Ella, the Slayer
Book 1, Serenity House
This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device.
An Edwardian Cinderella with an undead problem…
The flu pandemic of 1918 took millions of souls within a few short weeks.
Except it wasn't flu and death gave them back.
Seventeen-year-old Ella copes the best she can; caring for her war-injured father, scrubbing the floors, and slaying the undead that attack the locals. Vermin they're called, like rats they spread pestilence with their bite. Ella's world collides with another when she nearly decapitates a handsome stranger, who is very much alive.
Seth deMage, the new Duke of Leithfield, has returned to his ancestral home with a mission from the War Office — to control the plague of vermin in rural Somerset. He needs help; he just didn't expect to find it in a katana-wielding scullery maid.
Working alongside Seth blurs the line between their positions, and Ella glimpses a future she never dreamed was possible. But in overstepping society's boundaries, Ella could lose everything – home, head and her heart…
Great twist of an old classic
I enjoy reading remakes of Cinderella. Ella's is a strong woman in this retelling. Of course there is a bit of blood and gore, so I wouldn't recommend this to young children. However, the book has the same kind of happy ending.
I chose to rate this at 4 stars because I don't want to read it again. I've read it twice now, and the story didn't seem to grip my emotions either time.
I do recommend you try this book out, however.
Amazing characters. Not a stereotypical retelling of the story. I got this one for free but am definitely purchasing the sequels to see where this goes. Loved it.