A Longer Fall (Gunnie Rose, #2)
NUMBER ONE 'NEW YORK TIMES' BEST-SELLING AUTHOR CHARLAINE HARRIS RETURNS WITH THE SECOND OF THE GUNNIE ROSE SERIES, IN WHICH LIZBETH IS HIRED ONTO A NEW CREW, TRANSPORTING A CRATE INTO DIXIE, THE SELF-EXILED SOUTHEAST TERRITORY OF THE FORMER UNITED STATES. WHAT THE CRATE CONTAINS IS SOMETHING SO POWERFUL, THAT FORCES FROM ACROSS THE THREE TERRITORIES WANT TO POSSESS IT. In this second thrilling installment of the Gunnie Rose series, Lizbeth Rose is hired onto a new crew for a seemingly easy protection job, transporting a crate into Dixie, just about the last part of the former United States of America she wants to visit. But what seemed like a straight-forward job turns into a massacre as the crate is stolen. Up against a wall in Dixie, where social norms have stepped back into the last century, Lizbeth has to go undercover with an old friend to retrieve the crate as what's inside can spark a rebellion, if she can get it back in time.Number one 'New York Times' best-selling author Charlaine Harries (Sookie Stackhouse mysteries and Midnight Texas Trilogy) is at her best here, building the world of this alternate history of the United States, where magic is an acknowledged but despised power.©2020 Charlaine Harris Schulz (P)2020 Recorded Books

A Longer Fall (Gunnie Rose, #2) Details

TitleA Longer Fall (Gunnie Rose, #2)
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ReleaseJan 1st, 1970
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GenreFantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

A Longer Fall (Gunnie Rose, #2) Review

  • PamG
    January 1, 1970
    A LONGER FALL by Charlaine Harris is the second book in the new Gunnie Rose series. This series spans several genres including urban fantasy, western, alternate history, and thriller with magic adding another level.The story begins with our protagonist Lizbeth Rose (Gunnie Rose) on a train heading from Texoma to the country of Dixie with a new gunnie crew guarding a crate they need to deliver in Sally, a town in Dixie. By the end of the first chapter there has been an explosion and the train has A LONGER FALL by Charlaine Harris is the second book in the new Gunnie Rose series. This series spans several genres including urban fantasy, western, alternate history, and thriller with magic adding another level.The story begins with our protagonist Lizbeth Rose (Gunnie Rose) on a train heading from Texoma to the country of Dixie with a new gunnie crew guarding a crate they need to deliver in Sally, a town in Dixie. By the end of the first chapter there has been an explosion and the train has been derailed near their destination. What started as an easy protection job has now evolved into something else. Lizbeth’s friend from book one, Eli Savarov shows up shown after the train derailment and they join forces to continue the mission. Both Lizbeth’s weapons expertise and Eli’s magic are needed to help them succeed. Who are their friends and who are enemies?Dixie has some very old-fashioned beliefs that women should be wearing dresses, not pants. Additionally, this book takes on the underlying themes of racism and social stratification. There is not quite as much action in this book as in book one in the series, but there is still plenty of it as well as a couple of slightly steamy, but not graphic scenes.Charlaine Harris is one of my favorite authors and she did not let me down with this unique addition to the new series. The worldbuilding is fantastic and the characters are compelling. Lizbeth's motivations are believable and well-drawn and the secondary characters were well-rounded and enhanced the story. Lizbeth is a strong, and capable female protagonist. The plot twists were believable but several were unexpected. The story moved at an appropriate pace. The scenes were well described and gave me a clear sense of place.I recommend that those that are interested in this series read the books in order. The first book in the series explains the alternative history aspect that is not fully explained in book two. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. If you like blended genre books, then this may be a book that you would enjoy.Many thanks to Saga Press / Gallery and Charlaine Harris for a digital ARC of this novel via NetGalley and the opportunity to provide an honest review. Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way.
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  • Dave
    January 1, 1970
    A Longer Fall is book two in Harris’ Gunnie Rose series which envisions an alternate reality where President Roosevelt was assassinated and the country broke apart into smaller ones with the east coast (12 of the 13 original colonies) aligning with Britain and the West Coast becoming the new Holy Russian Empire loyal to the Tsar and filled with orders of Grogori (magicians). Lizbeth Rose (or Gunnie Rose as she is known) hails from Texoma, a new nation created out of Texas and Oklahoma and is a A Longer Fall is book two in Harris’ Gunnie Rose series which envisions an alternate reality where President Roosevelt was assassinated and the country broke apart into smaller ones with the east coast (12 of the 13 original colonies) aligning with Britain and the West Coast becoming the new Holy Russian Empire loyal to the Tsar and filled with orders of Grogori (magicians). Lizbeth Rose (or Gunnie Rose as she is known) hails from Texoma, a new nation created out of Texas and Oklahoma and is a fierce gunwoman despite her small stature. Here, Rose sets out on a railroad with a new posse she just joined up with to protect a crate on its way to Dixie, the new country made up of the former Southern states. The beginning of the book is a major blast and yes literally a blast. The action of the posse and in carrying out its task and recovering from what happens is great action-packed writing. After that, the plot line sort of peters out, losing its purpose. This series has great promise from its alternate universe, which really isn’t taken advantage of so much in this novel, to the great characterization and narrative voice of the one and only Lizbeth Rose.
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    I received this ARC copy of The Long Fall from Gallery / Saga Press - Simon & Schuster. This is my honest and voluntary review. The Long Fall is set for publication Jan. 14, 2020.Charlaine HarrisFRONTLIST | January 14, 20209781481494953, 1481494953Hardcover$26.99 USD, $35.99 CADFiction / Fantasy / Paranormal320 pages | Announced 1st Print: 100KSeries: Gunnie Rose
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  • Dianne
    January 1, 1970
    After the first book in this trilogy, I didn't expect very much. But I am so totally hooked on anything Charlaine writes that I just felt that I had to read this!I tend not to like westerns and the first book was a total oater! This book mixes things up a little by getting Lizbeth (Gunnie Rose) into a different country -Dixie -on a new job. And everything is going as expected (blood and gunfire everywhere) until the train she and her new crew are on, blew up. Gunnie and her (mostly) deceased After the first book in this trilogy, I didn't expect very much. But I am so totally hooked on anything Charlaine writes that I just felt that I had to read this!I tend not to like westerns and the first book was a total oater! This book mixes things up a little by getting Lizbeth (Gunnie Rose) into a different country -Dixie -on a new job. And everything is going as expected (blood and gunfire everywhere) until the train she and her new crew are on, blew up. Gunnie and her (mostly) deceased crew were guarding a crate and that is all I'm going to say about the guts of this book except for this one thing -Eli shows up, naturally! You can't have a Charlaine Harris novel without a little romance!I think I liked this book more because I knew now what to expect. How the New America was divided-and the historical facts.This book involves uncomfortable facts about Dixie and you need to think of the deep south in the earlier and middle part of the last century. A lot of this plot includes uncomfortable truths. (At least for a person my age, they are uncomfortable) This book does have a unique way of dealing with prejudice against blacks and those that are a bit different. I do so love books with magic! Think of Gunnie in her jeans and guns...you'll see what I mean.I do heartily recommend that you read the first book or you will be a little lost in this one although it does a good job of recapping (to the point that if you read the first book just before this one you are going to be able to do a lot of skimming).The mystery is totally a cool one. I would never in a million years have ever guessed what was in the crate the crew was guarding! There is sex in this book, but not the ultra graphic sex some authors get into. Some people may become offended by some of the storylines -but you really have to remember the historical era of America this book was portraying.*ARC supplied by the publisher.
