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The Soul Keepers

(The Soul Keepers #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  247 ratings  ·  64 reviews
Death is just the beginning.

After dying in a terrible car accident, Rhett awakens in the afterlife and is recruited to join the crew of the Harbinger, a colossal seafaring vessel tasked with ferrying the souls of the dead. To where exactly, no one knows. But the crew must get the souls there, and along the way protect them from vicious soul-eating monsters that will stop a
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 3rd 2018 by Swoon Reads
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Kay Weston
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi-fantasy, ya, 4-stars
You can find this review and more on my blog: My Endless Shelf.

This book took me COMPLETELY by surprise!

I admit that I struggled a little to get into it at the beginning but I quickly got caught up in the fantastic mythology.

To sum it up, this book felt like a mixture of Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean and a modern spin on Greek mythology.

I loved the writing style, particularly when it came to the action scenes which were fantastic, and also the plot twists which were extremely unexpec
Jun 26, 2018 rated it liked it
**I received this as an egalley from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**

I really wanted to enjoy this book, and while the writing style was definitely good and easy to get through, there was something that just didn't click for me. In fact, I almost DNF'd it several times in the first half, but decided to continue with it because it was moving so quickly and I thought I might get into it at some point. There were definitely missing elements to the story and plot, an
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Holy heart-racing! I loved every meticulously paced action scene, the mythology behind the syllektors, and the heart that went into every unique character of the crew of the Harbinger. This is one of those books where you think you know where the story is heading, then you get spun on a completely opposite course than you expected. The Soul Keepers is such a wonderful mix of humor, on-the-edge-of-your-seat action, and a band of characters that you instantly root for. You'll want to hop on the Ha ...more
Dec 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
I just didn’t like this book. I struggled to get through the last 50 pages. I felt like I had more questions than answers from this book. It was a weak story. How can ghosts be harmed to the point they need ghosts hospitals?! Just not for me.
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dead things
Soul collecting

Its like soul pirates and it was brilliant!!!
Lisa Brennan
Jul 17, 2018 rated it liked it
As a debut novel, Devon Taylor’s talent earns an 11 on a scale of 1-10. So why am I rating this book with a 3? This amazingly original tale of “The Soul Keepers,” marked by its magnetically compelling introduction was absolutely failed by its editor. Brilliant descriptive scenes and creatively quirky characters are impeded by stunted prose that an editor should have swiftly recognized and corrected. Within an ocean of recent books that has ignored action-seeking “junior high” readers, Soul Keepe ...more
Angraecus Daniels
Nov 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
The book was labeled "young adult", but I think it was actually written for 12-14 year olds. The worldbuilding was superficial and neither believable nor interesting. ...more
Kelsey White
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can’t wait for book #2!
A book that's not for me but certainly for some-- it has fantasy, action, and a unique backstory, but it wasn't exciting enough for me to stick with it.

Rhett's dead then he goes on an adventure with Basil on the Harbinger, a ship with the souls of the dead until they're on the receiving end of an attack and deviousness ensues. It'll be part of a series so it might have been that was a well-organized standalone but instead is now at least a duology if not a trilogy.

Fabulous cover and who doesn'
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to come!
I really enjoyed this book and more people need to know about it!!
Candyce Kirk
Aug 26, 2018 rated it liked it
This book had such a great concept, but I think it missed some opportunities. It was an enjoyable read, but just not wow. Full review is up on ...more
Julia Pika
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was ok
Ugh, I wanted to like this book, but a lot of the ghost physic rules are inconsistent and confusing. Why do ghosts need a hospital? How can ghosts who easily pass through people get stuck in a car? Who knows.
I think this book moved a bit too fast for my taste, there should have been more character development for the characters because toward the end I didn't really care about any of them.
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review coming soon!
May 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
DNF. I tried. This was a really cool idea but the execution fell flat. It was the style of writing where things are rarely, if ever, summed up, so we read about everything as it happens from one minute to the next. And that ends up taking a lot of tension away and feeling overall kind of juvenile.

Things I liked:
Super giant ship that carries souls. I approve of this.
....I can’t think of anything else right now

Things I didn’t like:

A main character who is unhappy with everything and has a millio
Feb 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-scifi
3/5 stars

This story was a decent YA thriller with an interesting premise, however it fell a bit short for me. The idea of the afterlife or in between on the Harbinger is very interesting. I really enjoyed this different idea and would recommend this story around fall if you're looking for a read that's not too creepy. The characters unfortunately did not capture my interest. I didn't feel a connection to any character in particular, however the overall story and the Harbinger is what kept me lis
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
The Soul Keepers follows Rhett Snyder, who essentially becomes a Grim Reaper after being killed in a car accident along with his parents. He joins a crew of other Grim Reapers aboard a ship called the Harbinger in another dimension. This ship is an amalgamation of many other ships throughout history, and the crew reflects that as they are all souls who became Grim Reapers since the beginning of time. The Harbinger protects the souls of people who have passed away from demons who want to feast on ...more
Jelaina Jones
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I feel as though I need to address some of the negative reviews about this book... Because for a debut novel, it was phenomenal. Not many writers can create this kind of a story where it hits hard from the beginning and grips you till the end. Boring it is not! From start to finish there is substance. It was a novel that I wanted to be a real thing... I mean, come on. Between your job which can take you all over like seeing the Golden Gate Bridge when you're a teen from NY, you can catch a movie ...more
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you're looking for a paranormal read, this is it!

