Shrouded Soul by Clare Davidson, but first a little history.
I first fell in love with Davidson’s writing with her debut fantasy novel, Trinity. Epic. And my genre of choice, fantasy. It is a story of Kiana, a young woman, who has been locked away all her life because she is a goddess reincarnated, and there are those who will stop at nothing to see her destroyed. The story world is rich and complex. We have conflicting cultures and beliefs, embodied in the characters themselves. And we have redemption. Oh, and my favorite character Skaric. You can read my review here and a bit more about Skaric, the Tortured Hero here. 😉
So I kept Ms. Davidson on my radar, waiting to see what she would bring next. But it wasn’t fantasy. Her Hidden Series is labeled urban fantasy. Not something I’ve read much of, but the stories feel like paranormal thrillers set in an alternative yet contemporary England. And I probably wouldn’t have picked up the first book, Reaper’s Rhythm without already having tasted her story telling abilities in Trinity. But I was not disappointed!
Reaper’s Rhythm introduces us to 16 year old Kim who is out to prove that her sister did not commit suicide. The book handles hard issues that many teens face such as suicide, sex, divorce, and dealing with grief, so parents might want to preview it first. I think she handled it well and kept it real. You can read my full review here.
Broken Bargain. The lying begins. Because who would believe her? Kim is trying to move past the events that happened in book one and just live a normal life, but then her best friend’s aunt starts acting like her sister right before she was murdered. Could magic be involved? Oh, and did I mention a cute new guy? But is he friend or foe? You can read my review here.
Which brings us to Shrouded Soul. It grabs you by the heart and takes off running. It is awesome, intense, and it had my tearing up a quite a bit. Kim’s decision to keep everything a secret from her best friend, Sophie, and her family is taking its toll, and all the lies are catching up to her. And that’s what triggers the events to start snowballing. The ending definitely leaves us hanging just a bit for that fourth and final book, but it’s not one of THOSE types of cliffhangers we discussed in Honorable Mentions. You can read my review here.
Kiana longs to walk through a forest and feel grass between her toes. But she is the living embodiment of a goddess and has enemies who wish to murder her. Her death will curse the whole of Gettryne. Locked away for protection, she dreams of freedom.
Her wish comes true in the worst possible way, when her home and defenders are destroyed.
Along with an inexperienced guard and a hunted outcast, Kiana flees the ravages of battle to search for a solution to the madness that has gripped Gettryne for a thousand years. Pursued by the vicious and unrelenting Wolves, their journey will take them far beyond their limits, to a secret that will shake the world.
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Kim is unable to accept Charley’s sudden death. Crippled by an unnatural amnesia, her questions are met with wall after wall. As she doubts her sanity, she realises her investigation is putting those around her in danger.
The only person who seems to know anything is Matthew, an elusive stranger who would rather vanish than talk. Despite his friendly smile, Kim isn’t sure she can trust him. But if she wants to protect her family from further danger, Kim must work with Matthew to discover how Charley died – before it’s too late.
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It’s a new school year and ten months since Kim’s sister died. She wants to forget about magic, rebuild her life and start fresh. But it’s not easy when she has to lie to everyone: her family, best friend, Sophie, and secretive new guy, AJ.
But when Sophie’s grandmother falls ill, Kim can’t help but notice the parallels to Charley’s death. Convinced she’s the only one who can help, Kim sets out to discover what’s really wrong with Sophie’s grandmother.
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Kim’s secrets are pushing Sophie away, whilst AJ’s fears are damaging their fledgling relationship. Kim tries to reassure him, but she knows he should be worried. He should be running. She keeps telling herself they can all have a normal life, free from the influence of the Baneem—but it’s the biggest lie of all.
The illusion Kim is clinging to is shattered when AJ vanishes. But he isn’t the only one put in danger by the information Kim is hiding. How can she defend everyone from enemies who keep growing stronger?
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