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  • Keith Blodgett
    January 1, 1970
    An awesome sequel The action is frantic and nearly non stop the sex is again there but not excessively graphic. The characters and locations are well fleshed out. I really like alternate histories. Not similar but in the vein of Orson Scott Card's Alvin Maker series especially how magic is an accepted part of life. The author, at least to my mind's ear, nails the dialog of the time and the people of different social and economic levels.We're back with Lizbeth 'Gunnie' Rose and her love, the An awesome sequel The action is frantic and nearly non stop the sex is again there but not excessively graphic. The characters and locations are well fleshed out. I really like alternate histories. Not similar but in the vein of Orson Scott Card's Alvin Maker series especially how magic is an accepted part of life. The author, at least to my mind's ear, nails the dialog of the time and the people of different social and economic levels.We're back with Lizbeth 'Gunnie' Rose and her love, the Grigori wizard Eli up against racial tensions in a land, Dixie, where women as well as blacks are treated as near property. A terrible accident during a train trip once again throws our two protagonists together against friend and foe alike. Both trying to complete contracts that at least aren't at odds to one a they must once again team up to keep each other alive.My one complaint would be the very end, the last novel wrapped up, hoped for more but it could have stood alone. This ends almost with a "Stay tuned for the further adventures of Gunnie Rose & Eli in our next exciting chapter!" Like the old serials used to. I want there to be more stories (as long as it doesn't go downhill like the Sookie series did in the end) but I liked the self contained nature of the first novel. We're left with a cliffhanger wondering and waiting for the next installment.Thanks to NetGallery for providing an advanced copy to review.
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  • The Kawaii Slartibartfast
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.Wow, this was really great! The right amount was f action, the right amount of steaminess. Harris just gets better and better as each series develops!
  • Linden
    January 1, 1970
    I have read all of Charlaine Harris’s books, so I was pleased that the publisher approved me for an advance review copy of this new one. I didn’t know it was a dystopian, which I maxed out on some time ago, but I like this author, so I figured let’s see what she does with it. Lizbeth is a Gunnie, a gun for hire, in the dystopian version of the USA. She’s from Texoma, and is traveling to Dixie, an amalgam of something resembling the Deep South in the 1950’s. This book is also presents an I have read all of Charlaine Harris’s books, so I was pleased that the publisher approved me for an advance review copy of this new one. I didn’t know it was a dystopian, which I maxed out on some time ago, but I like this author, so I figured let’s see what she does with it. Lizbeth is a Gunnie, a gun for hire, in the dystopian version of the USA. She’s from Texoma, and is traveling to Dixie, an amalgam of something resembling the Deep South in the 1950’s. This book is also presents an alternate history--the Romanov family did not perish, and Alexi became the Tsar. (Lizbeth’s ally is a grigori, a wizard in service to the Tsar.) Lizbeth is guarding a crate on a train with her crew, but someone wants what is in the crate, and will do whatever it takes, including blowing up the train and murdering whoever stands in their way.
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  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    January 1, 1970
    I don't know how Charlaine Harris does it but she always pulls me into yet another highly addictive series! You can read my review for An Easy Death, the first book in the Gunnie Rose series, here.This series follows Lisbeth Rose, a young gun for hire protecting people and property in an alternative history of a divided America. Lisbeth lost her crew in book one and found herself in over her head with the Holy Russian Empire and a big secret.In book two, Lisbeth has joined up with the Lucky I don't know how Charlaine Harris does it but she always pulls me into yet another highly addictive series!   You can read my review for An Easy Death, the first book in the Gunnie Rose series, here.This series follows Lisbeth Rose, a young gun for hire protecting people and property in an alternative history of a divided America.  Lisbeth lost her crew in book one and found herself in over her head with the Holy Russian Empire and a big secret.In book two, Lisbeth has joined up with the Lucky Crew and they're on a job to transport a crate from Texoma (formerly Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and a portion of Colorado) to Dixie (the self-exiled former Southeastern U.S.) by train. This straight-forward job becomes complicated when their train is blown up and most of her crew is killed and the crate stolen.Lizbeth goes undercover with an old friend to locate the crate and find out why it was stolen.  The truth could send shockwaves through both Dixie and the Holy Russian Empire and change the course of history.I recommend this series to readers who enjoy cozy reads with a little paranormal fantasy thrown in to alternate history.Thanks to Saga Press and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.  A Longer Fall is scheduled for release on January 14, 2020.For more reviews, visit www.rootsandreads.wordpress.com
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    I loved it and I'm sad it is over. Even better than the first one.
  • Heike
    January 1, 1970
    Gunnie Rosie is back in business with a new crew. They are hired to bring a chest to a state that is known to be very backwards, male dominated and racist. After the train they are on crashes, the chest disappears, but she meets an old friend who helps her finding it again.What starts with action and, of course, lots of dead people, ends more in the romance compartment. And all together the story did, unfortunately, not make much sense to me.I admire Charlaine Harris' writing. Even a book like Gunnie Rosie is back in business with a new crew. They are hired to bring a chest to a state that is known to be very backwards, male dominated and racist. After the train they are on crashes, the chest disappears, but she meets an old friend who helps her finding it again.What starts with action and, of course, lots of dead people, ends more in the romance compartment. And all together the story did, unfortunately, not make much sense to me.I admire Charlaine Harris' writing. Even a book like this, where neither story nor characters really catch my interest, I am entertained enough to read without skipping pages. However, I wished it would have been a more convincing story line with more likeable protagonists.
