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Souls of the Never

(Tales of the Neverwar #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  99 ratings  ·  58 reviews
In Belfast, Northern Ireland, 20-year-old Katheryne dreams. Her dreams are killing her. Each night she sleeps, the beast comes closer to taking over and crossing into her world.

On Sanctuary, a world at the heart of the Never, the Liberi warrior, Derren, searches desperately for the face from his dreams. His soul cries out for her. She is the saviour, and only he can find
Kindle Edition, 266 pages
Published September 8th 2014
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Jada Ryker
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fantasy/Science Fiction Story for Young Adults

In Origins of the Never, friends Olumé and Tenybris seemed like two mischievous, fun-loving boys. Appearances were deceiving. Olumé manipulated magic, while Tenybris grew more skilled at using magic to get what he wants.

Now, in Souls of the Never, the boundaries between dreams and reality merge and blur. In a world filled with fantasy, scifi, romance, and time travel, with dragons, elves and faeries, the characters grapple with issues like bullying,
Lex Allen
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“Souls of the Never,” by CJ Rutherford is a classic tale of good versus evil in a world-building sci-fi/fantasy story that kicks off what will assuredly become an incredible series of epic proportion.

In his first full-length novel, C.J. Rutherford displays exceptional skill as he sets the stage for an opening of worlds that only a vivid imagination could awaken, and an excellent writer could describe. As the story unfolds, Katheryne and Perry in our world, Derrin and Krista from Sanctuary, come
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved the prequel to this. It set the scene but was also going to be hard to follow up. But CJ Rutherford managed to surpass it! This was fantastic!!

Katherine is a normal girl, but her dreams are anything but! They feel like they are getting worse and darker, but she is also dreaming of a certain boy, and when that boy turns up she is both thrilled terrified.

Derren is from Sanctuary and has been searching for the girl from his dream too. He finds her in Katherine and what follows
J.C. Brennan
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Welcome to a whirlwind of excitement, emotion, wonderment—each page making you anxious for what the next one will bring.
Have you ever thought about all the other worlds out there? All the other dimensions of reality there are and what you would be in one of those other realities? Well, this story brings you into those other realities. you will enter into the fantasy of other dimensions Beyond your dreams and nightmare. enter into the worlds of alternate dimensions and meet the evil malevolent
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A really cool novel from a debut author. The storyline is awesome and it has real potential as a long running series that will keep teenagers glued to it for a while to come. This author writes great teen dialogue that actually sounds like your own kids bickering.

I'm rereading this series after the author made significant changes to the editing. It's heaps better. It flows well, the passive voice is gone and it's a clean read. I enjoyed it much better second time around and would
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This isn't my usual genre, but I found this novel interesting and thrilling. Katherine is an average teenage student who finds herself swept into a mystery. But not just any mystery. This mystery involves another place and another time and a man she's only met in her dreams. When Katherine meets her mystery man, the novel turns from comfortable romance to a spine tingling roller coaster ride through alternate realms and battles. The characters in this novel were fantastic. From coy and cute to ...more
Sharon Gibbs
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
CJ Rutherford's Souls of the Never.
Souls of the Never is not what I expected.
A tale which spans years and time zones.
Derren has been searching for Katheryne, the one he's dreamed of for so long. Now he's finally found her, but the creature who stalks her in her dreams is closing in, ready to take away her soul. From the far away reaches of Sanctuary to the sandy beaches of a secret oasis this author's imagination will draw you into a world of betrayal, war, love, and hope. An enjoyable read
J.M. Northup
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an enchanting story!
I was really impressed with the way the author structured this book. At first, I questioned why the writer was jumping to and fro in time, but it all became clear in the end... or should I say beginning? This is only one in the series! I have read the prequel and I look forward to continuing on with this book series and author. I found their style to be interesting and captivating.
Anyone who loves fantasy, fairies, magic, or mystery will enjoy this book. It has romance,
William Stuart
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have gotten the opportunity to discover some great new authors and their books through the Book Review Depot group on Facebook. C. J. Rutherford is one of those authors and Souls of the Never is one of those books!

