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Soul Song

(Dirk & Steele #6)

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Against her will, Kitala Bell foresees the future. Now her own future is in peril. From the ocean’s depths rises an impossible blend of fantasy and danger, a creature whose voice is seduction incarnate, whose song can manipulate lives the way that Kitala herself manipulates the strings of her violin -- even to the point of breaking. He is a prince of the sea, an enigma -- ...more
Paperback, 331 pages
Published July 1st 2007 by Leisure Books
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Eliza
Aug 09, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: die-hard paranormal romance fans and/or secret furries
Shelves: romance
Let me preface this by saying I have liked all the other books in this series. Not loved all of them - one of them I found disturbingly like a pro-furry manifesto - but I quite enjoyed the first one, and I downright loved Artur's story. This one? This one fell somewhere in between the first one and the scary pro-furry manifesto. I enjoyed most of it, but there were a few little bits were I was all, "Dude, Marjorie M. Liu, what crack are you smoking?"

The best part of the book for me was Kit. I lo
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Ronda  Tutt
Apr 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Nothing like a singing Merman to catch your soul!

Wow this book was Much Much Much Better than the last one in the series. I definitely enjoyed the read, maybe because I have a thing for Mermen - LOL

The story was very creative. M'cal was a beautiful Merman that had a siren's call that could make them do what ever he wanted them to such as kill themselves or shoot other individuals. M'cal could suck individuals souls right out of them leaving just their shell to eventually die.

Enslaved by a witc
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Ruby
Jun 15, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
While I'd love to be able to loan this book out to anyone who was interested, I don't want to give it up - so get your own!

The latest in the Dirk & Steele series, SOUL SONG starts with a bang and doesn't stop until the last page. It's so packed with action it literally left me feeling breathless - and so sympathetic for poor Kit (a concert violinist who has the power to forsee violent deaths) and M'cal (a merman enslaved by a soul-stealing witch), who were thrown from one thing to another with n
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Stephanie
Nov 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: library, print, sfp, nwa
Picked this up because I LOVE Marjorie Liu's comics, and now I have regrets. I knew coming in that it's in the middle of a series, but that usually doesn't matter with smut, so maybe I missed out on something by not reading in order. The whole book kind of felt like filler to me, and I struggled to get through it. Even when there was suspense and action, I fell asleep reading. Also, huge trigger warning for rape (in the first chapter or two) that is not ever really resolved and just barely addre ...more
Catherine
One thing I’ve learned while reading the Dirk & Steele series is that defeating the bad guy doesn’t necessarily mean that things are over. Storylines and characters are interwoven throughout the series and things have a way of coming back around. Such is the case with Soul Song. When we meet M’cal his situation seems eerily familiar. We have to wonder, is it coincidence or is history repeating itself?

Imagine falling in love and opening yourself to a person. But instead of happiness you find your
...more
Kim~Fantasy~
May 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
LOVED LOVED LOVED it!! Oh Kit was amazing! And M'cal was so perfect for her, with his voice to go with her music! I loved how I got more of my man Koni....he is too friggin hilarious with his smart ass comments! Did I mention sexy?? OH YES HE IS!!! LOL!! I was shocked in the end by the witch, and Kit's granma was serious mojo! The characters as always were great, I love them! And how lucky was Kit to be in that delicious sandwhich to escape hypothermia...OMG I was salivating and giddy to imagine ...more
Christie
Apr 03, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: pnr lovers
I liked this story until the very end where it took a rather violent turn that I didn't care for. The extra characters who keep reappearring in the Dirk & Steele stories are fun to read about and help keep you interested in reading more about D&S. ...more
Adrienne
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
A higher 3.5 just because Kit is a woman of color and a musician and I understood all of the descriptions of music so deeply. Otherwise, still insta-lust and nothing hurts!
Paranormal Romance
To the heroine, her gift has always been unwanted and completely uses. What's the point or seeing violent death on the faces of those around her is nothing she ever says or does will change the outcome? But when she sees a woman at her concert one night, this feeling comes over the heroine and for the first time in a very long time, she feels compelled to at least try to save this womans life. With that one fateful decision, the heroines life will be forever changed. She is witness to a kidnappi ...more
Jenny Delandro
Jul 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Theresa
When Kit Bell, an extraordinarily talented fiddle player gets kidnapped and nearly killed after a concert, she calls her close friend Delilah Reece for help. Because not only does she have human thugs after her, but the mysterious stranger who rescued her also claims to have been sent to kill her.

Very complicated, sometimes gruesome, dark story. When you add details from this to hints from previous stories, you can get a glimpse of where the series is headed.

Footnote: 1) This reminds me of an od
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Brenna
Jun 03, 2018 rated it liked it
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Angel
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
M'cal is a gorgeous Merman who has been held captive by an evil witch who forces him to steal people's soul and give them to her. He has the ability to control others with his siren's song. His next victim is Kitala, a woman with magic in her music. He intends to take her soul, but instead she steals his heart, something he never expected. Together they battle and defeat the witch and other evil characters. This is a beautiful love story filled with lots of action, great sex and a wonderful love ...more
Laura
May 28, 2020 rated it liked it
OK, so this is the SOLE shifter romance I have ever read. I liked Liu's writing and found the characters interesting, especially a mer-man; but I kept feeling like this was a book linked to a bigger universe that I didn't understand, and so I kept falling out of the plot. I'm sure if I went back to book one and started at the beginning, this book would be better for me.
Jacque
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I listened to this book in audio and overall I enjoyed it! The premise was fascinating, the characters compelling, and the story quite fascinating. The only bummer is that I got a little sidetracked with working & lost some of the plot- definitely going to have to read this one bc listening in audio I’m sad I missed out on stuff! ...more
Lita
Jan 30, 2020 rated it liked it
"I've seen a lot of things, M'cal. Murders, rapes, hangings... even a decapitation or two. I can't forget a single one. But I've never been the victim, I've never been the target, until now. And violence is lonely, M'cal. No matter what side you're on".
Enigmaticblue
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I think by now I've gotten used to the idea that these books are going to be insta-love all the way, although maybe I'll be surprised down the road. This one got pretty dark in places, but it was definitely a wild ride, and I had a very hard time putting it down.
Ladaney Hussein
May 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Weirdest shit I’ve ever read...but maybe not the worst book???? Idk
2.5/2.75 star
Amber Six
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good book