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  • Terry ~ Huntress of Erudition
    January 1, 1970
    What I like most about Charlaine Harris's books is the entertainment value. She can make me totally forget my daily monotonous bus commute when I open one of her books. I read almost all of the Sookie Stackhouse series and I think Gunnie Rose is a down to earth hero, just like Sookie was. She is a good and loyal friend, but is also a fierce and lethal enemy to those who cross her and the ones she cares about. I like reading her thoughts and following around this realistic protagonist with a What I like most about Charlaine Harris's books is the entertainment value. She can make me totally forget my daily monotonous bus commute when I open one of her books. I read almost all of the Sookie Stackhouse series and I think Gunnie Rose is a down to earth hero, just like Sookie was. She is a good and loyal friend, but is also a fierce and lethal enemy to those who cross her and the ones she cares about. I like reading her thoughts and following around this realistic protagonist with a touch of magic. I don't even care whether the plot makes sense or not, just give me some tense action, fun dialogue and throw in a little unsappy romance too! A good change of pace between heavier books.
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  • Terry ~ Huntress of Erudition
    January 1, 1970
    What I like most about Charlaine Harris's books is the entertainment value. She can make me totally forget my daily monotonous bus commute when I open one of her books. I read almost all of the Sookie Stackhouse series and I think Gunnie Rose is a down to earth hero, just like Sookie was. She is a good and loyal friend, but is also a fierce and lethal enemy to those who cross her and the ones she cares about. I like reading her thoughts and following around this realistic protagonist with a What I like most about Charlaine Harris's books is the entertainment value. She can make me totally forget my daily monotonous bus commute when I open one of her books. I read almost all of the Sookie Stackhouse series and I think Gunnie Rose is a down to earth hero, just like Sookie was. She is a good and loyal friend, but is also a fierce and lethal enemy to those who cross her and the ones she cares about. I like reading her thoughts and following around this realistic protagonist with a touch of magic. I don't even care whether the plot makes sense or not, just give me some tense action, fun dialogue and throw in a little unsappy romance too! A good change of pace between heavier books.
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  • Valerie
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this book more than the first one. I definitely recommend that you read the first book before this one. There are a lot of interactions with Eli that don't make sense without the background. I didn't think there was as much action as the first book but this one didn't really need more action. It's well-paced. I do wonder why the grigoris are still coming after Eli after he completed his mission though. I guess that's for the next book. #AlongerFall #NetGalley
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  • Darcy
    January 1, 1970
    This was a tough book for Lizbeth. First off the job went to hell pretty quick, her crew in tatters, stuck in a town where life is so different from what she knows and where she can't trust anyone but Eli, who mysterious showed up right when she needed a friendly face. As Lizbeth and Eli try to get to the bottom of things they end up getting closer and crossing a line with eyes wide open, yet by the end of the book you can tell they both have regrets, not sure if those regrets are for the same This was a tough book for Lizbeth. First off the job went to hell pretty quick, her crew in tatters, stuck in a town where life is so different from what she knows and where she can't trust anyone but Eli, who mysterious showed up right when she needed a friendly face. As Lizbeth and Eli try to get to the bottom of things they end up getting closer and crossing a line with eyes wide open, yet by the end of the book you can tell they both have regrets, not sure if those regrets are for the same reason though. And while Eli accomplished what he set out to do, it seems like things left with Lizbeth are up in the air in so many ways. I look forward to seeing what happens next.
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  • Tammy
    January 1, 1970
    I was so excited to win this book on Goodreads. I read every one of Charlaine's books. This book is no exception, I have read the first one of this series,An Easy Death . It is a strangely unique world that Lizbeth lives in and one never knows how things will go. I don't want any spoilers in here. Just know that I could not put this but down or predict the ending. Lizbeth does not let us down with her kick ass attitude and loyalty. The other characters will all surprise you too. Reading is my I was so excited to win this book on Goodreads. I read every one of Charlaine's books. This book is no exception, I have read the first one of this series,An Easy Death . It is a strangely unique world that Lizbeth lives in and one never knows how things will go. I don't want any spoilers in here. Just know that I could not put this but down or predict the ending. Lizbeth does not let us down with her kick ass attitude and loyalty. The other characters will all surprise you too. Reading is my thing, not reviewing but I won this so only fair to try to tell every one how good it was .
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  • Kathy Davie
    January 1, 1970
    Second in the Gunnie Rose urban fantasy series set in an alternative history and revolving around Lizbeth Rose and set in a very different, gunslinger-oriented not-US.This eARC was sent to me by NetGalley and Saga Press for an honest review.My TakeI do like Lizbeth. She doesn't tolerate spousal abuse, and she has the chutzpah to stand up to abusers. Ahem. This girl just ain't gonna fit in with what a "proper woman" is in Sally. Nope. Harris plays this up with Liz's matter-of-fact approach to Second in the Gunnie Rose urban fantasy series set in an alternative history and revolving around Lizbeth Rose and set in a very different, gunslinger-oriented not-US.This eARC was sent to me by NetGalley and Saga Press for an honest review.My TakeI do like Lizbeth. She doesn't tolerate spousal abuse, and she has the chutzpah to stand up to abusers. Ahem. This girl just ain't gonna fit in with what a "proper woman" is in Sally. Nope. Harris plays this up with Liz's matter-of-fact approach to being herself and to sharing a room...and a bed...with Eli, contrasting this with the townspeople's "moral" attitudes. It's all helped along by first person protagonist point-of-view from Lizbeth's perspective. Lol, I can't help it, I do adore Liz's attitude and her commentary as she attempts to fit in.Conflict...mmm. Seems that Harriet, Liz, and Eli are all after the same thing, although Eli has a greater incentive to succeed — after events in An Easy Death , 1, he's not in favor at court anymore. There's such potential for drama with each of them having