Broken Souls by Stephen Blackmoore

Dang. Eric Carter can’t catch a break, but it makes for a damn good story!

Broken SoulsTitle: Broken Souls
Author: Stephen Blackmoore
Series: Eric Carter Book 02
Publish Date: August 24, 2015 by
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s Description: When necromancer Eric Carter returned to Los Angeles after fifteen years on the run he knew things were bad, but he never imagined how bad they could get. Sister murdered, best friend dead, married to the patron saint of death, Santa Muerte.

And things are just getting worse.

His link to the Aztec death goddess is changing his powers, changing him, and he’s not sure how far it will go. He’s starting to question his own sanity, wonder if he’s losing his mind. No mean feat for a guy who talks to the dead on a regular basis.

While searching for a way to break Santa Muerte’s hold over him, Carter finds himself the target of a psychopath who can steal anyone’s form, powers and memories. Identity theft is one thing, but the guy does it by killing his victims and wearing their skins like a suit. He can be anyone. He can be anywhere.

Now Carter has to change the game, go from hunted to hunter. All he has for help is a Skid Row Bruja and a ghost who’s either his dead friend Alex or Carter’s own guilt-fueled psychotic break.

If things go right, he just might survive a week where everything is trying to kill him and nothing is as it seems.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.

Invested_Ivana_100Invested Ivana says…

What we learn from Broken Souls is that Santa Muerta is one sneaky witch. She seems interested in what Eric Carter, necromancer, can do for her (though we don’t know yet what that may be), but at the same time, she pulls some seriously nasty mind games on him. And then there’s her ex-husband, who would rather be a stone statue hidden underground than be married to her. Wow.

Considering Eric’s world, the Bruja he encounters seems *really* trusting. She seems paranoid enough, hiding her true identity for quite a long time. But she seems to expect Eric to be a “good guy.” I kept wondering why she wasn’t more suspicious.

Though his friend, Alex, is dead, I do like the way Blackmoore found a way to include him in this second book.

And can I just say… THE ENDING! The big reveal at the end? I had no idea, didn’t expect that at all. And the fact that you could reasonably say, “WHICH big reveal?” is pretty telling.

badge4v4I am really enjoying this series, especially in the Graphic Audio format, and can’t wait for Hungry Souls!

Nervous Nellie says…

To say I enjoyed this graphic audio book would be an understatement.  I finally tried this kind of audio book after listening to Ivana rave about them.  This is really a performance more than a narration.  I normally enjoy a good narrator with the voice changes and inflections, but this graphic audio really ramps up the experience.  Instead of listening to one person, there are a bunch of narrators speaking individual Nervous_Nellie_100parts.  It’s an incredible experience and a very nice change of pace.

Okay, on to the book.  I have been a Stephen Blackmoore fan since day one.  Eric Carter, like most of the characters that I fall for, is more than he seems.  He’s made a bargain with Sante Muerte and wants to get out of it.  I can’t blame him since she has orchestrated a lot of Eric’s heartache.  I still am not sure what she wants, Eric is not sure what she wants but rest assured it can’t be a romantic relationship with Eric.  She is one scheming bruja.

badge5v4There is a lot of violence, quite a little blood shed, plenty of “f” bombs and a lot of twists and turns.  There is no sex but there is no time for that.  Eric can’t even take time out to sleep let alone…you know…that!

Read our review of the first Eric Carter book, Dead Things.

Other reviews…

If you like this book…

… you might like We Are Not Good People by Jeff Somers, the Joe Pitt series by Charlie Huston, or the Felix Castor series by Mike Carey.



About Invested Ivana

I'm currently a freelance line editor, a book blogger at One Book Two, and lifetime reader. I like geeky things. All opinions expressed on this site are my own and do not reflect the opinions of Red Adept Editing or any of my clients, the other reviewers on this site, or this site as a whole.

Posted on November 27, 2015, in All Reviews and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I still really want to give these GraphicAudio audiobooks a try one day! And I’m thinking Stephen Blackmoore’s series is like the perfect place to start.

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