When ancient magic suddenly returns to his land, a warrior priest must answer the call and protect his world from monsters that were once only legend in the first book of USA Today bestseller David Dalglish's epic fantasy trilogy.
Devin Eveson is a Soulkeeper, traveling through remote villages as a preacher 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: fire that dances as if alive, corpses that walk, and creatures that can manipulate time itself. And not all the creatures that have re-awakened remember humanity fondly.
As the land grows more dangerous and more chaotic, Soulkeepers are turning up dead, their bodies transformed into macabre works of art. Devin must set aside his words of peace and accept his new role: slayer of monsters and protector of the human race.
For more from David Dalglish, check out:
A Dance of Cloaks
A Dance of Blades
A Dance of Mirrors
A Dance of Shadows
A Dance of Ghosts
A Dance of Chaos
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Moving away from his fantasy world of Dezrel for the first time in his bestselling career, author David Dalglish has created an entirely new landscape that might be even more magical. In a land where impossible-seeming creatures—including a dragon the size of a mountain—have awakened following a mysterious flood, priests and their flocks have suddenly received incredible new powers. In his old reality, priest Devin Eveson thought he understood good and evil. But in these magical new surroundings, he finds it’s not so simple—and maybe never was. The first book in Dalglish’s Keepers trilogy, Soulkeeper examines deep philosophical questions without ever losing sight of the thrills and excitement of a classic fantasy adventure.
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.