Monday 11 March 2019

Never Die by Rob J. Hayes

Book Title: Never Die
Author: Rob. J. Hayes
Genre: Fantasy
My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Source: E-book copy provided by the authors

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Plot Summary: Ein is on a mission from God.
A God of Death.
Time is up for the Emperor of Ten Kings and it falls to a murdered eight year old boy to render the judgement of a God. Ein knows he can't do it alone, but the empire is rife with heroes. The only problem; in order to serve, they must first die.
Ein has four legendary heroes in mind, names from story books read to him by his father. Now he must find them and kill them, so he can bring them back to fight the Reaper's war.
Thank you to the author for providing me with a review copy of this book. Also a big thank you goes to Esme over at the Weatherwaxreport for setting up TBRindr.

What did I think?

Rob J. Hayes impressed me with Drones, and this one promised to be a fast-paced fantasy, so I dove straight in.

I was not disappointed.

It's a captivating story, and Hayes is a gifted storyteller. I couldn't put the book down. I did not want to put the book down. Tight prose and short chapters make for excellent pacing.

Never Die shows that a simple story can turn into a memorable tale in the hands of a skilled author. Not a word is wasted. The characters are fleshed out, interesting, and their dynamic feels real.

With its Asian inspired setting filled with plenty of sword fights, Never Die reminds me of playing a video-game.

Hayes' prose is simple, yet accessible. He paints scenes in a vivid, captivating way. Despite lacking the meticulous descriptions which the fantasy genre usually offers, I was able to visualise everything. At times, I felt like I was watching a movie. Hayes' style is super entertaining, with plenty of surprising twists and turns in the story.

I highly recommend Never Die to everyone who loves their fantasy topped with a ton of action. If any of this sounded interesting, give it a shot, it's well worth a read.


  1. Wow, what a premise. The fact that Ein has to kill his heroes so he can bring them back to fight with him is pretty wild!

  2. huh... When I tried to visit earlier your site was down!!! I was worried that you weren't blogging anymore!!! Thankfully I tried again!

    The cover of this one is lovely and I also really like the fact that it's Asian inspired. It also sounds like the writing is something that I would love with the great visuals and yet simple prose. :) Great review!