Review – Death and Beauty by Samantha MacLeod @writersammac

Book & Author Details:

Death and Beauty by Samantha MacLeod
Published by: Vestal Valley Press
Publication date:June 20th 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Romance

Death & Beauty.jpgBaldr the Beautiful is dead.

Desperate to get back to his privileged role as Óðinn’s favorite son, Baldr strikes a bargain with Hel, the terrifying half living and half skeletal queen of the realm of the dead. He offers her the only thing he’s got: knowledge from the living world. Hel gives him three days. If he can teach her something new, she will return him to the realms of the living.

But the icy Hel seems completely impervious to Baldr’s charms. What’s worse, she already knows everything. By the end of the third day, Baldr realizes he’s only got one chance left to impress her.

Returning to his former life looks like it’s going to depend on Baldr the Beautiful seducing the most formidable woman in the Nine Realms.


I don’t know whether, at 150 pages, this still classes as a novella.  However, clearly, it is truncated in length, yet once again, the author is able to produce a wonderful mythological romp.

I don’t know whether this is a retelling of an original myth and, frankly, I don’t much care. For me, the author has once again produced colourful characters who, although the stuff of legends, are nevertheless beset with human flaws and insecurities.  I think that’s what makes this book – the characters are accessible.


Another worthy addition to my kindle from this author.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.



purchase links

Amazon (universal link)

About the author

Born and raised in Colorado, Samantha MacLeod has lived in every time zone in the US, and London. She has a bachelor’s degree from Colby College and an M.A. from the University of Chicago; yes, the U. of C. really is where fun comes to die.

Samantha lives with her husband and two small children in the woods of southern Maine. When she’s not shoveling snow or writing steamy sex scenes, Samantha can be found teaching college composition and philosophy to undergraduates who have no idea she leads a double life as an erotica author.

author links

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