SOULS OF THE NEVER by C.J. Ruitheford
All life ends. All souls pass on. But what if yours was ripped from your body to serve the darkness?
Eons ago, the universe teetered on the brink of destruction, as the evil Tenybris and his armies consumed the galaxies. They were unstoppable, fueled by magic and the voracious darkness of the pit– until a heroic sacrifice changed everything, causing Tenybris’ defeat, and hiding the source of all magic behind an impenetrable Veil.
Now, after thousands upon thousands of years, the Veil is falling, and magic is leaking back into the universe.
In Belfast, Ireland, young Katheryne’s dreams descend into nightmare. Can she overcome her uncertainty and accept her role in the upcoming war?
As she struggles to survive against Tenybris’ renewing power, a desperate warrior searches through time and multiple realities for the face from his dreams. Can he find her in time? If not, all will be lost.
This is the first book of a series, but there is a free prequel called ORIGINS OF THE NEVER which I already reviewed. You can read my 4 feather review HERE.
This book starts lifetimes after ORIGINS OF THE NEVER. The prequel helps the reader understand what Sanctuary is and who Tenybris and Olume are, and the ensuing conflict between them.
Katheryne thought she was just a mere, mortal human, but she was that, and so much more. Lately, she’s been having these terrifying nightmares where she’s on an island surrounded by an evil, fiery beast that is consuming everything around her in fire, until she too is gone. Then one night, a man steps into her dream and saves her. And the same man actually steps into her real life. Through Derren and his twin sister Kista, Kat discovers what fate really has in store for her. And it comes with some life-changing consequences.
I really liked the characters and could easily identify with them, as C.J. does a fantastic job making them real. I related more to Perri, the best friend and roommate, than I did with Kat, and I can’t wait to see what part she plays in the second book.
I also enjoyed the fantasy world that Rutherford is building. I’ve always believed in alternate/parallel universes. so this fits right in with my beliefs. He just puts his own unique spin on it. And, of course, the good against evil. And it doesn’t have to be a God or Devil as we are so brainwashed to believe.
The reason I’ve lowering my review down a notch, is because of the confusing jumping around at the beginning. Probably due to my brain getting older. It does all mesh together at the end, and leaves questions to make me want to read the next installment, which I already have on my TBR list. Also, I thought some of the world building and action was too vague. Especially the action. I guess I’m more of an action type reader.
Anyway, I really loved the story, I highly recommend it and I give it 4 feathers. Can’t wait to read the next book.
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