Soul Rights by Liberty Gilmore

About the book:

Stood a long way from the edge of the crowd, faces twisted by the heat and the violence staring down at me, I feel more than a little vulnerable. Which is why it’s a damn good job I always carry my sword with me.

Cadence Hart has come to a dead end in her investigation into the supply of the Demon Blood drug. Any leads from the phone she recovered from the warehouse have all been buried. Even with the help of her new partner, Matthew – a Soul escaped from Hell – she’s getting nowhere fast.

When riots at a Soul Rights rally clear and a body is left in their wake, Cadence and Matthew are brought in to speak to the Souls who might have been witnesses. But investigating the murder puts them up against more than just a DI who’s not too happy to have Cadence on the case, and things needs to be solved quickly, before anyone can claim the murder had a political motivation.

In the centre of a political debate that could destroy the fledgling partnership between them, Cadence and Matthew will have to face a few demons of their own before they can bring a killer to justice.

My thoughts:

You may remember I posted a review for the first in the Hart & Soul series not so long ago (review here–>  New Dusk by Liberty Gilmore), well this is the second book in the series. More like a novella, but still plenty to get to grips with!

Soul Rights focuses on pretty much that, the political implications of giving Souls rights. After a rally, a man’s body is found and he has been stabbed to death. Cadence and Matthew are tasked with trying to find anyone who may have witnessed anything and what follows is actually a neat little story.

I really enjoy these books, even though they are slightly removed from my usual crime books due to the demonic theme. Interesting from the start, but I’d recommend you start with New Dusk first as it is referenced in this one.

I find it hard to review short books. Usually they are packed full of action (as is the case here) and by discussing it fully you run the risk of revealing too much. So I won’t. I would highly recommend the Hart & Soul books. For me they are escapism, full of interesting characters and the premise is new and different!

Have you read any? Would you read them??

New Dusk by Liberty Gilmore


My thanks to the author for sending me a copy of New Dusk to read and review! 😊

About the book:

Alf is roaring. Most people would mistake this for anger, but they don’t spend as much time around Demons as I do…

Cadence Hart has just six months on the job left. But six months might as well be a lifetime in the dangerous field of Deportations. Armed with a flaming sword and backed by Alf, her Demon partner, she’s the thin blue line between the Souls escaped from Hell and the living residents of the city.

Missing persons cases aren’t her usual line of work, but a young woman has disappeared in strange circumstances and Cadence is pulled off her regular duties to investigate. The girl’s parents think she’s possessed. Which is impossible. Only, from what evidence there is – it looks an awful lot like she’s possessed.

To solve the case, she’ll need the help of Matthew, a Soul expert. Matthew gained his expertise first hand – he’s been dead since before Cadence was born. But when their investigation unearths links to the devil-worshipping cult, New Dusk, they begin to realise that the case might be more than even they can handle.

 

My thoughts:

In the interest of full disclosure I’m going to be honest and say that books that have the paranormal theme are not usually something I would pick up, so when I agreed to read and review New Dusk I was a little apprehensive. What if I didn’t like it? What will I say to the author? Well I needn’t have worried, New Dusk was a great little book!!!

We meet Cadence Hart (a Deporter) smack bang in the middle of a fight with a Shade, a soul escaped from Hell. Helping her, is her Demon partner, Alf. I think the fact that the book opens with a scene like this grabs the reader immediately! I know I was suitable intrigued from the outset.

Cadence gets called to investigate a missing persons case involving a young woman who was caught on camera acting very strangely before she disappeared. This is not her usual type of work, but there’s evidence to suggest possession and Demon involvement so she gets the case.

Helping her, is Matthew, a Soul expert. He himself is a Sin (did something bad but not intentionally) so he will be of use during the course of the investigation. Matthew and Cadence worked really well together as characters, I really liked them both.

New Dusk was exactly what I needed to read at the right time. I’ve been incessantly reading psychological thrillers so this break from routine was perfectly timed, and New Dusk was an excellent read.

Well written, with a very interesting plot (which I won’t divulge as I can’t do so without probably spoiling something 😂) Liberty Gilmore has the beginnings of a brilliant series in the Hart & Soul books. I would happily read these one after another, not least because New Dusk’s ending is left quite open!

Ask I’ve said, paranormal wouldn’t be my go-to genre, but I am so glad I got to read New Dusk as it was so interesting and engaging. My thanks again to Liberty Gilmore for my review copy! I gave New Dusk 4⭐️ on Goodreads, it’s out now and you can purchase a copy by clicking on the link below:

New Dusk by Liberty Gilmore
Happy reading 😊📖