Hi guys! I can’t quite believe that I’ve had the chance to read this epic new fantasy but I was kindly sent this book as part of a brilliant project to pass this book onto different readers all over the world! This was a brilliant idea and really helped me read this book when otherwise i probably wouldn’t have until it was released!
Arrah is a young woman from a long line of the most powerful witch doctors in the land. But she fails at magic, fails to call upon the ancestors and can’t even cast the simplest curse.
Shame and disappointment dog her.
When strange premonitions befall her family and children in the kingdom begin to disappear, Arrah undergoes the dangerous and scorned process of selling years of her life for magic. This borrowed power reveals a nightmarish betrayal and a danger beyond what she could have imagined. Now Arrah must find a way to master magic, or at least buy it, in order to save herself and everything she holds dear.
KINGDOM OF SOULS is an engaging debut set in a rich, expansive world. The mythology was woven throughout the story, binding up a deep sense of history behind the actions and rituals.
The city is full of many cultures, vividly portrayed through its market places. I loved the way the author brought the world to life. The myths woven into the story made the forest very creepy. The Tribe Lands burst with energy and the sacred places have an uneasy feel. From the Kingdom to the Tribe Lands to the other countries that were hinted at there is clearly a massive world out there to be explored i hope.
The magic is interesting. The selling of years for magic was so well written and very uncomfortable, never sure how much it would take and whether this would be the time death would come knocking.
There are a lot of characters, including Arrah’s five friends. Of these friends, only one has any impact on her growth. The others are simply friends, nothing more – they were more than just characters to guide and shape Arrah. My favourite character was Rudjek, their whole will they won’t they relationship was everything.
I was a little confused by the gods and orishas, particularly when they started to get interludes. I wasn’t sure who they were talking to?
Overall this book is set to take the YA community by storm and I feel like it’ll be a popular book for the fans. I can’t wait to see what happens in this world in the future and will have my eyes peeled for anything Rena does in the future.
This book is out on the 19th September in hardback here in the UK and i highly suggest you get this preordered as you don’t want to miss out!!!!