of the fact that she is Conquest, and one day Conquest might rear her head inside Luce and take over. He’s in love with Luce, not Conquest, but Conquest enslaved him so he has all this pent-up hatred for her. But Luce is her own self. She isn’t Conquest. Cole had to come to grips with that. Which I get, but I got tired of him knowing Luce was in love with him, and he can’t even give her a crumb of his affection? Some sort of commitment…I don’t know. This is why I tend not to read Urban Fantasy. I want Romance. If this series hadn’t set Cole up to be Luce’s love interest so quickly, and so intricately, I don’t think I would be as miffed. But it was obvious right off the bat that he’s it for her. So let him be a love interest, not just backup in a fight.The main thing that bothered me about this book is something that bothers me with this author’s Necromancy books as well; she doles out tiny bits of information to both the main character and to the readers, and it isn’t enough. I think at this point I have to realize that this is just her style. I’m willing to continue on because the worlds and characters she’s created intrigue me and are very compelling. But I just need to go in knowing that I don’t like that the heroine is basically fighting to save the world but with a blindfold on. It don’t think it would bother me as much if the rest of the people in her life didn’t know. But they all know, and they all choose to keep pieces of information from her. (*cough*Adam Wu*cough*But, this is not a negative review! I really get into these books. The characters are so interesting and intriguing. I usually read them in one sitting because I just don’t want to put them down.I want to see what’s coming, and I can’t wait to see what certain characters are going to do in the next book. I am seriously into the niece who Luce has taken under her protection. And I want to know more about Wu, his father, and what all of that means for Luce.This series has a really intriguing and fresh take on dragons, and demons, and I am here for whatever comes next.***ARC courtesy of Netgalley
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  • Jen Davis
    January 1, 1970
    Talk about a slow burn. I can’t think of a single romance I have become this invested in with so little physical payoff. Luce and Cole feel as inevitable as the tide, yet they move together in increments of inches. Millimeters. And even as slowly as they move, each hard won inch is a victory to celebrate. Hailey Edwards has sold me on this pairing, hook, line and sinker. And I may want this romance to happen even more than the characters do.That being said, the book and the series aren’t romance Talk about a slow burn. I can’t think of a single romance I have become this invested in with so little physical payoff. Luce and Cole feel as inevitable as the tide, yet they move together in increments of inches. Millimeters. And even as slowly as they move, each hard won inch is a victory to celebrate. Hailey Edwards has sold me on this pairing, hook, line and sinker. And I may want this romance to happen even more than the characters do.That being said, the book and the series aren’t romances; they’re urban fantasy. So there is a whole lot more going on on the pages. Luce is preparing for her sister, Death, to cross over into the world, and she is working with her new partner, Adam Wu, to figure out how when and where it’s going to happen. The bodies of corpses are reanimating and it seems a portend from Death herself.The plot moved well enough with the bodies and the resulting infections that they gave the general public. Don’t misunderstand, this book is not about zombies, but the particulars of the mission are far less important than what’s going on with the characters.I’m fascinated by Adam. There is obviously a connection between him and Luce, but the author is not ready to share it just yet. Instead, she just gives us teases here and there. Where she does really deliver, though, is on the secret of his form and more of the details about Ezra. We also finally get to see Miller’s other self as well.The world building here is fantastic. The characters are extremely engaging, including the secondary cast, and I could eat it all up with a spoon. I will admit, however, I did get a little lost towards the end when climax happened. There were a lot of characters and species and doublecrosses happening that were a little difficult to follow. I was also not 100% sure of my understanding of who belonged to who and how when it came down to that mating stuff at the end. Cole and Luce are mated but she belongs to someone else… maybe? There were a couple of parts where I read over it twice and I still wasn’t sure of myself.I also am not thrilled about the surprise package Death was holding for Luce. As slowly as the relationship has been moving for Luce and Cole, it feels like jumping to the end without all of the fun parts. But I will give it a chance, because I love Hailey Edwards and I love this series and I am willing to give a little trust.I would definitely recommend this series to fans of urban fantasy and will be just as excited when book four comes out. I’ll keep you posted.Rating: B/B+*ARC provided by publisher