a different goal, but it all slides together too easily. It's odd how Harris uses lowercase for proper names of people's name tags and businesses.Oh lord, I HAD to crack up at Liz's deft handling of Miss Mercer's invasion of Liz and Eli's hotel room, lol. It's an incident that leads to that dinner invitation where Millie Fielder receives unexpected support.I like A Longer Fall, but there are issues in this that bug me. Harris is an accomplished writer. Between her Sookie Stackhouse series, Harper Connelly series, and Midnight, Texas series, I'd pick up anything of hers to read. But A Longer Fall slips back and forth between callow and experienced writing. It wasn't helped by the naive thinking of the do-gooders in Sally about that drastic change coming up. This is a thought process that needed to evolve and not simply jump out at us. I also have a bone to pick with the lack of background. Admittedly, I haven't read the first book in the Gunnie Rose series, but it's still a good idea to figure a reader will happen on a book and read it, without having read the preceding tales in a series. Or that it may have been awhile since they read the previous book. I know it would have lessened my confusion as to whether Texoma is a country, a county, or a town. As for Segundo Mexia... Is it a town? A country?Although, how the hoped-for change actually does come about was quite unexpected. It's so perfect with how everyone wants to see it go down. Too perfect, really. Too easy.There is plenty of action in this, and it's driven by A Longer Fall's characters. And with all the references (I'm guessing) back to An Easy Death , I reckon I'll have to read it to get the answers to my questions...The StoryThe crew's destination is a small town in a country not far from Dallas. A town very few travel on to. Sally. In Dixie.The cargo is a crate filled with a chest with unimaginable power, intended to free the downtrodden Blacks of Sally. A promise made by a husband to his dying wife.But there are those opposed to these rebellious intentions.The CharactersLizbeth Rose, a.k.a., Gunnie Rose, is a famous shooter based in Segundo Mexia. Candle is her mother, a school teacher married to Jackson Skidder, Liz's stepfather. Felicia is Liz's half-sister, a granddaughter of Grigori Rasputin. Rasputin's bastard son Oleg Karkarov had been Liz and Felicia's father.Eli Savarov, a.k.a., Prince Ilya Savarov, is a friend, a grigori, a wizard of the Holy Russian Empire with whom Liz has worked before. Eli's father, Prince Vladimir Savaorv, had been a traitor. Peter is a younger brother as well as a grigori with an affinity for air. There are also two sisters, all of whose futures depend on Eli's success. Paulina had been Eli's partner in An Easy Death with the ability to kill people in exotic ways. Klementina was an old woman. Eli's two older brothers claim they'll help the sisters.The Lucky Crew is......Liz's new crew after events in An Easy Death . It's led by Jake Tutwiler, Lavender Brown's former second-in-command. His boyfriend is Burke Printer, who prints a newspaper in Sweetwater, Texoma. Maddy Smith, another gunnie, comes from a farm in the middle of nowhere; she had introduced Jake to his boyfriend. Charlie Chop made a name for himself throwing his hand ax in the border skirmishes. Rogelio Socorro seems to handsome people to death.Harriet Ritter is partnered up with Travis Seeley, and they work for Iron Hand Security, a security company based in Britannia, North Carolina, with a very tough rep. The town of Sally is in Dixie and is......where women are second-class citizens and all magic is godless. The "moralistic" Mr Mercer owns the Pleasant Rest Hotel. Nellie Mercer is his snooty, nosy daughter, whose rudeness is noted by another hotel guest. James Edward Johnson is a Black waiter who is part of the conspiracy. Is he also John Edward?? Harvey is Nellie's "Intended" whose bullying is aided by his "Friend".Clyde Lathrop is the sheriff of the county and investigating the train explosion. Clete is a bloodhound. Dr Jerry Fielder is a decent guy, as is his wife, Millie, who has two years of teacher college. Nurses Finch, Underwood, Allen and Dr Gimball work at Ballard Memorial Hospital. Miss Mayhew is the nurse at reception. Hutchinson and Debeham's are both busy funeral homes; the obnoxious Donald Barton works at Hutchinson. Caleb Wellburn lost his wife. Kempton's Shoe Repair is owned by Brent Kempton who employs Phineas. Beverly's Restaurant. Ballard's Pharmacy does sodas and shakes as well. Edith works at a drug store. Aunt Lillybeth's is a restaurant that serves pecan pie.Galilee Clelland had been Liz's best friend who had worked as a guard. Freedom is the son she'd had by an employer's son; Freedom has a daughter. Reva and Hosea Clelland are Galilee's Black parents.The Ballards are the power family in Sally. Amanda Ballard was offered up to Tsar Nicholas by her father, Samuel. Mrs Ballard is the matriarch. Holden is Amanda's violent brother. Juanita Poe is a servant.Mrs Evvie Moultry neé Ballard sounds like she's a nasty piece of work. Willa May is a Black girl hired as her caregiver. Her son, Norman Moultry, is a lawyer married to Carolyn Ann.Sarah Byrne is an unemployed shooter. Elijah is a Black who is more loyal to money.The Holy Russian Empire (HRE) consists of......California and Oregon these days. Eli serves Tsar Alexei, who has a bleeding disease and is kept alive by, rather, he had been kept alive, by Grigori Rasputin. Now that Rasputin has died, they're hunting for Rasputin's by-blows. Amanda Ballard had been Alexei's first wife. Felix is a fairly new grigori, a death wizard, without much empathy. Gilbert is Eli's immediate superior in the wind guild. His former superior, Dmitri, was executed. Tsar Nicholas had been Alexei's father. More grigori include two women; a Black man, Kasper; a Russian, Simon; and, an Englishman, Godfrey.The church of Holy Russia is Christian Orthodox which believes in Saint Moses the Black. A.k.a., Abba Moses the Robber and Moses the Ethiopian, this saint actually existed and was one of the first Blacks to achieve sainthood.Stewart and Burton Cole are brothers from Shreveport and shooters.The Society of the Lamb is......this tale's version of the Ku Klux Klan who don't tolerate Blacks or witches.Segundo Mexia is......where Liz has a home. Chrissie is her best friend with a new baby girl, Emily Jane. Dan Brick is a neighbor who thinks Liz is his. John Seahorse runs a combination stable and garage.The Cover and TitleThe cover has a cloudy brown background with pale gray gender symbols set in a half-moon, bottom-based outline of fire, lined up in a row above the orange-and-yellow gradation of the title at the very bottom. At the top is an info blurb in pale gray. The author's name is immediately below it in the same gradated orange. In the center is a sulky looking Lizbeth in profile, her arms crossed, but her face turned to glare at us and wearing a tan short-sleeved, round-necked blouse and deeper brown trousers. Her left hand is holding a smoking gun. Her dark hair is done up in a braid and twisted together at the back of her head.The only reason for the title I can think of is that it is A Longer Fall yet, for Liz, when Eli makes his decision.
