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Soul Song: A Dirk & Steele Novel [Kindle Edition]

Marjorie M. Liu
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)

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“If you have yet to add Liu to your must-read list, you’re doing yourself a disservice.”

When it comes to bold originality and pure storytelling skill, few authors of popular fiction can compare with the remarkable Marjorie M. Lui—and in the realm of paranormal romance, no one is better! With Soul Song, the sensational New York Times bestselling superstar brings readers another marvelous tale of passion and otherworldly occurrences centered around the mysterious Dirk and Steele Detective Agency—as a tormented young woman with the precognitive power to foresee terrible futures must place her own fate in the hands of a mesmerizing prince of the sea. A master at creating unforgettable love stories featuring shapeshifters, telekinetics, and extraordinary supernatural beings, Lui has earned herself a legion of fans, and Soul Song will merely add to their ranks. Christine Feehan, author of Dark Prince and one of the biggest names in paranormal romance, promises that, “anyone who loves my work should love hers.”

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In her newest Dirk & Steele novel, Liu introduces fiddle player Kitala Bell, cursed with the ability to foresee people's deaths, and merman M'Cal, slave to a soul-stealing witch. When M'Cal's cruel master orders M'Cal to steal Kitala's soul, he's loathe to carry through with it but can't stop himself—or the witch. Unsuspecting Kit, meanwhile, has gotten herself in dutch with some local criminals while trying to help a girl she's sure will be murdered. By the time M'Cal catches up with Kit, he's forced into the role of rescuer—and, before long, red-hot lover. Though it starts slow—as clueless Kit must become acquainted with the author's paranormal underworld—Liu's latest is a clever, finely constructed take on the Little Mermaid story and delivers great paranormal suspense. Though the love story lacks complexity, and the Dirk & Steele detectives play only a peripheral part, all the other elements Liu fans expect—a strong heroine, a damaged hero, sharp dialogue and funny, fanciful details—are well-represented, making this a satisfying return to her universe. (July)
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*Starred Review* World-renowned-violinist Kitala Bell is blessed with the gift to produce otherworldly music and cursed to foresee the violent deaths of others. She shuns her visions, protecting her sanity against the pain, until one woman's fate compels her to intervene. Kit now faces an all-too-imminent death until M'Cal steps out of the darkness and unleashes a song of destruction on her attackers, a song that calls to the melodies in her mind. Even in her mystical world, he is unlike anything she has known. A man imprisoned by past mistakes, forced to hunt her for his own captor, yet equally compelled to keep her safe. The boundlessness of Liu's imagination never ceases to amaze; her ability to translate that imagination into a lyrical work of art never ceases to impress. This tale is a symphony of lush imagery, harmonizing subplots, and the wounded souls of her characters. M'Cal especially sets the tone as the reader sees him at his worst at the beginning, and falls instantly in love with him. Davis, Nina C.

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  • File Size: 491 KB
  • Print Length: 342 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0843957662
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reissue edition (June 8, 2010)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Return to the Fantasy World of Marjorie Liu June 27, 2007
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SOUL SONG starts out with a bang and moves with a fast pace in the book and to a startling conclusion. Neither Kitala Bell nor M'cal are normal members of their species.

Kitala's father was a white man and her mother was a black woman from Lousianna. Kit's grandma, Jazz, was and is a powerful voodoo priestess. Death has only strengthened her powers to protect her beloved granddaughter. Kit has her own unique powers she can see the murders that will take place and how they are committed on the faces of the living. She is a concert violinist and travels not only to play but escape the knowledge she has of the deaths that are to come.

M'cal's father is a Merman and his mother was human. His father is one of the few who possess the ability to soul sing, either to help or to destroy. Even tho he is of mixed heritage M'cal has inherited this ability. He is also enslaved by a witch, one that he thought he was in love with. She has stolen his powers and forces him to steal souls and bring them to her in order for her to retain her youth. Now she wants Kit and sends him to procure her soul.

Kit sees a woman at her concert who is to be murdered and even knowing that she will not be able to save the woman, she tries to warn her. Suddenly she and the woman and her uncle are attacked and kiddnapped. M'cal sees the attack and ultimately saves Kit. She touchs him in a soul deep way with her music and her face. He manages to free her and send her away with the warning that if he sees her again the witch will force him to take her soul.

The rest of the book is a wonderful ride and of course Dirk and Steele, the agency come to the rescue. Kit is a friend of Del who married Hari, the shapechanger from TIGER EYE. I enjoyed this book very much and as with all her books you never know where they will lead. Do not miss it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner from Marjorie M. Liu June 28, 2007
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In SOUL SONG, Marjorie M. Liu returns readers to the magical, fascinating world of Dirk & Steele a bit indirectly. M'Cal is a merman who is enslaved to a witch (much as Charlie was enslaved in "A Dream of Stone and Shadow" in the DARK DREAMERS anthology), who forces him to use his extraordinary vocal powers to steal souls with which to augment her power. His new target is renowned fiddler Kitala Bell. But instead of stealing her soul, he saves her life - and she saves his right back.

Kitala has more talent than her music, but it's not something she welcomes - she can see how people are going to die. Her grandmother, a powerful voodoo priestess, tried to teach her how to handle her powers, but Kitala wanted to live in denial, and when her grandmother died, she lost her chance to learn. Despite the fact that she does know she can't do anything to save the people she sees, when she sees a young woman with a knife in her eye in the audience of her Vancouver concert, she tries to warn her. For her pains she gets tangled up in a web of human trafficking with two corrupt cops on her tail. The only thing standing between her and them is the man who saved her, the man who fascinates her...the man who is under compulsion to kill her.

