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...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 ...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
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.
BEST. BOOK. OF. THE. YEAR. Y'ALL
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 ...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
"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 horror...one hundred percent fantasy. It all clicked together so well and told a story that h ...more
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 ...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
Overall rating = 3.5 stars
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...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
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 ...more
All the characters were wonderful and brilliant and bring on Ravencaller...like right now please... ...more
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 ...more
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 ...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
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 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 ...more