Synopsis (from the author): In Boston, Massachusetts, 24-year-old Katheryne dreamt, all the while knowing that the dreams were killing her. Something wanted into her world, into the world of the mortals, and she was to be the unwilling vessel to let it in..

On Sanctuary, a world that
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Katheryne ran. People say you run faster when you’re scared.”

A Red Raven Reads Review of “Souls of the Never” by CJ Rutherford //

I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Get ready for an epic failure of a description on my part. Prepared? Awesome. So there are several—lemme rephrase—SEVERAL storylines that weave together to make this book, though the primary plot strand comes from protagonist
Darren Worrow
May 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Rutherford knows how to weave a fascinating story; I knew that before I started this one as I read the excellent prelude but while the prelude does much to open our eyes to the fantasy world portrayed this first book unexpectedly starts in our own world. The reality is set; a couple of girls in university begin to analysis the dreams that haunt them when they suspect they are becoming more real. Unlike Tolkien we are not expected to just be plonked in the middle of Never without a map; Colin is ...more
Lorrie Farrelly
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
SOULS OF THE NEVER is an exciting and imaginative, romantic, sci fi fantasy with fully developed characters. Adults of all ages – young and old – will recognize and identify with them right away. Not only does author CJ Rutherford give us parallel universes and time travel, but he spins a wonderful story of an uncertain young woman finding her true strength and best self in a high-stakes adventure full of danger and romance.

As this is a continuing series, many of the themes in SOULS remain to be
Sherri Wingler
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As other reviews have pointed out, this book has a little bit of something for everyone. There are dragons, time travel, an epic bad guy, and a heart-melting romance between the two main characters, Katheryne and Derren. It's marketed as sci-fi, but I can easily seeing it fitting into young adult fantasy too. There were more than a few artfully twisted plot points to keep me guessing, and I loved that because I always want a book to surprise me. (Unfortunately, not many do.) This one managed to ...more
Sharon Brownlie
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fantasy, love, battles and time travel what's not to be loved by Souls of the Never? Absolutely nothing! I thought at first I would easily get lost with following Kat and her dreams. Fantasy books tend to jump about a lot so I did worry to begin with. However it didn't cause me any problems at all because the plot and sub plots held me riveted, the author through his clever narrative and dialogue ensured I didn't lose sight of the story. It takes a certain talent to be able to do this and Colin ...more
May 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
1) There are multiple dimensions.
2) Love conquers all.
3)The Fae (Walkers), who cross, and cause both love and heartache. Derren is looking for The One, and his homeworld of Sanctuary is the spiritual heart of The Never.
4)Every action has a reaction, regardless of what world your feet are in. The conflicting needs of different peoples are never going to end, and the veil between these worlds is necessarily thin.
It's part romance, part high fantasy. Kat is a dreamer-- I don't mean the kind of
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Following on from Tales of the Neverwar.

I really enjoyed reading this book. I loved the friendship between Katheryne and Perri although not sure that Perri would accept so easily the dreams as being real. Both feisty girls but in different ways. The relationship with Derren didn’t strike me in the same way, it was nice but I believed more in Katheryne and Perri.
There was a lot of repetition in places which slowed the story down and there were so many threads that at times I struggled to work out
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the AUDIO version.

Although read clearly and with great fervor, the narrator's vocal range did not permit as full a distinction of characters as the broad cast demanded. Nonetheless I found myself mesmerized by the story as we slipped from world to world and time to time as the narrative built to its conclusion. I found it helpful to have enjoyed the prequel which sets the background for the first novel in the series, but the tale also stood very well on its own. The author has
Ruby McDemon
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
This book was really really confusing at first, but it was interesting. The longer I listened the more it made sense and was worth it to keep reading. Katie did a great job as the narrator. At times I had to really listen because she is so soft spoken. I loved the story and all its complexities. With stories like this it's so hard to just pick one person or one place even to talk about, but it's well worth listening to or even reading. I will say though that the Brownies are my absolute favorite ...more
Leserling /Belana
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the idea, the settings, and the characters. I enjoy the language, too: modern but no foul language, which is a great plus in my book!

I really need to know how the story goes on now.

