Sloan Jordan’s days are numbered. She has 139 to be exact. In that time, there’s a lot to do: a missing friend to find, a wedding to plan, and her own murder plot to overthrow.
When a lead takes the crew back to Chicago, the truth they uncover is more shocking than they ever imagined—to fight the enemies of the present, they must first face the demons from the past.
**The Fourth Book In The Soul Summoner Series**
Book 1 – The Soul Summoner
Book 2 – The Siren
Book 3 – The Angel of Death
Book 4 – The Taken
Book 5 - The Sacrifice
Book 6 - The Regular Guy
Book 7 - The Soul Destroyer
Book 8 - The Guardian
Book 9 - The Daughter of Zion
THE SOUL SUMMONER COMPANION STORIES:
The Detective: A Nathan McNamara Story
The Mercenary: A Warren Parish Story
The Archangel: An Azrael Story
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The Taken (TSS Vol 4) -- Elicia Hyder
With 139 days left to live and a wedding and baby deliverance squeezed into that count, Sloan Jordan has got her hands plenty full! Taiya's missing status is still at large and the people behind it a mystery. All Sloan knows it that the kidnappers whom she believes have her red-headed friend are growing their strength in preparation to launch another attack.
With her band of trusty friends beside her and a keen wit and kind heart to guide her, Sloan knows that sitting around is no longer an option. To find her friend and thwart the evil plans in motion, she must embrace a new set of skills to help her defeat the demons threatening her and the ones she loves. Lies and secrets unravel, poisoning her trust in the very people meant to protect her and her unborn child. Past friends and foes emerge, answers uncover but more questions surface. At the end of the day, there's one man who's intentions may not be pure as he's advertised. And if that's the case, Sloan's got more problems than just planning a wedding, warding off pregnancy poundage, keeping a platonic relationship with former love-interest Nathan McNamara, and dissuading her best friend from pining after her fiancé's father.
(I was given this Advance Reader Copy (ARC) in exchange for an honest review. Plus, spoiler-free.)
Sloan's belly bump isn't the only thing that's growing; prepare to stifle bursts of laughter in your cubicles because Elicia Hyder is a comedic genius! Wit is smuggled in intense situations, woven throughout Sloan's inner monolog, and fired between character dialogue. I'd say this is the funniest book of the series, even trumping The Siren! (And that was hilarious—hell, all of eL's books are bound to make you giggle.)
New characters were introduced, and I had no issue distinguishing them from the existing players. My favorite addition was Reuel, Sloan's personal bodyguard, who's got the appetite of a panda, the frame of a bodybuilder, and the fortitude of a warrior, which he kinda is, lol. Down the road, the story picks up three other characters that entertain the audience with their stark personality differences. One's a scared but comedic relief Angel of Prophet that's running from a past mistake; another is a sharp-edged mother with a heavy Brooklyn accent who's only concern is watching over her daughter, and the last is a take-no-prisoners, nerves of steel "brunette Barbie doll in tactical gear" who's Warren's ex-fling and Sloan's new Shannon Green.
Humor is the strongest suit of The Taken, but perhaps at the cost of clarity within revelation of secrets and unfolding of some events. I had to read over the action scenes a couple of times to understand who did what and what was said. They felt a little rushed in relation to the pace of the book. There were also some possible plot holes that I stumbled across with in-depth analysis of the ARC. Sometimes, the story felt a little jumpy and there were some confusing bits, only to make conclusive at the end or near that. But overall, the story was good and answered some questions left from the previous volumes while leaving you with enough line to want more.
OH! And one last note, this story should come with a "Cliffhanger" warning, so if you can't handle those torture devices, 😜 perhaps wait until closer to the release of book five to start. 😉
Hero rating: 5 stars
Heroine rating: 5 stars
Writing mechanics (literary elements/devices usage included): 3.5 stars
Plot rating: 4 stars
Dialogue rating: 4.5 stars
Storytelling rating: 3.5 stars
Story ending rating: 4
Sexual tension rating: 4 stars
Sex scenes rating: N/A
Sex scenes frequency: 2 (not good nor bad, just occurrence rating)
Overall rating: 4.2 stars
Would I recommend this series: Yes.
Would I re-read this series: Yes.
Would I read future books by this author: Yes.
Awesome as always and that is no lie!
Thanks so much girl for writing another...where does she FIND all this in her brain but thank God she does and can....book!
Once again you have taken me away in your writing... I couldn't put it down. I can't wait for the next book. The ending was AWSOME......