Early to Death, Early to Rise by Kim Harrison

Title: Early to Death, Early to Rise
Author: Kim Harrison
Publisher: Harper
Source: Columbus Metropolitan Library

Early to Death, Early to Rise Book Cover

When we last met Madison Avery she was left in charge of the dark reapers.  Not believing in fate, she decides there are going to be new rules put into place.  Her reapers are going to give people a choice before they are scythed.  That’s right, she’s going to change how her reapers do their jobs.  Meanwhile, the light reapers are still using their old rules to run things their way.  It’s inevitable the light reapers will get in her way.

This book is about the first possible scythe under Madison’s new rules.  So don’t expect her to spend a lot of time in school, don’t expect her to see much of her boyfriend, and certainly don’t expect her father to be present in this adventure.  The plot is fast paced and I finished this in two days.  The ending is tidy for this story but still has loose threads that can be wrapped up in several more books. 

For instance, there are a lot of possibilities in Madison’s future.  She could end up being a Timekeeper that bridges the gap between light and dark; she could find her body and give up the job; or find her body, give up the job, realize she made a big mistake and have herself scythed.  And I’m sure there are other possibilities I haven’t foreseen.

1 comment

  1. It’s been fun to watch Kim Harrison branch out into the young adult fantasy genre with this Madison Avery series, although I think I’m still a bigger fan of her Hollows series.

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