“The wolves of war are gathering. They sing a song of rotten bones.”

What is this book about?

This book is an alternative fiction set in 1956 where the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule uncontested. Every year a cross-continental motorcycle race, the Axis Tour, is held to commemorate their far-reaching influence, but this year, there is an unexpected contestant with a very particular goal.

Yael is a survivor from a death camp where she had undergone years of human experimentation until she had the ability to shapeshift. Having used her powers to escape, she now works with resistance fighters. When the award for winning the Axis race is honor, glory, and the exclusive opportunity to meet the reclusive Hitler, Yael’s mission seems relatively straightforward: assume a racers identity, win the race, kill Hitler. But assuming an identity is not easy when you’re being watched by people closer than your enemies, and winning a race not as simple as it sounds when you’re surrounded by contestants willing to go to extreme lengths to ensure your failure.

Why is it boring?

Sometimes the moments of budding romance and sexual tension between Yael and Luka seemed a little unnecessary, especially in the face of more pressing issues that you would think would occupy the mind of a hardened girl raised to kill. On the other hand, this was a young woman who never really had the chance to enjoy a young man’s flirtation, so it was a detail easily forgiven.

Who would you recommend it to?

A strong female lead and a compelling premise in a setting that very well could have been reality (save for shapeshifting, but then, what would I know?), this book is fast paced in every way possible. Who can’t get behind the idea of infiltrating an ostentatious gala and assassinating Hitler? If you’re a fan of historical fiction and a dash of Inglourious Basterds on motorcycles, then this is right up your alley.

Why should I read it if it’s boring?!

A fresh and original idea with characters that you can’t help being attached to, you know you’re in deep when you’re genuinely wondering if it’s okay for Hitler to maybe live a tad longer so long as it means Yael will get to enjoy a little more time with her newfound friends.

The sequel and conclusion in a thrilling duology, Blood for Blood is also now out!

Rating: 4/5

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Tharuka lives in Western Australia, gradually working her way through law school and life in general. When she isn’t procrastinating study or working, you can find her living off tea, biscuits, and the neighbourhood gossip as she makes her way through her ever-expanding personal library of sci-fi and fantasy.

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