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King of the Dead (Jeremiah Hunt #2)

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  281 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
A Jeremiah Hunt Supernatual Thriller

Joseph Nassise shook up the urban fantasy genre with Eyes to See, a novel New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry called "heartbreaking, deeply insightful, powerful and genuinely thrilling." In a devil's deal, Jeremiah Hunt sacrificed his human sight in exchange for the power to see the hidden world of ghosts and all of the da
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published November 27th 2012 by Tor Books (first published 2012)
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Dec 10, 2012 JK rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: book-masochists, no one
Terrible. Just terrible. I honestly can't pick out a redeeming quality to this book.

The point of view changes are so absolutely pointless it's frustrating. They offer nothing in the way of plot OR character development. Hell, I think it hurts both. The book would have greatly benefited from being told through just Hunt's eyes.

The plot is just atrocious. It's poorly paced and explained, things just kind of happen, and then it ends. The FBI agent hunting Hunt served zero purpose. I honestly don't
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Sequels generally fail to live up to their predecessors. To be fair, they're under a lot of pressure. They need to refresh readers who read books out of order (a ghastly affair, I say) and to set up the following book, assuming there is one (which there usually is, duology's not being especially popular). Unfortunately, I feel like King of the Dead had some real issues, and was not as powerful as Eyes to See, however, the ending was jam packed and left me wanting more.

The first problem with King
Mike (the Paladin)
Dec 13, 2013 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it
What can I say? I'm always looking for a good book, a good fantasy, a good urban fantasy. There are plenty of either of those genres out there. The trick of course is finding a good example of each book.

Here Joseph Nassise sets himself sort of a challenge. (Spoiler for the first book coming so be aware.) The first volume of this series ends with "our hero" on the run from the FBI. Wanted for the murder of a law enforcement officer and suspected of being a horrifying serial killer he's at the top
Nov 30, 2012 Melissa rated it it was amazing
I reviewed the first book in the series, Eyes to See last year and I really enjoyed it. This is the second book in this series and I have to say I enjoyed this book even more. The characters are established and I found myself rooting even more for the main hero, Jeremiah, even more. We also pick up where the last book left off, so I do suggest these be read in order. Not because it would be too confusing (you could read these out of order), but because you get such a better feel for the characte ...more
Paul Pessolano
Nov 14, 2012 Paul Pessolano rated it it was amazing
“King of the Dead” by Joseph Nassise, published by Tor Books.

Category – Urban Fantasy

This could be the craziest damn book I have ever read, and I loved every minute of it. Unfortunately, and I apologize to the author, I took a different view of the book than most critics.

Although the book is suspenseful and deals with the paranormal, I found it to be a clever, funny, and all around just good read. My only regret is that I did not read the first book in the series, “Eyes to See”.

Jeremiah Hunt, in
William Bentrim
Feb 14, 2013 William Bentrim rated it it was amazing
King of the Dead by Joseph Nassise

A blind man, a witch and a changeling walk into a bar….. So many endings but none as intriguing as Nassise’s story. Jeremiah Hunt is blind to the mundane world due to a pact he made with a mysterious entity called the Preacher. He and his companions, a witch and a changeling are arcanely summoned to New Orleans to stop a plague.

Nassise does a nice job crafting characters that you care about. His characters are flawed and quite human for the most. Jeremiah finds
Lelia Taylor
Dec 23, 2012 Lelia Taylor rated it liked it
Shelves: full-reviews
One of the best combinations that has come about with the tremendous growth of crossgenre fiction is crimefighting supernatural beings. Early players—meaning in recent years because crossgenre is certainly not a new thing—such as Harry Dresden (Jim Butcher) and Rachel Morgan (Kim Harrison) whetted our appetites and many readers, including me, are always on the lookout for more, especially those that are a bit different.

And Jeremiah Hunt is decidedly different. We’ve had central characters who ca
Nov 25, 2012 Julia rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, urban, arcs
The magical construction of EYES TO SEE was mesmerizing, and though I wasn't swept away that book's eventual resolution, I was eager to pick up KING OF THE DEAD to see where Nassise took me next.