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    This series continues to keep me on my toes. Luce's battle against who she is now and what her previous incarnations have done just...I don't know. I'm hooked. Luce is a hot mess who's trying to reconcile the her from before with the morality her human father has instilled in her. And it's fascinating.Throw in her overwhelming attraction to Cole and the drive within her to keep her coterie safe PLUS a few HUGE revelations about the hows and whys of what she's doing on earth and my head is spinni This series continues to keep me on my toes. Luce's battle against who she is now and what her previous incarnations have done just...I don't know. I'm hooked. Luce is a hot mess who's trying to reconcile the her from before with the morality her human father has instilled in her. And it's fascinating.Throw in her overwhelming attraction to Cole and the drive within her to keep her coterie safe PLUS a few HUGE revelations about the hows and whys of what she's doing on earth and my head is spinning. In the best possible way, of course.Not only do we get some big things happening, we also get to see a new side of Conquest's sisters. War and Famine hit hard and fast when they got to earth, but Death seems to have another tactic in mind and it's not what Luce was expecting. In any way. Any. At all.Things continue to progress. I'm talking relationships, friendships, and alliances. Luce and Cole are finally reaching the point where they're not perpetually pushing against one another and it's fantastic. I like those two together. There are so many layers between them and they're a bit of a mess right now, but they're working things out. Slowly.THINGS are happening. Holy wow, so many things. The next book will likely blow all the theories I've been putting together out of the water. And I'm okay with that. I'm completely ready to see where Luce's story leads me.-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal
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  • Bookgyrl
    January 1, 1970
    This series is intense. The fact that I have been reading them almost back-to-back contributes to it even more. Luce is struggling with her other persona. I loved her interactions with the coterie, but I am not sure about Luce/Cole. There is so much history there, but Conquest has destroyed so much. I am not even sure they are end game! There are other players in the game and I can't wait to find out more. This author has a phenomenal voice. I love her series 'Beginner's guide to necromancy'. Th This series is intense. The fact that I have been reading them almost back-to-back contributes to it even more. Luce is struggling with her other persona. I loved her interactions with the coterie, but I am not sure about Luce/Cole. There is so much history there, but Conquest has destroyed so much. I am not even sure they are end game! There are other players in the game and I can't wait to find out more. This author has a phenomenal voice. I love her series 'Beginner's guide to necromancy'. This series is even darker (duh.. apocalypse!). Well done. *** I received this copy via Netgalley. I hastened to read book 1 and 2 first so I could give a true and honest review. All opinions are my own. ***
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  • SheLove2Read
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars
  • Douglas Meeks
    January 1, 1970
    I have to say I read this book from cover to cover and I was tired for the least 20% so that might affect my judgement of the book but while I found it interesting and the story good, it was far from the enjoyment I had with the first 2 books.The characters were good but the sorta/kinda love triangle was tiresome, the entry of yet another horrible person just did not fit my mood and the ending left me feeling like there was going to be senseless killing in the next book, I hope I am 100% wrong.I I have to say I read this book from cover to cover and I was tired for the least 20% so that might affect my judgement of the book but while I found it interesting and the story good, it was far from the enjoyment I had with the first 2 books.The characters were good but the sorta/kinda love triangle was tiresome, the entry of yet another horrible person just did not fit my mood and the ending left me feeling like there was going to be senseless killing in the next book, I hope I am 100% wrong.I am giving the book 4 Stars more for the thought that Hailey Edwards has always written books I love and I might have just been in a bit of a slump but this book just did not resonate with me like the previous offering. So 4 Stars for a book that really hit me more like 3 but hoping it was just a bad day for me and she returns with an 5 Star effort.
