Review: A Feast of Souls (Araneae Nation #2) by Hailey Edwards

January 3, 2015 Review 0

Review: A Feast of Souls (Araneae Nation #2) by Hailey Edwards

The only way to save her is to bind their souls as one. 

Born with the ability to communicate with the dead, few things take Mana by surprise. But when a canis lopes into her life, announcing himself as the long-dead father of a childhood friend, she’s shocked. To make matters worse, he has a dire message that she alone can deliver.

Now Mana must face Vaughn, the male who inspired one too many girlish fantasies, and impart the spirit’s message—without acknowledging her source—so the soul can be laid to rest.

With rumors of a burgeoning clan war setting his nerves on edge, the last thing Vaughn needs is for an innocent to get caught in the crosshairs. But the woman he remembers as an awkward girl refuses to leave his side until he’s heard her out. That’s not the only change in her that calls to him. Her kindness soothes his battle-scarred soul—and he craves her in ways a warrior shouldn’t.

When they are both captured, they learn of an even greater threat. The plague devastating the southlands has come to his clan home. And his best—and only—chance to keep his people alive is the female who walks among the dead.

Product Warnings

This book contains one fierce hero with a nose for danger, one stubborn heroine who smells like trouble, and one wolfish spirit who makes most relationships with the in-laws seem downright tame. Fur, fangs and some biting should be expected. But never fear, the hero has a sword, and he knows how to use it.

Title: A Feast of Souls
Author: Hailey Edwards
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Dog With A Bone, A Hint of Frost, A Time of Dying, A Breath of Winter
Published by Samhain Publishing
Source: Purchased for Self
Published: 18 December 2012
Genres: Fantasy Romance
Pages: 340
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: three-flames

The second book in the Araneae Nation series by Hailey Edwards is just as intriguing and enjoyable as the first.  Where the first focused on Lourdes and Rhys, this book follows Vaughn, Rhys’ brother and Mana, a woman that saved Rhys’ life in book one.

Mana is pretty special – she can communicate with the dead. And, her character shows a fierceness and protectiveness that is less ‘clan based’ and more tilted to what is right and best. From another clan, Mara is in need of going home, and Rhys tasks his half-brother Vaughn to be her escort and protector.

Vaughn is that gruff and grumpy goal driven fierce man, with a singular soft spot for Mara. They’ve known one another for years, and have developed a relationship that is based in friendly trust, but Vaughn longs for more.

I loved Mana’s ability to question her feelings without allowing the angst to result in a push-pull with Vaughn.  She is concerned about her belief in soul-mates, and is worried that giving her heart to him could be a mistake.  Their connection felt more honest and real because of their own doubts, and her continued and unflagging support of Vaughn, as it developed into love gave him the ability to be ‘first’ in someone’s heart, a feeling he is unfamiliar with but longs for.

Several story arcs enter this book, many tied to events from the first book, and all in varying stages of development. That makes this a must read in order series, but I will say that the progression of the additional arcs, and their weaving through the book kept things fresh and bring little moments from the earlier book forward.  Again I am thrilled with the world and character building, so unique and imaginative, yet holding a sense of ‘familiar’ with lush description and prose.

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