Death Dealer by Ashley Robertson

December 4, 2014 Reviews 20

Death Dealer by Ashley RobertsonDeath Dealer by Ashley Robertson
Series: A Death Angel Novella #1
Published by Obsidian Publishing on June 30, 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 130
Format: Paperback
Source: Giveaway/Gift

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 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.

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.

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.

3 stars Just Okay

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About Ashley Robertson

2014 Romcon Reader’s Crown Finalist
2014 National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist
2013 Chatelaine Awards First Place Winner for Romantic Fiction
2013 National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist
2013 Paranormal Romance Guild Viewers Choice Awards Finalist
2013 Honorable Mentions for the Top Books of 2013 by A Girl And Her Kindle Blog
2012 Voted Best New Author by Popular Book Blog Nose Graze

Sagittarius Ashley Robertson resides in sunny Orlando, Florida, and loves writing about anything paranormal. She also composes poems and songs, though she learned long ago she doesn’t have a singing voice. When she isn’t writing you’ll find her spending time with family and friends, sharing personal training and nutrition advice via, traveling and exploring new places, and drinking fine wines and gourmet coffees from her Nespresso machine.


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20 Responses to “Death Dealer by Ashley Robertson”

    • Berls

      Yeah I know exactly what you mean! A good novella can be so satisfying – a short, yummy treat. But holes make me feel like someone forgot the sugar in my piece of cake 🙁

  1. Bookworm Brandee

    *frowny face* I’m disappointed for you, Berls. This did sound so promising…and I too have a fascination with reapers! (hmm…) I wonder if the next installment would enhance the story? See, this is why I stayed away from novellas for a long time. If you’re going to write a novella, make it satisfying…don’t leave me wishing it’d been a full-length novel because there just wasn’t enough. (didn’t mean to get on a soapbox) I hope your current read is really fulfilling! 🙂 And let me know when you’re ready for Block.
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    • Berls

      I know right?! I feel like there’s a point where an author has to be willing to cut one idea – maybe the romance? – to keep it from being stale and to let the others come to a better fulfillment. Oh well!

      I’m in a reading slump, kinda. I need to finish the book I’m reading, and I like it, but its slow going. After that, the next social media book- here I come!!

    • Berls

      Novellas are very hit & miss for me. But yeah, that’s my most typical problem – not enough development. I wish she did this as a full length.

  2. Laura

    I’ve read both the novellas, Death Dealer and Blood Promise, and I actually really liked them (though I have had to re-read my reviews to see that, because I needed refreshing). Book 2 reveals a lot more about the art and hierarchy of being a Death Dealer, as well as letting Mia and Deacon’s reltionship progress (though I did like the way that it worked in the first book too!)

    Great review though! I love to see what other people thought of books I’ve read!
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    • Berls

      I’m so hit and miss with novellas, some I have really really enjoyed. Others, like this one, just feel like something’s missing (the rest of the book). Too bad its not a prequel but the first book in a novella series, that’s what really stinks 🙁

    • Berls

      I think that if this were a novella to start a series I’d be ok and start the series, expecting resolution on the next book. But this is a novella series, something I didn’t expect 🙁 I wish novella’s worked more consistently for me.

    • Berls

      Same here. I like the ones that just tell a smaller story and clearly there’s more to fill in as you keep reading. This one felt like it was trying to do too much 🙁

    • Berls

      That was my hope and from one of the other comments it sounds like maybe? But the next book is a novella too, so I’m not so sure…

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