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184 pages, Kindle Edition
First published July 11, 2016
They call me devil, liar, thief. In whispers, they call me Soul Eater. They’re right. I’m all those things—and more."
Her thing was cats. I’d once woken in her bed surrounded by hundreds of felines— or maybe it had been thirty. Thirty cats sure felt like a hundred when they were watching you sleep. She was a cat— a big-ass jungle cat with claws like janbiya daggers who liked to pretend she was a person, or maybe it was the other way around. The lines had blurred. A lot had blurred in twenty years.
“I know a girl like you.” I tightened my dangling grip on Alysdair. “All tongue.”
“Don’t get me wrong,” I pushed the words through my teeth, “there’s a lot the right girl can do with her tongue, but my friend’s is as sharp as a dagger and cuts like one too.”
3.5 Stars - Buddy read with the weekly UF group over at BB&B.
"They call me devil, liar, thief. In whispers, they call me Soul Eater. They’re right. I’m all those things—and more."
Is there anything better than a sexy anti-hero, who is a little broken and a lot bad-ass….? Nope ;-) Ace Dante is a Soul Eater who was kicked out of the underworld and cursed to walk the earth. He was forced to share a bond with a demon sorceress, one he deemed unworthy before and now they have a sort of frenemy thing going, working together and trying not to anger the god who hold their string.
But when Ace’s ex-wife Bastet, the Queen of Cats, asks him for help in protecting her blessed pregnant women who are being killed, Ace wants to refuse, but a secret Bastet has been keeping from him makes refusing impossible. Suddenly Ace is thrown in the middle of an evil plot and caught in the middle of Osiris and Isis, two powerful and evil deities, and one of them holds Ace’s curse.
I really liked Ace, this hero who has such darkness inside himself, but who also has the capacity to be more, if he chooses to be. Although I must say his curse and inability to fight back against the god who holds this curse has me very worried. I also love his bad-ass sword, Alysdair, who eats souls. Not a lot is revealed about Ace’s past and why he was kicked out of the underworld and cursed, but I’m sure more light will be shed on this as the series goes along.
There are also some very interesting secondary characters. Shu the demon Ace shares a bond with. I really like her, she might be a little evil, but not a bad person ;-) Then there’s Nick “Cujo” Jones, an ex-cop who also helps Ace from time to time. And Bast, Ace’s ex-wife. I really loved her and of course being the romance addict that I am, I had hoped there could be something again between them because I love how she sees there’s more to him than just being a Soul Eater, but after that devastating ending, my hopes seems to have turned to ashes.
Lastly there is Isis and Osiris, husband and wife, and also brother and sister. Yes, so GROSS!!! These two are SO very evil and disgusting and I just want them to DIE. I have no idea what evil things they are still going to inflict on Ace, but I’m sure Ace’s time for suffering under their hands is far from over. I just really hope he gets his revenge in the end.
I must say this was a very intense and action-packed first installment and I really enjoyed this world the author created. Gods that are powerful and evil, uncaring of who they use and abuse, and it’s terrifying to see just what monstrous lengths they would go to. If it wasn’t for that very sad and devastating end I would have loved this book, but despite my heartbreak I still enjoyed it very much.