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  • Liz (Quirky Cat)
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of A Longer Fall through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. A Longer Fall is the second novel in the Gunnie Rose series by Charlaine Harris. And it’s a novel that I’ve been eagerly waiting for all year. Gunnie Rose is an alternate history fantasy series; one that is full of Gunnies, magic, and fighting. After losing her last crew, Lizbeth Rose has had to find a new crew to work with. But the job she took on with them ends up being a lot more complicated – I received a copy of A Longer Fall through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. A Longer Fall is the second novel in the Gunnie Rose series by Charlaine Harris. And it’s a novel that I’ve been eagerly waiting for all year. Gunnie Rose is an alternate history fantasy series; one that is full of Gunnies, magic, and fighting. After losing her last crew, Lizbeth Rose has had to find a new crew to work with. But the job she took on with them ends up being a lot more complicated – and dangerous – than she was lead to believe. Now Lizbeth has to protect the cargo and help the town she was meant to deliver it to. And that’s only the beginning of this tale. Lizbeth Rose is a Gunnie. That means she shoots people for a living. She doesn’t do it for fun. But she’ll do it should they threaten the people or cargo she’s been hired to protect. And she’s an excellent shot too – so I’d advise against the idea. She’s also a compassionate woman, one who knows where her strengths lay, and isn’t afraid to ask for help when needed. “So I needed a new crew. Jake had needed another shooter. Here I was. This was not the job I’d have picked for my first one back, but it was better than none.” Warnings: A Longer Fall contains several intense subjects. Fans of the series are already well aware of the setting, and thus how bad things can get. This novel covers subjects such as prejudice and slavery, sexism, and torture. I’ve been waiting and looking forward to A Longer Fall for over a year now. And I’ve got to say, it was completely worth the wait. My only regret is that I’ll now have to wait another year (at least) before I can get my hands on the next book! A Longer Fall was everything I had been hoping for, and then some. It was intense, being full of fights, drama, and tension. It brought back one of my favorite characters, Lizbeth Rose, in all of her glory. But naturally, things have to change. And that means she’s had to join a new crew. I was surprised by some of the decision making here, but I’ve got to admit that it led to a brilliant plot. The setup for A Longer Fall was well done. There’s a little bit of rehashing for those of us with less than stellar memories. But it probably isn’t enough to fill in any new readers to the series. So seriously, take a minute to go read An Easy Death first. You won’t regret it. There were some elements I was surprised by. I wasn’t at all surprised (or disappointed) to see Eli make his appearance once again. But I was surprised by the way Harris wrote in some of what I’d consider to be more classic romantic (or is it romantic comedy?) tropes into the mix. I didn’t mind them, because it was interesting and funny. But I can see why it might have bothered some people (though I’m hoping I’m wrong there). And oh! That ending. While the main plot was actually completely wrapped up, I’ve found myself left with about a million and ten questions. And thus I’m extremely anxious (that doesn’t even begin to cover it, actually) for the next book to come out. It’s going to be a long wait this time around!For more reviews check out Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks
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  • Erica Chilson
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads 5 Intriguing Stars Spoiler-Free Review A Longer Fall is the second installment in the Gunnie Rose series, and cannot be read as a standalone without massive confusion, as it's a true continuation. I must admit, I struggled with An Easy Death, but the issues I had weren't as present in A Longer Fall. I gave the continuation a chance because I was intrigued by such an original story, crossing my fingers that it was the first I received a free copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads 5 Intriguing Stars Spoiler-Free Review A Longer Fall is the second installment in the Gunnie Rose series, and cannot be read as a standalone without massive confusion, as it's a true continuation. I must admit, I struggled with An Easy Death, but the issues I had weren't as present in A Longer Fall. I gave the continuation a chance because I was intrigued by such an original story, crossing my fingers that it was the first book curse. Sometimes if the first book is amazing, it's hard for the second to live up to the expectations. Sometimes when the first book is so-so, the continuation rocks me off my feet. The latter is what happened in this case. Gunnie Rose has a dystopian feel, in regards to the US falling and being split up and taken over by several nations. Set in the depression era, with civil rights and women's rights issues from the time making a heavy presence in the series. This is set to the backdrop of Russian magic users to add a paranormal twist. The pacing was rapid this go around, exciting and thrilling, without being slowed by too much inane information- there is still quite a bit of everyday events, but it added more to the story than taking it away, as previously. Read in two sittings, I didn't want to put A Longer Fall down, when I struggled to stay interested in the previous installment. Lizbeth finds an unexpected ally in Dixie, as she tries to protect, then reclaim a crate she was employed to protect. Never get too attached to characters, as they might not be long for this world. Expect Lizbeth to be the gunnie she was born to be, shooting and asking questions later. The survivalist. Expect betrayals, assassination attempts, and high-stress situations. If racism and misogyny are hard for you to swallow, the historical accuracy of Dixie was difficult to read but well written. There is more emotion this time around, as Lizbeth showed rare bursts of insecurity and her strong need for connection with Eli. These moments of humanity were what was missing from the debut in the series, creating a more well-rounded Lizbeth Rose. By the end of the novel, I sat there for a few minutes, wishing upon wishing I had the third installment, needing to know what happens next. Highly recommended to Charlaine Harris fans, and those looking for something highly original and intriguing. My advice, An Easy Death was a hard book to enjoy. Stick with it, then grab A Longer Fall- you won't be disappointed in the amazing shift from book to book.
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  • Tessa Pulyer
    January 1, 1970
    Favorite Character: Lizbeth and Eli as a team.I loved them both in the first book, and I loved them even more in the second book. Both live by a strict code, will kill when necessary, and love complicatedly. Eli is a magician from the Holy Roman Empire (which used to be California), and Lizbeth is a gunslinger from Texoma (formerly Texas). Together, they make a different kind of magic. They solve mysteries together, and it takes both to be successful.What I Loved About A Longer FallThe setting Favorite Character: Lizbeth and Eli as a team.I loved them both in the first book, and I loved them even more in the second book. Both live by a strict code, will kill when necessary, and love complicatedly. Eli is a magician from the Holy Roman Empire (which used to be California), and Lizbeth is a gunslinger from Texoma (formerly Texas). Together, they make a different kind of magic. They solve mysteries together, and it takes both to be successful.What I Loved About A Longer FallThe setting is incredibly detailed. It is set in Dixie and holds many of the same features as the real deep south that the reader will recognize along with the unique twists that the story brings. It’s both relatable and disturbing, and I laughed when the main characters discovered the very southern ”one meat and two sides” meal and wildlife, such as alligators. Book Two is still taking on bold subjects. With the setting being Dixie, it was no surprise to me that the bold issue in this story is racism and the inequalities that still existed once slavery ended. It’s an illuminating look at the history of racism in our society as well as the world in the novel.I loved that the main characters grew from book one to book two. They have become even more complicated with their hopes, and dreams are starting to come out a small little bit at a time, particularly Gunnie Rose, who, by her very nature is pragmatic to a fault. You also start to see glimmers of the inner conflict of Eli, who is usually calm, relaxed, and together. They both have solid walls built up, and I loved that I witnessed some small breaks in both of their walls.A Longer Fall is very fast-paced. I finished it more quickly than I expected because I could not stop flipping those pages eagerly and rapidly. There is a special something about the story that makes me feel like I do when I take the first bite of a delectable dessert. It hits just the right spot.What I Wish About A Longer FallMy only wish about the story is that it had ended with more loose ends tied up – not all loose ends – just a few more. I enjoyed the way Book One ended and was surprised that book two ended with so many questions.To Read or Not to ReadThis book and series will appeal to fantasy book lovers, mystery thriller book lovers, and even lovers of historical fiction, so everyone will find something they love about it! A must-read!!!
