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Fighting for Balance: A Review of Ali Winter’s “The Reapers”

6583537_origThe balance of life and death must be kept at all costs. Having been a reaper as long as she can remember, Nivian knows that what she does is essential in maintaining balance. After being assigned to a rushed mark she finds that there is more to this human than any other she has encountered. Kain had been living an ordinary life without a second thought until he meets Nivian who turns his world upside down. He is thrust into a world of hunters and reapers. The keepers of life and death have beenfeuding for centuries over a reason no one can even remember. With Kain, having been marked for reaping, and Nivian being hunted, they forge a friendship and together must find the truth in order to keep balance in check. Wrong choices could destroy everything. As they journey they discover hidden histories, powers, and lies and truths that have been spun since the beginning of time. The consequence of failure, unimaginable.

About the Author

Ali grew up in the Pacific North West. She attended Oregon State University for photography. After many adventures, she moved to Colorado, earned a second degree, and met and married her husband. She currently lives in windy Wyoming with her husband and two dogs. When not writing, Ali is either, photographing, knitting, reading, dancing, or staying inside where it’s warm with a hot cup of coffee. She dreams of traveling the world someday soon.

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My Review:

I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

The Reapers by Ali Winters is an intriguing read. It is a different take on good and evil involving life (Yeva, a Russian name meaning “Eve”) and death (Silas).

I loved the main characters of Nivian, Kain, and Caspian. The three of them had an unusual relationship. It was obvious from the very beginning that Caspian, an elder reaper, had strong feelings for Nivian. By the time Kain entered the picture we get the foundation for a possible love triangle. Only with Winters’ characters, Nivian is completely oblivious to what being in love is all about AND only one character is in love.

The interactions between Nivian and Kain were interesting. Nivian’s role was a lone job. She didn’t have family (outside of other reapers) and she didn’t have any true friends. She was a reaper enjoying a human-like existence and Kain helped her experience it.

Camira (love the name) made a great antagonist. She was bitterly jealous of the girl she considered a friend. Camira had big aspirations, and acted as if she were entitled to the powers and freedom Nivian enjoyed. I suspect we’ll see much more of her evil side in the second book in this series.

Silas, the ancient reaper, easily flip-flopped between bad guy and good guy. It was hard to peg him. In the beginning he was mysterious and hard-nosed. You felt he was hiding or protecting something. By the end of the book you learned his secret. Suddenly, he had potential as a possible good guy. The verdict is still out on him.

I appreciated the details in this story. Winters’ did a great job with the worldbuilding in The Reapers. It was easy to picture the human world and the world of the reapers, Mophar.

This is the second book I’ve ready by Winters–the novella Flirting with Death was the first. I look forward to continuing this tale.

Rating: 5 hands up5 hands up5 hands up5 hands up

(5 Hands=Excellent; 4 Hands=Pretty Good; 3 Hands=Good)

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