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A Feast of Souls (Araneae Nation #2)

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The only way to save her is to bind their souls as one.

Araneae Nation, Book 2

Born with the ability to communicate with the dead, few things take Mana by surprise. But when a canis lopes into her life, announcing himself as the long-dead father of a childhood friend, she’s shocked. To make matters worse, he has a dire message that she alone can deliver.

Now Mana must face Va
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ebook, 340 pages
Published December 18th 2012 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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†Ðawn†

Not nearly as good as the first. This one lagged a lot, although I did not skim.

I really liked the heorine and even though the hero was heavily implied as being a former rake, he was in the end lovable.

I felt a bit gypted in the end. We never see the wedding, and we are left with many unanswered questions.

I am not sure if I will continue the series. If I do it may be at a later time.

The writing overall is pretty good and the story was interesting. I do however feel there was a bit more angst i
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Katie Michaels
Jan 01, 2013 Katie Michaels rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars
I continue to be impressed with this great fantasy romance series. I really enjoyed book one and this second installment is just as strong. The world building is fresh and woven skillfully throughout the story. The characters are well-drawn and easy to root for. And the romance really hits the spot, with just the right blend of emotional pull and sexual tension.

We first met our hero and heroine in A Hint of Frost. Mana is still in Araneidae territory, where she was brought after saving
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Rubysbooks
Dec 03, 2012 Rubysbooks rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. So, so much. For me, it was one of those situations when I look at the clock and it's about 10 pm and I say to myself "Okay, I'll read a few chapters. No more than 4". And then read and read and when I look at the clock again I have one of those "oh, crap" moments because it's about 3 am and I have to wake up in about 4 hours and, surprise, I'm way past the first half of the book. Though it might not sound like it, I really love it when a book does that to me, 'cause then it m ...more
Buffy Kennedy
Jul 26, 2013 Buffy Kennedy rated it liked it
I loved book one of this series, so I was really excited to delve into the sequel. I have to admit, I feel let down. I liked some of the banter between Vaughn and Mana, and even many of the other characters seen periodically. I liked the canis angle and thought it was fun, even though we’re never made to be fans of Vaughn’s father from stories of him both in this book and the last. I liked Mana’s spirit walking. The plague comes into play again from the first book, and yay for closure on that. U ...more
Jackie Miller
Dec 15, 2012 Jackie Miller rated it really liked it
Ah! Ok, it was predetermined that I would like this book. As the second book in this series it lived up to my expectations and then some. Sometimes it's hard to adjust to new main characters in a series when you've gotten attached the ones from previous books, but this book has no problems there.

Book 1, A Hint of Frost, centers around Rhys and Lourdes. A Feast of Souls focuses on Rhys's brother Vaughn *gazes off dreamily* I can't say how excited I was that Vaughn was the 'hero' in this book. Eve
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M.A. Bronson
Oct 28, 2012 M.A. Bronson rated it it was amazing
A Feast of Souls by Hailey Edwards - Review by M. A. Bronson
Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy/Romance

Rating: 5/5 Stars

~ Advanced Readers Copy - Release Date: December 18th 2012

* This is the second book in the Araneae Nation series.

Mana and Vaughn were two of my favorite characters in A Hint of Frost so I was really excited that they have their own story in A Feast of Souls!

A Feast of Souls continues the plot that was begun in A Hint of Frost, the plague is still spreading and there is still debate over
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Romancing the Book
Jun 07, 2013 Romancing the Book rated it really liked it
Reviewed by: Terri N
Book provided by: Author
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

This is the fourth book I’ve read by Hailey Edwards and she can count me as a fan. I stumbled across Everlong, the first book in her Daughters of Askara series, and enjoyed the read. So when I had the opportunity to read and review A Hint of Frost, the first book in the Araneae Nation series, I jumped at the chance. It was a delicious read and I gobbled it up. Then came A Feast of Souls and I couldn’t wait
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Deelylah Mullin
Jan 07, 2013 Deelylah Mullin rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-books-read
Ms. Edwards' second foray into the Araneae Nation series offers up A Feast of Souls for our literary enjoyment! This delightful, intense tale brings us Vaughn and Mana, our hero/heroine. We grow with them, through their trials and tribulations before we make it to their destiny. Well-written with a sense of urgency to move toward the end, I was completely engrossed for the second half of the title, reading it in one sitting and neglecting the short stories I should be grading.

Some of what compl
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Leigh
Oct 10, 2012 Leigh rated it really liked it
After receiving my review ARC from Hailey Edwards I sat down, eager to dive back into the world of the Araneae.

