Sunday, 19 April 2015

The Jack of Souls

Book Review of The Jack of Souls
By Stephen C. Merlino
“What is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

Book Blurb:

An outcast rogue must break a curse laid on his fate, or die by his next birthday. A tale of magic, mischief, and triumph of tricksters.
Harric an outcast rogue, must break a curse put on his fate, or die on his 19th birthday. As the day approaches, nightmares from the spirit world stalk him and tear at his sanity; sorcery eats his soul.

To survive he will need more than his usual tricks. He’ll need help and a lot of it but on the kingdom’s lawless frontier, his only allies are other outcasts. Caris and Sir Williard but both of them bring perils and secrets of their own.

Together, Harric and his companions must overcome fanatical armies, murderous sorcerers, and powerful supernatural foes.

Alone, Harric must face the temptation of a forbidden magic that could break his curse, but cost him the only woman he’s ever loved.

My Review:

The story starts with Harric making his Will, and then he throws a party for one last time. Tormented by his death he is bewildered and fears of what’ll happen in near future. He wants to break his Mother’s curse on him and to live.

So, starts a journey of adventures where characters keep on adding with new twists and turns in the plot. At times you may get confused as what has happened in the story and who is trying to kill whom. But with precise reading, it is, one good story you will never forget.

Filled with action, emotions, drama and adventure, you will barely, want to keep the book down until you have read the very last page.
Stephen adds an element of surprise, accompanied by mystery which is an absolute spellbinder. Going it my way I don’t want to be spoiler of the story. It will be great to have a firsthand experience of the unravelling mysteries and adventures in the story, rather than someone saying you the story.

One of its kind!! Just wish Stephen makes a movie out of it. And I promise I will be the first to book the movie tickets.....

About the author:

Stephen Merlino was born in Seattle where he currently lives, writes and teaches. He grew up seeking the perfect driftwood staff on the shores of Puget Sound, fighting orcs in ravines behind his house, and inventing fantasy stories for his friends.
At the University of Washington he fell in love with Chaucer and Shakespeare and all things English, but the closest he got to England was The Unicorn Pub on University Way, run by a Scotsman named Angus. Stephen spent many evenings in that pub, sampling books and ales and Angus’s wicked steak and kidney pie (with real offal!).

Finally, he hopped a plane and backpacked through England and Scotland and Wales to taste ales and haggis in their motherlands. A visit to Stratford inspired him to return a year later to study Shakespeare (the best fantasy ever written) and the history of the English renaissance, at the University of Reading.
Since that time he made a career of teaching and travelling, including leading tours in Great Britain and in the American West. The Jack of Souls and its sequels are actually set on an island kingdom inspired by Elizabethan England and American frontier–two periods in history invention, optimism and arrogance–and features a subplot inspired by Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Stephen is now married to the world’s most desirable woman with whom he has two wonderful children. When he’s not writing, he can be found running, reading, and inspiring young people to love reading and writing.

You can get to know more about him at the given address