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Cheating Death

(The Immortal Descendants #5)

4.64  ·  Rating details ·  922 ratings  ·  128 reviews
In the thrilling conclusion to The Immortal Descendants series, a life has ended, the future is lost, and a war has just begun.
An explosion has split Time and Archer has paid the ultimate price, leaving Saira heartbroken and desperate to repair the rupture. But the blast has trapped Saira in an alternate future where Mongers are cornered predators and Death is the ultima
Paperback, 415 pages
Published January 24th 2017 by Corazon Entertainment
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Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: April White Fans, Readers of All Genres
5 What a Series Should Be Stars
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Spoiler Free
Disclaimer: This is a love letter to an author I respect and adore. Please take it as it is given. Thank you
Those who know me, know I am not a huge reader of YA books. That is not to say I don't appreciate I was right there with everyone during each release of the Harry Potter Series. I have traveled through many different genres over my years of reading; Mysteries, Thrillers, Legal Dramas, Police Procedural, even Horror all
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I have some of the very best readers on the planet. Their reviews for Cheating Death make me so proud to be a part of this amazing community, and so grateful that such generous and wonderful people have found my books:

"From the moment I started reading Saira's story I was hooked. The characters, the places, the villains, the history, the adventure,the dialogue, the romance, the drama... I've truly loved it all."-Urban Fantasy Investigations

"Cheating Death is a riveting whirlwind of a novel, and
Penny Reid
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Instead of writing last night, I read this book.


This is what the end of an epic series should be.

Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't think I can properly explain how much I have loved the Immortal Descendants series. From the moment I started reading Saira's story I was hooked. The characters, the places, the villains, the history, the adventure, the dialogue, the romance, the drama... I've truly loved it all.

*Contains minor spoilers from CHEATING DEATH and WAGING WAR

The end of WAGING WAR left me yearning to find out what happened, if Archer was still alive and how Saira would get back to him. I have to tell you, when
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-favs
All authors hold a special place in my heart for they create a books where us readers can put our lives on hold for a while and dive into the fictional ones they've created. However, there is truly something special about fantasy authors that not only bring beloved characters to life but they create vast worlds filled with nothing short of magic. I can not think of a higher gift to give to a reader. And this is what April White has done in her fantastic series.

Cheating Death is the EPIC CONCLUSI
That amazing feeling when you read the final book in a series and it totally delivers everything you ever wanted ...

I don't think I can do the plot justice, certainly I don't recommend leaping in here at the fifth book if you haven't read the previous four, suffice to say that Saira and her group of friends, family and teachers bounce around alternate time-lines, 1944, 1842, 1554 and the present day. We see the Immortals, all of them and meet lots of famous characters from history. If you have r
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is sort of bittersweet for me. I have enjoyed these stories and characters so very much and I'm sad it's over. I'll admit, I dragged my feet a little on this one because I knew this was it. But once I started, I couldn't stop. The story is just like the others---impossible to put down and fast paced with amazing adventures.
This took us to places I never imagined. The gang met with people from history that I didn't expect and as always, there are twists and turns I never saw coming. This is
Darrell Mcfarland
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding conclusion to an excellent series. It's got everything you could possibly want in a book, Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles... Well, most of them anyway. If you liked the previous books in this series, you'll love this one.

"You don't love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear" - Oscar Wilde -

Saira our resident Clocker faces her biggest challenge yet. Repairing the time split. Time ripples are okay but not a split.

But how to rectify what has been done?

After losing Archer she clocks back to the alternative future where Death rules and War is nothing more than a footnote. When in the real timeline it is the opposite.

Saira & Archer have a
The Lit Bitch
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

So here with are with another beloved series coming to an end. I have mixed emotions….I am sad that a series that I have adored for the last few years is coming to an end but happy because it wrapped up in such a wonderfully fitting way that I couldn’t help but be satisfied.

One thing that stood out to me in this book was not going over old history. I suppose the author feels that if you made it to this book then you probably know the story and thus no need to rehash ancient history whi
I'd like to be original but The Verve coined the perfect phrase that describes Cheating Death, so I'm using it, giving them credit in advance ;)
Cheating Death is a Bittersweet Symphony. Sometimes it has the tones of Beethoven's 5th (Ta-da-da-daaa), sometimes the 9th (Ode to joy)... Oh boy, it affected me in so many ways!
The rhythm and pace are never slow, and you'll discover so many things during the journey that you'll never get hungry for more knowledge because you need your time to digest you
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.


Just understand, I'm severely emotionally damaged right now, and I'll need to come out from under the pain/joy/elation/OMGNOSOSAD eventually. Please send wine.

Actually, send a clocker back and get me some Malmsey wine. Send a wolf with the clocker for the nose.

See how much I've helped you?
Dorothy Chsrlesworth
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
this book answered all the questions left from Waging War I have all five books in paperback and on my kindle , I have a horror of loosing them on Kindle. Cheating Death is a fitting to the series I have read them all a few times now and each time I reread them I discovered something different . if you like adventure romance history and true friendship then read these books you will not be disappointed
Dee King
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: time-travel
Wow. From the first paragraph of the first book I was in this world. Not just reading a story, but experiencing a multitude of worlds. I did not expect Doran's lineage, yet when it was revealed it made complete sense. White does a fantastic job of jumping through time yet not once losing sight of each character and their history. Not once, no matter how many jumps and family members were introduced, was I lost or confused or felt the story was muddled. Saira is an excellent lead. Her growth was ...more
This Literary Life
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
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May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I admit I dragged my feet a little and almost restarted for the 5th(?) Time from the beginning just to make this trip last longer. But I also wanted to finally know where it ended. And what an intriguing end it was. Love love love this series. And I know it will be read a few more times over the summer and next couple of years. Kudos - April - a masterful tale from (more than) just a girl! ;)

Ps: just still happy - all day - because of how it wrapped up, and yet left room for more if the author s
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was such a wonderful ending to a great series. I would recommend it highly to anyone who likes to learn about history while reading a highly entertaining story. The characters are amazing and seem so real. They are strong and loyal, but make mistakes and do their best to fix them. There are so many emotions in these books. Curiosity, adventure, love, loss, pain, suffering, joy, laughter, excitement, tragedy, you name it, it is in there. I want to share this with everyone I know.
Amber Andrews
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from the author for an honest review of her book.

