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Secret of Souls

(Age of Endings #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  109 ratings  ·  48 reviews
The Empire of Lucent has stood for centuries as a beacon of strength and light. But now an otherworldly realm has unleashed an army of nightmarish creatures upon the peaceful empire, spreading a lethal plague called The Decay which consumes its victims mercilessly from the inside out.

The king of the Empire of Lucent calls upon “Lady of Death” Zephera Travelle—an infamous a
Paperback, 247 pages
Published September 22nd 2017 by Winterwolf Press
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Aubrie L. Nixon
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm going to rate my own book 5/5 Haha I might be a bit biased, though!
Amelia Hutchins
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Dark, enthralling, and so thrillingly beautiful! This book will have you on the edge of your seat and over the edge with needing the next! Aubrie’s debut is one that will knock you out of your socks and begging for more!"
#1 Best Selling Author Author Amelia Hutchins
Wendy Higgins
If you're looking for a true high fantasy fix, add this to your tbr!!! It's gritty with amazing world building, and don't get me started on the twists and turns!
Martina Boone
Secret of Souls is a twisty, mind-bending fantasy with fresh and inventive world-building and a deadly, sassy protagonist. Kept me compulsively turning pages!
Jun 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
I received an ARC of this book. I would like to preface this review by saying that some books aren’t for some people; different strokes for different folks and all.


That being said, this book was really, really not for me.


I was initially intrigued by the premise and the cover was gorgeous (I totally judge books by their covers, sue me).


Zephera is a teenage assassin who is charged with finding a woman called “The First” so that her world can be saved from the the rot, a dark plague that is infe
Missy Ansell
Apr 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
And yes, I do bring death. I crave it, and if you aren’t careful, you will meet yours at my hand.

Zephera is a highly trained assassin who is sent on a quest to retrieve three items in order to summon, Reina, the first. She is the one who will give the cure for the Rot, a plague that turns anyone who touches the blood of the infected into dark mindless zombieesque creatures. Joined on her quest by Zadkiel, a fellow assassin and her oldest friend, Brenner, a light magician from the Tower of Light,
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Finally!! I managed to finish this after a few weeks of ill health stopped me completing it, as quickly as I could and would have liked! No reflection on the book itself! ;)

So, I won a copy of this ARC, and here is my honest review... as far as I can do these things - I get a bit, erm, tongue tied. X

Annnnyway! Great start to this series, Aubrie! I really want to know what comes next in the characters' story arc. I thought the characters were well constructed and the world building was really des
Helen Urwin
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic!!
Not what your expecting!
Zephera is a highly trained assassin who is sent on a mission along with a few other companions who all have talents! She a pure heroine through and through and doesn't take anything from anyone! she has her difficulties and a past she's unsure of but that just makes the story! It's fast paced and you have to pay attention to the story both past and present to understand! It does not go the way you think it will!! I can't say too much without giving
Joanna Rankin
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Was able to read a previous version of this book, which was epic. Am Soooo excited to read the published version!
Rockin' Rita Mishkin
Rating currently based on the author being so cool (when I initially wrote this review back in November 2016, I had only known her a day and felt like she's bestie material) and pre-contract version of SoS called Darkness Whispers! Review of Secret of Souls to come soon.
The book's (Darkness Whispers) description and blurb got me right away. I loved the idea for this story. It has a cool concept that discusses what is good and what is bad in one's soul. There was great character development and w
Sarah Glenn Marsh
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Official comments: From monsters and mayhem to snark and swords, this story has all the right ingredients to make any fantasy lover's heart swoon! Compulsively readable, you'll find yourself wishing you'd brought a blade of your own as you accompany Zephera through the darkness.

Unofficial comments: What a wild ride!!! This is my kind of fantasy--dark, gritty, and epic! If you love high fantasy, don't miss Aubrie Nixon's breathtaking debut!
Katy Kendrick
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
dark and tatalizing, Nixon definitely brought new flavor and fantastic story building to the fictional world.
Her dark, but sometimes comical assassin, though sometimes a little brash with her decisions, brought life to the Secret of Souls.
the book, for me, was a little slow to pick up but really gained momentum as you read on.
the concept of light and dark is refreshing, making you switch teams in the middle of the story!
though I felt like the actual story line got a little bogged down and lost a
Cheryl Lykowski
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it

It was as if time stopped and she was its keeper.