(Side Note: I didn't read the synopsis before I started the book. I did once I started and it kind of made me sad because I realized that it was going to take a similar pathway that the Askara books did – not that those books weren't amazing, it just made me realize I probably am not going to get to read anymore Askara books or Araneaeafter the next one because I guess Hailey Edwards is
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Stephanie  G
3.5 stars


Ambushed on her way home, spirit walker Mana will rely on the strength of a man that terrifies her not for his skills with a sword, but for the effect he has on her heart. Vaughn is from a clan with a brutal reputation and Mana's people are more peaceful and believe in soul mates. Mana is hesitant to accept that a warrior like Vaughn could be hers but when a wayward soul delivers a dire message, no one will stop her from being by his side.

Mana and Vaughn seem like an unlikely pair. She
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Robyn
Sep 20, 2016 Robyn rated it really liked it
I'm glad I got to see the real Vaughn! I'm also glad that everything worked out for the best with Mana and Isolde! I am getting into this story and excited to see where it leads.
Natalie Gibson
Apr 30, 2013 Natalie Gibson rated it it was amazing
Book 2 had a much more paranormal feel than book 1, A Hint of Frost. Kokyangwmana (called Mana for short) is a spiritwalker, a healer, and a shaman of sorts. Vaughn is a warrior, fighter and next in line to be Paladin of his clan. They grew up knowing each other and Mana came to think of Vaughn as one to be watched and weary of. She is blind to their connection and plays off Vaughn's flirting as lighthearted. Vaughn, brother to Rhys, escorts Mana back home after she saves Rhys' life. They are ca ...more
Gaele
Jan 06, 2015 Gaele rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, reviewed, jeep-diva
The second book in the Araneae Nation series by Hailey Edwards is just as intriguing and enjoyable as the first. Where the first focused on Lourdes and Rhys, this book follows Vaughn, Rhys’ brother and Mana, a woman that saved Rhys’ life in book one.

Mana is pretty special – she can communicate with the dead. And, her character shows a fierceness and protectiveness that is less ‘clan based’ and more tilted to what is right and best. From another clan, Mara is in need of going home, and Rhys task
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Lauren
Sep 12, 2016 Lauren rated it liked it
I was surprised that this books main characters differed from the first book when I first started reading it. I like how Edwards strove to show another side of Vaughn, I like when authors turn a 'bad' guy into a hero of their own. The reader is able to get another perspective on peoples actions and what makes people become who they are. Also, the underlying sexual tension between Mana and Vaughn was really well written. I thought the story was fine but I lot interest along the way of the whole w ...more
Angela Blount
Nov 04, 2012 Angela Blount rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, fantasy
Source: ARC Copy

The second book in this highly accessible medium-level fantasy series. The dialogue is sharp, and the world-building is as rich as ever. Edwards expands the reader's understanding in a fully immersive, non-formulaic experience -- all without overwhelming them in a crush of excessive details.

Following a similar structure to the first book in the Araneae Nation series, A Feast Of Souls is a first-person telling entirely from the point of view of the heroine, Mana. A rare healer an
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Vicky
I adored the first book in this series, A Hint of Frost, but this second book did not quite live up the it.

The lore in these stories is quite interesting (though I still trip over those proper names of spider families) and I loved the deeper insights into the spiritual world of the Salticidae clan.

What I didn't love about this book were the characters. Vaughn made his appearance in the first book as the step-brother to the hero where he was the epitome of what you would expect from the heir to
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Jagged
Aug 23, 2013 Jagged rated it really liked it
"Fever made me crazed." She pointed at her foot. "Named my little toe Little Alis, I did. Gods know I had Nerys serve Little Alis tea in a thimble."

Like the first book, this follows a unique plot and subplots.
The romance was a bit icky...dating your cousin's half brother who you have known your whole life...and it was oddly paced at times too. It was too much and not enough at the same time. Kind of sudden, with little chemistry, and then backtracking.