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    This second book in the Gunnie Rose series takes off shortly after Lizbeth has recovered from her adventure in the first book. She has signed on for a new job to protect and deliver a crate to someone in Dixie, and it doesn’t take long before her new job and crew are in peril. The contents of the crate, which are unknown to Lizbeth, potentially could cause massive upheaval in Dixie and there are a lot of people who are willing to kill to control it. Lizbeth is not surprised to find her grigori This second book in the Gunnie Rose series takes off shortly after Lizbeth has recovered from her adventure in the first book. She has signed on for a new job to protect and deliver a crate to someone in Dixie, and it doesn’t take long before her new job and crew are in peril. The contents of the crate, which are unknown to Lizbeth, potentially could cause massive upheaval in Dixie and there are a lot of people who are willing to kill to control it. Lizbeth is not surprised to find her grigori lover Eli also is there and interested in the crate’s contents and they team up to find it when it is stolen. Dixie is the country that encompasses the Old South of the former US, and people there have entrenched ideas about proper place and behavior for women and for people of color. Lizbeth is accustomed to seeing men and women of any color as equals and she bristles under the strictures placed on her appearance and behavior when she tries to keep a low profile while investigating the theft. While the alternate history world Harris has created is very interesting, it is her characters and their interactions that really make this an enjoyable read. A lot of urban fantasy heroines tend to be similar: tough with a snarky or irreverent demeanor that supposedly mask inner turmoil or vulnerability, and often they sound the same, especially when written by the same author. While Lizbeth certainly is tough, her voice is distinct and unique. She is at once ruthlessly practical and unsentimental yet loyal with a strong sense of right and wrong. Her views on justice and especially on love and relationships have been forged by the very tough circumstances of her life. On that personal front, she obviously is strongly drawn to Eli but doesn’t allow herself to hope for a happily-ever-after that she believes impossible.While the main conflicts of this story are (mostly) wrapped up by the end, we are left with some intriguing potential plot lines and conflicts with Eli, the other grigori, and with one of Lizbeth’s friends at home. I look forward to seeing how they play out in the next book.
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    This second book in the Gunnie Rose series takes off shortly after Lizbeth has recovered from her adventure in the first book. She has signed on for a new job to protect and deliver a crate to someone in Dixie, and it doesn’t take long before her new job and crew are in peril. The contents of the crate, which are unknown to Lizbeth, potentially could cause massive upheaval in Dixie and there are a lot of people who are willing to kill to control it. Lizbeth is not surprised to find her grigori This second book in the Gunnie Rose series takes off shortly after Lizbeth has recovered from her adventure in the first book. She has signed on for a new job to protect and deliver a crate to someone in Dixie, and it doesn’t take long before her new job and crew are in peril. The contents of the crate, which are unknown to Lizbeth, potentially could cause massive upheaval in Dixie and there are a lot of people who are willing to kill to control it. Lizbeth is not surprised to find her grigori lover Eli also is there and interested in the crate’s contents and they team up to find it when it is stolen. Dixie is the country that encompasses the Old South of the former US, and people there have entrenched ideas about proper place and behavior for women and for people of color. Lizbeth is accustomed to seeing men and women of any color as equals and she bristles under the strictures placed on her appearance and behavior when she tries to keep a low profile while investigating the theft. While the alternate history world Harris has created is very interesting, it is her characters and their interactions that really make this an enjoyable read. A lot of urban fantasy heroines tend to be similar: tough with a snarky or irreverent demeanor that supposedly mask inner turmoil or vulnerability, and often they sound the same, especially when written by the same author. While Lizbeth certainly is tough, her voice is distinct and unique. She is at once ruthlessly practical and unsentimental yet loyal with a strong sense of right and wrong. Her views on justice and especially on love and relationships have been forged by the very tough circumstances of her life. On that personal front, she obviously is strongly drawn to Eli but doesn’t allow herself to hope for a happily-ever-after that she believes impossible.While the main conflicts of this story are (mostly) wrapped up by the end, we are left with some intriguing potential plot lines and conflicts with Eli, the other grigori, and with one of Lizbeth’s friends at home. I look forward to seeing how they play out in the next book.
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  • Tessa Pulyer
    January 1, 1970
    Favorite Character: Lizbeth and Eli as a team.I loved them both in the first book, and I loved them even more in the second book. Both live by a strict code, will kill when necessary, and love complicatedly. Eli is a magician from the Holy Roman Empire (which used to be California), and Lizbeth is a gunslinger from Texoma (formerly Texas). Together, they make a different kind of magic. They solve mysteries together, and it takes both to be successful.What I Loved About A Longer FallThe setting Favorite Character: Lizbeth and Eli as a team.I loved them both in the first book, and I loved them even more in the second book. Both live by a strict code, will kill when necessary, and love complicatedly. Eli is a magician from the Holy Roman Empire (which used to be California), and Lizbeth is a gunslinger from Texoma (formerly Texas). Together, they make a different kind of magic. They solve mysteries together, and it takes both to be successful.What I Loved About A Longer FallThe setting is incredibly detailed. It is set in Dixie and holds many of the same features as the real deep south that the reader will recognize along with the unique twists that the story brings. It’s both relatable and disturbing, and I laughed when the main characters discovered the very southern ”one meat and two sides” meal and wildlife, such as alligators. Book Two is still taking on bold subjects. With the setting being Dixie, it was no surprise to me that the bold issue in this story is racism and the inequalities that still existed once slavery ended. It’s an illuminating look at the history of racism in our society as well as the world in the novel.I loved that the main characters grew from book one to book two. They have become even more complicated with their hopes, and dreams are starting to come out a small little bit at a time, particularly Gunnie Rose, who, by her very nature is pragmatic to a fault. You also start to see glimmers of the inner conflict of Eli, who is usually calm, relaxed, and together. They both have solid walls built up, and I loved that I witnessed some small breaks in both of their walls.A Longer Fall is very fast-paced. I finished it more quickly than I expected because I could not stop flipping those pages eagerly and rapidly. There is a special something about the story that makes me feel like I do when I take the first bite of a delectable dessert. It hits just the right spot.What I Wish About A Longer FallMy only wish about the story is that it had ended with more loose ends tied up – not all loose ends – just a few more. I enjoyed the way Book One ended and was surprised that book two ended with so many questions.To Read or Not to ReadThis book and series will appeal to fantasy book lovers, mystery thriller book lovers, and even lovers of historical fiction, so everyone will find something they love about it! A must-read!!!