The twist and turns this story takes make it a hard book to put down. Not a story to miss
Samantha Thacker
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
What maddness is this?! we're FINALLY getting some answers to all the shadowy plot line that's been bandied around for 6 books now
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
I want to make a note that I haven't read other books in the series, so a comparison isn't possible. It's easy for those who haven't read any books in the series to jump right in, as nothing is really mentioned about previous installments, and this story is all the own of its characters. Plot-wise it's a unique piece; a merman of sorts (although that's not his official name) has been enslaved by a witch he trusted years ago. Using his incredible voice, he's forced to steal the souls of victims f ...more
Mystique Reviews
Apr 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Dirk and Steele detective agency takes a back seat in the latest installment of Marjorie Liu's and allows us to see what it's like for two magical people, lost souls without the support of others like them. Like the title implies, this is a beautiful romance that pulls the heart strings and stays with you long after the book is over.

M'cal is a tortured hero. Trapped by the mistakes of his past, his reckless youth and false love. He is also Krackeni, a mean bad ass merman with attitude to spa
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Gina Briganti
Aug 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
I can empathize with Kitala Bell, who we first met in "Tiger Eye," book 1 of the Dirk & Steele series. If you have to have an extra sense, why would you want to foretell death? Most people I've spoken to on the subject want to see lottery numbers or the location of buried treasure.

This is my favorite Dirk & Steele novel yet. Why? I really enjoyed the twisty plot and seeing characters from previous books in the series. That's part of why I read series and not just single titles. I like to see tho
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Katy
Feb 06, 2012 rated it liked it
This is now the 5th Dirk and Steel I're read, and I've only just now realized that these are actually romance novels. Duh, I guess I wasn't paying attention to the covers since they were on my nook! But the romance is just done so tastefully in each book that it is not so overt.

I really liked the idea of this book, I liked the mermaid and the musician. It was a great combination to get them together. However, I really hated that his name was M'Cal. It bothered me the whole time. I got past it b
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Nicole
Mar 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Loretta
Oct 02, 2010 rated it liked it
This is the first book I have read in this series. I enjoyed the suspense and the drama. It is a well formed story of a girl with the magic of music and blood-line meets a man of mixed ancestry and enslaved by a witch. I would have liked to see more meat in the story surrounding them in their trek to save a complete stranger that Kitala Bell (our heroine)meets at her own concert, as well as the freedom of the enslaved M'cal. Even in the midst of its climax, the story is over too quickly and leav ...more
Brenda
Jan 03, 2012 rated it liked it
I've loved this series, but for some reason Soul Song didn't grab me the way the others did. Ms. Liu's writing was excellent as always, but I really couldn't connect with the hero, M'cal. The heroine was Kit, who we've met previously in the series. I really loved her character, but there was something missing in the story for me. I loved the action, and the outcome of the book. It actually bothered me enough that I waited a few days to write this trying to figure it out. I think it was the lack ...more
CatBookMom
Of the 4 books in this series I've read to date, this is by far the weakest. M'Cal and Kitala Bell are great characters, fascinating abilities, but oh, the blah-blah-blah you have to get through (there was a lot of skimming done!) to get to What Happens Next. And the Big Bad, known for most of the story only as 'the witch', is one sick babe. Somehow she's got her hooks into a couple of the local cops (also pretty sick types), and how that happened could have been an asset to the story; as it is, ...more
Yodamom
Jun 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
It was worth the .50 cents I paid for it. It was cheesy, predictable, with a weak plot.- Yet I read the whole thing ? I really can't explain why. I was so miffed when the bad guys did the comic version of to tell the truth. They told their whole plot to the good guys, in the middle of the evil deed they were participating in at the time ??!?!??! I was totally twisted up at how the story jumped from one point to another abruptly, never going back to finish up several points. So why did I not give ...more
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New York Times bestselling and award-winning writer Marjorie Liu is best known for her fiction and comic books. She teaches comic book writing at MIT, and she leads a class on Popular Fiction at the Voices of Our Nation (VONA) workshop.

Ms. Liu is a highly celebrated comic book writer. Her extensive work with Marvel includes the bestselling Dark Wolverine series, NYX: No Way Home, X-23, and Black
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“I am not a total pervert. Although, to be honest, consider the night we’ve been having. First handcuffs, and
now this? Way more kinky than I expected.”
“Please,” M’cal said. “Do not talk.”
“You like the strong and silent type, huh?”
“If you do not shut up, I will kill you with my voice.”
“I love it when you talk dirty.”
“Fine. Which would you prefer to lose first? Your soul or your testicles?”
“You know, you’re just a bit obsessed with chopping off balls. Do you have issues with your masculinity?”
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“Of course? He told you that he was sent to kill your ass, and you're still with him?"
"For the record," M'cal said, "I did try to convince her to leave me."
"You must not have tried very hard.”
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