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The Unblessed Dead

(The Hidden Necromancer #1)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  95 ratings  ·  33 reviews
When I younger, my mother saved my settlement from the Unblessed Dead that would have killed us all. It cost her everything to reveal her necromancy and sent shockwaves through our stringent religious settlement. Convicted of heresy against our sacred Lost Texts, she died soon after.
Since then, I have worked hard to maintain my Pious Standing so that when I turn eighteen
Kindle Edition, 267 pages
Published April 10th 2018
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Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
I actually really enjoyed this in all it's backwater-ness. Looking forward to book two! ...more
In a dystopian world, where religion has been bastardized, men dominate unfettered and women are property, forced to live by oppressive rules, Ilyse Nott struggles with remaining “plain and pious” in a world who has judged her for supposed the sins of her mother. She must live with the knowledge that her mother a secret necromancer, saved her village from certain zombie death only to be tried, convicted and put to death for her efforts for heresy.

Ilyse is guilty by association and possible hered
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
The world was overrun by zombies, and vast areas of the continent remain infested. Walled settlements have developed, some modernized and all connected by railway.  Some groups seeking solace made drastic changes to avoid past mistakes. Frater takes us into a religious settlement with an Anabaptist feel. They follow the Lost Texts. These texts have a familiar vibe; men rule and handle business while women marry and must be modest etc. They also believe necromancers caused the zombie outbreak and ...more
Christy LoveOfBooks
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book, read-in-2018
Rhiannon has built an intriguing world! It's terrifying to think about living the way Ilyse, and women in general, do. I don't mean because of the zombies. Really enjoyed this book and look forward to the next one. There's a prequel that you can get for free that I suggest, too. ...more
Carolyn F.
This is different than the other books I've read by this author but then most of her series are completely different so what I am talking about. A little slow moving at first but once the action starts, it's riveting. I didn't like the cliffhanger. ...more
Alexia Purdy
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: zombie and post-apocalyptic book lovers
A haunting tale of a life gone wrong when everything Ilyse has grown up to believe is ultimately and fatally flawed. Beautifully written, The Unblessed Dead takes us on Ilyse's journey who has fought for the life she believed she wanted only to have it derailed when she discovers she might possibly be behind the cause of what's unsettling the living dead surrounding her settlement. Ilyse's mother was a necromancer, maybe she could be too. If this is true, her entire world has just been uprooted ...more
*Source* Author
*Genre* Science Fiction / Dystopia
*Rating* 3.5-4


The Unblessed Dead is the first installment in Rhiannon Frater's The Unblessed Dead series. 17-year old Ilyse Nott is the protagonist of a series that is a cross between The Walking Dead and The Handmaid's Tale. It is a series that is set way off into the distant future. So far into the future, that they are now calling the time frame Anno Apocalypse. In this world, the dead have risen, America has fallen, & women can contr
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-obsession
Omg! Loved it! It reminds me of The Handmaids Tale with a dash of zombies lol I’ve missed your books Rhiannon!
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
It’s the zombie apocalypse and zombies have been roaming the earth for many, many years or they do in Ilyse’s world. In Ilyse’s world they call the zombies The Unblessed Dead or The Blessed Dead. Ilyse lives inside a walled city that keeps the zombies out but they do wonder inside the walls sometimes but not to worry everyone has a safe place to go where the dead can’t get them. They stay in their safe place until the zombies are taken care of and they are given the all clear.

A few years ago the
This book is amazing and every spare moment I had was spent reading this story.The author is incredibly talented at creating a unique world with well developed characters.The book has a beautiful flow and the world building is fantastic.I found myself engrossed in the story from the first paragraph and have preordered book two.I'm currently experiencing a book hangover and am anxiously awaiting book two's release in May. ...more
Christoffer Lernö
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book had an interesting premise: a post zombie-apocalyptic world where necromancers were able to control the dead. The story takes place in a settlement that has rejected technology, making me associate things to The Forest of Hands and Teeth.

All in all a good story as usual from Frater. The only complaint I have is that I wished it was longer!
I've been in a bit of a reading slump these past few months. I've been reading, but nothing has really tickled my fancy, nor made me want to jump up and yell to everyone, "You need to read this like now." So I pick up the latest from Rhiannon Frater because well...she NEVER disappoints. The very first sentence grabbed me and I was hooked. How could you not be intrigued when the very first sentence of the book starts out with, "I awoke to discover a dead man standing in my garden."

Once again, Rhi
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I’ve read/listened to by this author and I would jump at the chance to listen to another.
I didn’t want the story to be over. I’ve listened to a lot of zombie stories and this is a very original one. I love the addition of the special abilities (necromancy) and their religious beliefs surrounding them. The social structure is interesting- religious based beliefs dictate life, girls can’t speak to men outside their family circle, girls are auctioned off once of age, educati
I read the advance review copy and, being a Frater fan, I was expecting a great read and was still surprised at how much I loved this book.

