“Dearly Beloved” is the outstanding sequel to “Dearly Departed”. To me, this was great because it has the Victorian Era and zombies. Lia Habel does an outstanding job of imagery where you can just see all of the different character she brings out to play. I can’t wait to read what will happen in the next book in this fantastic series.
Will society accept citizens of the undead variety? While Nora does, seeing as her love, Bram, is a zombie, many can’t. There is much fighting between the two sides with Bram and his old friends working to try and keep peace. But can they succeed when they are between the two dangerous groups, The Changed and The Murder? What will happen in the aftermath of the Laz and on the brink of a possible war when a new strain of the virus might have been discovered?
Can the living coexist with the living dead?
That’s the question that has New Victorian society fiercely divided ever since the mysterious plague known as “The Laz” hit the city of New London and turned thousands into walking corpses. But while some of these zombies are mindless monsters, hungry for human flesh, others can still think, speak, reason, and control their ravenous new appetites.
Just ask Nora Dearly, the young lady of means who was nearly kidnapped by a band of sinister zombies but valiantly rescued by a dashing young man . . . of the dead variety.
Nora and her savior, the young zombie soldier Bram Griswold, fell hopelessly in love. But others feel only fear and loathing for the reanimated dead. Now, as tensions grow between pro- and anti-zombie factions, battle lines are being drawn in the streets. And though Bram is no longer in the New Victorian army, he and his ex-commando zombie comrades are determined to help keep the peace. That means taking a dangerous stand between The Changed, a radical group of sentient zombies fighting for survival, and The Murder, a masked squad of urban guerrillas hellbent on destroying the living dead. But zombies aren’t the only ones in danger: Their living allies are also in The Murder’s crosshairs, and for one vengeful zealot, Nora Dearly is the number one target.
As paranoia, prejudice, and terrorist attacks threaten to plunge the city into full-scale war, Nora’s scientist father and his team continue their desperate race to unlock the secrets of “The Laz” and find a cure. But their efforts may be doomed when a mysterious zombie appears bearing an entirely new strain of the virus—and the nation of New Victoria braces for a new wave of the apocalypse.