Thursday, October 27, 2011

Soul thief by Jana Oliver

***SPOILER*** alert - if you have not read the first book in the series then do not read this review as it has ***SPOILERS*** for the first book.

Riley managed to survive the attack on the Trappers, but now things are getting even more complicated.  Simon is giving her the cold shoulder while he tried to come to terms with the attack on the tabernacle and the ensuing slaughter, and he doesn't seem to understand that there are more things to think about than his narrow world view.  Her fathers disappearance is still a mystery, with no one claiming responsibility for the theft of his body, and all trails leading to a dead end.  Beck is being a controlling jerk and trying to get Riley to leave town, which may not be such a bad idea with the hunters arriving in town.  Riley has enenmies at every turn, and her allies may not be who she thinks they are.  The danger is building for Riley and everyone she loves - and it looks like a showdown is coming, a war to end all wars.

This is the second book in the Demon trappers series and Jana Oliver has once again delivered an engaging novel with a thoroughly engrossing story and entirely believable world.  Riley has continued to grow as a character, but she has also maintained the character flaws that make her entirely believable.  It is not clear how long this series will run, or how many books will be in the series, but Oliver has laid very good ground work for a long running series.

One of the best things about this series is that it is so genuine - too many authors dumb down storylines for teenagers or take the easy way out with the plotlines, but Oliver keeps the plot moving forwards and keeps the action tense (and real).  This is a series that will appeal to a wide audience, because although Riley is a teenager the world she inhabits is a very adult one, with danger around every corner, adult relationships, and having to make very adult decisions.  Hopefully this series doesn't over reach or try too hard and fail, because this could be the next Twilight reaching across a wide range of audiences and providing a new world for readers to enjoy for a long time.

If you like this book then try:
  • The black tattoo by Sam Enthoven
  • Dead witch walking by Kim Harrison
  • Born at midnight by C.C. Hunter
  • Burn bright by Marianne de Pierres
  • Legacies by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill 

 Reviewed by Brilla

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