‘Soul Meaning’ by A.D. Starrling

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‘My name is Lucas Soul.
Today, I died again.
This is my fifteenth death in the last four hundred and fifty years.’

The Crovirs and the Bastians. Two races of immortals who have lived side by side with humans for millennia and been engaged in a bloody war since the very dawn of their existence. With the capacity to survive up to sixteen deaths, it was not until the late fourteenth century that they reached an uneasy truce, following a deadly plague that wiped out more than half of their numbers and made the majority of survivors infertile.

Soul is an outcast of both immortal societies. Born of a Bastian mother and a Crovir father, a half breed whose very existence is abhorred by the two races, he spends the first three hundred and fifty years of his life being chased and killed by the Hunters.

One fall night in Boston, the Hunt starts again, resulting in Soul’s fifteenth death and triggering a chain of events that sends him on the run with Reid Hasley, a former US Marine and his human business partner of ten years. When a lead takes them to Washington DC and a biotechnology company with affiliations to the Crovirs, they cross the Atlantic to Europe, on the trail of a French scientist whose research seems intrinsically linked to the reason why the Hunters are after Soul again.

From Paris to Prague, their search for answers will lead them deep into the immortal societies and bring them face to face with someone from Soul’s past. Shocking secrets are uncovered and fresh allies come to the fore as they attempt to put a stop to a new and terrifying threat to both immortals and humans.

Time is running out for Soul. Can he get to the truth before his seventeenth death, protect the ones he loves and prevent another immortal war?

 

What an amazing book. The reader is hooked from the start as A.D. Starrling don’t hesitate to drop us in the middle of action.
The supernatural world created is one that you will not forget easily. An idea of immortals that can die after they experienced their seventeenth death is fascinating.
The mystery of the book also keeps you on the edge of your seat, as we slowly uncover why the Hunters want to kill Lucas Soul, the main character. Most of the plot twists were done so well that I hadn’t anticipated them.
Soul Meaning reminds me a little of The Da Vinci Code in the way that characters are constantly on the move and in search for clues.
I feel the author put a lot of research in her story: the description of all the cities the characters visited, the technology and scientific facts made the story even better and more realistic.
I can’t wait to put my hands on the next installment.

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