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Deadly Destinations journeys to another realm, the After Realm, from the novel Soul Taken by Katlyn Duncan. Soul Taken is the first novel in the Life After Trilogy. This novel was released on June 4, 2013 from Carina UK. Want to know our thoughts on Soul Taken? Read our reviews here.
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In Soul Taken, there are two Realms, the Living Realm where you and I are living out our existence, and the After Realm, the place where souls go when the human body dies. But how does a soul get from the Living to the After? This is one question that I had to ask myself when writing the beginning of The Life After trilogy.
When souls cross over to the After, a few are selected to “work” for the After beings (Caeleste, pronounced Kay-lest). The two main sets of “employees” are two the Guard, an elite force that protects human souls, and Soul Collectors. The main character in Soul Taken is Maggie, a Soul Collector who died at seventeen, but has been working for the After for over century.
A Collection starts with the removal of the True Soul from heavily guarded vaults in the After. The True Soul has many special abilities, one of them being the removal of a soul from its human body. The True Soul is given to the Collector who uses it as an After GPS device to find the soul in the Living Realm. The Soul Collector will locate the soul and body and reconnect them when the time is right. Sound easy? Not quite. Soul Collectors are trained in the art of removing a soul from the body with as little damage to it as possible.
Another cool thing about the True Soul is that it extracts data for our next step, Gate Seven. Imagine your after-life. Pearly gates? A bright blue sky with infinite clouds? Gate Seven is the transitional place between the Living and the After. A soul rests from its hard journey in a place where it feels the most at peace. And a Gate Keeper waits idly on the other side of the bridge between our realm and theirs until the soul is ready to cross over. This is where a Collectors job ends.
But what happens when a True Soul is stolen from the After vaults, and someone uses it to steal a very important soul? Read about Maggie’s journey to find the lost soul before an innocent girl is lost forever in my debut novel, Soul Taken.
Read a snippet from Soul Taken about one souls vision of Gate Seven:
A bit of pride welled within me as we safely arrived at Gate Seven, our final stop. The border between the Realms appeared as a bridge, which always remained the same even though the landscape changed. It appeared differently based on what the soul thought their after-life would look like, which meant we got to experience it with them. The True Soul extracted the image from the soul and projected it, easing the transition from the Living Realm to the After. Most souls imagined endless clouds, but many had other ideas.
Plush green grass filled the landscape as far as the eye could see. A setting sun appeared to rest atop a ridge of mountains in the distance. Joseph’s bridge connected two sides of a trickling stream. His soul heaved, as if it still needed oxygen, a leftover of breathing for fifty-six years.
On the other side of the bridge stood one of the Gatekeepers, Gwendolyn. Her radiant crimson hair ruffled in the wind. Her bright golden eyes sparkled against Joseph’s manifestation of the sun. She’d wait there until Joseph’s soul was ready to let go of its humanity and move on to the After.
I looked into the distance; more Gatekeepers stood on the other side of the border, waiting to welcome their souls. Even though Gate Seven was one place, each soul experienced it as if they were the only soul in existence.
I touched Dylan’s shoulder. “Time to go.”
Joseph knelt in the grass, staring into the distance. Maybe he’d visited this place at some point in his life. It was breathtaking. I took one last mental picture and transported away.
Katlyn Duncan was born and raised in a small town in western Massachusetts. Her overactive imagination involved invisible friends, wanting to be a Disney Princess and making up her own stories. Her bibliophile mom always encouraged her love of reading and that stayed with her since. Even though she works full time in the medical field Katlyn has always made time for books, whether she is reading or writing them.
Katlyn now lives in southern Connecticut with her husband and adorable Wheaten Terrier and she is thrilled to finally share her stories with the world.
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This giveaway is provided by Katlyn Duncan
One lucky reader will win an eBook copy of Soul Taken
Available June 4, 2013 from Carina UK
About this Book:
After-life just got a lot more complicated
Maggie is a Soul Collector. It’s her job to transport souls from the Living Realm to the After – but during a mission to find a stolen soul, she ends up stuck in a teen mean girl’s body.
Trapped, Maggie’s soul is catapulted into Ally’s life – and the human world she hasn’t experienced for one hundred years. But, as a descendant of the most powerful beings in the After, Maggie must rescue Ally before the girl’s soul dies…
To survive, Maggie must uncover devastating secrets – because with one soul taken by a terrifying enemy, Maggie’s could be next!
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