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  • Penny Noble
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve only recently starting reading this author after having several of her books for quite a while. And, now that I am, I don’t know what took me so long to do so. That being said, this latest I’ve read is the third in the Foundling series. I love the characters, and I love how the author gives us new information in small increments. And the new revelation between Cole and Luce is a doozy! Now, I have to mention the revelation at the end of the book wasn’t a surprise to me. I did see it coming, I’ve only recently starting reading this author after having several of her books for quite a while. And, now that I am, I don’t know what took me so long to do so. That being said, this latest I’ve read is the third in the Foundling series. I love the characters, and I love how the author gives us new information in small increments. And the new revelation between Cole and Luce is a doozy! Now, I have to mention the revelation at the end of the book wasn’t a surprise to me. I did see it coming, but maybe others won’t. So, if you don’t have an inkling of this one, you are in for shocker because it’s a game changer. This universe is very unique, the author is an excellent writer, and this latest is a wonderful addition to an already great series. I can’t wait to read the next one! I do recommend this one! I was provided the e-book which I reviewed voluntarily.
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  • Sara Oxton
    January 1, 1970
    Death Knell by Hailey Edwards a five-star read that will compel you. This is the third novel in the Foundling series and each instalment gets better and better, you know everyone better and the little private moments that just make you feel like your investigating as well. I don’t want to tell you the story so I will just say that Hailey Edwards has always been a go to author for me and someone I would read many things by she is by far one of my favourite authors in the Fantasy world, and this o Death Knell by Hailey Edwards a five-star read that will compel you. This is the third novel in the Foundling series and each instalment gets better and better, you know everyone better and the little private moments that just make you feel like your investigating as well. I don’t want to tell you the story so I will just say that Hailey Edwards has always been a go to author for me and someone I would read many things by she is by far one of my favourite authors in the Fantasy world, and this one may just be my favourite read by her, each one gets stronger than the last. Thank you for being amazing and keeping up the great writing.
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  • Jo
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed the continuation of this story. It keeps growing and hasn't felt stale or that it is going to fall off story-wise. For me, the way it is written it felt as if I was re-entering a TV show or someone's actual life. In this one it expands away from her hometown and her human life (which are spoilery so I won't add here). There is a tug at a love triangle but it isn't annoying and a rival that is interesting and not -- for me anyway-- reasons to roll my eyes so hard that I end up throwing I enjoyed the continuation of this story. It keeps growing and hasn't felt stale or that it is going to fall off story-wise. For me, the way it is written it felt as if I was re-entering a TV show or someone's actual life. In this one it expands away from her hometown and her human life (which are spoilery so I won't add here). There is a tug at a love triangle but it isn't annoying and a rival that is interesting and not -- for me anyway-- reasons to roll my eyes so hard that I end up throwing down the book. Downloaded through Netgalley free in exchange for a free review.
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  • Sue Plant
    January 1, 1970
    would like to thank netgalley and the publisher for letting me read this bookwhat a third book this one is...we begin where the second book left off...our group are recovering and healing together but bodies are showing up and they are slightly animated...even though they are dead...luce and wu go to investigate and things continue from there..dont want to give to many spoilers...death is also about to breach and what with the other two this could be the beginning of the war that is cominga bril would like to thank netgalley and the publisher for letting me read this bookwhat a third book this one is...we begin where the second book left off...our group are recovering and healing together but bodies are showing up and they are slightly animated...even though they are dead...luce and wu go to investigate and things continue from there..dont want to give to many spoilers...death is also about to breach and what with the other two this could be the beginning of the war that is cominga brilliant read in this series, it was great to catch up with this group again and see how they progress and get along, i am even starting to like wu...cant wait for the next book in this amazing series
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  • Karen ⚜Mess⚜
    January 1, 1970
    Magnificent, grandiose, brilliant, sumptuous, palatial, resplendent This was the best book out of the three. Questions were finally answered. So thrilling I couldn't put it down. I thought this was the final book, but how wrong I was! I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book, so I could give an honest review.
