Soul Song: A Dirk & Steele Novel (Dirk & Steele Series) Mass Market Paperback – 1 May 2011
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From the Back Cover
Against her will, Kitala Bell can foresee the future.But only darkness and violence . . . and death. And nowit is her own future that is in peril.
Her fate is in the hands of a prince of the sea.More than a man—impossibly beautiful and dangerous,with a voice that can seduce and hypnotize—M’cal’s song manipulates lives the way Kitala coaxessweet music from the strings of her violin. Yet heis a prisoner, the captive of a malevolent mistress intenton using his powers to evil ends, and stretchedto the very limits of his endurance. For Kitala, he is lightand hope and fantasy, and survival for them bothrequires a bond more intimate and passionate thaneither has ever known. But it comes at a pr ice,for their love threatens not only the lives they’ve alwaysknown . . . but the very essence of their souls.
About the Author
Marjorie M. Liu is an attorney and New York Times bestselling author of paranormal romances and urban fantasy. In the world of comic books, she is also the writer of NYX: No Way Home, Black Widow, X-23, and Dark Wolverine. She lives in the American Midwest and Beijing, China.
Top Customer Reviews
Kitala (Kit) Bell is the best friend of Delilah from "Tiger Eye" and briefly makes an appearance in the first book of this series. A virtuoso violin player, she travels frequently and always alone; never having revealed her ability to see the victims of murder and their gruesome deaths before they die. It is at a concert that Kit notices the young woman enjoying her music; a young woman destined to meet an ugly end. For some reason, this girl Alice strikes a cord and Kit vows to try and avert her violent destiny.
When Alice is abducted, Kit is rescued by a beautiful man with a voice she could die listening to; however he is not all he appears. Although he has saved her life, M'Cal is under the compulsion of a witch to use his ability to steal Kit's soul and pass it on to his mistress in order to strengthen her own powers. Forced to suffer humiliation after humiliation at the hands of the woman he once thought he loved, M'Cal is determined not to take Kit's soul yet begins to fear his growing feelings for her; after all the last time he thought he was in love he ended up the slave of an evil sorceress.
Caught up in an escalating plot in which someone knows of M'Cal's abilities and very much wants him dead, Kit turns to Delilah for help after escaping the clutches of corrupt cops. Cue the return of some of my favourite shape shifters, Hari, Koni and other "Dirk and Steele" employees.Read more ›
Kitala Bell is a musician, a violinist with virtuoso talent who travels widely giving concerts. However she has another - and secret - talent, one which causes her great distress, namely that she is often able to foresee the way people will die if they are murdered; because of this she has few friends and lives a lonely life. She has previously experimented with telling people that she foresees their death but it has never worked out well for her so she has stopped. And then when performing at a concert she foresees the terrible death of a woman in the audience and for some reason decides, after the concert, to find the woman and tell her about it. As she starts to explain the woman's companion is shot and killed. Kitala and the woman, Alice, flee but are eventually captured and separated.
Kitala is rather unexpectedly rescued by a strange man who seems to have magical abilities with his singing voice. However as soon as he rescues her he warns her that he is trying to kill her and that she has to run far away from him. Being a typical contrary heroine of a romance novel, however, she instead decides she must find Alice and rescue her. She has one small lead, a business card for a youth shelter, and so decides to start from there.
The man, M'cal, is under a curse from a witch which requires him to 'take the souls' of men and women for her to feed on. He is bound to her by a magical bracelet which means she can compel him to do things against his will, such as the killing.Read more ›
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Kitala's father was a white man and her mother was a black woman from Lousianna. Kit's grandma, Jazz, was and is a powerful voodoo priestess. Death has only strengthened her powers to protect her beloved granddaughter. Kit has her own unique powers she can see the murders that will take place and how they are committed on the faces of the living. She is a concert violinist and travels not only to play but escape the knowledge she has of the deaths that are to come.
M'cal's father is a Merman and his mother was human. His father is one of the few who possess the ability to soul sing, either to help or to destroy. Even tho he is of mixed heritage M'cal has inherited this ability. He is also enslaved by a witch, one that he thought he was in love with. She has stolen his powers and forces him to steal souls and bring them to her in order for her to retain her youth. Now she wants Kit and sends him to procure her soul.
