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Soul Breaker

(City of Crows #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  626 ratings  ·  124 reviews
There’s a hideous monster on the loose, crushing heads and taking names.

But Detective Calvin Kinsey is on the case!

Two years ago, Cal Kinsey was an up-and-coming cop in the Aurora Police Department. But during a fateful nighttime stakeout in search of a prolific killer, Cal witnessed the darkest corner of his dreams come to life. A rogue vampire slaughtered his partner — t
Kindle Edition, First Edition, 345 pages
Published November 11th 2015 by Knite and Day Publishing (first published October 28th 2015)
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Jeannie Zelos ah, hadn't thought of that, would make sense. I've just read book two - am really looking forward to more, a great series IMO
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May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a 4.5 star read.

Soul Breaker is everything an urban fantasy should be - snarky, funny, a tad gross and action packed with a totally kickarse main character that in your wildest dreams you would love to be!

Cal Kinsey has a less than spectacular start to his policing career, being a witness to his partner's gory death at the hands of a serial killer a whole city has been hunting. The only problem? Said serial killer is a vicious vampire and poor Cal is left devastated at the brutality of t
I stumbled into this FREE edition this book on Amazon and I was happy with my decision to give it a try. Because this book is pretty exciting, and I can see myself following the series. Cal Kinsey, despite his youth, has quite grit. Even if he ends up destroying his beggar rings every single time. I am sure there's explanation for that later though *laugh*.

The fact that Cal is a bisexual is another bonus in here. I don't think I encounter many bisexual men in mainstream urban fantasy genre.

A actually really enjoyed this, though expectations were low.

It's first person present tense which will put off a lot of people, I don't think it was the best choice; but get past that and it's readable. Dialogue isn't the most natural but it's not bad enough to loose a star over.

The plot is busy and keeps going, there's a lot to learn about this world but it's interesting and doesn't get too info-dumpy. There's a few interesting characters, some strong women.

The main character Cal is somewhat c
Jul 24, 2018 marked it as to-read
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Anna Kļaviņa

Soul Breaker might not be perfect but it was a refreshing read when in comes to urban & paranormal fiction.
Jan 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book in the same way I like certain TV shows: you watch it for the good looking actors/actresses, and because the special effects are also nice to watch. It doesn't have a super intricate plot, nor original dialogue, but the overall package is entertaining enough.

I liked all the characters. Some I would rather see more than others. I also have my own ship, but not sure if this series would even go that route.
Kristen Burns
4 Stars

Full Review:
*I received a free ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

This book was urban fantasy at it's finest---gruesome, bloody, snarky, hilarious, action-packed, and fun!

My favorite thing, however, had to be Cal himself. Not only was he hilariously quippy, he was just so real. He was definitely badass, risking his life to save others, going head-to-head with death gods and whatnot, but he was also terrified out of his mind while he was being badass, and th
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommended to ula by: Ari
Baguus, rasanya hanya beberapa kali saja saya membaca novel bertema pemburu hantu seperti ini.

Selain ceritanya yang bagus, saya juga sekali karakter heronya yaitu Cal.
Dia keren, yahh idola wanita lah pokoknya tetapi dia tidak malu untuk merasa sedih dan menangis. Dia tidak menyembunyikan perasaannya itu dan bahkan sangat terbuka walaupun dia tahu dan sedikit malu karena akan dianggap lelaki lemah. Begitu pula dengan Riker dengan rasa duka dan sesalnya. Belum lagi karakter Ella yang menjadi favor
Jana Brown
I gave this one to 30%, but it's just not working for me. There are some really interesting concepts, but I'm not attaching to the MC. I find him to be a rather arrogant jerk in a way that doesn't seem deserved. The writing is kind of uneven with errors which keep tossing me out of the story.

The gore is pretty gruesome and abundant. Definitely not for the squeamish.
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ari by: Ami
Thank you Ami for brought this book up to my attention, me love it! ^^
Kyle Warner
*I received an ebook copy of Soul Breaker in exchange for an honest review*

Cal Kinsey is a young man that’s a bit out of his depth. See, he’s a rookie at DSI – that’s the Department of Supernatural Investigations – and though he looks to have a bright future at the agency, his first case is a humdinger with a fire spirit, multiple dead college students, and a blue demon with a big hammer. It’s gonna be a rough week.

The DSI is a government agency that polices and studies the things that go bump i
Nov 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cal Kinsey probably wishes this author never created him - he's continuously put in life-threatening situations, suffers through an embarrassing lecture about his sex life, and gets the stuffing beaten out of him numerous times in this story. In spite of that, he still maintains his integrity and snarky sense of humor and it's impossible not to like the guy.

The world-building was entirely convincing - a Department of Supernatural Investigations? Why not? Somebody has to handle the critters that
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
40% DNF. The world building and the magic system look good, and the premise is interesting. Maybe will come back later to finish it, but right now, I just can't even.

It begun with the author using the present tense. It's a difficult thing to do, and it took me a while to get into the story. But then, people in that supposedly elite paranormal cop group begun to behave like scared rabbits every 10 pages, the MC vomits every time he sees some gore, even though people around him don't seem to be af
Fascinating Urban Fantasy

I have loved Urban Fantasy since before it had it’s only sub-genre shelves at Waterstones. It’s rare for me to find a new type of Urban Fantasy, especially one as enjoyable as this one.

Cal is a newly minted member of the DSI (Department of Supernatural Investigations) with Aurora PD. He watched his partner get demolished by a vampire when he was just a rookie cop and it changed the direction of his life and he decided to join the DSI.