I do not have the capacity to eloquently review this book, it is amazeballs.

It is an emotional roller-coaster and at times a complete steamroller. The first half of the story picks up, obviously, where the evil cliffhanger left us. There is a lot of grief, palpable grief, you can feel it cover you like a blanket. The action is wonderful. The anticipation between what will happen next and what happens next is aggravatingly delicio
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It's a fun day when the final book in a favorite series is published.

It's a great day when the final book in a favorite series meets expectations.

It's an awesome day when the final book in a favorite series gives more than you expected, ends the series perfectly, and makes you smile when you close the cover.

This is an awesome day.

If you're a fan of The Immortal Descendants series, great news: Cheating Death is as fantastic
Henry Northcott
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent finale

Having already guessed at the nature of Doran,this book confirmed my suspicions. I enjoyed this book more than books 3,4 and liked the historical insertions. It would be nice to have a follow-up some 18 yrs hence. I.e. when Saira and Archer have had children,and Bob Shaw and Claire have had children. Might be fun to enjoy further adventures in time
Niaka Gruneberg
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Tied up very neatly but..

I've been a fan for awhile now and sad that the series is at its end, loved the skip around this book history is definitely fascinating!! but I do feel like there's more in store for some of the side characters, Tom Ringo Aeron Bas..the angel dude and all that other world ness so I can't wait to see what your next book will be. Hoping for some familiar faces but excited for a new world too! Thanks for taking me on a great trip many many times!!
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thank you, for the journey.♡♡♡♡♡
“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art -- write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.” – Neil Gaiman
Jenny Collier
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read the series

I loved this series, the character with their strengths and flaws were believable. I couldn't put these books down and the ending was worth it!
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
I don't want to delve too much into what's gone before, because SPOILERS!, but my main irritation (really, my only irritation) with the book (and this genre - YA - in general) is the whole falling madly in love and getting married while still a teenager - especially when half the duo is more than a century old. That really turns up my squick factor. However, since that's my only quibble (and Saira's and Archer's relationship is hella more stable than any sparkly vampire couple), I guess I'll let ...more
Gabriella Messina
*sighs* Well... I am inexcusably late in getting this review in because, quite frankly, I've been busy writing my own book *winks*... But I finally got to give this book the attention it deserved and Oh... my... goodness!!!

Coming to the end of this series was bittersweet for me... I found it quite by accident and became so attached to this diverse group of characters... Saira just... well she just rocks as a female character! She's the kind of young adult female character that you want to see m
KC Leigh
Best Series I’ve Read in a Long Time <3

What an EPIC conclusion to this series!

I am utterly blown away with how fantastic this series has been. April White swept me away from one adventure to the next with this captivating, time-traveling story. I was on pins and needles with this paranormal thriller, hoping and needing an HEA after the battles these characters have fought throughout their journey in time...and I was NOT disappointed.

The message behind this series, and especially this book, is p
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a really spectacular ending to the series, peeps, and I feel happy about it!

First of all, tons of things happen here: in time, in space and with many revelations in between.

Saira starts the book separated from Archer by the time stream split in 1944. Together with Ringo and Tom she has to travel into the past to repair it in order to reunite with everyone she knows and love.

It's a hard journey for our Clocker and her friends. They feel very isolated and at times intensely grieving
Barbara Strickland
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This series has been an incredible journey, and a delightful one. Not many Young Adult reads can cross all genres and ages to give us so much in the way of emotional relationships as this series does. Forming a bond with each and every character has not been a hardship from the very first word in the very first novel.
Watching Saira turn from child to woman has been a wonderful experience for readers. Her bravery, her tenacity and her love for Archer has grown with her, and her maturity in the f
The Bookworm Fairy
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I recieved an ARC for this book in exchange for an honest review.

Okay, please just give me a moment to get my emotions under control.

**5 minutes later**

Sorry for being a bit incoherent, but I'm speechless. I started writing this review as soon as I finished the book, and this was the perfect, epic, amazing conclusion one of my favorite series - the Immortal Descendants by April White. It was beautiful. The books in this series are super long, fat, and solid, and this was my favorite by far.

And b
Tiffany Landers
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

April White!! How do you do that? I have been extremely obsessed with your work since reading book one in this phenomenal series, Marking Time. All too often, when an author publishes several books in a series, each book tends to be a little like the one before it, which leads to not really wanting to continue the series. Not so with your Immortal Descendants series!! All five books in this series have completely blown me away. From the first, there is action, intrigue, adventure, mys
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APRIL WHITE has been a film producer, private investigator, bouncer, teacher and screenwriter. She has climbed in the Himalayas, survived a shipwreck, and lived on a gold mine in the Yukon. She and her husband share their home in Southern California with two extraordinary boys, their dog, various chickens, and a lifetime collection of books.

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