Zombies and steampunk and post Civil War Reconstruction era Wild West should be the most awesome combination ever, right? Alas, while the concept for Dead Reckoning by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill was excellent, I found the overall execution to be quite lacking.
Dead Reckoning specifically focuses on three main characters. Jett Gallatin is a bit of a young gunslinger – rough and tough, also? Jett is a girl dressed as a boy on the search for her missing brother. Honoria Gibbons is a bluestocking, she’s the daughter of a very rich man and is conducting research debunking the unnatural. Then there is White Fox, who is this white guy who was raised by Native Americans. The three characters meet near Also, Texas while Jett is on the run on her fantastic horse Nightingale from a hoard of zombies. The three team up to investigate the disappearances in Alsop and throughout the region.
I really enjoyed reading the parts pertaining to Jerusalem’s Wall, a nearby commune/cult. I felt those bits were gripping as they discovered the zombie origins. Perhaps it was the fact that there was an actual sense of danger which drove the narrative during those parts. As for all the in-between parts, like when the characters are hanging out around Alsop or when Gibbons is deducing something, I felt bored. Like, I never felt immediately compelled to read on at these points. Instead, I would set Dead Reckoning aside for better, more exciting books.
In all, Dead Reckoning by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill feels like a very uneven book – some bits are fast and exciting and others are very slow and boring. I bet zombie fans will be into this book, but Dead Reckoning was not the best book for me, personally. There was just not enough to draw my attention and no unputdownable feeling.
Disclosure: Received for review via Netgalley.
Other reviews of Dead Reckoning by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill:
Mindful Musings – “I was a little disappointed, but it was still an entertaining read ”
The Book Smugglers – “a great protagonist and a diverting storyline”
Bunbury In The Stacks – “did not disappoint, but it didn’t impress either”