The Ghost Seekers by Devon Taylor (The Soul Keepers #2) ***Spotlight -- Review -- Giveaway***
The Ghost Seekers
by Devon Taylor
(The Soul Keepers #2)
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: August 27th 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
“A fantastic high-stakes adventure on a ghost ship sailing forever into eternity, where every soul is (literally) worth fighting for—what’s not to love?” —Rin Chupeco, author of The Bone Witch and The Girl from the Well, on The Soul Keepers
There are worse things than death.
The Harbinger is lost, sunk to the bottom of an otherworldly sea. Every soul that ever died and was protected within its hold has been lost along with it. But at least that precious cargo is out of reach of the demon Urcena and her army of soul-devouring monsters.
The soul keepers are broken, scattered, and barely clinging to existence without their ship or any way to collect or protect the souls of the newly dead. If they are to have any hope of stopping Urcena’s horrifying plans to destroy the fragile balance between living and dead, they will first have to survive long enough to locate the ghost of one of their own, who sacrificed himself to save the rest of the crew.
Devon Taylor’s cinematic and pulse-pounding duology comes to a thunderous conclusion in The Ghost Seekers.
A JB's Bookworms Review by Jena Baxter
The Ghost Seekers
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I want to start out by acknowledging Devon Taylor’s talent for writing excellent prose. His descriptions are unique and to the point, sentences are flawless, and the detail of most scenes is clear. There were moments where I lost him, as the tension rose and momentum quickened, but I found going back a page usually took care of the problem. This is a common thing for me when a story is moving fast. There were places where it could have been slowed down, but I felt like it flowed well, due to the smooth and graphic prose. It wouldn’t have hurt the story if I had kept reading and not gone back.
So, why did I give him four stars? It was the beginning. I’ve pondered other ways it might have been done, but without any kind of set-up (yes, I know we don’t want set-up in most instances), I found it difficult to get into the characters for a while. While most stories don’t need set-up, some do in my opinion, or maybe the story could have been started somewhere else. There were alternatives, so I don’t really feel bad for saying so. Since the storyline is critical, getting the reader into the story as fast as possible is important enough to lose a star. This is still a worthy read, and other readers may experience it in a different way than I did, jumping right into the action.
Characterization was good. Every character was different in some way, and had problems and traits of their own, but there is commentary about them appearing as teenagers, while most the time I was seeing adults, except for Treeny, a girl who passed away at fifteen years old. She came across with the wisdom of her years after death, but also with some of the personality of a teenager. While one might argue that the years would change these characters, and it would to an extent, I felt like they would have kept some of the tendencies that made them who they became before they died.
There is no sex, and very little in the way of foul language, but if you’re a parent who has issues with cursing, there are one or two instances.
Devon Taylor was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and currently lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and two daughters. His day job consists of sneaking around the house with ninja-like stealth to avoid waking up his kids. When not writing, reading, or tediously typing out text messages with all the correct spelling and punctuation, he spends his time with his family. THE SOUL KEEPERS is his debut novel.
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