Title: Soul Kissed
Author: Erin Kellison
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Shadow Kissed (Book 2)
Publication Date: September 3, 2013
Format: Paperback, 352 Pages
ISBN-10: 1420118986 (Zebra/Kensington)
ISBN-13: 978-1420118988 (Zebra/Kensington)
Reviewed by: Stephanie
While the world slumbers in Shadow, a fatal plague has swept through magekind. No one is immune to its ravages, and now that her father is dead, Cari Dolan must wield the fearful magic of her House to save innocent lives.
At the mage Council’s bidding, dangerous outsider Mason Stray joins forces with Cari to hunt down the fiend responsible. But can he trust the daughter of wealth and privilege, especially when his own son is at risk?
The princess will always welcome to her bed the warrior, even if one must pay the ultimate price…
Quick & Dirty: A mage and a Stray must work together to stop a deadly plague in this enchanting and engrossing novel by Erin Kellison.
Opening Sentence: Mason waited for his son to climb out of the car, then slammed the back passenger door shut.
I’ve officially found a new favorite author! It’s going to be hard for me to write a coherent review because I currently feel like running around the room screaming “Oh my God, this book was awesome!” I will do my best to put my thoughts down in some semblance of order though.
Mages, angels, fae, and humans all exist in this wonderful world Erin Kellison has created; however, they do no co-exist peacefully. Someone has unleashed a plague that only targets mages, causing all of magekind to retreat to the safety of their Houses, which keep out the plague by way of the ward-stones that protect each House and its inhabitants.
Cari Dolan’s father has died from the plague, leaving her the official head of Dolan House. Amidst the turmoil of her grief and the humans’ rising displeasure with mages, Cari has also begun to hear a voice in her head, which is never a good sign.
Mason Stray has no house to claim him. Because of this, he has sometimes had to take unsavory jobs in order to provide for his 8-year-old son, Fletcher. When the head of the mage council offers Fletcher a fosterage in a House in return for Mason’s help tracking down the culprit behind the plague, he readily agrees.
Mason and Cari knew each other as teenagers, and both remember the night they almost became more than friends. Now, they must work together to find out who’s causing this plague before it’s too late.
I loved Cari as the heroine. She seemed very realistic to me, and it was fascinating to watch her struggle with her grief for her father, her desire to live up to his wishes for her, and her wish to be her own person. She is the very definition of a strong heroine.
Mason is an amazing leading man. It’s not often you see a single father in paranormal romance, and this makes Mason all the more attractive. His entire existence is centered around his son and his desire to keep him safe. From the moment I “met” him in the prologue, I was completely invested in this man getting his happily-ever-after.
The narration in the book covers multiple points of view, although events are most often told through the eyes of Mason and Cari. The switch in points of view did not negatively affect the flow of the book in my opinion. It was actually very interesting to see a different perspective from time to time.
It should also be mentioned that this is the second book in a series, and that this series is connected to Kellison’s earlier Shadow series. This is the first book I’ve read in either series, and I rarely had a problem understanding what was happening. What little confusion I had certainly didn’t affect my enjoyment of the book.
Suffice to say, I absolutely loved this book. It had my attention from page one, and by the time I read the last page of the epilogue, I was sad it was over. I will certainly be reading more books from this series and the series that came before it!
“Mayor Bingham has this idea that we’re all basically the same. And in many ways we are. Family, for example, is very important to us. And loyalty is one of our most prized character traits. Power, too, is highly sought after among my kind.”
Mason glanced over long enough to see the mayor’s smile faltering. Yeah, buddy. Little late now.
The crowd was utterly silent.
“But it’s best you know that we’re fundamentally different, so much so that there can never really be peace between us.” Cawl continued, “Point of fact, you humans have souls. We don’t. We have dark magic within us. There was a time when you humans used to hunt us down and burn us alive. It’s time for Shadow now.”
Shadow Kissed Series:
1. Fire Kissed
2. Soul Kissed
FTC Advisory: Zebra/Kensington provided me with a copy of Soul Kissed. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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