KING OF THE DEAD starts a little slow, as Hunts sometimes pedantic nature is used to remind readers of prior events. People new to the series should have no problem jumping right in with KING OF THE DEAD. The rush of information made things a little dry, but once Hunt and his companions get to New Orlea
Dec 09, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, for-review
3.5 stars

So last year the first book in the Jeremiah Hunt series, Eyes to See, was released and I read it. I was drawn to the idea of the main character being a guy who traded his eyesight to be able to see the dead. In King of the Dead we’re back with Hunt, Denise Clearwater the mage and Dmitri the berserker as they are on the run from the FBI after Hunt was framed as the famous serial killer the Reaper. They travel to New Orleans after Denise has a vision of something terrifying going on there
Jan 19, 2014 Stephen rated it it was amazing
Ok, great book. The Irish King of the Dead is stealing souls to invade the human realm. Hunt, Dmitri, and Denise go to New Orleans to try to help stop this. The book features the return of The Preacher with the usual trouble he brings. If you liked the first book you'll love this one.

Although, your wallet may not like it as much. You see, Nassise is a master of the cliffhanger, and you'll be purchasing and starting Watcher in the Dark as soon as you close the back cover of King of the Dead. One
Invested Ivana
Mar 20, 2015 Invested Ivana rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
In this second installment of the Jeremiah Hunt chronicles, Hunt, Denise, and Dmitri make their way to New Orleans to assist the town mages in fighting a mysterious plague.

I enjoyed this story and would recommend it to Urban Fantasy readers. There are a few things, though, that keep this good story from being GREAT. For example, a main motivator for both Denise and Hunt is their growing feelings for each other. However, the reader never sees how this comes about -- we don't see Hunt and Denise i
2.5 stars, rounded up.

*I apologize in advance if this review is a little rambling.*

Despite the reviews and the jump in price ($7 more than what I paid for the first book), I enjoyed the concept enough (Jeremiah's "blindness") to take a chance on this one. While there's a lot of good ideas here, the execution fails, unfortunately.

I think it's impossible to read an urban fantasy with a first-person male narrator and not compare it to Harry Dresden and the Dresden Files series. Although that series
Jan 03, 2014 Sean rated it really liked it
Fresh. Totally fresh. Running from the FBI and fighting evil at the same time? WHILE BLIND? Get some, New Orleans.

This book continued the enjoyment I derived from the first book. Certainly a slightly different feel than the first but . So it all makes sense.
Apr 14, 2013 Stewie rated it really liked it
Joseph Nassise delivers a very solid sequel to Eyes to See, with more action, more victims, and more of those things that go bump in the night. You can read my full review at
Jane Doe
Dec 28, 2012 Jane Doe rated it it was amazing
Love this series can't wait for the next one. If you like Dresden Files, Nightside and or Rachel Morgan series, this is a series you would love. It's a blended mix filled with flavors from all three of those series plus more. highly recommend.
Jocelyn Santiago
Jul 21, 2016 Jocelyn Santiago rated it liked it
The book had too many ups and downs for me to give it more than 3 1/2 stars...
Dec 21, 2012 Tim rated it it was amazing
I can not wait to read this!!!
All Things Urban Fantasy
The magical construction of EYES TO SEE was mesmerizing, and though I wasn’t swept away that book’s eventual resolution, I was eager to pick up KING OF THE DEAD to see where Nassise took me next. Nassise’s flair for the paranormal is back in full effect and the plot has a great balance between urban fantasy and an upside down police procedural (as it is our hero who the FBI is hunting).

KING OF THE DEAD starts a little slow, as Hunts sometimes pedantic narration is used to remind readers of prior
Pure Textuality
Feb 07, 2013 Pure Textuality rated it it was amazing

Yesterday I posted my review of Eyes to See (Jeremiah Hunt #1) and today we are looking at King of the Dead (Jeremiah Hunt #2).

King of the Dead takes off following the events of Eyes to See. Hunt is on the run from the law for murders he didn’t commit.

