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Livia is a Soul Catcher and her man, Ian, is a Soul Hunter. They have lived many lifetimes and been murdered many times by a pig-faced demon with a serious hard on for hurting Livia over and over. “Soul Catcher” is a mostly well crafted, dark, violent urban fantasy novel meant for adults. I say mostly well crafted because I just don’t get the Cobs. You’ll have to read/listen to it to get what I mean.
I thought the magic system was original, if not inconvenient. Livia has to paint a picture of who or what she’s after. This traps the subject then she burns the painting in order to destroy the captured subject. If this were a movie and I was a supporting actor in it, I’d be screaming a line like, “Who makes these rules!?”
Narrator Traci Odom does a wonderful job with Ms. Bridger’s material. She even tackles a bastardized accent for a character born in one part of the world, but who has lived for an extended period of time in another place. I’m not sure what that accent should sound like in real life, but I could definitely buy Ms. Odom’s vocal choice.
Finally, this audio book was provided by the narrator at no cost in exchange for an honest review, courtesy of Audio Book Blast. When I got this book I found out shortly after that it’s from 2009 and that the author wrote it under another name. Leigh Bridger is actually Deborah Smith, a New York Times best-selling author of romance novels. Ms. Bridger or Ms. Smith, if you prefer, published “Soul Catcher” through the publishing house, Belle Bridge Books, an imprint of Belle Books where she is a partner. “Soul Catcher” is book one of her Outsider Trilogy, but books two and three have never been a released. I don’t know why but the fact that book one was recently offered through Audio Book Blast has me hoping that means book two and three will finally be released sometime soon. If not, It’s a shame and I feel cheated since the story is unfinished.
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I thoroughly enjoyed "Soul Catcher". The beginning was hard for.me understanding the actions of the heroine's mother. But slowly began to understand. There is lots of violence and plenty of foul language. There was some sex; but it was part of the story. The story focuses on eternal souls who are destined to fight evil. It combines Cherokee legends, myths, and traditions of old with modern times. I thought that was unique. It made for a very mystical world.
The heroine in the story is a woman named Livia. As a child she draws a painting and receives a message: "Draw them. Trap them. Burn them." Her Mother's reaction scares Her as much, and she's accused of killing her mother and brother. After spending some time in a Mental facility, she returns to NC. The only place that calls to her and has ever known. She's a soul catcher dedicated to capturing and destroying evil beings from this world. In an earlier, different life and time, she crossed paths with a pig faced demon. Every time her soul began a new life, he would come for her, and kill Her and those who help Her.
Livia becomes an old soul that is reborn over and over again. Never remembering Her old lives, always living a solitary life. Running and hiding from someone else other than Pig Face. Whom and why is a reason she herself can't remember. In order to remember her past lives and remember how to banish souls, she needs to remember her soul mate. A soul hunter named Ian. ( '∀｀)ノ～ ♡ Ian is a Scot-Irish soul that is called to Livia throughout many lifetimes. One night after being viciously raped by a man possessed by pig face demon, she calls him back to her after drawing him. He comes to her; but he takes the body of the one possessed by her demon attacker. Learning to trust a man she can't bear sight of, and trying to remember a past becomes an adventure. ♡
Narrator Traci Odom was magnificent. It must be hard for female voices to do all sorts of characters, even more male ones. Her different accents and way of telling the story brought the characters to life. Lots of characters! There were some eccentric, hippie artist friends of Livia. It was hard to keep up with all the characters for me. Yet, narrator Traci Odom did a splendid work with each one of them. Didn't realize it until the end. Even that was made exiting, making you want to know what happens next. Kudos to narrator for such an excellent work. Looking forward to the next book.
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