NetGalley Review: The Twisted Souls Series (Box Set: The Soul Ripper, Twisted Souls, Soul Cycle, A Soul to Settle) by Cege Smith
Publisher: Shadow Creek Press
Published: Oct. 19, 2013
Review: ebook provided by NetGalley and publisher
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk
The Soul Ripper (Twisted Souls #1)
In a post-apocalyptic world known as the Territory of Malm, infants are born soulless. With a hideous appearance and unquenchable hunger, they are kept out of sight until they are Chosen.
Long ago, the residents of Malm placed their faith in the Office of Souls to lead them and keep them safe after the human race was almost destroyed in the time known only as "Before". But someone long forgotten has other plans, and that means unleashing unspeakable evil into their world.
Soul Implantation Day 3675 starts out like any other, and follows the paths of six people who are destined to meet in the courtyard of the Fountain of Souls. They bear witness to a soul implantation ceremony gone terribly awry.
Not all of them will survive, and some will suffer a fate far worse than death.
*This novella was previously released under the title "The Soul Garden".*
Twisted Souls (Twisted Souls #2)
The epic collision of good and evil that began in The Soul Ripper (Twisted Souls #1)
continues in Twisted Souls (Twisted Souls #2), the second installment of Cege Smith's Twisted Soul series...
The survivors of Soul Implantation Day 3675 went into hiding as the rest of the Territory of Malm was ravaged by an old foe hell-bent on total domination of their world. As the focus settles on the last untouched outpost of humanity, Samuel, the new Head Master of the nearly annihilated Office of Souls, knows that something must be done in order to bring the human race back from the brink of total extinction.
Samuel's secret weapon is Cameron, the last recipient of a soul from the Fountain of Souls. Cameron's destiny has set her on a path to face down the ultimate evil and hopefully save mankind. Time is against them as the survivors discover that nowhere is safe from their enemy's reach, and they must rejoin the outside world and fight before it is too late.
Soul Cycle (Twisted Souls #3)
The line between good and evil blurs even further in Soul Cycle (Twisted Souls #3), the third installment of the Twisted Souls saga...
Cameron, Samuel, and Malcolm survived the trap in the Office of Souls compound. Their goal is to reach Outpost Alanstown where they know they will have to confront their enemy. But as their journey begins, an encounter with a group of bloodthirsty Soulless Ones separates the group on the outskirts of West End, the capital city of the Territory of Malm.
In the meantime, in Outpost Alanstown, Chim retrieves Marius from the edges of madness. Marius finds himself in the difficult position of helping Chim in order to help himself.
What no one knows is that someone has been behind the scenes pulling the strings like a skilled puppet master, and that person is someone they never expected.
Answers from the past must be found before Cameron and Samuel's true destinies can be revealed. The journey to the final battle is coming, but who will be there still remains a mystery.
A Soul to Settle (Twisted Souls #4)
A new evil rises as Samuel and Cameron race toward to Outpost Alanstown in the thrilling conclusion of the Twisted Souls series...
Facing a moral dilemma, Samuel realizes that everything he believed was right is wrong. He is confronted with the devastating truth that to save the Territory of Malm, he must first remove the stain of the treacherous legacy of the one who ruled before him.
Cameron teeters on the cusp of discovering her purpose.
I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.
So this review is going to be for each book so it will be long.
Soulless what are they exactly? Well we find out that babies are born without a soul and only through the head master can they get a soul. For those that stay soulless they are not normal at all, they have grey skin red eyes, you can tell they are not like the "normal" people of Malm. This box set tells us of how it began and how it will all end.
The Soul Ripper: So this is a very unique story. People who are drawn to procreate like a lottery have to wait to have their child get a soul. With this story we have Malcolm, his wife and their daughter Cameron who will receive a soul finally. We go back and forth between the different p.o.v.'s and it all goes together very well. I liked how each time there was a different point of view the chapter started with who we were reading about. We have Malcolm who is the father of Cameron a soulless child and wants his child to get a good soul. We have Samuel who is an acolyte and serves the light but also the head master as well. We get a bit of insight via Samuel on how this ceremony works. It seems there is a ritual that has to go just right but on this day something seems very different and it seems the head master know this. As we see what happens on what is suppose to be a very special day someone has come to take what he believes is his and will stop at nothing to have it all even if that means killing people in the process.
Twisted Souls: This novella picks up right where we leave off in book one. There is a group of survivors Bishop, Cameron, Malcolm and Samuel are underground as Chim and Marcus are making soulless. Cameron is no longer little it seems the souls he received is not like the other souls. We do learn soon what Chim's plan actually is and why he is doing what he is doing to those above. As the group decides on if they should leave the bunker we see part of what Cameron can do as far as healing those that are affected by being soulless. Let's just say there maybe a chance to save the light from the darkness. As far as the bag guys go Chim and Marcus I have to say I feel really bad for Marcus and what he has to endure because of Chim and his plans. You can tell he regrets listening and believing in Chim.
I can't wait to see how Cameron will grow within herself and stop the evil before too much damage is done to those that are innocent.
Soul Cycle: Wow so if you have been following the story, you have learned about the soulless and how the soul implantation works. We see the evil that Chim and Marcus have done to the territory of Malm and how it seems to be up to Cameron to stop it all. Though she has to learn how the Before happened to be able to stop what is going on right now. Though it seems now there is another person involved and we learn this through Samuel's eyes and what he has experienced. Was the Before created for someone to have power? It seems so. It also seems the soulless have evolved but into what exactly? The scene with Marius, Devon and his mother was chilling as it seems that these two soulless have something sinister going down. Can Cameron save everything as they Champion she is?
A Soul to Settle: Cameron understands what she has to do to save the soulless but what will she do? Samuel finally learns the truth on his mentor the previous head master and it shocks him. The end battle is not very spectacular but the action that Cameron does makes her a champion. Marius now understands that he has been a pawn in this whole thing and just wants to take the soulless that are in cages and live in peace somewhere. As he has to end up choosing a side which one will he pick? The side with Cameron or a side with Lairus who seems to have a very evil plan. I have to say this box set was really good and I really liked the idea of how the author wrote the soulless and souls.
Everyone loves a good origin tale. Cege's started when she was eight years old. She snuck out of bed late one night and into the living room to watch TV. Flipping through stations with the volume turned down low, she came across a rerun of a movie called The Exorcist. She was terrified yet mesmerized.
Cege wasn't unfamiliar with the idea of the battle between good and evil. She attended Catholic school in a small town in rural Wisconsin, and at the time knew the 'age appropriate' stories from the Bible. Nothing in those stories prepared her for the visual onslaught of watching the battle between the priests and the demon for the soul of the young Linda Blair. Cege was deeply disturbed by the movie, but nonetheless a seed was planted that night. That seed grew into a rampant fascination with all things supernatural.
Sleepovers turned into B-rated horror film marathons. Her library card was used to bring home piles of books about ghosts and vampires. She still isn't quite sure who she loved first, Stephen King or Freddy Krueger. By the time she was twelve, Cege took a turn at penning her own spooky tales. That love of things that go bump in the night and scare you to death has only grown stronger throughout the years.
The paranormal and supernatural take center stage in all of Cege's stories. Over the years, she has crafted her own origin stories about vampires (the Bloodtruth series), zombies (the Twisted Souls series), and ghosts, angels, and demons (the Shadows series). She's also taken on the folklore around the Fountain of Youth (the Immortal End series beginning with Ageless). There is something for every reader of the paranormal in Cege's books.