'A fast-paced, page-turning ride. Hugely entertaining' John Gwynne
'A dark and lush epic fantasy brimming with magical creatures and terrifying evil . . . Readers of George R. R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss will find much to enjoy here' Booklist
The magic has returned . . . and so have the monsters.
Devin Eveson is a Soulkeeper, traveling through remote villages as a priest and healer. But when a mysterious black water washes over the world, the veil is torn, flooding the land with ancient magic and forgotten races. And not all the creatures that have reawakened remember humanity fondly.
As the land grows increasingly dangerous and chaotic, Soulkeepers are turning up dead. Devin must set aside his words of peace and accept his new role: slayer of monsters and protector of the human race.
Soulkeeper is the start of a thrilling new fantasy series from USA Today bestseller David Dalglish - think The Witcher meets Dungeons and Dragons.
'Amazing action sequences, cool magic systems, terrifying monsters' Fantasy Book Critic
'A rich and intriguing world' Kirkus
'A nearly perfect representation of a game of Dungeons and Dragons come to life' Bookpage
Books by David Dalglish:
The Keepers series
The Shadowdance series
A Dance of Cloaks
A Dance of Blades
A Dance of Mirrors
A Dance of Shadows
A Dance of Ghosts
A Dance of Chaos
The Seraphim series
Dalglish (Shadowdance) delivers all the swords, sorcery, and monsters his fans will expect in this series opener, which introduces a world worshipful of the Three Sisters and governed by the Keeping Church. Soulkeeper Devin Eveson has never questioned his duties to the church, until he sees a mysterious black water wash over the earth, leaving destruction in its wake. Creatures that the church's teachings said were fable including zombies, spider-wolves, and a vengeful artist of destruction known as Janus awaken from centuries of sleep, angry that humankind has forgotten them and their creators, the five dragons. The story is slow to start as Devin journeys through the ravaged land alone, but it picks up steam as Devin accumulates companions, among them his eccentric and suddenly magical brother-in-law, his devout sister, a talkative faery, and the inevitable fierce-but-vulnerable dagger-wielding love interest. Together they uncover ways in which scripture they've accepted as fact is false and attempt to survive their new reality. Dalglish manages to combine familiar elements in exciting ways in a slightly overlong fantasy epic that's sure to keep readers turning pages.