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Secret of the Souls (Pool of Souls) (Volume 2) Paperback – January 28, 2017
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Terri started writing stories in the 8th grade, when a little gnome whispered in her brain. Gundi’s Great Adventure never hit the best seller list, but it started a long love affair with the fantasy genre. Today she enjoys an escape to Middle Earth during the rare ‘me’ moments her three young children allow. When not potty training or kissing boo-boos, she can be found on her back patio in the boondocks of New Hampshire, book or pencil in hand. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The pacing was great. Secrets revealed just when you were about to scream from not knowing.
However, a few events seemed too convenient to be believable (but I'm a hard sell, so take this with a grain of salt.)
Also, I felt like the author wrapped everything up in a bow too quickly at the end. I wanted a little more time to digest the revelations and feel the relief or jubilation or surprise of the different bands of characters.
All in all, this is a fantasy duo that I'll read again.
Hyla, a Seer, can see people's Auras and I liked the extra insight her power added to the story. Knowing the color of everyone's Auras, indicating how they felt, was interesting, and how their Auras changed from moment to moment added a neat element to the scenes. Hyla is a great character. I felt for her and her situation with being a Seer, which forces her to hide from humans.
Jadon, Hyla's Protector, has amazing sword skills. He's strong, fierce, and feared because of his abilities. His connection with Hyla is intriguing. I liked his determination to protect her. Conlin, the Soul Walker, also brings something special to the story every time he soul walks, which is quite often. He secretly loves Hyla, and seeing the budding love between Hyla and Conlin is a sweet.
Aside from Hyla, Conlin, and Jadon we are given glimpses into the perspectives of kings and lords. While it does become difficult to keep straight who is who, their motives and secrets are all entertaining.
Each chapter offers something new as war approaches, secrets unfold, and Hyla is put into situations she'd rather avoid. There's romance, and suspense due to impending war and other events that put Hyla, Conlin, and Jadon in danger. There are a lot of entertaining twists. The ending was a perfect conclusion that tied up all the loose ends and answered lingering questions.
If you read "Eye of the Soul" you'll be pleased with this sequel. If you enjoy Adult fantasy, these are two books you should pick up!
*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Think predictions and fate and destiny and emotional/physical/spiritual journeys, or self-sacrifice and self-discovery and friendships, or love and hate and acceptance, and beliefs that can drive your heart and your soul to their actions or your mind to its choices ... and (I think that covers it) you pretty much have Secret of the Souls.
Usually, I shy away like a big baby from fantasy, but Ms Rochenski's books flow so easily and her characters are so likable and easy to connect with. And I'm actually a little gutted because I thought this was a trilogy but I don't currently see a third announced anywhere. That aside, though, this ending was VERY nicely wrapped up, and it left me feeling wholesomely fulfilled with a smile on my face and warmth in my soul.