Thursday, December 6, 2012

[ARC Reviews] - A Feast of Souls by Hailey Edwards

Title: A Feast of Souls
Author: Hailey Edwards
Series: Araneae Nation
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Release Date: December 18, 2012

I received this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review.

Summary:  The only way to save her is to bind their souls as one.

Born with the ability to communicate with the dead, few things take Mana by surprise. But when a canis lopes into her life, announcing himself as the long-dead father of a childhood friend, she’s shocked. To make matters worse, he has a dire message that she alone can deliver.

Now Mana must face Vaughn, the male who inspired one too many girlish fantasies, and impart the spirit’s message—without acknowledging her source—so the soul can be laid to rest.

With rumors of a burgeoning clan war setting his nerves on edge, the last thing Vaughn needs is for an innocent to get caught in the cross hairs. But the woman he remembers as an awkward girl refuses to leave his side until he’s heard her out. That’s not the only change in her that calls to him. Her kindness soothes his battle-scarred soul—and he craves her in ways a warrior shouldn’t.

When they are both captured, they learn of an even greater threat. The plague devastating the southlands has come to his clan home. And his best—and only—chance to keep his people alive is the female who walks among the dead.

Warning: This book contains one fierce hero with a nose for danger, one stubborn heroine who smells like trouble, and one wolfish spirit who makes most relationships with the in-laws seem downright tame. Fur, fangs and some biting should be expected. But never fear, the hero has a sword, and he knows how to use it.

Thoughts: Mana is a spirit walker and favorite cousin of Rhys the Cold.  Vaughn (brother to Rhys) is escorting her back to her home along with the traitor Pascale. Mid way through the trip they are captured by another clan.  During captivity Mana is being followed by a spirit, one with a difficult and urgent mission for her.

I loved this story. Mana and Vaughn aren't the likeliest pair - but there is a desire between them that is potent. I especially enjoyed Vaughn. A bad boy, rough - but flirtatious and tender when it comes to Mana.  He is delicious to read about. A Feast of Souls is an excellent story. It's the second installment in the Araneae Nation and so far it's my favorite book in the series.  Ms. Edwards has created a unique world filled with danger and romance.

Score: 4 Stars

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Araneae Nation series:
A Hint of Frost
A Feast of Souls
A Cast of Shadows - February 12, 2013

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