Secret of Souls has been on my radar for a while! Since I joined the bookstagram community, I’ve been following Aubrie Nixon and been awaiting the release of her debut novel Secret of Souls! I look a good book with a strong female character in it, and that’s exactly what I got, with a hint of love for cinnamon rolls and dresses!
The Empire of Lucent has stood for centuries as a beacon of strength and light. But now an otherworldly realm has unleashed an army of nightmarish creatures upon the peaceful empire, spreading a lethal plague called The Decay which consumes its victims mercilessly from the inside out.
The king of the Empire of Lucent calls upon “Lady of Death” Zephera Travelle—an infamous assassin with a weakness for braided cinnamon bread and a striking aptitude for murder and mayhem. He sends her on an impossible quest to find the one person who can concoct a cure and save the realm from total annihilation. Together with her best friend Zadkiel, mage extraordinaire Brenner, girly city-guard Oriana, and broody warrior Daegan, she embarks on a journey that will test her wits, will, and sanity. Along the way, she discovers that no one—and nothing—is as it seems, including herself.
So, first off, it was fast-paced, but not too fast-paced, I felt like she found the happy medium between and it really kept me engrossed! I love a book that doesn’t ramble and gets to the point, and I think it took me half the day to read it!
Zephera is also not your typical cut-throat, she’s not your typical fearless female. She has a girly side that she likes to indulge in, which I found quite different, and definitely gave her this soft, delicate side as well!
Aubrie also did the impossible! She made me like the childhood sweet-heart/friend guy. Normally, I just see them as the annoying little twits who are just there to cause trouble and be a pain in the ass when you want the protagonist to fall in love with someone else.
Well, to see how that ended, you need to read the book…
I loved the whole concept of this book, but there was something that threw me off a bit, and that was the public displays of affection that Zephera was involved in. Now, this girl ain’t scared to jump over a bar and ravish you for a free drink, but with one of the lovers, it seemed a tad bit out of place, for me, anyway.
Other than that, the only problem I have is that I have to wait for the next one to come out!
This book is a great debut novel for Aubrie Nixon, and I think, if she keeps this up, she can make something great!
Here is a close-up of the swag I received because I preordered Secret of Souls!
Until next time guys,
Just keep reading!