Book Review: A Touch of Death by Rebecca Crunden

So little faith, so insulting honestly.

A Touch of Death by Rebecca Crunden



A thousand years in the future, the last of humanity live inside the walls of the totalitarian Kingdom of Cutta. The rich live in Anais, the capital city of Cutta, sheltered from the famine and disease which ravage the rest of the Kingdom. Yet riches and power only go so far, and even Anaitians can be executed. It is only by the will of the King that Nate Anteros, son of the King’s favourite, is spared from the gallows after openly dissenting. But when he’s released from prison, Nate disappears.

A stark contrast, Catherine Taenia has spent her entire life comfortable and content. The daughter of the King’s Hangman and in love with Thom, Nate’s younger brother, her life has always been easy, ordered and comfortable. That is, where it doesn’t concern Nate. His actions sullied not only his future, but theirs. And unlike Thom, Catherine has never forgiven him.

Two years pass without a word, and then one night Nate returns. But things with Nate are never simple, and when one wrong move turns their lives upside down, the only thing left to do is run where the King’s guards cannot find them – the Outlands. Those wild, untamed lands which stretch around the great walls of the Kingdom, filled with mutants and rabids.


I first found out about this book when Miss Rebecca Crunden reached out to me through email stating that she stumbled upon my account and asked me if I was interested in reviewing her book. It is always a delight to find books through authors like her so I gladly read the synopsis and immediately got intrigued by the story.

The thing is, the synopsis hardly gave away the extent of the whole story. Maybe it is the mixture of my lack of readings about dystopian novels or my absolute zero knowledge of the world that is going to unfold, but this all made it more exciting to read.

The introduction appealed to me the most as it was narrated not by the protagonist but someone whom I believe a vital character towards the rest of the books. It was a slow paced book, which I liked, that showed their adventure as they run away from the guards and the city to secure their lives.

The Characters:

You see, Nate Anteros is a guy who refuse to believe whatever lies the government forced them to believe. He is a guy who experienced cruelty inside his very own home. And as to why he was loathed by his father, I have yet to find an answer from the succeeding books in this pentalogy.

Meanwhile, Thom has always been loved and sheltered. He knows his ways with the law. Unlike Nate who is like a wildfire ready to consume everyone on his way, Thom is like water that flows through its connections.

And Catherine, an ember waiting to be ignited once more. Burning with passion and dignity kept away by comfort and familiarity. She is one tough girl.

The Plot:

This story started when Nate was held prisoner at the Redwater and was almost beaten to death if it was not for the mysterious Captain Cooper Sikander. The story then shifted to the time where Nate and Catherine had to fled because of some ruckus they’ve made. While on the run, they acquired some kind of unexplainable disease that led to their quest in finding the cure. But the government wasn’t too happy with that are they?

Overall thought:

The book itself is intriguing enough and I can say that this is a very great start in the series. It gives away so much yet it has more stories waiting to be unfold. I am looking forward to more of the Kingdom of Cutta and how nasty their government is. I also look forward for more background story how how the Kingdom came to be. How the life outside the capital city managed to get by. And I’m definitely curious about Captain Cooper Sikander. Will there be a reunion with the Rays? How will Catherine’s character change? Will Nate finally gain power and push through with his ideals? Or will he be corrupted as he experience more hardships? Those are some questions that lingered in my mind while finishing this book. This is definitely worth reading. What can I say more? I guess being a sucker for nasty sarcastic remarks got me real good, darling.

P.S The only thing that disappointed me was the cover of the book. It could have attracted more readers if it has a more creative and marketable cover.




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