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  • Helen Wawrejko
    January 1, 1970
    This 3rd installment finds Luce and Cole anticipating the breach of her sister Death. Grappling with her new existence, so different from all the other incarnations of Conquest, she is now partnered with Adam Wu in a branch of the FBI. There are a lot of twisty reveals in this book, ending with a giant "what the???" cliffhanger. *Sigh* authors can be so mean. Different than all the other books from this author, she brings us into a world of demons and apocalyptic forebodings with excellent world This 3rd installment finds Luce and Cole anticipating the breach of her sister Death. Grappling with her new existence, so different from all the other incarnations of Conquest, she is now partnered with Adam Wu in a branch of the FBI. There are a lot of twisty reveals in this book, ending with a giant "what the???" cliffhanger. *Sigh* authors can be so mean. Different than all the other books from this author, she brings us into a world of demons and apocalyptic forebodings with excellent worldbuilding, little knife twisty's, brilliant side characters "other form", and a slow burn love affair, and now a huge jump to a supervillain to die for....literally. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book from Netgalley.
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  • Marsha
    January 1, 1970
    Of all of the Foundling series books to date,"Death Knell" is my least favorite. I will not recap the story line since so many others have done so. I will discuss the content. Quite honestly, it felt like a "filler" book. You know the kind. A book written to to prolong a series and doesn't supply much in the way of progressing the story in moving forward. For the first half of the book I kept asking myself, where is Ms. Edwards going with this. Unfortunately, I quickly grew tired of all of the p Of all of the Foundling series books to date,"Death Knell" is my least favorite. I will not recap the story line since so many others have done so. I will discuss the content. Quite honestly, it felt like a "filler" book. You know the kind. A book written to to prolong a series and doesn't supply much in the way of progressing the story in moving forward. For the first half of the book I kept asking myself, where is Ms. Edwards going with this. Unfortunately, I quickly grew tired of all of the promises of plot mobility, of a relationship with Cole and finding out what the heck was going on. It wasn't until the second half of the read that things started improving but still with little progress. I even took time away from reading the book to see what other readers thought. I was surprised to see that so many others loved it!Don't get be wrong, I think that the series is unique and holds promise. I just don't want to read installment 20 for a relationship to evolve between the main characters or to know what is going on. If this situation does not improve in the next book, I will not be going on with this series. I'm just sayin'.
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  • Northy
    January 1, 1970
    Still completely confused about the plot and overall world concept. But nonetheless an enjoyable read in that it kept my attention and I generally liked the characters. An excellent distraction.
  • Stacy
    January 1, 1970
    I gave it 3.5 starsThere was a lot revealed in DEATH KNELL, but there is still so much to learn. I'm really enjoying the characters in this series. Luce doesn't just sit back and let others take care of things and those around her are protective, but know she's a bad-ass as well. I love a slow burn release of information, but I feel like the slow burn in this series has been a little too slow. I need a little more with each book or my frustration will ruin my enjoyment at some point. The relatio I gave it 3.5 starsThere was a lot revealed in DEATH KNELL, but there is still so much to learn. I'm really enjoying the characters in this series. Luce doesn't just sit back and let others take care of things and those around her are protective, but know she's a bad-ass as well. I love a slow burn release of information, but I feel like the slow burn in this series has been a little too slow. I need a little more with each book or my frustration will ruin my enjoyment at some point. The relationship between Cole and Luce is really frustrating in itself, but the developments in DEATH KNELL kinda threw me. I can't say more without revealing a spoiler, I just can't decide if this huge development is something I will be able to get into or not. Next book will definitely tell me. I'm still upset about the rift between Luce and Rixton. I really want there to be a way that she can tell him what is going on and they can be in each others lives. I know she is trying to protect him and his family, but I really don't like it.DEATH KNELL wasn't my favorite installment of the Foundling series, but I'm still hooked enough to want to know what will happen next. * This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Melindeeloo
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this, even though I don't think I am doing the best job of keeping track of everything from book to book. I do like how Luce is settling in with her coterie, and there are some interesting revelations - including big one that sets things in motion for the next book
