Graveyard Shift by Angela Roquet
Series: Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc. #1
Paperback: 258 pages
Publication Date: January 2, 2014
File Size: 1047 KB
Print Length: 259 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Something that always piques my interest when it comes to choosing a book is a story where the author is brave enough to take on mythologies and theologies. To me, it is very difficult to do the mythologies justice without making the entities seem silly or – for lack of a better term – preachy. It is usually rare to find an author who not only shows that they have knowledge of the pantheons that they are writing about, but are able to make the characters believable and in some cases likable.
Angela Roquet was able to do this, as well as have the different groups of gods/entities interact with each other seamlessly. She also has a talent at merging the different mythos into a functioning afterlife that actually makes sense.
The story of Graveyard Shift tells of a reaper named Lana Harvey that has a low-level job in Limbo City, doing as minimal work as possible without getting in trouble with her boss Grim. During the story, she interacts with beings from Greek, Roman, Asian, Egyptian and Judeo-Christian mythos, and the interaction is smooth and flawless… and real.
Lana is the typical minion on the bottom of the corporate totem pole who doesn’t really like her job, but doesn’t want to go back to school to move up and doesn’t understand the drive of others who are trying to climb up the reaper ladder. She hangs out with the ne’re-do-wells of the angelic world (both from above and below) and couldn’t understand the rigid hierarchy of her boss and his peers.
And then out of the blue, she gets a promotion. No one, including herself, believes it or understands how the heck that happened. But there is more behind it than first seemed and Lana has to struggle with more responsibilities than she ever wanted.
Definitely get this book. The first one in the series is free on Kindle as of this article creation, so you have nothing to lose and all of Limbo to gain!
I liked the premise, I liked the characters, and – most importantly – I like how the author presented her version of the mythologies.by