“Katheryne ran. People say you run faster when you’re scared.”
A Red Raven Reads Review of “Souls of the Never” by CJ Rutherford
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Get ready for an epic failure of a description on my part. Prepared? Awesome. So there are several—lemme rephrase—SEVERAL storylines that weave together to make this book, though the primary plot strand comes from protagonist Katheryne, a seemingly regular 20 year-old who also struggles with demonic, soul-shattering nightmares. As the story progresses, we also focus on a soulmate connection with ultra-mysterious dimension traveler, Derren. Epic battles, elves, faeries, dragons, HOLY COW FIGHT SCENES.
This book was such a pleasure to read. It had good pacing, excellent dialogue, wonderful descriptions, and a fantastic best friend relationship that definitely overshadowed the love interest, in my humble opinion. #TeamPerri. It’s definitely a breeze to read, and thoroughly entertaining.
I found the love interest aspect of the book to be slightly lackluster and a bit shallow. I appreciate the star-crossed lovers theme as always, but it felt a little dry here. I personally don’t enjoy having “soulmates” serve as the primary entity for a relationship, albeit well expressed. I also felt as though there was a bit more “telling” than necessary.
“Souls of the Never” is an enjoyable read with a lot going for it. (I mean c’mon now. Dream demons? All of the yes.) In my critical opinion, the pros definitely outweigh the cons to create a book worthy of its kindle price for its intended audience.
I’m so happy to give this book 3.5 stars, and have rounded it up to 4 for the sake of review. If you want a downright fun and easy to read fantasy, this is definitely a book I’d recommend picking up.