Broken Souls by Stephen Blackmoore
Dang. Eric Carter can’t catch a break, but it makes for a damn good story!
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.
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.
I 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 parts. 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.
There 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.
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