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The Soulkeepers by G.P.Ching review

The Soulkeepers by G.P. Ching (The Soulkeeprs #1)

free read from Smashwords

Synopsis from Goodreads
When fifteen-year-old Jacob Lau is pulled from the crumpled remains of his mother's car, no one can explain why he was driving or why the police can't find his mother's body. A beautiful and mysterious neighbor offers to use her unique abilities to help him find his mom. But in exchange she requires Jacob to train as a Soulkeeper, a protector of human souls. He agrees to her demands, desperate for any clue to the mystery of his mother's disappearance. But soon Jacob finds himself trapped in a web of half-truths, and questions her motives for helping him. 
Smashwords (free read)

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G.P.Ching is a beautiful storyteller with a vivid imagination. Not every author will manage to put together an angry half-Chinese boy, a mysterious Indian girl, strange powers, secret gardens, Fallen angels and one big vegetarian cat, and pull it off.

I really enjoyed this book, because it was that strange and eery. The concept of Fallen angels and those who protect humans from them is not unique, but the way G.P.Ching brings the story to life is enchanting.

The characters are really well done and have their own multiple layers, - Jacob and Malini  opposing to prejudiced kids in a tiny American town, Dr.Silva in her haunted Victorian house and her weird herbal teas, creepy Fallen angels.... 

The writing is very engaging, I simply flew through the book. It gets pretty intense closer to the end and involves other dimensions and a fierce battle between Good and Evil. I am very much looking forward to book #2 Weaving Destiny, which I'll probably pick up sometime next year.

Great read and much recommended.

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Замечательная книга, к тому же совершенно бесплатная!

Не каждый автор сможет совместить разозлённого парнишку с китайскими корнями, таинственную индианку, странного доктора с её травяными чаями, падших ангелов, магический сад и кота-вегетарианца - так, чтобы эта гремучая смесь сработала.

Автору удалось  историю, концепция которой - некой силы, защищающей души людей от падших ангелов, - совершенно не нова, сделать сказочной, благодаря необычным деталям.

Джэйкоб и Малини прекрасно работают вместе, Доктор Сильва с её викторианским особняком, магическим садом и странным котом - это вообще что-то с чем-то, к тому же история довольно часто уходит в психоделику, особенно под конец - с путешествием в другое измерение и разыгрывающейся драматической битвой между Добром и Злом...

Чем-то мне эта книга напомнила Джуманджи, и я обязательно прочту её продолжение.

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