The Soul Keepers starts out with the violent death of Rhett in a car accident. But when he dies, it isn't the end. He is greeted by a young man who takes him back to a boat they call the Harbinger where Rhett finds out that he is now a Syllektor--"spirits" who aid in the collection of souls after they have died. This select group must track down the souls before they are eaten by psychons who feed on their energy. When a demon named Urcena disc
Dani Israelsen
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours and NetGalley, as well as author Devon Taylor for giving me a copy of THE SOUL KEEPERS in exchange for my honest review.

This review was originally posted on my blog:


While reading The Soul Keepers I was telling everyone I came across about it! Even a couple of Sisters from the Church of Christ that have been going door to door in my town for the last few months; they stopped by to talk about the Book of Mormon (I'm a reader, I read ever
Kalyn Delillo
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-arc
Rhett Snyder awakens from a fatal car accident outside of his body, looking in on his parents and himself. The only person that can see him is a guy named Basil who wants Rhett to come with him. Rhett and Basil enter an abandoned cabin that opens a portal to a gigantic ship called the Harbinger where “syllektors” are tasked with collecting and harboring the souls that have passed on before the psychons find and eat the souls.

OH. MY. GRACIOUS. This book! I seriously loved this book and have no cl
Declarations of a Fangirl
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, audiobooks
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Thank you, Netgalley.

Holy wild ride, Batman! The Soul Keepers grabbed from the very beginning and didn't let me out of its clutches until I'd consumed the very last word. I decided to download the audiobook from Kobo and I highly recommend doing so. It added so much more to the experience. The narrator did different voices for each character...including a certain creepy voice that still haunts my dreams.

It's always so hard to rev
Dec 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book addresses a perennial question - what happens after we die? In the case of a select few, they become Soul Keepers, who travel aboard the ship Harbinger (destination unknown) and collect the souls of people who have just died and deposit them inside of a giant cube onboard. They travel in teams of 4-5 to do so, because they also need to battle psychons, violent Grim Reaper-types who want to consume souls. I have so many questions that I almost didn't finish the book several times, but k ...more
Samantha Hastings
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book starts right in the action. Rhett Snyder’s in a car crash and he dies. He’s met by a British guy named Basil who takes him to a most unexpected afterlife—a ship powered by souls. Rhett learns that he is a syllektor—a person who died a traumatic death and can collect other souls. Rhett is put in Basil’s crew with Mak, Theo, and Treeny. Their job is to collect and protect souls before they get eaten by psychons (monsters like grim reapers). Rhett is given a weapon and taught how to fight ...more
In some respects, this fast-paced thriller reminded me of Neal Schusterman's The Arc of a Sycthe series since it involves a band of individuals known as syllektors whose job it is to collect the souls of those who are dying. They have to work fast since they are up against another group called the psychons who also want those souls for their own purpose. Rhett Snyder, the novel's young protagonist, has no idea that either of these groups exist until he dies in a car wreck, and finds that there i ...more
Ambar Payne
Mar 31, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm pretty interested in grim reaper stories and I enjoyed Taylor's version of death, life after death, and demons. Long story short there are several grim reapers whose job it is to collect souls before demons swallow said souls whole. Secret powers emerge and all hell breaks loose. I found it especially creepy the voice over used for one of the powerful demons in the audio book.

My biggest issue with this book were the small details. They didn't always line up. Example: when the main character
Brooke Goodwin
Oct 15, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Man, this book was one hell of a ride! Is Horror Thriller a genre? Because that’s what it felt like!

Rhett is an awesome MC, but then you add the Welsh comic relief Basil, the hardened Mak, reliable Theo, and sweet, timid Treeny… They make for an interesting team - or family, rather! Their personalities fit so well together! [*Cue found family trope*]

The design of the psychons is absolutely creepy and BADASS! I can picture them so well thanks to Devon’s writing style and I get delightful chills!
Jo Stevens
Sep 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
I am sorry but The Soul Keepers is boring. Nothing of note happens at all until chapter nine and the you get this moronic sentence. ["She is stuck," Basil replied quietly. "She's got to be stuck."] The she in question is a ghost of sorts, people walk through her, she walks through objects so how can she possibly get stuck in a car? Heck she climbed through the window when she could have just stepped through the wreckage to get to her target. Have some sense she can't get stuck. It just can't hap ...more
Jun 25, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lindsay Wilcox
This was an okay read. It was fast-paced and richly detailed, which makes me rate it higher than a book that was just “meh.” I don’t usually read books with this much profanity, but it felt realistic rather than forced. I also don’t usually read fiction written by men, so that might have something to do with it. I enjoyed the plot until the last quarter or so. I saw how little book I had left and realized that the action was not going to be resolved, and then I was disappointed. There was obviou ...more
Sandra Smith
Nov 19, 2019 rated it liked it
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Devon Taylor was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and currently lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and two daughters. His day job consists of sneaking around the house with ninja-like stealth to avoid waking up his kids. When not writing, reading, or tediously typing out text messages with all the correct spelling and punctuation, he spends his time with his family. He is the author of THE SOUL KEEPERS, ...more

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