- File Size: 1722 KB
- Print Length: 122 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Moonlight Mountain Books; 1 edition (April 2, 2014)
- Publication Date: April 2, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JFXM6T6
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,533,214 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Assassin's Soul (Tales of Ellemarlene Book 1) Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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The writing is solid with good editing and the dialogue sounded natural. Some awkward wording in places that gave me pause–I don't like instances of "you" used in third person perspective. Also, I can't entirely sure the prologue was necessary as it is primarily back story. However, it did serve as a nice vehicle for introducing the primary characters and their relationship. Secondary characters were distinct and well developed. For some reason, I latched onto a relatively minor character, Nathan Deering, a Master Thief, hoping he'd become the primary romantic interest.
Caitlyn is a fun, hot-headed character. Female assassins aren't common and the fact that she retained a moral code about who she killed made it possible for the reader to remain sympathetic. She is also a psychic vampire, always an interesting concept who must feed periodically by taking a life. The author develops the concept in a unique way to make it compatible with her magical system.
The heroine's psychic vampirism serves as the basis of internal conflict and drives all of her choices. It is not a matter of choosing to kill or not, but rather determining who to kill so that she doesn't take an innocent life. The politics of Ellemarlene provide the external conflict, starting with a corrupt guild leader and building toward an attempted coupé by another guild.
ASSASSIN'S SOUL is an exciting retelling of the heroic journey. For fans of fantasy adventure with a romantic twist, this offering from Beth Caudill is sure to please.
This book just wasn't for me. I really didn't like either of the main characters. And I really hated what Caitlyn's friend/lover did to her. It didn't make a lot of sense to me, and I felt like it was pretty unforgivable. So, that just made me dislike it.
Then the ending was rather abrupt, and I felt that some of the things that happened just happened too quickly and not enough consequences for the people who hurt Caitlyn.
Other than that I liked the idea of the story line. I really enjoyed the Soul-Eater aspect of it. And I wish I could have liked more about the story as well.
This is a fantasy novel, which means there should be solid world-building so we understand how the characters work in that world. Rules should be set down, especially for magic. (I hate undefined magic.) How glad I was when the author occasionally stated a rule of magic that the heroine must follow! But a few paragraphs later, the heroine ALWAYS broke that rule. ??? (Yes, she's more than a bit Mary Sue, and that's what Mary Sues do.) She's exhausted; she can't perform more magic and even begins to have seizures. But look! She uses her magic to float above the crowd, awing them! Where'd the power to do that come from? Heck, where'd the ability for that come from? Why does her magic include that talent?
The background of the city changes during the novella, but we are never privy to how that affects our heroine; instead we hear about it as a fait accompli. We missed a chance to hear a ticking clock on the plot as the world begins to fall around the action. Our Heroine mourns some deaths, but did she know the people involved? Does she, an assassin, have empathy for anyone? Does she have ANY interests outside herself and her brother/lover?
Our Heroine steals and destroys souls. After finishing this novella, I figured that the author's use of the word "soul" is not the general world's use of it. The author equates the soul with the aura, one for one. When our heroine relieves a village's suffering from plague by destroying everyone's souls, we're supposed to cheer for her. But she has Destroyed. Their. Souls. Their immortal souls. Like I said, I don't think the author's using the right word/definition. (Feel free to insert Inigo Montoya's quote here: "You keep using that word...") I think that instead the heroine can detach the soul from the body bloodlessly/painlessly, but she retains some aftertaste of the victim's aura, which causes her problems. That would explain a lot, but that's never how it's explained here.
I think the author thinks there's a character arc for her heroine because of the way she writes the ending, but there isn't except that the heroine learns a new technique during the course of the story so she won't go mad. That's something, but we never get to see a life-changing personality shift in her. It would have been possible for this to be a satisfying ending if we ever got to know the heroine beyond a surface level, or by listening to more than her constant interior whine. Every time the plot slowed down I thought, "Ah ha! Now we'll get a scene showing us who she is, what her goals are, what she really thinks of her world, etc etc." Nope. The plot skips like a thrown rock on water and never lights long enough to reveal any depth to any of the characters. In the end, I have no idea what this novella wanted to tell us.
The author does like to describe things, though. Every time the scene switched, we got a thorough description of the physical surroundings. I hope in further works she utilizes this to begin to describe her characters' personalities so that we readers may invest in them.