The world Frater has built for The Hidden Necromancer series is so original. It's different and dark and unsettling, but also contains a certain beautiful familiarity. It embraces a simpler life, putting me in mind of the Amish or the Simple Folk from Anne Bishop's The Others series. But while the simple life would appear to be separate from the undead and wi
Endings, what are they? Authors, please give me a solid ending. I don't care if the book is part of a series, just tie up as many loose ends as possible.

This one doesn't exactly end on a cliffhanger, but it certainly doesn't resolve the main plot lines.

Any book that brings tears to my eyes usually gets four stars, but the vague ending brought this down to three. There were some vivid scenes that really grabbed me, and a heartbreaking moment that made me tear up.

It's not a bad book. I liked the
Trisha Perry
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ilyse is 18 and praying with all her might that she is not a necromancer like her mother. All she wants is to remain pius and get a good husband, but lately the dead have been appearing in her garden and she and her sister hurry and coral them back to their grave so no one will know because if they find out it will be certain death just like her mother.

This book has so much action right from the start and all the way to the end, that I would say you'd be tired after reading/listening to this boo
Nicollette Blackeagle
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Illyse is a 17 year old young woman who is finds her life has been turned upside down by lies an half truths. Illyse and Carrie's mother was found guilty and sentenced to death for being a necromancer and from that moment on nothing has ever been the same. That is until a mysterious stranger by the name of Quaid Reed moved into their settlement with secrets of his own.
I love how Rhiannon Frater fuses strong family bonds with a equally strong storyline. The story builds and builds until you won't
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
A new way to make others beholden to others for their lives.

The old world is gone, replaced by one where people who think for themselves are suspect, women and technology are the ones who brought bout the end of the world, and if you cannot be plain, quiet, and pious, you will be punished. When Ilyse finds herself stuck in a never ending, new and scary place even though she's followed all of thr rules, she realizes how everything she has been taught to do has not prepared her for this. The chara
M. Ro
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book reminded of the compound scenes from Big Love which grounded the story, all those religious fanatics and the chains they place on women made it more "real". Rhiannon Frater has a way with zombies and the way this book presents them makes them fresh, I loved Ilyse and her siblings, Quade is quite likeable, there are a lot of good characters besides them which surprised me given the type of society the story depicts.
I have a theory on who the mysterious necromancer may be...
Shanna Tidwell
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rhiannon is one of my favorite authors. I’m so happy she gave me the opportunity to listen to and review her his series.
The characters are written so well and I love them.
Think handmaids tale but throw some supernatural powers in there with the threat of zombies.
I can’t wait for the next book!
Narration was excellent as well.

I was voluntarily provided this review copy at no charge by the author, publisher and or narrator.
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was really interesting right from the beginning which is nice. If a book doesn’t grab me right away, I’m very likely to give up on it. I like the world this is set in. And while the narrator’s voice kind of annoyed me, it fit the main character so it works. Certain aspects were repeated but it didn’t detract from the story.
Mike Lewis
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Interesting story

A unique dystopian twist on the zombie apocalypse. Very interesting cast of characters in a very futuristic antiquated world. Mini years after the world has fallen The dead still rise and cause havoc in May him. Worth the read check it out
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An amazing start to a young woman's journey in a zombie filled world.

Read my full take here: The Unblessed Dead
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review
Review to come.
Lulu Watson
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love love loved!!!! This book was fantastic. I was gifted the audio book and devoured it ! Once it started I couldn’t stop! Can’t wait to get my hands on the next book!
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
this is the first book I've read by Rhiannon Frater but not the last, I loved it! ...more
Darlene Ruiz
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had been in a reading slump but this book brought it back to life. I finished this book in a week. The next book arrives tomorrow. Very excited to see what happens next
Chastity Wilson
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Awesome! Couldn’t put it down!

I loved this story and now I’m on to the next book in the series! I don’t want this one to end! Lol
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Interesting concept

I really liked this book. The characters are interesting, as is the plot and setting. It's definitely a unique twist on zombies.
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite-authors
It’s been a while since I was fortunate enough to read something from the brilliant mind of Rhiannon Frater and I’m not ashamed to admit that I missed it. Every time I crack open one of her books I’m amazed that a mere mortal can craft such intricate stories.

The Unblessed Dead is a riveting tale that will sweep any reader up and transport them to a different time, a different world, a different way of life…and death. The world building is magnificent and the story pacing is spot on. If you love
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Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of the As the World Dies zombie trilogy (Tor) as well as independent works such as The Last Bastion of the Living (declared the #1 Zombie Release of 2012 by Explorations Fantasy Blog and the #1 Zombie Novel of the Decade by B&N Book Blog).

She was born and raised in Texas where she currently resides with her husband and furry children (a.k.a pets).

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The Hidden Necromancer (3 books)
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