Three Days to Dead (Dreg City #1) by Kelly Meding
Publisher: Dell (Random House/Nov. 2009)
Dreg City Series
They’ll never see her coming. . . .
When Evangeline Stone wakes up naked and bruised on a cold slab at the morgue—in a stranger’s body, with no memory of who she is and how she got there—her troubles are only just beginning. Before that night she and the two other members of her Triad were the city’s star bounty hunters, mercilessly cleansing the city of the murderous creatures living in the shadows, from vampires to shape-shifters to trolls. Then something terrible happened that not only cost all three of them their lives but also convinced the city’s other Hunters that Evy was a traitor—and she can’t even remember what it was.
Now she’s a fugitive, piecing together her memory, trying to deal some serious justice—and discovering that she has only three days to solve her own murder before the reincarnation spell wears off. Because in three days Evy will die again—but this time there’s no second chance. . . .
Evangaline Stone is having a bad day. Can you imagine waking up on a morgue slab in someone else’s body? This is what happens to Evy, after she’s tortured for days and left to die, someone does a reincarnation spell, but unfortunately, it goes wrong, and she ends up in a different body with no sign of the memories of her last few days of life. Evy was a Dreg City bounty hunter, and a crack one at that, before her team was killed and she was framed for murder by her own people. Finding someone to trust is first on Evy’s list, so she turns to her Handler, Wyatt, who may hold the key to what actually happened after the death of her friends. With an unheard of, but very possible, alliance between the goblins and the Bloods (vampires) looming, Evy must get to the truth of her death and stop a partnership that could threaten humanity as we know it.
All is not what it seems in Dreg City, though. Along with her memory loss, Evy is haunted by possible feelings and memories of her new body’s former owner, Chalice Frost. Most noticeably are warm fuzzies for her Handler, Wyatt and the unmistakeable buzz of magic that she’s all of a sudden able to feel. When she finally begins regaining memories of her final days, the truth of her death is worse than anything she could possibly have imagined. I really enjoyed getting to know Evy Stone and the Triads! This is another series that I’ve had on the shelf for a while, waiting to be discovered, and I’m so glad I started it! The author’s world building is rich and original, and I liked her twist on vampires, shifters, and trolls, as well as the Fey. Three Days to Dead is quite dark and gritty, yet I really felt a connection to Evy and Wyatt, and was eager to follow them into battle and beyond. At just over 400 pages, Three Days to Dead isn’t a short novel, but I blasted through it, eager to get to the next page. This was a great start to a series I’m eager to get caught up with!
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