There's something absolutely heady about this love story - on the run together, knowing that at any moment, the compulsion on M'Cal might kick in and he'll end up killing the woman he's falling in love with, but Kitala trusting him all the same, a testament to the core of his honor that the witch could never touch. It's love on a knife edge, as you see often in romantic suspense, but M'Cal and Kitala connect so deeply through the music in their souls that you know once the knife edge is gone, they'll still be together.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music for the Soul June 21, 2007
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Although the Dirk and Steele agency play only a small part in the novel, we do get to reconnect with a few old friends.

The novel itself follows M'cal a merman, with the power to destroy, or give life with his voice, who is enslaved by a witch, and Kitala Bell, a world renown fiddler, who has also inherited many of her Grandmother Jazz Marie's powers (namely seeing people who are going to die violently). Together Kitala and M'cal work to free a young woman who has been kidnapped from her evil captors, and to free M'cal from his enslavement to the witch who holds his soul.

The book is well written. The first couple of chapters are a bit slow, but the pace picks up quickly after that. And while I would have liked to have reconnected with more of the Dirk & Steele crew, I was pleased to see Koni had a larger part that usual. A definite must have for anyone who likes Marjorie's books. This one will be going on my keeper shelf.Soul Song (Dirk & Steele, Book 6)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The song and the singer June 20, 2007
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Marjorie M. Liu returns to her Dirk & Steele world of myth, magic and mayhem to bring a story of a musician who sees violent deaths and a merman who can sing away your soul. Kit Bell, daughter of musicians, hears the music of the universe welling up in her soul and brings it forth from her fiddle to share with enraptured audiences. M'cal, a creature of both sea and land, captured by a ruthless witch and forced to serve her desires, can sing away a person's soul. When he is sent to steal Kit's soul, his song and her music combine to change both their destinies.

Ms. Liu has created a convincing world that in turn hides and reveals mysteries of myth and magic. Shape-shifters, mermen, voodoo priestesses all hide in plain sight to find, guide and and sustain others of their kind. In this particular offering M'Cal and Kit are determined to rescue another caught up in a titanic struggle against a seething, rapacious evil waiting for a chance to invade our world. Like her other couples, Ms. Liu has created a hero tortured and tormented, trying to hold on to what honor he can. Her heroine, while stunned to find herself in the middle of a fairy tale, is not afraid to wade in and kick butt. I love the fact that Ms. Liu's characters are not conflicted about using violence to counter violence. Dialogue exchanges between characters is by turns hilarious and revealing. And it is always a pleasure to check in with former characters to see how they are doing.

Although not necessary, it is helpful to have read the previous novels in this series. I highly recommend this book to all of Ms. Liu's fans and to anyone wanting to check out her universe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Wait To Read The Next Dirk & Steele Book!
Fantastic Read! Loved the story between the two main characters and how they connected. If you enjoy reading paranormal and romance then I recommend reading this. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ashlie
3.0 out of 5 stars Something fishy
Official Star Count: 3

Recently, I found myself on a Mermaid or Merman kick. I found that it is a struggle to find books in this genre that also don't fall under the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Banera
5.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL
I love this series, this one will make you want to cry. They are a great read for people who like Feehans books.
Published 5 months ago by Topekacarol
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read this series. I could not put it down.
This book along with the rest of the series, is excellent. Marjorie is a great author. She has a great imagination.
Published 7 months ago by Angelina Bao
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best Yet
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? Read more
Published 12 months ago by Gina Briganti
5.0 out of 5 stars Soul Song (Dirk & Steele, Book 5)
I really enjoyed the romance of the story. Sometimes I have a little trouble following her as she has skipped about in other stories. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Handeezhoney25
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Dirk and Steele
I have just discovered the Dirk and Steele series. I love them. What an imagation,she has. They stand alone but are more fun if you read in order.
Published 14 months ago by Pamela Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing like a singing Merman to catch your soul!
Nothing like a singing Merman to catch your soul!

Wow this book was Much Much Much Better than the last one in the series. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ronda Tutt
5.0 out of 5 stars Great romance/action novel.
The Dirk & Steele novels are a good way to unwind after a long day, but be certain it will transport you to another world in wich you are the protagonist pr at least wished you... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Brenda Neris
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book from the Dirk & Steele series
As always, Marjorie M. Liu does not disapoint! The Dirk & Steele series of books have all been a fun ride from start to finsh.
Published 20 months ago by Virginia Gonet
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Marjorie Liu is an attorney and novelist, whose paranormal romance and urban fantasy series have made her a New York Times Bestselling author. She writes for Marvel Comics, including Dark Wolverine (with Daniel Way), Black Widow, X-23 -- and most recently, Astonishing X-Men, which was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for its "outstanding representation of the LGBT Community". Marjorie divides her time between Boston, Indiana, and Beijing, China.

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Anyone reading this. I just read the 1st book in the Dirk & Steele series. Loved Del and Hari!!
My question.....looking at future books in this series. It skips from book 3 to book 5????
Where is book 4?
Oct 19, 2007 by M. Childers |  See all 2 posts
No. But the next book, The Last Twilight is between an black man(African) and a white woman. Can't wait!
Sep 13, 2007 by Girl Friday Reader |  See all 3 posts
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