On the Horizon – the wild dead (Carrie Vaughn)

Ahoy there me mateys!  I received this sci-fi dystopian murder mystery eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  While I try to post no spoilers, if ye haven’t read the first book then ye might want to skip this post. If ye keep reading this log then ye have been forewarned and continue at yer own peril . . .

Title: the wild dead

Author: Carrie Vaughn

Publisher: John Joseph Adams / Mariner Books

Publication Date: TODAY!!! (paperback/e-book)

ISBN: 978-0544947313

Source: NetGalley

This be the 5th book in me e-Arc Extravaganza Challenge wherein I had to read all 5 books before their July 17th release dates.  Challenge complete!  Arrr!

I previously read and was absolutely enthralled by the first book.  This one was great too!  Both stories are set “after the fall” in the coastal United States.  The coast has flooded.  Cities have fallen.  The world is slowly rebuilding.  The novel follows Enid, a young Investigator who helps police the towns along the Coastal Road.  That job involves anything from helping people in the aftermath of storms, to arbitrating disputes, or in this case, doing a property inspection to see if the town should repair it.  Teeg is in charge of his first mission and Enid is there to mentor him.  What is a fairly simple assignment becomes much more difficult when a dead body turns up.  And it is certainly murder.  Can the two investigators find the killer?  Or should they just leave it alone?

The first story was structured around Enid’s life both past and present with the murder being only part of the story.  The murder mystery is at the forefront of book two and the majority of the story takes place in the present.  Enid uses many of her experiences from the previous murder investigation to help her outlook in this one.  Teeg is her foil in the case.  Enid struggles to find her balance in her dual roles of investigator and teacher.

As in the first book, the murder mystery was less interesting to me than the settlement set-up in the far reaches of the territory.  I loved the marshland setting.  I loved getting to see more of the people who live in the Wild.  I loved the continuing explorations of the bigger issues of society such as resources, the roles and expectations of various types of outsiders, and the ideas of truth and justice.  I loved watching Enid’s investigative techniques.

The author manages another book where there is an overall optimistic outlook in the aftermath of a dystopia.  I would love to have Enid on me crew.  I would also love another book in the series either about Enid or a companion novel about another settlement along the Coast Road.  Give me more!   Arrrr!

So lastly . . .

Thank you John Joseph Adams / Mariner Books!

Side note: There be another story set in this world!  It is called “Where Would You Be Now” and is listed as book 0.5.  I must read it.  Arrr!

Goodread’s website has this to say about the novel:

To visit the author’s website go to:

Carrie Vaughn – Author

To buy the novel go to:

the wild dead – Book

To add to Goodreads go to:

Yer Ports for Plunder List

Previous Log Entries for this Author

martians abroad (On the Horizon – Young Adult Sci-Fi eArc)

bannerless (On the Horizon – Sci-Fi Dystopian Murder Mystery eArc)

11 thoughts on “On the Horizon – the wild dead (Carrie Vaughn)

  1. I haven’t read the first book, but I have got this one as a Netgalley arc lined up to read next (I got myself in a muddle and picked up Redemption’s Blade to read first by mistake!) and decided to take a risk as I know you don’t sprinkle pointless spoilers in amongst your reviews… Thank you for a great review – and I’m now eagerly anticipating this one, Cap:)

    Liked by 1 person

    1. This can be read as a standalone though much of the worldbuilding is revealed in the first book. Are ye going to read this one without reading the other? Thanks for liking me review 🙂
      x The Captain


  2. My copy just arrived yesterday! I think I’ve forgotten most of the details of Bannerless, so I think I’ll need to do a quick skim through before starting the new book… but I’m really looking forward to it!

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.