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    First of all, I have to note that Edwards took this storyline in places that I was TOTALLY not expecting, and all I can say is GIVE ME MORE. I will speak in generalities, so there are no SPECIFIC spoilers. Don't keep reading if even general notes will bother you. Luce's world is quickly expanding faster than they ever thought it could as her charun family continues to wreak havoc that only she and her coterie can really confront. We get a bigger look at her sisters, and all is not what it seems. First of all, I have to note that Edwards took this storyline in places that I was TOTALLY not expecting, and all I can say is GIVE ME MORE. I will speak in generalities, so there are no SPECIFIC spoilers. Don't keep reading if even general notes will bother you. Luce's world is quickly expanding faster than they ever thought it could as her charun family continues to wreak havoc that only she and her coterie can really confront. We get a bigger look at her sisters, and all is not what it seems. Some of Luce's nearest and dearest have been keeping secrets that have an uncomfortable connection to her long-absent siblings. As each new book comes out, I just grow to love Edwards' characters even more. Luce is finding her place in the charun world and especially in her coterie. I love the continual surprises and a different flavor for each of her adopted family. Santiago is as sassy/snarky as ever, but I can't help but love him for it. We FINALLY (I know it's only been two books, but I'm impatient) get to find out what Miller is, and it's glorious. Thom is still fabulous, and my favorite cat stays strong despite some tough situations in book 3. Maggie/Portia are growing into their shared life beautifully, along with some unexpected bombshells that will surely impact their coterie in the future. Speaking of secrets, Luce, Wu, and Cole are up to their ears in things they really should tell each other. I can honestly say that I lost track of how many times I whispered, "oh sh*t" when binging my way through Death Knell. These people have got to learn to communicate! I'll be a little fair though and admit that these secrets are so big that I can totally understand wanting to build a little more trust before dropping them out into the open. Juicy news ahead, my friends. Overall, I thought Death Knell was an important addition to this series, and it definitely stands tall against books one and two. We've got relationship drama, charun drama, and Ezra drama (I CAN'T EVEN HINT ABOUT THAT) to keep you glued to the pages/screen of your kindle. Along with some of these juicy secrets, we get to see Edwards grow the mythos of this world as Luce and her coterie (and us lucky readers) learn that there's more above and below them than they'd ever understood before. Luce is going to need an even better handle on her new life, FAST, because danger is coming in book four, and it's not coming from where they'd first expected.
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  • Jenn
    January 1, 1970
    Death Knell is the third book in Hailey Edwards’ The Foundling Series. This book was received in exchange for an honest review. Warning: Spoilers ahead.Hailey Edwards is amazing, discovering her writing is easily one of my 2018 highlights. She’s firmly one of my must one-click authors. Death Knell is a wonderful addition to ‘The Foundling Series’; it answers some burning questions whilst moving the story along and setting up new twists and turns, and I can’t wait for the next instalment.So with Death Knell is the third book in Hailey Edwards’ The Foundling Series. This book was received in exchange for an honest review. Warning: Spoilers ahead.Hailey Edwards is amazing, discovering her writing is easily one of my 2018 highlights. She’s firmly one of my must one-click authors. Death Knell is a wonderful addition to ‘The Foundling Series’; it answers some burning questions whilst moving the story along and setting up new twists and turns, and I can’t wait for the next instalment.So with that said, I don’t think I’m entirely sold on this series (not in the ride or die way I am for the ‘the beginners guide to necromancy’). And I think a lot of that has to do with: I’m pretty certain Conquest is my favourite- and we don’t even know anything about her, not really. Any scraps we get about her piques my interest like no other. The entire Luce/Cole relationship makes me feel like I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop. On one hand- Cole/Conquest is not a happy relationship and basically the definition for unhealthy and toxic (the whole genocide thing really puts a damper on everything). On the other- they’re mates. Oh my god, I am a sucker for the mates trope. It gets me every time. Look it’s established in this world, mates among charun aren’t for (the human definition of) love but STILL. “We are longer-lives, and we enter into bonds mindful that we’re choosing life partners for the mortal equivalent of eternity. There is no greater honour, and there is no breaking one after its set. Even if you fall out of ...love...it remains.”Luce/Cole doesn’t work for me when you get the sense everyone is waiting for to shit to hit the fan (ie Conquest’s return). There’s also a disparity of power that doesn’t work for me- Luce is kept so much on the dark because everyone is afraid of Conquest re-emerging. Luce’s firm self denial about her Conquest alter-ego (or is it rather Luce that is Conquest’s after-ego?) does not pave the way for happiness. Everyone’s been so adamant about Luce being the one they/Cole loves and I just can’t separate Luce and Conquest like that. To accept Luce is a just a fracture. Because I’m going to be so let down if Conquest doesn’t actually pop back up.