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  • Carol Crigger
    January 1, 1970
    A LONGER FALLCharlaine HarrisSaga Press/Simon & Schuster 2020ISBN: 978-1481494953If you haven’t read An Easy Death, the first book in Charlaine Harris’ Gunnie Rose series, do. Set in an alternate history of the United States, magic is scorned and hated, while recognized as a power to be feared. In that first book we met Lizbeth Rose, a badass gunnie, which is a simple word for gun-toting security personnel, who got tangled up with some Russian grigori, their name for wizards. That’s all I’ll A LONGER FALLCharlaine HarrisSaga Press/Simon & Schuster 2020ISBN: 978-1481494953If you haven’t read An Easy Death, the first book in Charlaine Harris’ Gunnie Rose series, do. Set in an alternate history of the United States, magic is scorned and hated, while recognized as a power to be feared. In that first book we met Lizbeth Rose, a badass gunnie, which is a simple word for gun-toting security personnel, who got tangled up with some Russian grigori, their name for wizards. That’s all I’ll say about that.As A Longer Fall opens, the hardworking Lizbeth has joined a new gunnie crew after the deaths of her old one. Hired to guard an old chest holding a mysterious, though obviously precious cargo, the crew is on a train heading out from Texas and going to a town called Sally, Louisiana. Just before they get there, the train blows up and the crew is involved in a raging gunfight. Someone wants that chest and will do anything to get it. Lizbeth has no idea what the chest contains, but it certainly appears a whole lot is at stake.Once again most of Gunnie Rose’s crew is killed, some of them murdered after surviving the wreck and the gunfight. Lizbeth soon figures out the wreck was deliberately caused. When Eli Savarov, a Russian grigori whom she met in An Easy Death, arrives on the scene, the mystery deepens. The cargo the crew was guarding has disappeared, stolen from under their noses, and more than one group of fierce people is out to get it back. Lizbeth doesn’t know who to trust, although she really wants to trust Eli.Falling again into their romantic relationship, Lizbeth and Eli, beating the odds, recover the chest and manage to resurrect a long dead God. Or did they? Turns out raising the dead may not solve all of their problems.Aside from the Sookie Stackhouse stories, this is my favorite Charlaine Harris series. Everything a reader wants or can expect is here. Mystery, magic, romance, adventure, action, and best of all, a fascinatingly imagined alternate America peopled with intriguing characters.
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  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    Electronic ARC provided by NetGalley. I had a tough time deciding whether to give this three or four stars. I really enjoyed reading it and the world and characters are great, but I also had some issues with the way a couple of plot things were handled, and parts of ending didn't work for me. "The Long Fall" (or "A Longer Fall", there seems to be some confusion over the title) picks up sometime after the first book. Lizbeth has joined a new crew and is on a job protecting unknown cargo on a Electronic ARC provided by NetGalley. I had a tough time deciding whether to give this three or four stars. I really enjoyed reading it and the world and characters are great, but I also had some issues with the way a couple of plot things were handled, and parts of ending didn't work for me. "The Long Fall" (or "A Longer Fall", there seems to be some confusion over the title) picks up sometime after the first book. Lizbeth has joined a new crew and is on a job protecting unknown cargo on a journey to Dixie (ie, the former American Southeast). My first issue is that the book once again starts with most of Lizbeth's crew being disposed with in the first couple of chapters in an attack on the train that they are on(this isn't really a spoiler since it happens right away). On the other hand, the book really started to pick up once Lizbeth was on her own. The rest of the book involves Lizbeth and a few allies trying to figure out 1. Where the cargo has been taken and 2. What it is. Charlaine Harris does attempt to address issues of racism in this book more directly then she has in the past. While the Sookie books did frequently use the vampires and shifters as allegories for minority experiences this series uses American racism outright. I applaud the inclusion of difficult topics like this, though it does sometimes come off as a bit clumsy. That said, I'm not the best person to judge whether Harris' attempts are entirely successful; I'd be interested to see opinions from other reviewers. I still really like Lizbeth as a protagonist. She's capable, practical, and very loyal to her few friends. I'm certainly going to keep following this series, and I love that after so long Charlaine Harris is still producing new books that are entirely different from anything she's done in the past.
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  • Jenn
    January 1, 1970
    Work has been crazy, and I've been hoping to find a fun, light weight bit of escapism to relax with in the evening. I was excited to see "A Longer Fall" offered on NetGalley for preview since I enjoyed Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse books. There are a number of similarities between our protagonist Lizbeth and Sookie: both are young, pretty, clever, from less advantaged backgrounds with strong female figures, inclined to be a bit cynical about men. These characters are both judgmental with a Work has been crazy, and I've been hoping to find a fun, light weight bit of escapism to relax with in the evening. I was excited to see "A Longer Fall" offered on NetGalley for preview since I enjoyed Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse books. There are a number of similarities between our protagonist Lizbeth and Sookie: both are young, pretty, clever, from less advantaged backgrounds with strong female figures, inclined to be a bit cynical about men. These characters are both judgmental with a strong sense of right and wrong, and a tiny bit short in the department of self-examination. Lizbeth is very decisive - and guarded, compared to Sookie's frequent bouts of indecision and tendency to go with her heart over her head.Despite missing the first book in the series, I was able to understand enough about the world that the author constructing. She didn't over-do the backstory as I noticed happening in the Sookie books. I have questions about this fictional universe, and will read the first book.There is magic in this world, but it's the kind of magic created by trained magicians who display an early gift. There's also a conservative Bible-belt South here that resembles "Stepford" in many ways. There are automobiles, trains and telephones - but no digital technology or mobile phones. Aside from one song performed as a ritual - not a lot of music, either. The action is well written -- I could picture this being converted to a screenplay. There were a few more disposable characters than I expected and some odd turns and twists that seemed a bit too tidy. Overall, it was a fun escape into a world full of women characters who aren't just strong but who run a wide gamut of personality and motivation, just like men, in a complex world of shifting values.
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  • Pamela
    January 1, 1970
    The author has created a believable alternate US world where the South has returned to its Confederate roots and women (and people of color) know their place in the patriarchal society. The main character, Lizbeth Rose, has never wanted to visit Dixie and yet finds herself not only in Dixie but dressed not in the long pants, shirts, and a gunslinger’s gun belt around her waist that she’s used to, but in a skirt and blouse so she can fit into polite society. She and the crew she only recently The author has created a believable alternate US world where the South has returned to its Confederate roots and women (and people of color) know their place in the patriarchal society. The main character, Lizbeth Rose, has never wanted to visit Dixie and yet finds herself not only in Dixie but dressed not in the long pants, shirts, and a gunslinger’s gun belt around her waist that she’s used to, but in a skirt and blouse so she can fit into polite society. She and the crew she only recently hired on with have been charged with delivering a crate to a town on the Dixie side of the border. Before the crew can reach its destination, the train they’re on gets blown off the rails and the crate is stolen in the chaotic aftermath. Seemingly out of nowhere, Eli, with whom Lizbeth has worked in the past, appears and wants her to help find the crate. What choice does a gunnie have when she finds herself alone in Dixie? They team up and go in search of answers and the crate.This is a well-written page turner with interesting, likable characters and a storyline supported the author’s excellent world-building skills. The pacing of the story is fast enough to keep you turning pages, but the author isn’t stingy with the details of the world she’s created.If you’ve never tried alternative history novels, this is a very good place to start. You don’t need to read the first book in this series (although you’ll probably put it on your to-be-read list after finishing this book) as the author gives you enough detail so you’re not completely lost.My thanks to Simon & Schuster and NetGalley for an eARC.