Time stopped for me as I delved into this thrill ride of a fabulous debut novel by Aubrie Nixon. Journey with the feisty heroine as she searches for three items and a woman known as "The First". With the vivid description you will go on the adventure , fight the fights, and cheer on Zephera as she discovers not only herself, but realizes some things are not always what they seem. If you are looking for a new voice in world building and high fantas
Shelee Whitaker
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC for an honest review. The protagonist is confident, strong and independent. I enjoyed the renaissance/fantasy world Aubrie weaves. Full of darkness and deceit abounds! Never going over board with descriptions, which helps keep the pace of the story. More importantly just enough detail to keep you immersed in this wicked and tumultuous fantasy. It has lovable and wretched characters. An exciting story line with twist and turns. An awesome start to a fascinating series. I'm defin ...more
Erin Schable
Jun 22, 2017 rated it liked it
I received an ARC in return for an honest review. The book was able to hold my interest, it felt more like a short-ish story or part of one larger novel, I figured out some of it but I was still interested to find out what happened. The characters were fascinating enough that I want to know more an look forward to the next installment.
May 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved, loved this book!! Aubrie has created a whole world full of magic and intrigue. Her descriptions are so clear you will smell the cinnamon. You can't help but cheer on Zephera throughout her quest of finding light and dark. Aubrie will have you laughing one second and reeling the next, or like me just wishing you could kick butt like Zephera! 😜 Can't wait for book 2 Aubrie!
Gladys Gonzales Atwell
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Complete review to follow!!
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Book!

Five star all around. Very dark and twisted. The turn of events leave you speechless. Zephera will have a lot of choices to make.
Danielle Hammelef
Jun 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I was asked by the author to read and write a review of her book and she provided me a kindle copy. I enjoyed the premise of the story, the twists in the plot (and wow, what twists they were!!), as well as the idea of this world she created. I would have loved for more background about the dark and light sides and more action and suspense for these characters to obtain their goals/complete their quest. I am still not quite sure how this world functions or came to be. At times I felt the dialogue ...more
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Awakening magic, angsty romance that makes you want to pull your hair out, a kick-butt heroine who can take down monsters and men with the mere glint of her blade, a storyline that will have you up all night flipping pages so you can find out what happens next, shocks and twists galore, guy characters that you want to slap and kiss at the same time, and dark things clawing their way into the guts of the story (maybe even your mind). Yep, this book has it all. It should go at the top of your TBR ...more
Stormy Moon
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The beginning of this book pulls you in. It's exciting and adventurous. You are drawn to the characters and these new creatures. The tale of a bunch of misfits thrown together on a quest made the story so much more. All the twists and new surprises through out the book kept me interested and on my toes. The ending had me wanting more. I was instantly ready to read the second book. Needing to know what's next for this group.
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all fantasy lovers
Recommended to Daphne by: Goodreads Giveaway
As the first time I won a Goodreads Giveaway, I am really honored to be able to read Secret of Souls before its publication date. The fast pace, well-developed characters, and unexpected plot twists make this book one I really enjoyed. I recommend this book to all fantasy lovers and all who would like a great story to enjoy.

I cannot wait for the second book of this series to come out and really want to know what happens on Zephera's next adventure!
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Assassins and a world ending plague!

A smashing success for debut author Aubrie Nixon, she balanced the characters, plot and world creation expertly so that nothing was lacking or dragging.

Valerie Roberson
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review, 16-and-older
Aubrie Nixon is a new author to me and she is going to go far as a writer and author. She had me thinking that I was a part of the story. She had me so wrapped up into the storyline, that I lost all track of time.
Everybody is made of dark and light, good or evil and it’s what you choose to be that defines who you are. But what if you have both in you from your parents? Your father is dark and your mother is light. Zephera is this such person. Let for dead as an infant, Baleem took her in and ra
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
This is chaos. A dark, beautiful chaos.

Secret of Souls has been a wickedly intriguing, one bloody awesome dark fantasy you shouldn't miss. I had an engrossing time reading about Zephera Travelle, a highly-trained assassin, also known as the Lady of Death and her motley crew of warriors and mage, as they journeyed to a realm where Rot and Decay existed, and a mission to save the world from getting ruined.

When I first met Zephera on her hunting trip, she was quite a character already. An ill-tempe
Catarina (TravelerBetweenWorlds)
The Decay, I read about it in Snow Like Ashes and it was awesome.
This book looks promising!
"...“Lady of Death” Zephera Travelle—an infamous assassin with a weakness for braided cinnamon bread and a striking aptitude for murder and mayhem." And this sounds interesting!
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This one was pretty good. You can really tell how the author grew in strength as the book progressed. How she became comfortable with her characters and the story. I do slightly think that some of the descriptions could have been cut out especially in the beginning as it slows the story down. But all in all, this was a great fantasy for those who die hard love high fantasy. This is one that the cover will draw you in and the story will keep you there. With wonderful new creatures and great chara ...more
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars
Cassie James

I was really interested in Secret of Souls by Aubrie L. Nixon from the moment I read the synopsis. With such an interesting plot, I knew it would be awesome and I was right. This book is so good I couldn't put it down until I devoured every single page. Aubrie L. Nixon is a master story weaver, Secret of Souls will enchant you and you will find yourself not wanting to leave the marvelous world she's created.
Secret of Souls began with Zephera (the awesome badass main character) on a hunt. Being
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Aubrie plays mom to the cutest demon topside. When she isn’t writing she is daydreaming about hot brooding anti-heroes and sassy heroines. She loves Dragon Age, Game of Thrones and reading all things fantasy. She runs a local YA/NA bookclub with 3 chapters, and over 200 members. If she could have dinner with anyone living or dead it would be Alan Rickman because his voice is the sexiest sound on e ...more

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