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  GOODREADS // AMAZON // BOOK DEPOSITORY Breton princess at the peak of the French Renaissance, Lilac lives prisoner in her parents' castle after a wicked secret is revealed on the eve of her tenth birthday soirée. Years later, her coronation ceremony looms, and between the riotous townsfolk and scheming nobleman bent on snatching the throne, Lilac prepares for the worst... Until a mysterious letter arrives from The Witch of Lupine Grotto, detailing a curious offer to cure her darkness forever. Lilac begrudgingly trades her coronet for a cloak and ventures into the forest Brocéliande in pursuit of the impious enchantress at the edge of town. With only the protection of an inherited dagger—and unsolicited help of the sardonic stranger who inserts himself on her quest—she must traverse Brocèliande and return in time to claim her rightful position as sovereign monarch. This is the story of a cursed princess, A crestfallen killer, The town that wants them to burn, And the witch

Review: The Soultakers by Christina L. Rozelle

The Soultakers by Christina L. Rozelle (C.L. Rozelle)

Joy Montgomery is a hero. The Treemakers are finally home, safe and free in a well-deserved and long dreamed of paradise. The children can now settle into normal, carefree lives. Or so they thought.
Troubled by secrets their newfound paradise reveals, coupled with tangled feelings toward those she loves, Joy sees the painful truth: they’re still prisoners forever wounded by the effects of a traumatic past. An ominous warning from a trusted friend strengthens her resolve to never let down her guard, to always be prepared, to be ready for war . . . both inside and out.
Once again, the Treemakers are faced with escaping disaster, and Joy’s strength is pushed to its limit, her sanity pushed to the brink of collapse. Just when their situation couldn’t get any more desperate, they’re thrust into a series of shocking tribulations that are nothing short of nightmarish.
Will the Treemakers of Greenleigh annihilate the forces of evil that seek to capture and control their souls? Or will the magic Joy thought she found turn out to be just another illusion?

In The Soultakers we once again meet Joy, Smudge, Jax, Mateo and the rest of the Treemakers and the Saltminers. Joy is like before, a wonderful character who in this book faces danger, doubts and fear. Her character development isn't as pronounced as in The Treemakers but is still interesting to see.

"What a journey you have been on, Joy Montgomery. But it isn’t over yet . . . "

Jax was well not a favourite for me. Under the current circumstances, he needs to understand what's more important and not dwell on his ego and jealousy. I liked Mateo in this book. He seems more mature and his attitude at the end of the book towards all that was happening around him made me want to hug him. I liked that Joy's relationship with Jax and Mateo wasn't central to the plot and yet was inserted and handled beautifully.

There are certain other characters I liked but can't talk about them without giving away major spoilers! But I'll say that the author despite having created a lot of characters has still created them in a detailed manner.

A little into the book, there is a huge plot twist and suddenly everything seems confusing. I had no idea what was going on and couldn't make much sense of the happenings. But soon things were cleared up and the book started moving at a breakneck speed. The plot of The Soultakers is much more darker and sinister than the first book. There were times when I wondered if what I was reading was what was actually happening or was it simply a hallucination. This book answers a lot of question from The Treemakers but poses it's own set of questions at the end.

As always, the author's writing is exquisite. I finished the book in one sitting, the words gripping me with such imagery. The writing quite successfully transported me into the book and held me there with vivid descriptions I could visualize in my mind.

- The characters
- The plot
- The writing

- Not a thing!

A fantastic sequel to The Treemakers that makes one desperately want The Seeker's Keys (Book Three)

My rating: 5 of 5

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  1. We should definitely read the Treemakers then - you love it so much! Do you know if C.L Rozelle has any other books? She seems like a fantastic author. Good review as always!!! <3

    ~ Pendragons

    1. Other than this trilogy I think she has written a children's book..She is kind of new to the YA genre but still writes pretty awesomely! :) Thank you <3


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