In the first book of USA Today bestseller David Dalglish's epic fantasy trilogy, a warrior priest must answer the call and protect his world from monsters, when ancient magic suddenly returns to his land.
Devin Eveson is a Soulkeeper, travelling through remote villages as a preacher and healer. But when a dragon awakens - the size of a mountain and leaving great chasms in...more
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Soulkeeper captivated my attention with its seductive storytelling. My inner bookworm is gratified to find another fantasy author’s backlog to go through; I can’t say the same for my bank account.
David Dalglish is not an unfamiliar name to me. For the past two years, I’ve occasionally seen his Shadowdance and Seraphim series being reviewed with positive ratings on bookish social media. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to ...more
I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH
Go read it!!!
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Okay... okay... I’ll go into a bit more detail, but be warned, this review may contain serious amounts of enthusiasm!
Soulkeeper by David Dalglish is the first book in The Keepers series, and is just one hell of a bundle of fun and entertainment. This f ...more
This is not my first meeting with David Dalglish. I enjoyed his Shadowdance series though I never actually finished it, and absolutely adored his Seraphim trilogy. Suffice to say is that I had high expectations on this one, and was also a bit scared my expectations was not met.
Spoilers: It met my expectations and went beyond!
I love the world. How dark and brutal it turned with magic (and gods and monsters) returned. I also liked the magic system alot.
And the char ...more
Devin Eveson is a Soulkeeper. Soulkeepers are part of the Keeping Church who worship the Three Sisters (Alma, Lyra and Anwyn) and travel the land of the Cradle offering aid, healing, mediating legal issues, officiating marriage ceremonies, overseeing the reaping rituals (where the spirit of the deceased leaves the body during the reaping hour) and offering protection from ...more
I really loved Devin as a a protagonist. He’s a bit of an old fashioned hero. He has kindness in him, unwavering intent and the character to make the right choice over the easy choice. As a Soulkeeper and it is his job to shepherd spirits into the next life where the embrace of the Three Sisters awaits. Every night there is a time of reaping where, if the circumstances are correct, he can usher glowing balls of lights that are physical m ...more
Interesting. I enjoyed. The words on the cover of the book basically explains a lot. "The magic had returned" " So have to monsters"
Devin a Soulkeeper helps to send souls on and beyond but is also train for the unthinkable with his sword and gun at hand. When he finds that something isn't right about his surrounds mountains talking, wolves talking the dead coming back alive. And he thinks the world has ended.
But magic has returned. Talking faerie. His brother in law has a power he can't unde ...more
I have discovered a talented author who creates worlds and characters to disappear in.
In Soulkeeper we are introduced to Devin who starts out having a normalish day for a guy of his profession to quickly discovering that magic is real and makes some interesting magical friends on his way.
What I liked about this book, was, unlike most epic fantasy's that dedicate a chapter to how grass feels and other useless information, this book is straight into the action, no long winded dialogu ...more
All the characters were wonderful and brilliant and bring on Ravencaller...like right now please...
First I will start by saying that I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.
I liked this book. The world building was done well and is interesting. Although I would like to see more of a background for the characters and the world in the following books.
The only thing I didn't like was the language used. Now I don't mean I don't like f-bombs, I am a big fan and use them on a frequent basis myself. But I just felt like they were a bit out of place in this story. Almost like they didn't ...more
Notes: Somewhat "young" in tone but overall, there are cool little twists in how certain characters are portrayed and excellent backstory for the world.
Giving it 4 stars for the overall feel of the story. It's more like 3.5 in my head but the narrator was great and made the story more cohesive.
I've noticed the description of the book on here has changed, I think the latest iteration is better than the previous one.
While I do enjoy fantasy novels, I prefer ones shorter in length. This book is a long thick read, and hence it's taken me quite a while to get through it. I found it easy to get pulled into the story.
When the author mentioned the "corpses that can walk" and "corrupted humans" and "amalgamation of ...more
I couldn’t put it down. I was sucked right into the action. It was like reading Revelations, written to continue with Genesis on a psychedelic. The author forced me to care about the whole crew he assembled for his big adventure, who reminded me of a RPG party, if you got your GM an extensive bottle for the character creation session. Looking forward to the next in the series!
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Soulkeeper was my 9th Dalglish book, and honestly one of the better ones. I’m generally a fan of him—I mean, a lot of his books were good, yet few were solid, 5-star reads (mostly 3.5 – 4). Soulkeeper begins the Keepers’ series, one that feels a combination of new age and classic, with but a hint of dark fantasy. The Shadowdance series was definitely more in the vein of dark fantasy, though not enough that I’d call it gri ...more
I know Dalglish has an editor, because he thanks her in the acknowledgements. But I feel this book could have used a LOT more editorial direction and involvement. There was just so much going on that distracted from The Big Problem.
There's a giant living mountain outside of the city walls, monsters in the streets and Emo T-1000 wantonly murdering and mutilating swaths of people in increasingly gruesome ways, but Our Hero has time to go on a date. Prior ...more
This book takes horror and gore to the next level. I can take it usually but some of the things done to people in this book were really twisted and horrifying, they were on Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer level. It was kind of disturbing. Aside from that nightmare, I had a lot of fun reading this book. From its traditional hero Devin, to its zany and fun side characters, this book has all the feels of a traditional D&D adventure. This is not LitRPG to clarify.
Dalglish always create ...more
At least that was my first impression. From a slow start the story gets more complex with the lawful good guys getting a bit more evil and the evil, well maybe not so much.
The humans had a religion much like the real world. Good for comforting the pain of life and death with pr ...more
I don't give 5 stars easily but because I couldn't put it down, it earned them. This book is one of my favorites next to Harry Potter.
I loved the world and the characters. The action was like rolling hills....came and then slowed a little, and then came and ...more
My favorite human character was definitely Tommy; a gay Wise man who gained the power to cast spells when the magic system and creatures woke up. I found his kind of awkward personality charming and can't wait to find out if he gets a love-interest as the story progresses.
Puffy; a firekin, is my favorite of the mythical creatures we have met in this book. I ...more
"Soulkeeper" is the first book in a new series by the author. By and large, the work is composed of standard conventions and tropes in high fantasy. In other words, if you're expecting the "usual suspects" you won't be disappointed.
But the author does several other things which add some exciting novelty to the book.
- LGBTQ characters
- An interesting manner of wrapping high fantasy in an almost grimdark shroud
- Well-depicted and fascina ...more
I really learned to love the characters. I may or may not read the rest of this trilogy when it comes out.