The Soulkeepers: 1 (The Soulkeepers Series) Paperback – 24 Jun 2011
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About the Author
G.P. Ching is the author of The Soulkeepers Series and a variety of short fiction. She specializes in cross-genre paranormal stories, loves old cemeteries, and enjoys a good ghost tour. She lives in central Illinois with her husband, two children, and one very demanding guinea pig. Visit her at www.gpching.com and www.thesoulkeepersseries.com
Top Customer Reviews
If the word 'soul' gets you thinking that this is probably a bit deeper than your usual "teen with a superpower" fiction, then you'd be right. It's not just about teenagers throwing tantrums and pouting all over the place (are you listening, Bella?) In The Soulkeepers, Jacob encounters questions of faith, both in humanity and in a higher power, and the book really kicks things up a gear when we meet the villains of the piece - the fallen angels. They're a truly nasty bunch, which leads to an amazing setpiece between our hapless heroes and the demons in disguise, but I won't say much more because I don't want to spoil it.
Now, I've always been a sucker for angels but having had a fairly secular upbringing, I'm not overtly keen on religious fiction.Read more ›
Jacob has to contend with being the new boy in school, in a close knit town with very few outsiders. He finds a friend in Malini and ends up working for the enigmatic Dr. Silva. He then discovers that there are dark forces at work in the world and he is tied to them.
'The Soulkeepers' is, for the most part, an enjoyable and easy read. Jacob is believable character and you really feel for him as he copes with grief, new surroundings, awakening powers and small minded teenagers in his new high school. The plot unfolds at a reasonable pace and in places can be twisty. The description of the unnatural happenings, events and places are well done. Plus, I loved Gideon the cat!
However, where this book falls down is in its use of exposition. Characters divulge the plot and backstory through lengthy dialogue, leaving very little for Jacob (or the reader) to actually discover. Not everyone will find this a problem, though.
Overall, I did enjoy reading this novel and I would recommend it to people who enjoy young adult urban fantasy. Fans of the Percy Jackson series will probably like this book for the same reasons.
I enjoyed the plot, the easy reading and the way that the hero, Jacob, is a bit of an anti-hero as he isn't your 'All American' nice boy but has issues and problems of his own to deal with as well as trying to work out a whole new family, place and friends all at the same time.
G P Ching's descriptive prose built a fantastical, if not nasty, picture in my mind's eye which is (to me anyway) a sign of a fabulous book.
All in all, I highly recommend it!
I was so intrigued by the plot, I got it free, then so wrapped up in the storyline I've seen and bought several books to read later...
Twists, not so many, plot problems, only a couple, thinkers - plenty! If you like easy to read, compelling page turners, try this.
I was so taken with book 1, I've immediately bought (real money) book 2! That's saying something for an old tightwad like me... Definitely worth a trawl through Jacob's world, love, loss, gain, lessons, something for all emotions in my opinion.
The story itself was creative and original but it just lacked a certain something. It was well written and the idea of good vs evil, whilst cliche'd, had a new twist that I hadn't seen before. The story does place a heavy emphasis on God and religion, which I wasn't expecting and being an atheist, wasn't really my thing but I tried to separate those concepts as much as possible and just read the book for what it is. I would recommend reading this book if it's on sale or if you can borrow a copy from a friend, as it is well written and an interesting way to pass the time but it isn't one of my favourites.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved it, Really enjoyed reading this book, didn't want to put it down, can't wait to read the next one.Published 2 months ago by Suzy
To: g.p Ching thank you love the first book so much I bought the entire series.Published 2 months ago by johanas library