Title: To Nurture & Kill
Series: Ellderet Tale, #1
Author: E.M. Markoff
Genre: Epic Dark Fantasy
Formarts: E-Book and Paperback
Cover Artwork: [Pink Pigeon Studio]
Release Date: April 22, 2017
To Nurture & Kill Synopsis:
Eutau Vidal owed nothing to anyone and lived his life as he wanted. But then his sister died, leaving her newborn son Kira in his care, and everything changed. The Purging sweeps on, spreading misery across the Land of Moenda as the Ascendancy wages its war of extermination against the Deadbringers. Now, torn between a promise to his dying sister and the desire to regain his freedom, Eutau struggles to care for his young nephew even as the babe begins to manifest dark powers of the most dangerous kind.
To Nurture & Kill is a tale of love and loss, the story of one man’s search for meaning amid the ashes of war. It is a standalone prequel to The Deadbringer, the first book in The Ellderet Series.
*ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review*
This was my second read by Markoff and I just can’t believe such a short thing made as much damage to my being as it did. It was captivating from the very first page and it managed to do the unthinkable: It made me forget about ACOTAR/ACOMAF as I read it. (I haven’t been able to read anything due to the release of ACOWAR that has me thinking about nothing else.) Markoff has what feels like an effortless ability to help you immerse yourself in her words, and nothing else. It also made me realize just how much I missed Markoff’s ruthless world and incredibly badass characters.
This novella follows Kira’s uncle, Eutau, who I’ve grown to love even more (and hate at times) thanks to this. We see a character development in him that had me tearing up at so many places from the overwhelming pride that invaded every part of me. There were a bunch of times where I just wanted to hug him and let him know he was not alone.
I always love a guy’s POV, especially when there is a baby in the mix. Because of that, this plot line made me super happy to explore. I also can’t praise Markoff enough for the subtle diversity she incorporated into it. It wasn’t shouting at my face at every turn, it was just a fact, and we easily moved on with the plot. In my opinion, this is EXACTLY what all authors should do when it comes to diversity, instead of having it be the main focus. It should be treated as a normality, because that’s what it is… I am forever grateful for this, Eileen!
Anyway, back to a lighter topic: I can’t believe Kira’s power still manages to amaze me with every glance I get of it. I want it all for myself but I guess I can live vicariously through him. I grew even more protective of these two than I already was from The Deadbringer.
This novella is divided into three parts and I was crying like an inconsolable baby as soon as that third one slapped me in the face.
This title is, by far, one of my absolute favorites! Markoff can do no wrong and I will recommend her words forever! (I’ll just have Kira bring me back from the dead so I can fulfill my promise.) I can’t wait for the next installment of this amazing world!
To Nurture & Kill YouTube Playlist:
(A note from the author) Music is dear to me. Just like I can’t imagine a life without books, I can’t imagine a life without music. It motivates me in so many ways, and it is vital to my writing since it helps set the mood and excites the writing muse. The songs chosen for the To Nurture & Kill playlist were what I listened to over and over again as I wrote. The songs are in order and can be played while reading. Or read the book first and then listen to the playlist and have fun assigning the song to the story 😉
To Nurture & Kill Playlist:
E.M. Markoff is a Latina writer who was raised on a steady diet of Mexican folklore, anime, Roger Corman’s Edgar Allan Poe films, and unrestricted access to comics and books. Growing up, she spent many days exploring her hometown cemetery, where her love of all things dark began.
Upon coming of age, she decided to pursue a career as a microbiologist, where she spent a few years channeling her inner mad scientist. Despite enjoying her time in a lab coat, she always had a love of writing short stories and so, one day, she set the first word to paper and never looked back.
Currently, with the aid of her feline companion, she is working on the second novel in The Ellderet Series.