Book Review: First Death by A.D. Starrling

Title: First Death
Author: A.D. Starrling
Series: Seventeen #0.1
Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Published:  January 30th, 2015
Page Count: 35 pages
Format: eBook
Source: From author in exchange of an honest review

1570. Carpathian Mountains, Moldavia. Ten-year-old Lucas’s life is a simple but happy one. All that changes when the Hunters finally track down his whereabouts. 

Forced to bear witness to horrific scenes that forever shatter his innocence, he discovers the shocking secret behind his less than ordinary existence. What follows is a fight for survival that will define the nature of a boy bound to an incredible destiny whose origins have been lost to the tides of time.

First Death is a short story set in the riveting world of AD Starrling’s award-winning thriller series Seventeen.
*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 4/5 stars
First Death is a quick short story that takes place before the events of A.D. Starrling's Seventeen series. Though I haven't read the full-length novels yet and I have no idea of what exactly the main character is going to face later on in the series, I already feel drawn to him for his strength and courage of trying to move on after his first death when he was ten years old and the other terrible events he witnesses.

What I found interesting in this story is that Lucas is a half-breed immortal and that his very existence goes against the laws of the other immortals. His parents come from two different kind (or enemy clans?) of immortals, but I really don't understand why he is such a threat to them. In any case, the immortals are doing everything in their power to capture him and won't stop trying until they do.

Overall, First Death is an intriguing small taste of what the Seventeen series has to offer and now I'm very much looking forward to start the first book, Soul Meaning.


  1. I don't know anything about this book or the other you mentioned but I'm interested in seeing what else you think if you decide to read more!

  2. I am in love with these short stories. I'm glad you enjoyed this one! :)