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsSummary of key points to review before next book:There are lots of revelations in this story. Luce discovers she and Cole (real name Nicodemus) are mates and they have a daughter (Phoebe) who had been sheltered and kept in stasis by Death. Luce is a dragon like Cole (became so after mating) She had been throwing off mating pheromones (even affecting partner Adam Wu) but these lessened after she was fitted with a special Otillian IUD. Luce realizes she genuinely loves Cole but fears she 3.5 starsSummary of key points to review before next book:There are lots of revelations in this story. Luce discovers she and Cole (real name Nicodemus) are mates and they have a daughter (Phoebe) who had been sheltered and kept in stasis by Death. Luce is a dragon like Cole (became so after mating) She had been throwing off mating pheromones (even affecting partner Adam Wu) but these lessened after she was fitted with a special Otillian IUD. Luce realizes she genuinely loves Cole but fears she will have no maternal instincts. Luce helped her sister Death breach into the world. War confronted them and lost, Death killing her. Wu is son of Ezra (who’d called Luce yearly on her birthdays) and Ezra is a powerful, god-like elder, one of thefirst of their kind. He wants to rid the world of the demon-like creatures, including Luce and her cadre. Wu has angel-like wings. Wu has not told her Ezra’s identity as his fearsome father and Luce wants to meet him. At the end of the book, Ezra has killed Famine (and everyone in that prison) and has demanded to meet with Wu and Luce. Wu feels Luce is his soul mate and has been trying to play both sides to protect her, but Ezra says her role is to sacrifice herself to close the door to Otillians forever.I had somefrustrations withthe story, especially poor communication that caused problems. The biggest one: If Cole was friendswith Death’s mate, why did he do and say nothing when he started a plague to send messages to Luce to meet him? Couldn’t Cole have told Luce of his friendship, sought out Death’s mate to set up a meeting without the talking corpses?Still, looking forward to next book.
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  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    I’m really enjoying this series, and in this third book, Luce Boudreau has left the police force and is working with her new partner, Adam Wu and her coterie to investigate the gruesome bodies washing ashore, which they suspect are a message sent from her sister Death. As Luce learns more of the new world she’s now part of, the more confused she becomes as to what her part is, who she can trust, and who are all of the players. I love Luce and her coterie, especially Cole, her love interest - and I’m really enjoying this series, and in this third book, Luce Boudreau has left the police force and is working with her new partner, Adam Wu and her coterie to investigate the gruesome bodies washing ashore, which they suspect are a message sent from her sister Death. As Luce learns more of the new world she’s now part of, the more confused she becomes as to what her part is, who she can trust, and who are all of the players. I love Luce and her coterie, especially Cole, her love interest - and she’s very interested but must step lightly with him. Thom, Santiago, Miller, Portia/Maggie and Adam Wu are all fantastic characters as well. There are some interesting revelations in this book, danger everywhere they go, and plenty of action as they work to eliminate some of War’s coterie (the giant alligators) using intel from War’s captured daughter Sariah, which puts some of Luce's coterie in serious danger. I can’t wait to read the next book to find out what happens to all of these great characters.
