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(The Keepers #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  809 ratings  ·  130 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 704 pages
Published March 19th 2019 by Orbit
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Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC provided by the publisher—Orbit—in exchange for an honest review.

4.5/5 stars

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
Nils | nilsreviewsit
‘“Hundreds of years, we slept. Buried beneath the ground, like seeds. Locked in the sky, like water within clouds. We slept, so you might multiply like rodents. We are angry, and you ask why?”’
Go read it!!!
End of review.
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
Maja Ingrid
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: the-faves, fantasy
2020 reread
Just as good as the first time. An amazing dark and grim world and the most precious beans for characters. I'm a happy trash of emotions.

2019 read


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
The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).
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3.5 stars.

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
 Charlie - A Reading Machine
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Soulkeeper is an epic fantasy with a huge amount of heart.

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
GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott)
"By Alma, we are born."
"By Lyra, we are guided."
"By Anwyn, we are returned."
"Beloved sisters, take them home."

Holy War Priests was this ever a fun book to read. It's been a while where I have read something that has magic so front and center, and, I have to say, it entertained the hell out of me this go-around.

I had a real hard time pinning down the whole vibe of this book...part grimdark...part cosmic hundred percent fantasy. It all clicked together so well and told a story that h
Traveling Cloak
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Devin is a Soulkeeper, a preacher in the religious order that follows The Sisters. He is as devoted to his job as any, as such Devin is the first to learn when the Gods have awakened. These are not his Gods, though, but demigods and dragons from ancient myth. Devin can hardly believe it, until he sees the effects with his own eyes. The black flood. Faeries. Giant man-eating plants. And a moving mountain that threatens to crush his village.

Now Devin is pressed with a new task: protect the
I need book 2.

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
Liz Barnsley
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excellent dark and dastardly fantasy. Full review to follow.
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it

Overall rating = 3.5 stars

Full review over at Fantasy Book Critic

OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: I’m a fan of David Dalglish, I’ve been an unabashed one since I first read A Dance Of Cloaks more than 9 years ago. Soulkeeper however is the start of a new series set in a new world. I was super excited to read this one when David told me about it. The book was definitely a distinct departure from what he has written about before.

The story opens up Devin Eveson, our protagonist and a soulkeeper, who is a par
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-need
4,5 rounded up (again, I know, but it was really good)
The relationships between the characters was heartwarming and I loved it, I really needed that right now.

It's a dark book, but there's so much hope and love and friendship to combat that darkness that it's never all that bleak. This book is really similar to John Gwynne's a Time of Dread in that regard, only this is lighter still.

It's going to be interesting to see how the world deals with all these beings coming back to the 'cradle' after
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, lgbt
CAWPILE rating: 7.21/10
STAR rating: ★★★★

REVIEW: I loved most of this, but there were chunks of it that I really didn't enjoy as much so trying to rate it has been interesting. Overall, a really good book and I'm diving into the sequel immediately. Longer RTC maybe.

warning/s: mentions of past rape, sexual assault, abuse
Lesa Divine
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-it, library, may-2019
4 🌟

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
R Smith
Jan 10, 2021 rated it liked it
Ok but I think I prefer his other books
Nick Brett
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
Well, this was fantasy at its oddest. In summary Demi-Gods have awoken in this fantasy realm. But their awakening has also awoken ancient creatures and some power within humans. As a mountain walks toward a city (er, yes I thought that too) the humans within find their world has changed forever.
Odd because of the premise, a walking mountain, yet when it turns up outside the city, they don’t seem overly bothered. They don’t abandon the city like anyone sensible would, they just carry on. They eve
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's been way too long since I smashed through a book like this in just a few days but holy shit this book is freaking amazing! I love Devin and Puffy and Tes but holy hell do I love Tommy more. I wasn't entirely sold on Jacaranda at first but as the book went on I actually found myself liking her a lot. I even appreciated the psychotic mess that was Janus.

All the characters were wonderful and brilliant and bring on right now please...
Yuli Atta
Feb 15, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I loved this too much to write a proper and well-articulated review so here are the main points I loved:

- the world and magic: they are very well-developed and so prominent in the story, I absolutely loved the way they are done. As a big fan of magic in fantasy books, I absolutely adored all of it, I adored the way its return was described and the people's reactions too. It's been a while since I read a book with such active magic, especially of this sort, with all kinds of magical creatures
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. If you can handle gore (descriptions of blood and organs, etc) read this book.

We follow a cast characters where people start to gain powers and a lot of creatures that no human knew to exist start to appear, some of the creatures wants to kill the humans while others want them to coexist together. The world is very interisting and I wanted to know what was going to happen next all the time.

The book is easy to read, since I managed to read 360 pages in one day (normally I read
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
It’s like The Witcher minus the everything.

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
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
First time reading a Dalglish novel and let me just say....GIVE ME MORE!! loved this Fantasy novel. Magic, sword fighting, dragons, zombies, fae, firekin, this book has it all.
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
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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.
This is a fantasy novel that follows the taste of the good old traditional fantasy tales in the manner of Eddings, and Tolkien. I enjoyed the novel. It has a likable cast of characters, and the book is not clear a to who the real villain is. The worldbuilding was nicely integrated with the religion, which plays a major part in the events of the story. The magic is simple, but well done, which can be used in the form of prayers, blessings, and curse. I haven't read anything by Dalglish previously ...more
Bailey Rose
Feb 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
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Jul 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020

I'm just going to come out and say the world/world-building is my favorite part of this book. I think this is the area where the author truly excels. The world we are introduced to is mysterious, creative, and frightening all at the same time. The monsters here aren't ones you have seen before, and they play by entirely different rules. Also, I appreciated how unique this world's culture was. I thought the religion and how the church operated as fascinating.

Now that being said, here come the t
Sara Hollingsworth
This was surprisingly good. For a very long book, this is a very absorbing read. There was a lot of world building that happened and it's well spread out through the book. The characters are charming and diverse and I really loved the representation and how certain characters were handled. It's rare for male writers to handle sensitive topics like rape and mental abuse which sometimes can be poorly handled in fantasy. It was handled in a delicate way and with an understanding that healing doesn' ...more
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was SO MUCH FUN. I really really liked it! The characters are great, and the world building is top tier. It reminded me of those semi-old school SyFy fantasy shows, and certainly read like a television arc.


The only thing I would say that deterred it from a 5 star rating would be that the plot...isn't quiet there? There's one and does pop up from time to time, but mainly is a character/monster of the week type of book and if you're a plot based reader, this book probably won't be
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest unbiased review.

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
Kaffeeklatsch and Books
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2019, series
That was a great read. It does get quite a bit more gory and grotesque, but I can't wait for the next book "Ravencaller".
That's why Orbit is my favorite publisher. They never disappoint 😁
Sarah Robins
Feb 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such a fun read! It feels strange to use the word “fun” given some of the quite dark and gruesome content in the story. The interactions between the characters, their familiarity, banter and sometimes downright silliness and cutsie moments brought light to some of the darkness and really gave this book its “just one more chapter” quality.
I would classify this story as more character driven, only at the very end did we see the beginnings of the series spanning plot.
An underrated/ under-h
Stacy GeekRemixALot
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Fun fantasy world with characters that I really got attached to by the end! I think what I appreciated a lot about the characters is that they are all different but felt very real (including swearing!). I also appreciated reading a "serious" story where the characters actually have a sense of humor. It's not so much that it turns this into a comedy, but they're not dry, stoic (or bland) fantasy characters like in some other fantasy books (cough). Yes there's badass fighting and death, but also s ...more
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