Series Report: The Dead Lands by Kati Wilde

Posted February 11, 2022 by Angie in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

These novellas do requires some content warnings. You may want to stay away or prepare yourself for blood, violence, death, murder, rape threats, and discussions of slavery and torture. The overall content is pretty light, but these things are present.

The Dead Lands are really quick, fun Fantasy novellas. All of them are romances between a “barbarian” and his perfect woman. There’s action, adventure, and sexytimes! What else do you need? Well, I would have liked for them to have been a tad bit longer because it felt like they had no build up. We’re just thrust right into the action, which was a bit disorienting.

While Pretty Bride is listed as book three, I’d recommend reading it second. The Midnight Bride felt like it started in the middle, and Pretty Bride starts a bit before those events and explains what was going on. Aruk and Jalisa also make a cameo at the end, and The Midnight Bride ends with a hint toward the next book. So it just makes more sense to me to flip them.

If you enjoy fantasy, adventure, and romance, I’d say to give this series a try. The Midwinter Mail-Order Bride is short and will quickly let you know if these books are going to be your thing.

About Each Book:

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Series Report: The Dead Lands by Kati WildeThe Midwinter Mail-Order Bride (The Dead Lands #1) by Kati Wilde
Published by Self Published on November 12, 2017
Genres: Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
Format: eBook (185 pages)
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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Some might call Princess Anja of Ivermere brave for offering herself up as a bride to Kael the Conqueror, a barbarian warlord who’d won his crown by the bloodied edge of his sword. It was not courage that drove Anja from her magic-wielding family’s enchanted palace, however, but a desperate attempt to secure a kingdom of her own—even if she has to kill the Conqueror to do it. She expects pain beneath his brutal touch as she awaits her chance. She expects death if he discovers the truth of her intentions.

She didn’t expect Kael to reject her and send her back to Ivermere.

Raised in the ashes of the Dead Lands, Kael fears nothing—certainly not the beautiful sorceress who arrives at his mountain stronghold. But no matter how painful his need for her, Kael has no use for a bride who would only tolerate his kiss. Yet the more of Anja’s secrets he uncovers during their journey to return her home, the more determined he becomes to win the princess’s wary heart.

And Kael the Conqueror has never been defeated…

three-stars

Series Report: The Dead Lands by Kati WildeThe Midnight Bride (The Dead Lands #2) by Kati Wilde
Published by Self Published on June 17, 2019
Genres: Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
Format: eBook (140 pages)
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To save her family from a tyrant king, Mara of Aremond must win a tournament—and she won’t let anyone stop her from claiming the prize. Especially not Strax, the barbarian warrior who has tormented her every step of the way. But when a sorcerer’s trap binds them together, Mara must decide whether Strax is her greatest enemy, or if everything she seeks can only be found in the barbarian’s arms…

The audiobook version of this novella was originally featured on the Read Me Romance podcast. This release marks the first time this story is available in ebook or print, and includes a bonus epilogue and map not included in the podcast version.

three-stars

Series Report: The Dead Lands by Kati WildePretty Bride (The Dead Lands #3) by Kati Wilde
Published by Self Published on June 21, 2019
Genres: Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
Format: eBook (110 pages)
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As keeper of a sacred oath, Aruk allows nothing to tempt him away from his duty. Not gold, not women, not power. So when the barbarian warrior is marooned in the middle of the ocean, his only thought is of escaping the island paradise and continuing his quest.

Until a pretty princess washes up onto the beach. Spoiled and disobedient, Jalisa should have been easy to resist. But when Aruk discovers the secrets concealed by her beautiful smile, he’ll have to decide between his duty and his heart…

Warning: This is a completely over-the-top barbarian fantasy romance, with a hero who battles giant squid and fights off the villain while he and the heroine are, ahem, having an intimate moment. It's fun and ridiculous, and ridiculously fun—but don't worry, it's sweet and hot, too.

three-stars

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