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  • Denise Belt
    January 1, 1970
    Famine is locked up, Sariah is under Luce’s coterie control and bodies are washing up on shore down the Mississippi River with what appears to be a message for Luce. Wondering if Death has already broken through, what they can do to stop War and in turn stop the earth from being destroyed, Luce is not sure who she can trust in the coming battles. This series by Edwards is original and unique unlike anything I have read for a long time. She is a master at creating a universe in which to submerge Famine is locked up, Sariah is under Luce’s coterie control and bodies are washing up on shore down the Mississippi River with what appears to be a message for Luce. Wondering if Death has already broken through, what they can do to stop War and in turn stop the earth from being destroyed, Luce is not sure who she can trust in the coming battles. This series by Edwards is original and unique unlike anything I have read for a long time. She is a master at creating a universe in which to submerge yourself in and not feel like it’s something you’ve already read. Luce is a strong character whose goal is to protect not only the people she loves but all of humanity which is something that is needed today. Wu is the mystery card, just when you think you have him all figured out, BAM he does something that is a total surprise. Cole is the protector you’ve always dreamed over including the dreams that are hot and steamy.
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  • Tammy
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsIt's getting better! Well, I don't know which genre I should put Death Knell into. It's definitely fantasy with romance but if you are expecting hot steamy smoochy....look elsewhere.Foundling series is about Luce Luce Boudreau and her journey???path??? whatever it is the ride with her is entertaining and I come to adore her coterie very very much especially Thom. Death Knell is pretty much the end of Luce's mystery but not her journey and romance. Hailey Edwards's imagination is a dry h 4.5 starsIt's getting better! Well, I don't know which genre I should put Death Knell into. It's definitely fantasy with romance but if you are expecting hot steamy smoochy....look elsewhere.Foundling series is about Luce Luce Boudreau and her journey???path??? whatever it is the ride with her is entertaining and I come to adore her coterie very very much especially Thom. Death Knell is pretty much the end of Luce's mystery but not her journey and romance. Hailey Edwards's imagination is a dry humor thrown at all species be it alien, demon, angel or monster. Her characters are weary, secretive but reasonable and a right mix of human and non-human. I also like Luce's pov and how Edwards threw in once or twice of We's just to stir the pot and man, somehow whatever plot I guessed right always turn into new suspense. I'm dying with curiosity about the ending.
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  • Megan Gayeski
    January 1, 1970
    I received a pre-release copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This is the third novel in Hailey Edwards’ “The Foundling” series. It’s a bit different from her other works-everyone is either demons or humans, and it’s a bit darker as well. I do like the developing relationships between Luce and the rest of her coterie, though the one with Cole seems like it moved a bit too fast between the previous book and this one.The book is definitely fast paced and hard to put I received a pre-release copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This is the third novel in Hailey Edwards’ “The Foundling” series. It’s a bit different from her other works-everyone is either demons or humans, and it’s a bit darker as well. I do like the developing relationships between Luce and the rest of her coterie, though the one with Cole seems like it moved a bit too fast between the previous book and this one.The book is definitely fast paced and hard to put down....however, for me the final battle with War seemed a bit anticlimactic and resolved too easily.I look forward to how this series progresses, now that we have switched the villain.
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  • Gina Gallo
    January 1, 1970
    Woot! The battle has changed! Death is badass and interesting. Luce needs to commit suicide to save the world? And has a child? And a mate, well, that was duh. But, seriously, if you make me get all invested in this character and then, kill her, I will be soooooo pissed at you, Authorlord! I don’t need another Divergent! Fuck that! Dad is in some facility. Thom is hurt. I love Thom!! Why did the wing have to get ripped off? Fucking bitch! I’m glad they all died.Theory: I think that Conquest cape Woot! The battle has changed! Death is badass and interesting. Luce needs to commit suicide to save the world? And has a child? And a mate, well, that was duh. But, seriously, if you make me get all invested in this character and then, kill her, I will be soooooo pissed at you, Authorlord! I don’t need another Divergent! Fuck that! Dad is in some facility. Thom is hurt. I love Thom!! Why did the wing have to get ripped off? Fucking bitch! I’m glad they all died.Theory: I think that Conquest cape back as Luce so that she COULD love Cole. The way that he deserved to be loved.
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