I listened to the audio book, too, and the narrator reads very fast, which is something I'm not fond of, as it makes me feel as if there is a race to be won. However, she reads with great passion, so all the emotions come across very convincingly, which is fantastic! Thankfully, I was able to slow down the
Todd Oliver
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is not my style of book usually but the author and narrator have me hooked and wanting more. Can't wait for the rest of the series!!!
Barb VanderWel
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this & I can't wait for more.
I will be also leaving a review on Goodreads @ Amazon.
And letting everyone know about it.
So i gave it a 5 Stars.
Pat Welte
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story and the characters. Lots of excitement and fantasy. Can hardly wait for more books in this series.
Oct 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
** Review of Audio Format **


Katherine's dreams are getting darker and darker and she feels like she has to keep them buried deep to save herself and everything she knows. Before long, she has teamed up with and old friend and a couple of new ones, including her soul mate. A man she has dreamed about for a long time but never thought she would meet in person. Before you know it, he is snatched away from her and this gives her the incentive to learn all she can and fight the evil threatening
Elena Alvarez Dosil
My original Souls of the Never audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

20 year old Katherine started to have nightmares some months ago. She often wakes up bathed in sweat. Her best friend Perry is her confident, and will try to make Katherine feel better despite her weird dreams. But one day they stumble upon Darren, the boy who lately appeared in Katherine's dreams, and together they discover that Katherine will be the key in a war between the good and the evil.

Dave Higgins
Nov 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Combining the solid core of fantasy and YA romance tropes with a deft layering of personal touches, Rutherford has created a novel that will appeal to both audiences.

After a tragic childhood, Katheryne longs for a normal university experience: dating, socialising, and potentially even learning. But waking screaming each night from dreams of burning in a lake of fire as a foul creature draws ever closer, both ruin her composure and turn her house-mates away. Ripped from space and time to fight in
I received a complimentary audiobook for my honest review.

Honestly, I can't say if the book itself has problems because it is the audiobook that gave me trouble. The narrator, well, sounds like a little girl. A soft little girl voice that no matter how high I turned up the volume, it was still just a little high-pitched girl voice. And that made it SO HARD for me to follow along. I kept losing interest. I kept backing it up. I gave up backing it up after a while and just kept listening to get
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
3.5 stars
The story itself was interesting, unique, entertaining and creative. I was really looking forward to this book. It took me a really long time to get into this story and I could only listen for short periods of time. For a shorter book that is unusual. The problem for me was not the story it was the narration. I even listened to the book a second time to see if my opinion would change.

Magic, dragons, alternate worlds, time travel, soulmates, romance, action, betrayal and so much more.

Duawana Wilson
I couldnt finish this book. It could be a great read for someone else I just didn't care for it.
John Collings
Jun 11, 2015 rated it liked it
After a troubled childhood where Katheryne lost her mother to a bizarre scientific experiment conducted by her father, she is troubled by dreams that force her to hide from a hideous beast that attacks her on the safety of an island that she has created. The only way she can survive these dreams is through the help of a handsome Liberi named Darren who teaches her how to protect herself from the danger that is invading her dreams. But are these visions real, and is the threat an actual one that ...more
Heather Osborne
Mar 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed on behalf of Readers' Favorite

Souls of the Never: Tales of the Neverwar Book One by CJ Rutherford presents to the reader a multifaceted universe, taking us across time and space. Long ago, the universe was close to destruction. Tenybris, a power-hungry elf, is taken in by an evil essence. Corrupted by this power, he dooms all to death, yet he is stopped in time and imprisoned. On Earth, Katheryne suffers from horrific nightmares. Then she meets Derren, a Liberi, searching for her across
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Science fiction, fantasy, and apocalyptic author. Kisser of the Blarney Stone...oh and proud host to my very own imaginary dragon, Claude, who lives in my head. Check out the blog for a brief introduction to our scaly friend.
Cj's first series, Tales of the Neverwar, combines magic with science in an ancient battle between good and evil. There's a kick-ass Irish heroine, a band of dimension

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Tales of the Neverwar (3 books)
  • Worlds of the Never (Tales of the Neverwar, #2)
  • War of the Never (Tales of the Neverwar, #3)