Friday, January 27, 2017

The Pool of Souls Duology Ends with Secret of the Souls (Review)

Thrust out of their homes by a human High Priest on a vengeful mission, the Natives of Derlund no longer have a place to call their own. One escaped capture, however, and now she, Hyla, is the only one who can save her people.

For, Hyla, though, saving her nation isn’t her ultimate goal—returning to the Pool of Souls is. Becoming its Guardian and preserving their faith is her heart’s desire. The perils of her current journey, though, could leave her unable to fulfill that dream.

To find her way back to the Pool, Hyla must live among dangerous, powerful humans willing to defend the Natives, and must submit herself—her Talents—to them. While her protection is paramount, plots to end Hyla’s life will push her to her physical and emotional limits.
On the edge of sanity, her courage tested, and convictions nearly broken, Hyla’s final test of loyalty to her faith comes with the death of one she could have loved.
Secret of the Souls
Pool of Souls #2
Terri Rochenski
Pub Date: 1/23/17
Roane Publishing
Genre: Fantasy
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The second novel in the Pool of Souls duology by Terri Rochenski was not the exciting end I was expecting, but I was definitely wrong about not anticipating any surprises along the way.

In Secret of the Souls, Hyla has agreed to return to Grosmont with Jadon. She wants to save him from being hanged for abandoning his post and the only way is for her to help the king in the coming war. Loyalties are tested and the Natives striving to find freedom from their oppressors are becoming strained. Conlin is working himself to the bone to spy on the High Priest Belwig and keep ahead of his plans.

Where the first book, Eye of the Soul, seemed longer and more of a world-building story Secret of the Souls is fast-paced and almost rushed. This story didn't have to have an immediate resolution if the climax was going to be forced and quickly moved around. I never usually socialize fantasy with happily ever afters, unless it's also a romance novel, but this seemed to almost fall into that category. Lives are lost on both sides of the conflict, but the heroes of the novel come out on top.

I stand by my initial judgement of the duology. Pool of Souls is a welcome for readers who haven't yet fallen in love with the fantasy genre, or want to explore other facets of the genre. It's lively, easy to read and features a determined heroine!
*Review copy provided in exchange for an honest review*



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