K.S.Marsden very kindly gifted me a copy of The Lost Soul after it appeared in the Advent Giveaway last year and I couldn’t wait to get stuck in over the holidays.
Here’s the blurb of The Lost Soul for your delectation
Enchena’s history is written by the victorious. Through war and betrayal, King Hrafn’s reign has spread across the land. The rebellion is stirring again…
In a world where the evil nature of humans has infected the very forests and animals surrounding them, they are crying out for a new hope; a new hero.
Natural enemies must come together, to overcome the curse.
Two innocent people must be brought from another world. One will bring the rebellion the way to succeed; the other will be their destruction.
First impressions and story anticipation!
I started the book intrigued by the synopsis and entranced by the beautiful cover. I’ve not come across unicorns in many fantasy books, but with K.S.Marsden’s own love of horses I expected the cover image to be brought to life within the pages!
How did things in The Lost Soul progress?
I was not disappointed. At first, the story was a little hard to get into – Sam’s greatest goal in life is to stay invisible and coast along unseen through school and teenage life. Then, through a series of events that were seemingly completely random (at the time…), Sam passed through a portal into the world of Enchena and everything changed.
The characters came along well, developing into interesting well rounded individuals with flaws as well as special attributes. The two main characters at the start of the book are conflicting and the idea of the story following the sidekick of ‘the chosen one’ was really exciting. The animal characters are also very engaging, with strong personalities of their own and traits that matched their species’ reputations – up to a point, they were also capable of surprising the others with their choices.
When is the next book out, exactly?
The story had so many twists and turns that I just did not see coming, at all! It made the tale very compelling to keep reading, to find out what would happen next. The world is built well, with a history and a religion already in place and believable.
Altogether, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story and I’m looking forward to the second in the series coming out.
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