Series: A Death Angel Novella #1
Published by Obsidian Publishing on June 30, 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
I really thought I would love Death Dealer. I love books that deal with death and I seem to have a fascination with reapers or death dealers as they’re called in this novella. And the idea that our main character – Mia Baron – sold her life away to be a death dealer and get vengeance had such incredible possibilities.
Death: a word Mia Baron was all too familiar with since the murder of her parents when she was a young girl. Her drive for vengeance was the reason she became a Death Dealer--a soul guide through the spirit realm--signing her life away in her own blood. Pain forged a concrete wall around her heart and no one or nothing would ever penetrate it...until she got what she desired most--revenge. Deacon Gage craves justice for his own horrific tragedy that forced him into the same life Mia chose, with the same promise of vengeance dangling just out of reach. His expert training makes him an Elite--one of the few Death Dealers to ever achieve such a status--and no one can shift his focus from the blood he seeks. But when the two are partnered for yet another job and a heart-shattering case rips open Mia's heart, Deacon realizes he's the only one who can save her...at a price that might be too much to pay: opening his heart to her. The clock is ticking and her life hangs on the balance of whether he can truly let go or will hold onto his desire for blood.
Unfortunately, I didn’t feel Death Dealer lived up to its possibilities. It was a pretty okay novella, but I think the ideas and characters were too big for a novella. They needed a full length novel to really develop and do justice to the world Robertson built.
Because the world she built really was great. When a person dies, Death Dealers are there to great them and escort them to their gate – whether it be light (heaven) or dark (hell). They can tell by the color of the soul which gate they need to go to. But its not a simple journey – there are monsters and demons of all kinds trying to steal the souls. So the Death Dealers have the dangerous job of delivering the soul safely. This provides the opportunity for some pretty great action – especially since death dealers have enhanced abilities.
They have these enhanced abilities because they traded their lives – I’m assuming their souls – for the gig and (at least for Mia and Deacon) the chance at revenge. Deacon is an Elite – in fact there’s a whole hierarchy of Death Dealers – because of some extra training. What it takes to be a death dealer, the cost, and that whole world is woefully incomplete in my opinion. There’s so many unanswered questions – I mean are they the good guys? What did they give up – really give up – to be death dealers? Why the hierarchy? What more is going on in the world of death?
And then there’s the romance. Yeah, it did absolutely nothing for me. I would have preferred no romance and more time understanding the death dealer world than the awkward connection between Mia and Deacon. They’ve worked together in the past and have a sort of antagonistic relationship – but now, ALL OF A SUDDEN (those are like words of death for me and romances lately) they feel differently about each other. I’m glad they felt something, because I felt nothing. They did have a cool connection because of being death dealers that worked together, where they could sense each other. Again, something I would have liked to see explored fully.
I’m not sure if I will continue with the series or not. I looked it up and right now there’s one other book, but it’s also a novella. I’d like to see more of the world, but I’m worried that another novella will leave me frustrated. So we’ll see. If it were ever developed into a series with full length novels, I would definitely check them out.