Friday, April 18, 2014

Book "Old Souls" by Cristina G.Garcia

About the Book: Issai has had enough. For the past five thousand plus years, he has been successively reborn hundreds of times with all his previous lives’ memories intact, all the while relentlessly compelled to wander the earth in pursuit of an elusive something he has yet to even identify. Over the centuries, whispers of others similar to him began to surface, and his kind became known as Old Souls.
Unable to find answers for his seemingly endless existence and no longer willing to play in what he fears is just a game for the gods’ amusement, Issai abandons his wanderings and questions and settles in an isolated town in the kingdom of Sarim, determined to resist the strong urge to be on the move that has dictated his entire existence. However, he is attacked shortly by the Shi, hunters of Old Souls that believe they can steal their “immortality” by consuming parts of an Old Soul through various rituals.
Forced to flee, Issai soon encounters Hahri, a loud-mouthed Old Soul with the same compulsion and inhuman speed to rival Issai’s own, inadvertently triggering a painful reaction to each other that is aggravated by the distance between them. When escaping Hahri proves futile and the other offers him a hint to the mystery behind their compulsion, Issai not only reluctantly finds himself once again in pursuit of the very answers he had forsaken, but also running from a relentless enemy whose unprecedented numbers suggest that immortality may not be their only goal.

About the Author: C.G. Garcia lives in a small West Texas town whose claim to fame is having the world's largest Rattlesnake Round-up. She has a degree in computer science, but due to life's twisted sense of humor, ended up working in a pharmacy. A lifelong lover of all things fantasy and science fiction, The Supreme Moment is her debut novel.
To learn more about upcoming titles, ask questions, or just to chat, visit her blog at

My Review: This is a very interesting book, very well written, with characters very well developed and an interesting idea that runs on the assumption of the existence of reincarnation. Our heroes are Issai and Hahri, two young boys that carry a heavy load of remembering all experiences of their previous lives. They consider that to be a curse or a game played by the gods, instead of being a blessing. Initially living independently, they ended up finding each other and start a very tense relationship and they become dependent of each other in a way much more intense than they thought it would be possible. They have special powers (like healing) that they not fully understand and when they are together, new manifestations of power happens. The story develops after their encounter and they go in a quest to find more people like them. But there are enemies that want to hunt them down to acquire their "immortality" at all cost, through strange old rituals from old tales about the Old Souls, as they are known. They find Korin, the Watcher, in their search for others like them and Korin, another Old Sould, has knowledge of a young girl that seems to be like them. And they try to unite the four of them, but that is not in their enemies' plans.
The plot develops very fast and the book is full of action. Very entertaining reading, the book does not contain grammar errors or typos like a lot of recent self publications I have been reading. Kudos to the author and the editor and their review team. That definitely makes the read much more enjoyable.
Considering that this is not a religious book, but a work of fiction (so no heresy was intended), I recommend this book to the permanent library of all readers, in special young adults, that want to be entertained for a few hours and at the end stay with that desire to read more from this young author. I definitely intent to read more, in particular the second volume of this series that now got me hooked. It took me around twelve hours to read the entire book.
Thanks to Cristina to send me the book. I was not requested to post a positive review. Opinions expressed here are my own.

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