THE SOULLESS GRAVE, by Jason King
Genre: High/ epic Fantasy
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Release: 07/06/15
Cover Artist: Eugene Teplitsky
Adventure is the lure of fools, and excitement glamour to the gullible. The siren song of the world is as music to the wanderer’s feet, but that dance leads only to the soul less grave…
Kairah lies unconscious and upon the threshold of death, but her dire state has awakened her oracle heritage and she sees in vision a land stripped of all life. But is what she seeing the past, or the future?
Ezra, having learned that his nephew, Jekaran, has bonded the sword of the Invincible Shadow, is forced to return to the Rikujo crime syndicate for help in rescuing Jek from the custody of the king, who plans to execute him in order to take the sword for himself. But can he convince some of the most dangerous brigands in Shaelar that he is still the ruthless and cunning Argentus?
Using his illusory spell-craft, Jenoc has infiltrated the King of Aiestal’s court, and is on the brink of igniting another talis war; one that will cause humanity to wipe each other off the face of Shaelar. But when Kairah is brought to the king unconscious, he has to work quickly to set his plans in motion before she wakes and reveals him.
All the while The Eater draws ever closer…
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).
(This review may contain spoilers).
Due to having forgotten about the blog tour, I’m reading these books out of order… but I’m reading book one after this one.
Despite not having yet read the first book in this series, I found this book to be really easy to follow. The beginning with Jove was suitably creepy. I couldn’t really see much humanity in him. Spending time in his head was really hard and left me with an almost crawling-skin sensation, particularly in regards to his talking about dolls.
I found the world in this book to be a particularly intriguing one. Although there were a few different storylines going on at the same time, the way they came together made sense and managed to draw me into the world. I was able to connect emotionally to most of the characters, the only exception to that being Jove… but it makes sense why that wouldn’t be the case.
I found myself liking Ezra a lot as a character. It was easy to understand his motivations and the hints at what he’d done with the sword added a new dimension to his character. Plus, I really liked what was stated about how Ezra was able to break the bond between him and the sword.
There were some ways I did feel sorry for the sword, even though it’s not technically a character in its own right. Some of the conversations between it and Jekaran made it quite clear that the sword didn’t understand morals and ethics. In many ways, it did come across as more like a child… though I couldn’t help wondering if it might have the opportunity to grow and learn what the right way to act is.
I particularly liked the Crown Prince of Aiestal. (I can’t recall the spelling of his name). Although he came across as a bit too idealistic, his ideas of saving his people were quite noble. I enjoyed seeing his interactions with the other characters around him, in particular his servant, who I couldn’t help feeling sorry for.
The concept of talis was a really intriguing one and I enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about the different sorts. This book did end on something of a cliffhanger… but I’m looking forward to being able to learn more about the world and the characters. I have the first book to read, but I’ll definitely be reading the next book/s in the future.
About The Author
For years Jason King publicly proclaimed his identity as “the chosen one,” but medication and a stint in a minimum security health and wellness facility convinced him that was not the case. In order to cope with his greatly diminished role in society, he devoted his free time to making up stories.
Born in Salt Lake City Utah, Jason grew up on a steady diet of anime, science fiction, Dungeons and Dragons, JRPG’s, and chocolate cake donuts. Stockholm syndrome gave him his beautiful wife, and the stork (according to his understanding) gave him his four wonderful children.
Jason holds a bachelor’s degree in I.T. Management and is currently the Internet Marketing Manager for a local bookstore chain, but he has sworn by Grabthar’s hammer that he will one day quit his “9 to 5″ and write full-time. He is also a proud “anonymous” member of the Space Balrogs comedy troupe, and he speaks fluent Labrador.
About Curiosity Quills Press
Curiosity Quills Press (CQ) is a small hybrid publishing company specializing in genre fiction of the highest quality. With 150+ titles in our catalog already and approximately 6 new books coming out each month, there’s never a dull moment at CQ. We work with major retailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Audible to ensure that you, the reader, can find whatever you are looking for at your convenience.
Founded in 2011 by Eugene Teplitsky and Lisa Gus, CQ was initially a resource portal for writing and publishing, created in an effort to help writers, like themselves, survive the publishing industry. After rapid success, CQ morphed into publishing press that over time has solidified its share in the market. Now we spend our days searching for the next great escape!