Sep 17, 2013

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Review: Requiem for the Dead by Kelly Meding (Dreg City #5)

requiemforthedead4 star

Urban Fantasy
September 16 2013
303 pages
Received from author

Kick Ass Chick – Evangeline “Evy” Stone

From Goodreads –
She’s died twice while protecting her city…and she’d do it again to save the people she loves.

After a deadly, artificial infection forces the vampire Families into a self-imposed isolation, the city’s protective Watchtower forces are depleted by one third, leaving humans and shifters to shoulder the burden. Human enforcer Evangeline Stone is determined to find a way to help her vampire allies, but she already has her hands full—investigating an escalating series of goblin attacks, dealing with her half-werewolf lover, locating three missing werewolf teenagers, and learning to trust her non-human coworkers.

When a potential cure for the vampires’ infection is given to her by an unlikely source, it’s just as quickly stolen—collateral damage in a power play within the were-cat Clan that leaves one human ally dead and another horribly injured. With Wyatt Truman still adjusting to his new life as a half-werewolf, Phineas missing in action, and her shifter allies crippled by internal anarchy, Evy has to rely on her own strength and instincts to steal back the cure, stop a murderer, and to save the Watchtower before it’s destroyed from the inside out.


Requiem for the Dead is the fifth book in Kelly Meding’s Dreg City series.  You cannot just jump in with this book.  You really have to read this series in order because there is just so much going on!  And even though Kelly does a good job recapping things, you will still feel lost if this is your first experience with the Dreg world.  Besides, this series is phenomenal, filled with stories and events that will leave you speechless and exhilarated.  Why wouldn’t you want to read starting at book one, Three Days to Dead?

Okay, now that I have gotten that out of the way, let’s talk about Requiem for the Dead.  First, let’s do the ‘how I felt immediately after finishing this book’ quickie review.  I felt something like this:  “OMG there is so much more to come!  So many more things I need to know!  Please please PLEASE Kelly write faster so I can read the next book!!!”

Now I will go into more detail.

This is a series that tends to take you one way then another then back again all while raising your heart rate to probably dangerous rates and this latest installment is no exception.  There are a few storylines developing in this book.  Some are plots that were started in previous books and other are new to this one.  In Requiem, the story takes one direction and then another until finally it sticks to one story and goes with that.  That left me curious as heck to know where things were going in the beginning and at the end it left me curious as heck to know what plot was going to be the focus of the next book.  I was pleased with the plotline that Kelly decided to follow through this time around though.

Wyatt and Evy’s relationship is in a very comfortable place and I love seeing them together.  They are a wonderful match and it’s great to finally see them in a place where they can actually be a couple, even though they are still battling evil beings and trying to stay alive and/or in one piece.  Wyatt is transitioning well after his transformation in the last book and I look forward to seeing how that will affect things in books to come.  I also really enjoyed watching Wyatt becoming a father figure to some werewolf pups we met in the last book.  The role suits him.

You also see a lot of interaction with Evy and Wyatt and their co-workers (for lack of a better word).  The secondary characters are as interesting as the primary ones in this series so I was happy to see where everyone was at.  New and interesting relationships are forming and I quite liked that.

One of my favorite parts of this series is how Kelly lets her imagination run wild when it comes to her paranormal beings.  They are creepy and nasty and unlike anything you’ve read before.  It’s great to read creatures you’ve read a thousand times before but in a completely different way.  I find that shows how much the author is willing to stretch and it makes for fabulous reading.

Kelly’s books always take you on one hell of a ride.  Just when you think things can’t get anymore ‘omgomgomg’, they do.  And just when you think you can put down your emotional guard, she whaps you with something that at you didn’t expect.  This happened quite a few times in this book and especially near the end of the book.  Seriously, I made the mistake of thinking Kelly was done messing with us because there were just a few pages left to go but nope, wrong wrong wrong.  A word of warning, do not let your guard down in this book at all because otherwise you will be left a blubbering mess.  In the very best of ways.

Overall Requiem for the Dead was a wonderful continuation to the series.    And it leaves things open for more wonderful continuations to the series.  As always, I can’t wait to see where Kelly takes us next.  I will just be sure to take my own advice and prepare for the worst and hope for the best.  In other words, be ready for one hell of an urban fantasy read.

4.5 stars

Books in the Dreg City series –
Three Days to Dead
As Lie the Dead
Another Kind of Dead
Wrong Side of Dead


  1. I need to read this one. Great review.

  2. Great review Julie, thanks! I have the first book I think … someday … someday …

  3. It’s too bad that yet another series that I love is being pushed into the e-book zone with no paperback version available.

  4. Mark – I too prefer the print format but in this case, I’ll gladly take an eBook. Kelly is self-publishing these books now to continue the series and if she can only do eBook, I’d rather that than no more Dreg books at all. 🙂

  5. I also I am upset that I cannot find a paper back version of this book I have looked and looked and looked and every website I can think of that sells new used or what have you because of course I have all four of the paperbacks for leading up to this book but now I can’t finish the series because guess what they’ve made the final book an e-book. I wish I known that was gonna happen but what-cha gonna do about it. I did read that the author is publishing herself as e-books so maybe I am out of luck on this so if you’re out there please publish this in paperback that would be great!!
    A big fan, Amanda

  6. Hey Amanda, I will email and find out what I can for you 🙂

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