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  • Johanna Sawyer
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to the publisher for an ARC to read and give my honest opinion. Prequel to review: This is book two in the Gunnie Rose series, and I did not read book one. I had no issues reading this novel and felt that it could be read as a stand-alone. The book starts off really exciting and full of action, as Lizbeth is aboard a train with other gunnies... protecting a crate. The crate contents are not revealed until almost the end of the book, but the story is still powerful and moving. Something Thanks to the publisher for an ARC to read and give my honest opinion. Prequel to review: This is book two in the Gunnie Rose series, and I did not read book one. I had no issues reading this novel and felt that it could be read as a stand-alone. The book starts off really exciting and full of action, as Lizbeth is aboard a train with other gunnies... protecting a crate. The crate contents are not revealed until almost the end of the book, but the story is still powerful and moving. Something to be said for gunnies willing to risk their lives to do a job, when they have no idea what they’re protecting. The book takes on a multifaceted historical look at an era of segregation, when the world was on the cusp of expanding with technologies like cars, and running water. It also enhances the story with a magical sense of wizardry like people called grigories. What did I like? The story itself is completely engrossing, and the romance between Eli and Lizbeth was highly entertaining. Where most people shy from Eli being a grigori, Lizbeth takes a shine to him and they work well together as a team. I just love a good story, and this one was amazing. Would I buy or recommend this book? Yes, most definitely. After reading many reviews of book one, I feel that people will be pleasantly surprised that book two turned out much better, and I am anxiously awaiting book three now.Thoughts for the author? I hope you don’t have any other series on your plate right now cause I could seriously use more on Eli and Lizbeth right now. Now for the long wait.
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  • Mindy Lou's Book Review
    January 1, 1970
    I'm finding this series to be very intriguing. First, the heroine is kind of a badass. She's a gunnie who's starting to become famous with her ability to shoot and being the last one standing. Nothing seems to faze her. She has a good sense of right and wrong but she also has no qualms about killing people when they need killing. Lizbeth is only 19 years old and that girl is as cool as cucumber. She's the biggest reason I'm enjoying these books.The storyline is just as intriguing. In the first I'm finding this series to be very intriguing. First, the heroine is kind of a badass. She's a gunnie who's starting to become famous with her ability to shoot and being the last one standing. Nothing seems to faze her. She has a good sense of right and wrong but she also has no qualms about killing people when they need killing. Lizbeth is only 19 years old and that girl is as cool as cucumber. She's the biggest reason I'm enjoying these books.The storyline is just as intriguing. In the first book, I described Lizbeth's world as like an old western set in modern times with fantasy thrown in there. It's still the same in this book, however when her job takes her to the town of Sally, they are thrown back into the old ways. It's weird to say that when this already seems decades old as it is. What I mean is that the town of Sally has a certain outlook on gender and race that we all know was there back in our old western world. It's not anything Lizbeth is used too and it hinders her ability to do her job.There's a lot of action going on in this book which means a lot of killing. The magic used in this series sometimes give me the heebie jeebies. They have a dark tone to it even when it seems to be used for good. All of these elements combines into one unique series and I'm hooked. I'm looking forward to the next book.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Ebook/ARC/Fantasy: I enjoyed the first book in the Gunnie Rose series a lot; as in probably the best book I've read all year. I did enjoy this one, but it took a while to read and didn't have the "umph" the other one threw at the reader. Our heroine, to me, was not as likeable as she was in the first book. There was also a better mystery going on throughout the whole book. I think I missed Paulina too much as she played against Lizbeth. Eli is back, but I wanted more of a timeline from the Ebook/ARC/Fantasy: I enjoyed the first book in the Gunnie Rose series a lot; as in probably the best book I've read all year. I did enjoy this one, but it took a while to read and didn't have the "umph" the other one threw at the reader. Our heroine, to me, was not as likeable as she was in the first book. There was also a better mystery going on throughout the whole book. I think I missed Paulina too much as she played against Lizbeth. Eli is back, but I wanted more of a timeline from the author on details of the world Lizbeth lives in. Again, I have a problem with the fact there are not many children around and Lizbeth should not be an only child. If this book takes place between 1945 and 1965, there should be families, especially the poor, that have nine or more children as condoms are only available to the more affluent. As for the plot, it more about Lizbeth and Eli's relationship than anything else. I want to thank NetGalley for letting me have an advanced copy of the book. I am looking forward to reading the next story in the tale of Gunnie Rose, but I want more details about her world. Right now, I picture all the towns like something out of the wild west movie. One thing about the Midnight series was that there was a map at the beginning of the book showing the reader the layout of the town.
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  • BookDragon
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Netgalley for providing me with this ARC for my honest opinion.Lizbeth Rose has gotten herself hired on to a new gunnie crew and are on a job. They are close to their final destination when their train explodes leaving some of them dead and the others venerable and exposed. Lizbeth for the sake as her reputation as a gunnie is determined to reclaim the cargo they were intended to deliver and just when things couldn't get any more complicated Eli shows up. He swears he doesn't know Thank you Netgalley for providing me with this ARC for my honest opinion.Lizbeth Rose has gotten herself hired on to a new gunnie crew and are on a job. They are close to their final destination when their train explodes leaving some of them dead and the others venerable and exposed. Lizbeth for the sake as her reputation as a gunnie is determined to reclaim the cargo they were intended to deliver and just when things couldn't get any more complicated Eli shows up. He swears he doesn't know anything about her and her crew heading to Dixie or the job they are working but he needs her help.Arriving in Dixie a town set in old school beliefies that a woman needs to be in a dress and is expected to faint at the sight of blood and blacks are slaves Lizbeth and Eli work together to figure out who stole the cargo her crew was hired to deliver.This is the second installment in the Gunnie Rose series and I very much enjoyed this but not as much as the first. Lizbeth is still the same strong and determined kickass woman she was from the first one. Eli is...well,still Eli. There are plenty of shootouts and dabs of magic and western all rolled up into one. I just hope the next in this series will dive into the grigoris (wizards) .
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