Mana's daftness was a bit too much for me
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Monika Barys
Mar 13, 2016 Monika Barys rated it liked it
Book 2 of Araneae Nation, preceded by A Hint of Frost and followed by a 2.5 novella A Cast of Shadows and then by #3, A Time of Dying. Story of Vaughn, Rhys's half brother and Mana, Rhys' cousin who is a spirit walker. The story continues after Mana saves Rhys' life and Vaughn is tasked with escorting Mana back home to the Salticidae clan, together with Pascale, Lourde's younger sister sentenced to servitude after her part in killing her parents. During their trip, they are captured and must esc ...more
E_bookpushers
Dec 23, 2012 E_bookpushers rated it really liked it
Probably a 4.5 star read. Just as much fun as the first one. I did wish I had re-read that before diving into book 2 because I forgot the linkages of some of the characters. Several times I thought all hope was lost for the hero and heroine but they were able to persevere while paying a pretty steep price at times. The suspense and stakes at determining what or who is behind the Yellow Death that appears to be chasing the Clans keeps getting higher. And it is starting to look like they are runni ...more
Linda
Mar 16, 2013 Linda rated it really liked it
Mana has the gift of communicating with the dead and while away on travel she gets a message from Vaughns dad. To make things complicated, Vaughn is her childhood crush and his father doesnt want her to let him know that hes there.
On their way back home, their group is ambushed and kidnapped. Trying to survive while her ghost friend is letting her know that Vaughns family is threatened by the yellow death and shes the one who has to take him home takes its toll on her and things get even more c
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Anna
Dec 05, 2012 Anna rated it really liked it
Mana is a spirit walker and favorite cousin of Rhys the Cold. Vaughn (brother to Rhys) is escorting her back to her home along with the traitor Pascale. Mid way through the trip they are captured by another clan. During captivity Mana is being followed by a spirit, one with a difficult and urgent mission for her.

I loved this story. Mana and Vaughn aren't the likeliest pair - but there is a desire between them that is potent. I especially enjoyed Vaughn. A bad boy, rough - but flirtatious and ten
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T.
Dec 22, 2015 T. rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy this series, in fact, I'm becoming a fan of most of the stuff I've read by this author. I loved a Touch of Frost and immediately put the remainder of the Araneae series on my wishlist and GR TBR. This second story didn't disappoint. I loved Vaughn in book one, so it was nice to see him matched up with Mara. Great ending, with enough resolution of the plague thread to satisfy, yet leave the reader restless to find out what's behind the sickness. Can't wait to read book 3. Note: alt ...more
Sophie Morgan
Jun 08, 2015 Sophie Morgan rated it it was amazing
Another brilliant read in this series!!

Much like the first book, we have a likeable heroine, a sexy, SEXY man with layers to him you want to peel back - just me? - and an interesting, creative world to explore. I really enjoyed getting to know both of the characters we were introduced to in book one, and the secondary characters were well developed and great in their own right. Some fantastic moments of humour and moments that have you pining for your own Vaughn, and you have a brilliant book.

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Holly Tompkins-grenier
Feb 06, 2013 Holly Tompkins-grenier rated it it was amazing
I think this was the perfect follow up to the first book. Sometimes it's hard to get into a new set of main characters, but this was not the case with this book! I was already interested in these characters and what they would be like and I wasn't disappointed. This was an amazing love story! I found myself unable to sleep because I couldn't put it down! I would recommend this series to anyone that loves a great fantasy romance! I'm looking forward to the next installment in this series! Great j ...more
Aqua Woodard
Apr 12, 2013 Aqua Woodard rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
5 stars

Another hit from Edwards. Love this book more than the first one. It's something about Vaughn and Mana, I couldn't put there book down. Didn't like that it end so with me wanting more of Mana and what will happen when she become maven. A few unanswered questions maybe us readers will get a part 2 to there story (hint hint hint) probably not but I wonder who book 3 about. Pascale maybe.
Mariya Williams
Jan 31, 2013 Mariya Williams rated it really liked it
I love being able to read books in a series. The way an author can use characters from the last book to introduce new characters and new plots is amazing. I'm surprised at how much I'm liking this series since I stumbled upon it accidentally. Fun read.
Yishen
Mar 06, 2013 Yishen rated it really liked it
As enjoyable as the first. The only thing that bothered me was the whole cannibal issue was never really addressed at the end, but that was just a random thought that popped into my head while reading it.
Sasha
Jan 28, 2013 Sasha rated it really liked it
Sweet and interesting. The world building is good and continues from the previous book. It was also really great to explore the many facets of the relationship between Rhys, Vaughn, Isolde and Byramor (or however his name is spelt)
Karene Smith
Aug 06, 2016 Karene Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Series!

I love this well written, well crafted series. The storyline of this one is gripping and compelling. The characters are multi-dimensional and unique. Well worth reading and I can't wait for more!
Colette
Feb 14, 2013 Colette rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The excellent 2nd book in this series - I enjoyed Vaughn and Mana's story even more than Rhys and Lourdes. The mystery of the Yellow Plague continues, the clan relationships are evolving and the plot thickens. I look forward to the next book. Highly recommended.
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