Beneath Blood and Bone (Thicker Than Blood, #2)
by Madeline Sheehan and Claire C. Riley
From villain to saviour, Eagle and Autumn's story is one of redemption, survival and the possibility of new beginnings. The Walking Dead may roam outside the gates of purgatory but inside it is a fight for survival. Only the strongest stand tall and the weak are nothing more than captive slaves.
Eagle is bitter and relentless, facing his past is a no go, and yet when his Wildcat escaped at the end of book one, she gave him a sense of nostalgia that he didn't want. She reminded him of a face of the past, a face he loved.
Autumn is a young female survivor who has spent so many years alone she has turned feral. Covering herself in her own faeces and living in a dark cave, her spirit and fight to survive is strong. Hungry and far from her home, she is captured by guards and sent to purgatory where she will be put to good use. Fresh female meat only means one thing... Fortunately, they can't abide her filth and when they try to overpower her to get clean, she attacks, killing a guard and in turn is fatally stabbed.
Eagle doesn't need anyone and certainly isn't looking to play the hero but finding a young woman half bleeding to death with wounds likely to get infected, he makes a split decision to help.
He comes to realise that this woman is different. She may be mentally broken and physically scarred but she is young, naive, innocent with the spirit of a lioness. She could quite possibly be the strongest person he has ever met. Killing a guard has consequences and with Liv on the warpath, Eagle has two choices when it comes to the girl: fight or flight?
And Wow! What an incredible story this sequel was. I hated Eagle in the first book, Thicker Than Blood. He was ruthless, unforgiving and a real tyrant, especially at the end. But, giving him a voice and delving into his past, you start to understand the man behind the intimidating persona. His anger is justified, even though many of his past actions were not.
Autumn aka Squirrel, is a little piece of Heaven in a world gone to hell. She doesn't want to like him, he doesn't want to want her but when there is one thing holding you grounded in a place that's only offer is a fate worse than death, you hold it with both hands, and just hope you survive.
Liv and Jeffers still hold all the reigns and be prepared to find an all new hatred for the pink haired queen of royally screwed up. She makes me nervous I have to say, but wow... does she make for a fabulous villainess.
All in all, I very much enjoyed this sequel. It kept me riveted to my chair and the character transformation on both sides was a wonder to behold.
Writing at its absolute finest. Survival doesn't get much tougher than this!
Looking forward to book 3!
Kelly - 4.5 Crowns
It is the end of the world…
They call him Eagle. Like the grand and beautiful animal that symbolizes freedom. And during these dark times, when humanity is full of nothing but suffering, a man with such a powerful name should be a beacon of hope.
He is anything but.
Her name is Autumn. Though she hasn’t said this name, or much of anything else, in the four years since the fall of civilization. A shell of her former self, and living wild in a cave at the bottom of a ravine, Autumn is accustomed to being alone. She prefers it actually, especially when her only other options for company are either trying to kill her, or worse, lock her up inside their walls.
Captured by Eagle’s people Autumn is suddenly thrust back into the land of the living, though she would hardly call it living. The community of Purgatory is full of sinners, the most evil of which seem to have set their sights on her.
In an act born of anger and defiance, Eagle becomes Autumn’s unexpected savior forcing these two solitary people into one another’s broken worlds. Neither knows quite what to make of the other, but one thing is certain.
To survive Purgatory, they will need to learn how to rely on each other; a feat that could quite possibly teach them how to live again.