10 December 2011

Review: Soul Reborn

Soul Reborn by Jean Murray 

Premise: The Egyptian God of the Underworld, Asar, had his soul stolen by an evil goddess. As a result, he is forced to feed on human souls. Consumed by hate, he's vowed to destroy the goddess and all who were part of her release from confinement.

Lilly, a Nehebkau huntress, catches the eye and attention of Asar, not only for her beauty and warrior nature, but also because of the brightness of her soul. She and her two sisters are heavily involved in trying to undo a curse that's caused those contaminated to become soulless creatures. However, Lilly has a secret that could cost her - and Asar - everything.

Reivew:  I'll be totally honest. Reading the brief description of the back of this book didn't really sell me on it. I wasn't really sure if I would like it.

Jean Murray's rich world and equally rich but real characters completely blew me away. She has not only crafted a vivid and easy to imagine world, but the characters who inhabit it are believable. I found myself rooting for both Asar and Lilly - and yelling at them for poor choices, too. Asar was a fascinating character who, despite having lost his soul, was still very complex and deep. Lilly was a wonderful heroine with her own hidden wounds, strong but gentle.

The pace was excellent, not too fast nor too slow, and I couldn't put the book down. I read it in one sitting. Her very clever intertwining of the real world and Egyptian mythology made this a unique and wonderful read. I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good adventure or romance (or both).