Forest of Souls
Sirscha Ashwyn is secretly training under Kendara to become the queen’s Shadow, but everything that Sirscha has worked for unravels following an attack by shamans that results in the death of someone she loves. Before she has time to mourn, she discovers she possesses a unique ability when she resurrects Saengo. As she works to understand this new power, she makes another shocking discovery: she’s a soulguide, something that hasn’t existed in years. This newfound status gets her summoned by the Spider King. He requests her help to control the Dead Wood, which has slowly grown out of control and threatens to destroy the peace between it and Sirscha’s kingdom.
The plot is fast-paced and, following the various threats, Sirscha’s dream of becoming a Shadow is put into perspective as she finds herself stepping into the role of a soulguide, which marks her as a rare and extraordinary being and as the hero that the two kingdoms need. The story introduces a variety of unique characters, including the Spider King, Kendara, and Saengo. At the heart of the story is the relationship between Saengo and Sirscha, which grows from loyalty, respect, and love to create a genuine sisterhood. This is the driving force for Sirscha, and it is at the core of her character. Their relationship adds a layer of emotion to the plot and brings out the lighter side of Sirscha while providing her with an underlying strength due to having someone to fight for. The book also explores her journey to become a soulguide, which helps her learn about her own power, strength, and courage as she faces saving her friend, conquering the Dead Wood, and proving herself as a hero.
Forest of Souls is a “must read” for fantasy lovers who will enjoy its tale of empowerment, courage, friendship, and inner strength.
|Lori M. Lee
|Page Street Publishing
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