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A power for every death…


When a black hole anomaly rewrites the rules of life and death, Dina resurrects from a fatal crash into the Chesapeake with an uncontrollable tie to water. Trapped in a cycle of vanishing and reappearing across the world at the water's whim, all Dina wants is to rid herself of this connection and have control of her life again. But with every new resurfacing, it becomes clear she has a worse crisis on her hands: she’s being followed by a monster.


Drowning may not be a natural cause of death, but neither is murder. And when Ivy resurrects with the ability to produce bone daggers from her own body, she’s hungry for revenge. But between her distrust of her new, supposed allies, puzzling encounters with a woman with powers of her own, and the soul-devouring creature on their tail, attaining vengeance is looking a lot more difficult than dying in the first place.

As Dina and Ivy’s inexplicable bond pulls them together time and again, they each find something neither expected in their afterlife: someone worth living for. But they’ll have to find a way to annihilate the monster at their heels before time runs out on their second lives. Because without another anomaly to bring them back, this time, death will have its due.

Early praise for First Comes Death

"This book was super crazy and action packed and unique and interesting! The romance was beautiful and the found family was everything. I would absolutely recommend!" -ARC Reader, Netgalley

"Not to sound like a broken record but I'm obsessed with this book. I mean resurrection, sapphics, superpowers. What more do you want???? Because there is so much more! [...] Such a beautiful, fast-paced, fascinating debut. I seriously cannot wait to see what Avrah C. Barens imagination comes up with next. Definitely an insta-buy author for me." -ARC Reader, Goodreads

"I loved this book! [...] I loved that the two women find what they need in each other against the backdrop of being hunted by a terrifying creature. First Comes Death explores family and found family, friendships, and how the love of the right person changes everything. If you love sci-fi/fantasy and sapphic romance with a superhero vibe, I highly recommend checking it out." -ARC Reader, Goodreads

"I devoured First Comes Death in two days. A riveting, fast-paced sci-fi with sapphics and superpowers and existential threats. [...] This is the perfect debut for a wildly imaginative new author. If First Comes Death, I can't wait to see What Comes Next from Avrah C. Baren!" -ARC Reader, Goodreads