Review: The Soulstealers by Jacqueline Rohrbach

I fell in love with the cover art for this and after reading the blurb, I knew I had to read The Soulstealers. And it didn’t disappoint!

The Soulstealers CoverArnaka Skytree grew up believing she was chosen to bring new magic to the world. As the heir to the cult of druids responsible for keeping their floating palace habitable for the wealthy aristocracy, she’s expected to wield her power as those before her did: by culling the souls of peasant women.

But when Arnaka learns more about the source of her magic, and that her best friend’s soul will be harvested, she embarks on a journey to end the barbarous practice and to restore a long-forgotten harmonious system of magic practiced by the original druids. Along the way, she discovers she’s not the only girl chosen to restore balance to their world—many others have powerful magic inside, and with them, she will tear the floating palace from the sky so everyone can live in the sun—out of the shadow of the eclipse. (Goodreads)Goodreads

I received an eARC of The Soulstealers from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Soulstealers is a pretty dark fantasy and needs trigger warnings for mentions of rape, threats of rape, necromancy, familial abuse, gaslighting, internalized misogyny, murder, genocide, slavery and a whole lot else. It’s got a lot going on, so make sure to take care of your mental health while you read.

The aesthetic for this book is lush and amazing. I could very clearly envision everything the author was describing, which was a great way to really show the differences from the Below and Arnaka’s world. Getting to see them both and see the characters grow into themselves was awesome.

I’d also like to shout out cover artist Chelsea Geter who did a STUNNING JOB and is at least a third of the reason I picked up this book.

I wish Rohrbach had teased the romance out a little more and given the characters a little bit more time to actually get to know each other and thus fall in love with each other, but I understand why she didn’t.

This book is jam-packed full of a little bit of everything – political intrigue, ghosts, revolution… there’s a lot happening. Because there was so much happening throughout the book, the ending felt a little abrupt. I would have loved to have seen more of the ways that Arnaka, Tamlin and Nara worked to change the world. That being said, if there’s a sequel with all of that in it, I’m here for it and I think you will be, too.

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THE SOULSTEALERS*

Title: The Soulstealers

Author: Jacqueline Rohrbach

Publisher: NineStar Press

Length: 365 Pages

Release Date: April 1, 2019

Rating: Recommended

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Representation: wlw main character, aroace side character, Black main character, asexual author,

 

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