- Series: Pool of Souls (Book 1)
- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 8, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1542422736
- ISBN-13: 978-1542422734
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,372,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Eye of the Soul (Pool of Souls) (Volume 1) Paperback – January 8, 2017
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Hyla, a nineteen-year-old orphan, is away collecting roots and herbs for the healers when the attack comes. Right away, we see she is fearful, which makes the reader wonder why. That back story is sprinkled in at all the right moments.
Through a number of narrators, the story unfolds. A High Priest with a vendetta against the deity of the Natives emerges as the villain. We want to hate him; his despicable misuse of power and authority begs it. Yet, we see he has a secret past – a motivation not unlike that of Mr. Freeze (of Batman fame).
Jadon and Conlin enter the story as childhood friends who share the spotlight as the male heroes in the story. They are like night and day, but their camaraderie and realistic interactions pull the reader further in to this fictional realm.
Conflict unfolds and the course is clear. Who will make it to the Pool? What does the Pool actually do? Will Hyla accept her calling? And, will she choose Conlin or Jadon?
The characters are well-formed and realistic. Although the motivations of some of them are unclear or questionable, most of them acted and reacted consistently. Intrigue surrounds the powers of a few “non-Native” people in the story: where did their powers come from? Why do humans have these “gifts”?
The problem is straight-forward and the plot un-convoluted. We know the goals of the characters, and except where they are keeping a secret, we understand what motivates them. This is by no means a simple story, it is just easy to follow. Rather than shrouding information, the author shares it – to the end that it creates more questions and adds tension.
. It took me awhile to decide I liked Hyla – needed to understand what made her so mistrustful. Although Jadon is likable, he seems rather stereotypical. If it weren't for his friendship and interaction with Conlin, I might have written him off as an egotistical, womanizing jerk.
Give these characters the chance to grow on you and you won’t be disappointed. Nothing about the story line or premise (racial discrimination, anti-religion and revolutionary tendencies) disappoints.
If you like magic, sword fighting and quests, this is a book you’ll want to read. Whether you’re looking for a great story or a deep story, Eye of the Soul grants your wish.
In Terri Rochenski's Eye of the Soul, young Hyla is quested with saving her people. The 'Natives', green eyed with pointy ears, are taken captive by high priest Belwig who has declared their god Fadir is false. In the aftermath, they're all taking captive except for Hyla. She's tasked with going to the Pool of Souls, a place that her people are unaware of because many of them have stopped truly believing in their ancestral beliefs. War is on the brink and Hyla may be the key to saving many lives. It was ironic that the Natives are persecuted for their differences yet many have lost faith. They are scared to even acknowledge the few who are aware that they possess special gifts, like Hyla's ability to perceive the deeper emotions of one's soul and Conlin who can travel his soul to great distances.
As I read I felt myself transported to Hyla's world. Though most of her time was spent on the road I still got the impression of a medieval like setting. The style of dress and language added to the world building. True to form, the story takes on various points of views. From the evil mastermind Belwig to innocent Hyla readers get a rich story. It has themes similar to one of my favorite fantasy novels, Valor of the Healer by Angela Highland. I've always found value in stories that begin with an innocent girl starting off on a journey and hopefully coming out on the the other side of it stronger and more confident in her convictions.
I'm very curious to see where this series goes. The setup of the plot and the style of writing doesn't seem to leave room for surprises, but I've been wrong before. Secret of the Souls is bound to a climatic end to Hyla's adventure!
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