Man, I thought that Eyes to See was intense. King of the Dead makes the events of book #1 look like a cake walk! After how much I loved Eyes to See, I was afraid that I was going to be disappointed with King of the Dead and that was
Jan 13, 2013 Alex rated it liked it
It wasn't amazing, but it kept me interested throughout. It's nice to read an urban fantasy book with no paranormal romance.
Don't get me wrong, I don't mind it, but as long as it takes a back burner to the main story. A lot of urban fantasy books are very little on main story and a lot on bedroom antics.

One thing that has been bugging me though.
Hunt is being called the 'Reaper'. The serial killer with a laundry list of murder victims over the past X amount of years (I forget the actual amount,
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Sammy

*Beware of Spoilers*

I started reading book two of the Jeremiah Hunt series as soon as I finished book one, Eyes to See, and wish the next book was out already. I loved this continuing story.

We get to see more about how the relationships with Dimtri, Denise and Hunt are evolving, how they have each other’s backs, I really liked how they have become a team. The sexual tension between Hunt and Denise is titillating and I’m looking forward to seeing how that part
Dec 31, 2012 drey rated it liked it
Now a wanted man, Jeremiah Hunt hides out on one of Dmitri’s properties – along with Dmitri and Denise. His options are a tad limited now, what with his (lack of) eyesight, and oh, being on the FBI’s Most Wanted list. So, along with the peace and quiet, reflection and regrouping, Jeremiah has to figure out where to go from here.

Then Denise has visions of doom and gloom (or hellfire and brimstone), and the three are on the way to New Orleans to investigate. I loved that Jeremiah drives, by the wa
Book Twirps
Jan 29, 2013 Book Twirps rated it liked it
In Eyes to See, the first book in this series, we met Jeremiah Hunt, a man who sacrificed his eyesight in order to “see” the supernatural world in hopes of finding his missing daughter. After the events of the first book, Jeremiah is now at the top of the FBI’s most wanted list. On the run with his two friends, Dmitri (a berserkr/shapeshifter) and Denise (a witch), Jeremiah and the group find their way to New Orleans after Denise has a horrible vision of the city falling into chaos and ruin at t ...more
Feb 01, 2013 Star rated it really liked it
‘King of the Dead’ picks up where ‘Eyes to See’ left off and the three main characters are on the run from the FBI when Denise Clearwater receives visions of a threat in New Orleans. As Hunt, Dmitri, and Denise enter New Orleans, it is clear something is very wrong. A number of the Gifted are in a strange sort of coma and when Hunt looks deeper, he realizes something or someone has stolen their souls. Yet, this is not the worst event as Death himself is coming to reap all the souls in New Orlean ...more
Good, but not as good as the first one.

The scope may have been a bit too ambition for the length desired. This one tried to fit so much in that it felt rushed in places, with the narration giving a "and then all of this happened". This made the character development feel weaker than in the first book, like personality aspects just came about.

I'll read the next one, though.
Feb 18, 2013 Steve rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
Decent story, but I had issues with the writing itself. I don't like a book written in first person for some chapters, and third person in others. I don't like the obvious use of a hook ending a chapter. A "Little did we know..." closing. One, it's cheap and cheesy; two, it destroys my immersion in the story because I recognize it as a gimmick and because it breaks tension by informing me I'm not living the story with the characters. Instead I'm with them while they recollect the events. The "ho ...more
Liz Zandt
Jul 07, 2014 Liz Zandt rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic. Loved the first one in the series and hope he writes a third one.
Jan 08, 2014 Heather rated it did not like it
The premise and plot had potential...the writing was awful. If the "and just when we thought it couldn't get any worse, it did" or varying cliche fillers could have been cut out... I may have made it through and enjoyed the book. I would recommend skipping this one. It just gets worse as you continue on. It may actually make you cringe...just not on purpose.
Jason Kelly
Feb 25, 2014 Jason Kelly rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this but I did like the first one better. Looking forward to reading the next one in the series.
Jun 22, 2015 Susan rated it liked it
3.5 Really that's where its going to leave off. I hate cliff hangars.
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Joseph Nassise is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than a twenty-five novels, including the Templar Chronicles series, the Jeremiah Hunt trilogy, and the Great Undead War series. He has also written several books in the Rogue Angel action/adventure series from Gold Eagle. He is a former president of the Horror Writers Association, the world's largest organization of prof ...more
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