Author: Amber Garr
Series: Death Warden #1
Release Date: August 23rd 2014
Age Group: Young Adult
When it comes to death and love…only one is guaranteed.
Four decades ago Nora died. A tragic event for someone so young; however, four decades ago Nora was also given a second chance to walk among the living.
A Death Warden with a mysterious past, her job is to escort the newly expired towards the light, battling with the Soul Hunters who want the freshly dead to help with their own evil purposes buried in the dark.
When Nora’s charges suddenly become targets, she realizes that the hunters are after far more than just souls. A shift in power between good and evil threatens to change everything, risking the lives of the only family Nora has ever known.
Devastated and angry, she’s forced to face the man she once loved – a man who chose darkness over her – in order to find the answers she needs to stop the horror from escalating. Yet, while a lost relationship still haunts her broken heart, a new Warden with secrets of his own will enter the mix and quickly alter everything Nora believed to be true.
Death is unavoidable…but sometimes, so is love.
Nora is a Death Warden, or Reaper. Her job is to soothe the soul’s journey onto its next existence after death. Yet the role of Wardens, like Nora, is being threatened by Soul Hunters who promise eternal youth and strength without mentioning their appetite for draining a human’s essence; Soul Hunters like Theron, who was once Nora’s mentor and lover.
Soulless is a relatively quick read, during which Nora learns of her Shaman gifts and heritage. As a main female character, I felt Nora faded under the shadow of individuals like Charles, Jason and Suni. She seems too desperate to be loved after her relationship with Theron, which left her lonely and emotionally scarred. As soon as she meets Jason their romance is definitely predictable.
Charles, Nora’s fellow Death Warden, is by far my favourite character. He is witty, loyal, intelligent and protective of Nora. He is also the only character who I felt was truly trustworthy.
Amber Garr introduces an element of doubt to the plot, as the real battle between Death Wardens and hunters begins, and Nora herself is forced to make a difficult decision.
I hope that the sequel to Soulless will provide the reader with a greater sense of Nora’s strength. The story is perfect for a Young Adult Para-Romance audience.