Spotlight Saturday: A Touch of Death (The Outlands Pentalogy), by Rebecca Crunden

25 Mar 2023

Pages: 304
Genre: Science fiction
Published: February 23rd, 2017
You can get a copy from Amazon.

A thousand years in the future, the last of humanity live inside the walls of the totalitarian Kingdom of Cutta. The rich live in Anais, the capital city of Cutta, sheltered from the famine and disease which ravage the rest of the Kingdom. Yet riches and power only go so far, and even Anaitians can be executed. It is only by the will of the King that Nate Anteros, son of the King’s favourite, is spared from the gallows after openly dissenting. But when he’s released from prison, Nate disappears.

A stark contrast, Catherine Taenia has spent her entire life comfortable and content. The daughter of the King’s Hangman and in love with Thom, Nate’s younger brother, her life has always been easy, ordered and comfortable. That is, where it doesn’t concern Nate. His actions sullied not only his future, but theirs. And unlike Thom, Catherine has never forgiven him.

Two years pass without a word, and then one night Nate returns. But things with Nate are never simple, and when one wrong move turns their lives upside down, the only thing left to do is run where the King’s guards cannot find them – the Outlands. Those wild, untamed lands which stretch around the great walls of the Kingdom, filled with mutants and rabids.

More praise for A Touch of Death

"I really did enjoy this one, if you're looking for a good post-apocalypse story that doesn't entirely fall into all the same tropes I'd recommend checking A Touch of Death out." Words of a Paige

"Check this out if you like your dystopias extra dark - you won't be disappointed." Benjamin Roberts, author of A Star Named Vega

About the author


Rebecca Crunden is an indie author of fantasy and science fiction who lives in Cork, Ireland..