Kit sees a woman at her concert who is to be murdered and even knowing that she will not be able to save the woman, she tries to warn her. Suddenly she and the woman and her uncle are attacked and kiddnapped. M'cal sees the attack and ultimately saves Kit. She touchs him in a soul deep way with her music and her face. He manages to free her and send her away with the warning that if he sees her again the witch will force him to take her soul.
The rest of the book is a wonderful ride and of course Dirk and Steele, the agency come to the rescue. Kit is a friend of Del who married Hari, the shapechanger from TIGER EYE. I enjoyed this book very much and as with all her books you never know where they will lead. Do not miss it.
Kitala has more talent than her music, but it's not something she welcomes - she can see how people are going to die. Her grandmother, a powerful voodoo priestess, tried to teach her how to handle her powers, but Kitala wanted to live in denial, and when her grandmother died, she lost her chance to learn. Despite the fact that she does know she can't do anything to save the people she sees, when she sees a young woman with a knife in her eye in the audience of her Vancouver concert, she tries to warn her. For her pains she gets tangled up in a web of human trafficking with two corrupt cops on her tail. The only thing standing between her and them is the man who saved her, the man who fascinates her...the man who is under compulsion to kill her.
There's something absolutely heady about this love story - on the run together, knowing that at any moment, the compulsion on M'Cal might kick in and he'll end up killing the woman he's falling in love with, but Kitala trusting him all the same, a testament to the core of his honor that the witch could never touch. It's love on a knife edge, as you see often in romantic suspense, but M'Cal and Kitala connect so deeply through the music in their souls that you know once the knife edge is gone, they'll still be together. M'Cal's situation helps Kitala connect with the full source of her powers, and Kitala's trust in M'Cal enables him to wake up to his situation, to the fact that his resistance to the witch was almost gone, and gives him the courage to fight anew. Together they're stronger than they ever were alone. They trust each other, they redeem each other, and it's simply beautiful.
This series just gets better and better with each book. Though M'Cal and Kitala are not core Dirk & Steele players, I would still advise new readers to start with TIGER EYE and read the series in order -- even with having read the prior books, I had to remind myself of some of the backstory. That way you can keep up with the tightly complex world Ms. Liu is building, plus you get to read several more wonderful books - it's a win-win.
Ms. Liu has created a convincing world that in turn hides and reveals mysteries of myth and magic. Shape-shifters, mermen, voodoo priestesses all hide in plain sight to find, guide and and sustain others of their kind. In this particular offering M'Cal and Kit are determined to rescue another caught up in a titanic struggle against a seething, rapacious evil waiting for a chance to invade our world. Like her other couples, Ms. Liu has created a hero tortured and tormented, trying to hold on to what honor he can. Her heroine, while stunned to find herself in the middle of a fairy tale, is not afraid to wade in and kick butt. I love the fact that Ms. Liu's characters are not conflicted about using violence to counter violence. Dialogue exchanges between characters is by turns hilarious and revealing. And it is always a pleasure to check in with former characters to see how they are doing.
Although not necessary, it is helpful to have read the previous novels in this series. I highly recommend this book to all of Ms. Liu's fans and to anyone wanting to check out her universe.
The novel itself follows M'cal a merman, with the power to destroy, or give life with his voice, who is enslaved by a witch, and Kitala Bell, a world renown fiddler, who has also inherited many of her Grandmother Jazz Marie's powers (namely seeing people who are going to die violently). Together Kitala and M'cal work to free a young woman who has been kidnapped from her evil captors, and to free M'cal from his enslavement to the witch who holds his soul.
The book is well written. The first couple of chapters are a bit slow, but the pace picks up quickly after that. And while I would have liked to have reconnected with more of the Dirk & Steele crew, I was pleased to see Koni had a larger part that usual. A definite must have for anyone who likes Marjorie's books. This one will be going on my keeper shelf.Soul Song (Dirk & Steele, Book 6)