Review: The Marching Dead by Lee Battersby

January 20, 2014 4 stars, Book Review 9 ★★★★

The Marching Dead

Find the dead a King, save himself, win the love of his life, live happily ever after. No wonder Marius dos Helles is bored. But now something has stopped the dead from, well, dying.

It’s up to Marius, Gerd, and Gerd’s not-dead-enough Granny to journey across the continent and put the dead back in the afterlife where they belong.

The Walking Dead ain’t got nothing on The Marching Dead! If you like your fantasy, foul mouthed, not dirty but filthy fun then you definitely want to pick up the books by Lee Battersby featuring Marius don Hellespont. The first book The Corpse-Rat King was an exciting ride of hilarity that constantly left me wondering what the hell could this guy possibly come up with next?

He tops it in this sequel, The Marching Dead. Jumping forward a few years we think just maybe Marius has things going for him but well that wouldn’t be any fun now would it?

The realm of the dead isn’t done with Marius that’s all I’ve got to say. Instead of running from things Marius seems to have turned his leaf a bit. Alright, with much help and nagging from Gerd. He has an even stronger presence here than he did in the first book. If someone were the cause of my dead I sure as heck wouldn’t be as good of a bloke as Gerd is to Marius.

We do learn so much more about Marius, his past, hell even his parents this time around. The part I’m most thankful for is that we get a much more well developed cast of supporting characters, and what a cast it is! – from pirate to nuns, a bordello mistress, some token crazies…what the world without a crazy or two?

I mustn’t give anything away, just know that these two books are loads of fun. If you’re a fan of comedic fantasy these are the books for you. If you aren’t heck these are still worth giving a shot. Course if you’re easily offended than steer clear – there are enough f-bombs dropped that would make even a sailor blush.

Read our Lee Battersby guest post – “THESE ARE THE RULES!” – A conversational essay from Marius’ perspective

The Marching Dead (Marius don Hellespont #2)

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9 Responses to “Review: The Marching Dead by Lee Battersby”

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Thanks! We just decided to change the background. We both love the feel just the background change gave us. I remember hearing you say you were going to change your design! Oh you will DEFINITELY like these two books they are totally up your alley.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      I totally know what you mean. I find I do as well! Thought listening to them on audio book is not a good idea – I got berated by my husband and mother about “language” and teaching the baby bad things. lol

      • Pamela D

        LOL. How funny! That reminds me of a story. I was part of this online knitting and classic lit book club (you talked about the book & knit a project based on the book). Anyway, we were supposed to read some book with a female’s name as the book title. I thought it was Fanny Hill, so I went onto librivox to listen to the audiobook while doing data entry at work. Good thing, that I had my headphones on, because the subtitle to this book is “Woman of Pleasure” and is a bit graphic. While I enjoyed being subversive at work, I am sure that my blushing was causing people to wonder what I was listening to!
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