Review of Red Death by Jeff Altabef (Blog Tour and Giveaway)

Today we’re featuring Red Death, the latest book by author Jeff Altabef.  Jeff and his daughter Erynn have just finished launching the last book in their The Chosen Series so now it’s time for something new!

Read more about Red Death below and check out my review! And, of course, check out the blog tour giveaway! Have fun and goodluck! :)

red deathWhat happens when everything you believed turns out to be a lie?

Every child of Eden fears the Red Death. All those afflicted with the plague die young, their souls stripped away as punishment for ancient sins long forgotten. For centuries, Guardians have protected Eden from the Red Death by killing outsiders who stray too close.

Seventeen-year-old Aaliss is a highly-trained Guardian, but when her rather odd thirteen-year-old brother, Wilky, discovers a cure to the plague, her world turns upside down. Branded as traitors by the corrupt High Priest, Aaliss and Wilky are forced to seek refuge in the last place Aaliss thought she’d ever go—beyond the boundaries of Eden and into the land of the Soulless. Here they must navigate a medieval world filled with witches, magic, and warrior kingdoms run by Elders only a few years older than her.

Aaliss yearns to return home, but when her heart tugs her deeper into the world of the Soulless, she questions everything she once believed. Has her soul been taken? Will she and Wilky fall victim to the Red Death, or might they die sooner in the center of a battle that threatens to tear apart the Soulless world? Or… might Aaliss finally find, against all odds, what her heart has yearned for all along?

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Interesting dystopian with fascinating characters

I really enjoyed this book. Red Death is an interesting dystopian with a whole bunch of fascinating characters.

The story is fast-paced and well thought out. It’s told from the perspective of the different characters and though some folks may not like this way of presenting the story, I’ve always liked this style of writing since it helps keep things interesting and engaging – for me, anyway.

The world building is also pretty good. I like how the world keeps getting bigger and bigger as the story progresses and the nature of the characters are revealed more.

I think the twist towards the end is pretty good, not wholly unexpected cos you kind of get an idea about it somehow, but it’s a good one that makes sense. I’m kind of expecting another twist about a certain red-haired character, which is one of the reasons I’m looking forward to the next book!

If I could describe Red Death in three characters:
Katniss (Hunger Games), Guinevere (King Arthur, 2004), Melisandre (Game of Thrones)

Note: I received a copy of this book as part of my participation in the tour. All opinions and views expressed here are my own.

Not sure if Red Death is for you?

Take a look at this advanced praise from The US Review and the MidWest Book Reviews.


…[A] thought-provoking saga about belief systems and religion, courage, adaptability, greed and goals of ruling humnaity, and a seemingly juggernaut of change that rolls over everyone in its path….[P]erfect for readers who appreciate the complex worlds and feisty protagonists of The Hunger Games and similar novels.Pick of the Month for November, Midwest Book Review

About the Author

jeff altabef red death Jeff Altabef is an award-winning author who lives in New York with his wife, two daughters, and Charlie the dog. He spends time volunteering at the writing center in the local community college. After years of being accused of “telling stories,” he thought he would make it official. He writes in both the thriller and young adult genres.

Jeff is very happy and proud that his co-author for the Chosen Series is his teenaged daughter, Erynn Altabef. Wind Catcher, the first in the Chosen Series, has won the 2015 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal for Coming of Age Novels, the 2015 Beverly Hills Book Award for Best YA Fiction and a Mom’s Choice Award.

As an avid Knicks fan, Jeff is prone to long periods of melancholy during hoops season. Jeff has a column on The Examiner focused on writing and a blog designed to encourage writing by those who like telling stories.

You can connect with Jeff on his websiteFacebookTwitter & Newsletter.

Blog Tour & Giveaway

red death blog tour

Visit the blog tour page on Novel Publicity and check out an EXCERPT and an EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with Jeff Altabef. Also check out the other tour stops!

Enter the giveaway for a chance to win a 6 month KU subscription, a signed paperback and a red apple necklace!

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