Sunday, January 10, 2010

Soul Magic

Soul Magic is the second book in the Wing Slayer Hunters series by Jennifer Lyon. From the back cover.~

Kiss or Kill

When an ancient pact is broken, powerful witches who once used their magic to help humanity become the twisted playthings of demons, and the mortal men who once protected the sorceresses become witch hunters, cursed with the longing to spill the witches’ blood: an irresistible craving that will cost witches their lives and witch hunters their souls.

The Wing Slayer Hunters fight this curse, guarding innocent witches until the urge to harm them grows too strong-then they must kill their own. Wing Slayer Sutton West has always honored that vow. His own father killed himself rather than go rogue. But now Sutton is tempted as never before by Carla Fisk, a brilliant psychologist and dynamic witch whose twin sister, Keri, was murdered by rogues.

Bound by blood and passion, Carla and Sutton dare not succumb to their deadly attraction. Yet when a mysterious rogue named Styx joins forces with the demon Asmodeus, witch and hunter have no choice but to work together. For Keri’s immortal soul is at stake-and with it, balanced on a knife-edge, is the fate of humanity itself.

I really enjoyed Soul Magic. It picked up right where Blood Magic ended, focusing on Sutton West, one of the Wing Slayer Hunters, and Carla Fisk, Darcy’s best friend, who is also a witch. Carla’s twin sister Keri was murdered 2 years before by rogues. Carla has just figured out that Keri’s soul is trapped in a silver knife being used to kill other witches. Carla and Sutton are also drawn to one another. Sutton had touched Carla’s blood when he saved her months ago and Carla touched Sutton’s blood when she had to help heal him. The way witches and Wing Slayer Hunters begin to bond is to touch each other’s blood and the bond is completed when they have sex. Sutton is certain Carla is his soul mirror while Carla feels certain he is Keri’s soul mirror, since Keri and Carla still feel their twin bond since Keri’s soul is trapped in the knife.

There were a few twists and turns I really didn’t see coming with Soul Magic, and I liked that about it. I really think this is another winner for Jennifer Lyon and look forward to more books in the Wing Slayer Hunters series. I especially can’t wait for Key and Phoenix to get their own books.


Houston A.W. Knight said...

Soul Magic sounds awesome, but do I need to read the first one first to get the whole story?


mslizalou said...

I would read Blood Magic first. Don't think you would be totally lost without reading it first, but you would know so much more about Sutton and Carla and their friends if you read Blood Magic first.

mslizalou said...

Hawk, I generally don't read books out of order in a series. I know others are ok with it, but I always feel like I'm in the dark about something if I pick up a series in the middle or whatnot.

Will Mallette said...

I agree. I will always read books in order if at all possible. As a published author, I invite you to check out my latest book, The Magic of Fuller, book one, "Keeper of the Stone".

mslizalou said...

Will, I'll have to check your book out. Sounds like a really good read.