This is the second time I'm reading this book. This time, I get to finally finish the series lol.
We'll get the bad out of the way first, there's a sprinkling of errors, nothing drastic. Nothing most people will even notice; I just happen to spot things most people don't lol. There's one inconsistency that I spotted. Toward the beginning of our story, Winter does, in fact cry, it's a brief moment and I forget why she did, but she does. In the last actual chapter, her thoughts stray to the fact that being undead, she can't cry. It's one of two noticeable errors I spotted. The other will be spoken about in a moment.
This story is amazing. It gives plenty of speculation into the zombie world and why zombies do the things they tend to do, like eat people. The premise that they do so because human blood gives them a taste of humanity is a fascinating one and it definitely caught my interest in ways most zombie books have never been able to.
The idea of there being two very different kinds of zombies is an interesting theory as well. The Undead speak, they think, they function much like the humans they once were. While the Deathless seem to not for the most part. A few of them speak and think and plot, but most simply do what the lore says they do. While the functioning Undead upkeep the human appearance, the Deathless so not; they embrace their dead and rotting forms to the fullest. I don't understand why Deathless can be harmed by steel while the Undead cannot be. This is the other inconsistency I found. This would totally be a non-issue if it wasn't for Mallory, Helen and Grimsky having the same reaction to it. Malory was a member of Trenton long ago and Helen was a new Trentonite raise. The Undead are not harmed by steel, so why does becoming Deathless make it a thing? This is never explained; though I hope it will be in one of the other books.
I love that this story is not only about the Undead, but told from one as well. From the moment Winter raises into her new world, everything becomes a learning experience not just for us, the readers, but for Winter as well. This is rare form of writing that is seldom seen these days. The point of view of this books gives readers a different look at one of the most terrifying things to go bump in the night.
I was almost upset at the departure of Trenton's Mayor though. He was an intricate character that definitely has a story that may well never be told now. Why a Deathless decided to run a town of Undead without ever telling anyone he was a Deathless would make a great story.
Despite my unanswered questions, I give this book 5 of 5 paws and can't wait to jump into Dead of Winter, the second installment of this series.