Half man, half angel, all soldier.
The souleaters will stop at nothing, even death, to uphold divine law. When duty brings Noah Kavanaugh into Nurse Caroline’s path, he is unprepared for the intense desire igniting between them. Rejecting the impulse to take Caroline as his mate becomes unbearable. The limits of his own self-control are tested. So is his loyalty to the law he upholds.
A forbidden human Caroline is determined to find a cure for the mysterious Noah’s illness. With her blazing attraction to him, she’d willingly sacrifice her heart, body, even her life to end his suffering. However, can she bring herself to make the ultimate sacrifice in order to save them both?
Noah is a Souleater, who after angering the head of the souleaters, the evil Amon he is sentenced to a long and excruciating death, Noah is dying because he isn’t feeding on souls and as such he is living amongst humans, his carer Gertrude has a fall and send her daughter Caroline in her place. Noah and Caroline soon fall for each other and Noah soon finds that he doesn’t have the same urgency to die than he did before and finds that Caroline is making him fight and making him stronger just by her presence in his life. That is where Noah’s problems start, evil Amon finds out about Noah’s new lease of life and now he has new ammunition to torment Noah. Caroline.
I haven’t read a book in this genre before, and from the back blurb it did intrigue me but unfortunately I did find that the back blurb did slightly differ from where the story was going. I am in two frames of mind about this, on one side it is actually quite disturbing and not my usual type of book and not something I think I would have picked up off a shelf. Then on the other hand it is oddly addictive, it is engrossing and I did find that I was unable to put it down, I had to finish it.
It is a sweet if eerie story about a fallen angel who has to pull his way back from his death-bed to save the planet and the human his has fallen in love with. It’s not so much good versus evil as our hero Noah is a bit of both he is supposed to be a good Soaleater, only taking evil from the world but he has a predatory evil streak and it was that side of him that I wasn’t keen on. His good half, the halve that falls in love with human Caroline is charming and sweet but the overriding gruesome-ness does tend to take over and it is a little of putting. But there are some really lovely scenes those between Noah and his three brother Souleaters; Luke, Matt and Zach are particularly sweet and very funny.
I’m not a huge fan of supernatural/sci-fi and I did find that Dark Soul does lean very close to that side, whether that was intentional or maybe that is just what I took from it, but either way the further along the story goes the more supernatural we get. I am afraid there was parts where I was just confused as to what was going on.
It didn’t help that this is written in first person, we see everything play out through Noah’s eyes. It is very rare that I pick up books written in first person as I like to get to know all characters, and personally I can’t relate to the other characters when all I see is one characters views.
All in all, I found Dark Soul intriguing and in parts enjoyable but over all It’s not my cup of tea, I have not doubt that this will be a hit for those that read and throughly enjoy this genre, but as it is Black Soul wasn’t for me.
This was gifted to me from the author for an honest review.