I love that this is definitely a rook
Sadie Forsythe
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I seriously did not expect to enjoy this as much as I did, so it really was an awesome surprise. Cal, while 22 and ready to be a hero, is also self aware and willing to be inspired by those around him, including several badass women. (Women who were martially badass without reading like men-with-tits characters). He's inconsequentially bi-sexual, meaning it's no big thing or in need of explaining. He's bi, just like he's brunette, no need for further drama about it (this isn't a romance, afte
Jul 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Well... The blurb made this look so good. Cal, a rookie cop, finds out that the supernatural exists, in one of the more horrible ways to do so, when his older and wiser partner is murdered in a gory fashion right before his eyes. For some reason the vamp who committed the murder just slaps him around a little, but lets him live. After Cal recuperates, he pulls on his big boy pants and joins a "secret" arm of law enforcement that hunts those sorts of monsters.

Sounded interesting enough and I've
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Engaging and fast paced. I hope the series continues to be this fun ... Or even berter. Worth a read.
Angala Fox
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. This was a wonderfully written paranormal suspense. I enjoyed the book so much that I devoured it in one sitting. A must read.
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good fun read.
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Action packed, fast moving easy read. Enjoyed it, reading next book in series.
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, freebies
M.J. Moores
A terrifying ambush and near-death experience changes the course of Cal Kinsey’s life or at the very least, his career. Once on the path to becoming an honoured officer of the Aurora PD, Kinsley’s brush with the supernatural sends him right back into training – to be a DSI agent (Department of Supernatural Investigations). His first day on the job sees him screwing up massively, to the point where he almost gets himself killed, and that’s only the start of the biggest case he’s had since quittin ...more
Maghon Thomas
This is my first book by this author, including pen names. I am very impressed and I am a fan now. This is the story of Cal, who is a human police officer, who comes in contact with a supernatural entity, and realizes that the bumps in the night are really real. He's almost lost his mind because of it. He watched his partner be brutally slaughtered in front of him by something that was supposed to only be in nightmares. And now, he's part of the DSI- Department of Supernatural Investigations. A ...more
Nov 17, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Full disclosure: I was provided a free e-ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

When Cal Kinsey witnesses the death of his police partner at the hands of a vampire, his entire world is shaken up, and he joins the Department of Supernatural Investigations, swearing that he will never let anything like that happen again. Fresh out of training, he's placed on an elite team and sent to investigate a weird murder, which turns out to be a whole lot more complicated than he could have imagi
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Detective Calvin Kinsey is a rookie in a paranormal investigative branch of the police force –a pseudo hush-hush operation in charge of catching supernatural criminals of the werewolf, vampire, and nonhuman sort. Calvin’s first murder case, though, puts him in a face-off against an ancient and angry entity slashing and burning its way through the city, one victim at a time.

Oh, where to start with this one. I love books I can’t predict, and Soul Breaker delivered. The mystery in Soul Breaker is m
I was so frustrated with this book! So much wasted potential. The story line is intriguing and I wanted to know more.

Then why the DNF and one star rating? Wrong target audience! I believe that with a slight tweak here and there, this would be a much better fit for Young Adults. The characters, at 42% read, are just too immature, naive, nice and friendly for an adult audience. The author's writing style also screams YA.

An example: If a 22-year old rookie detective showed that much attitude towar
Mark Gardner
Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
To me, Soul Breaker was heavier on the magical mysticism, over paranormal. And this works for me, because I like to keep my vampires and werewolves confined to the TV show Supernatural. The main character was written quite well, and I believed that the world could actually exist, instead of cardboard cutouts and clichés. We don’t learn as much about the supporting characters, but that’s cool, we learn just enough to flesh them out. I’m looking forward to more character development in Shade Chase ...more
Li Kim Min
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
LOVED LOVED this book. It's been a long time since I read an Urban Fantasy novel that was dedicated more to the "save the world" trope rather than the usual Paranormal Romance BS lately.

I sped through the entire series till book 5 in one weekend so that's pretty much a ringing endorsement on my part. If you're interested in Male protagonist, Cop Procedural, Urban Fantasy and have no qualms about LGBTs. This book is perfect!

I also loved that the main character is Bisexual but it's treated in such
Bonnie Dale Keck
May 15, 2018 rated it liked it
kindle unlimited, got this on one of the amazon freebie days {permafree?} for the writer for this book, {shows currently at least 5 in this series} and while I thought {well who knows, more dresden or somewhat warehouse 13 or torchwood or well special unit 2, something like that}, and have read books in this genre {I guess} lately {Supernatural Thriller series/Las Vegas Paranormal Police Department), just wasn't feeling it, and again regardless of amazon 'okay' them deciding that means 'negative ...more
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Soul Breaker is the first in the City of Crows urban fantasy series featuring Calvin Kinsey, a street cop turned detective in the Department of Supernatural Investigations after witnessing the horrific death of his partner by a vampire. Cal is a rising star at the academy and finds himself thrown in head first into a case involving the ramifications of a powerful sorcerer unleashing a powerful creature from the Eververse (world harboring these creatures that borders the Earth) which is leading t ...more
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Clara Coulson was born and raised in backwoods Virginia, USA. Currently in her mid-twenties, Clara holds a degree in English and Finance from the College of William & Mary and recently retired from the hustle and bustle of Washington, DC to return to the homeland and pick up the quiet writing life.

Clara spends most of her time (when she's not writing) dreaming up new story ideas, studying Jap

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