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Against her will, Kitala Bell foresees the future. Now her own future is in peril. From the ocean’s depths rises an impossible blend of fantasy and danger, a creature whose voice is seduction incarnate, whose song can manipulate lives the way that Kitala herself manipulates the strings of her violin -- even to the point of breaking. He is a prince of the sea, an enigma --Against her will, Kitala Bell foresees the future. Now her own future is in peril. From the ocean’s depths rises an impossible blend of fantasy and danger, a creature whose voice is seduction incarnate, whose song can manipulate lives the way that Kitala herself manipulates the strings of her violin -- even to the point of breaking. He is a prince of the sea, an enigma -- a captive stretched to the limit of his endurance by a woman intent on using him for the purest evil. And when survival requires he and Kitala form a closer partnership than either has ever known, the price of their bond will threaten not just their lives, but the essence of their very souls...

Title : Soul Song
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ISBN : 9780843957662
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 331 Pages
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Soul Song Reviews

  • Eliza
    2018-12-06 15:42

    Let me preface this by saying I have liked all the other books in this series. Not loved all of them - one of them I found disturbingly like a pro-furry manifesto - but I quite enjoyed the first one, and I downright loved Artur's story. This one? This one fell somewhere in between the first one and the scary pro-furry manifesto. I enjoyed most of it, but there were a few little bits were I was all, "Dude, Marjorie M. Liu, what crack are you smoking?"The best part of the book for me was Kit. I love seeing a non-white heroine treated like any other heroine, without making it all, "Look at me! Look how EXOTIC she is ZOMG." The heroine was also just so... sensible. Well, for the most part.If you're a die-hard paranormal fan, or a die-hard Marjorie M. Liu fan - and who could blame you? She's awesome! - then I'd definitely recommend you get this book. And if you have any leanings toward being a furry, well. Please don't tell me, but go get this book. Otherwise, I'd start with the first in the Dirk and Steele series.

  • RondaTutt
    2018-12-07 17:41

    Nothing like a singing Merman to catch your soul!Wow this book was Much Much Much Better than the last one in the series. I definitely enjoyed the read, maybe because I have a thing for Mermen - LOL The story was very creative. M'cal was a beautiful Merman that had a siren's call that could make them do what ever he wanted them to such as kill themselves or shoot other individuals. M'cal could suck individuals souls right out of them leaving just their shell to eventually die. Enslaved by a witch, M'call was her slave and she used him to hunt and bring her souls in order for her to gain more knowledge. I have to say I hated that witch and was so looking forward to her being tortured or killed brutally but that doesn't happen.Actually the way things ended with that witch kind of confused me because she was the bad guy and then all the sudden she is trusted and is treated good - I mean WTF. Hence one of the reason for 4 stars.The connection between M'cal and Elsie was awesome though and the author hooked me with their musical connection - M'cal with his voice and Elsie with her violin. They both sung music mentally to each other which was very unique. The sex scenes are gracefully described but very hot. One moment I thought she might even attempt a menage but it turned out innocent. LOLThe interaction with the Wales was beautiful and the describable scene was so visionary I could actually feel the intense thrill of riding on the back of one. There was a little action with the Dirk & Steel organization and I wish there would have been more because of all the interesting shape shifters. We did get more with Roni (Bird Shifter) here and there.Overall, very interesting story.

  • Ruby
    2018-11-28 22:53

    While I'd love to be able to loan this book out to anyone who was interested, I don't want to give it up - so get your own!The latest in the Dirk & Steele series, SOUL SONG starts with a bang and doesn't stop until the last page. It's so packed with action it literally left me feeling breathless - and so sympathetic for poor Kit (a concert violinist who has the power to forsee violent deaths) and M'cal (a merman enslaved by a soul-stealing witch), who were thrown from one thing to another with no downtime as they race to stop the witch, free M'cal, and save Kit's soul.Sounds like a pretty tall order, but Liu has a great way of balancing a big, action-packed plot with delicate character development and tasty romance without ever going over the top. While the female lead of her first Dirk & Steele book TIGER EYE reminded me of a certain Touched By An Angel actress, the entire series is just as well done as SOUL SONG. If you think paranormal romance might not be your thing, I encourage you to start with Liu - there really is something for everyone here.

  • Jennifer Leighton
    2018-12-08 20:59

    ***3 1/2 stars rounded up to 4 for originality***

  • K.K. Summer
    2018-12-12 20:29

    1.5 Sterne. War leider nicht das was ich mir versprochen habe - irgendwie war alles etwas überstürzt und es wurde alles einfach ohne großes Nachfragen akzeptiert.Auch die Charaktere waren meiner Meinung nach eher Stereotypisch und leider war auch die "Liebesgeschichte" irgendwie eher auf Sex begründet als alles andere. Schade hatte mir davon wirklich mehr erwartet.

  • Catherine
    2018-12-14 18:38

    One thing I’ve learned while reading the Dirk & Steele series is that defeating the bad guy doesn’t necessarily mean that things are over. Storylines and characters are interwoven throughout the series and things have a way of coming back around. Such is the case with Soul Song. When we meet M’cal his situation seems eerily familiar. We have to wonder, is it coincidence or is history repeating itself?Imagine falling in love and opening yourself to a person. But instead of happiness you find yourself made a slave; your will stripped. You are compelled to do unspeakable things, and over the years you find yourself emptier and emptier. You have no relief from the torment—the only pleasure you are allowed to feel is from the touch of the woman who enslaved you, and that in itself is a form of torture. That is the M’cal we are introduced to in the beginning of the book. He is a man lost and my heart broke for him. Watching him find happiness gave me a warm feeling inside.I really appreciated having a book with Kitala Bell in it. Ever since being introduced to her in Tiger Eye I’ve been curious to get to know her better. I was very surprised to find that she is more than just the good friend of Dela, she has a hidden magical ability of her own. She’s gone out of her way to avoid further developing her abilities, so she’s stuck in a plateau. She can’t avoid seeing how these people will be killed, but she can’t seem to change anything and is frustrated by her inability. When she meets M’cal, suddenly she finds out that she has been living in a world filled with supernatural people, just like her, and never even knew it. She’s helplessly fascinated by him and his deadly music and can’t resist the urge to feel his music and add to it. Her abilities unwittingly compliment his own and give them both the opportunity to try to defeat M’cal’s captor and survive. There are still twists and turns to be found here, but on the whole it’s a lot smoother than the previous book was. I didn’t have any of those odd moments of disorientation, where I wasn’t really sure if I had missed something or not. The plot unfolds smoothly and sucks you into the joy and helpless despair M’cal and Kit find in their situation. Once again Liu has managed to provide complex characters who will leave you questioning yourself as the details are revealed. Does personal tragedy make what the villain is doing okay? What exactly are you willing to forgive? Can one good act change your feelings about a lifetime of neglect? These are all things I asked myself as I read the book. Nothing is clear cut, and sometimes you’ll find yourself uncomfortable with how easy it is to sympathize with the villain. I really enjoyed Kit and M’cal together and thought that they were both exactly what each other needed. I still winced a little over how quickly they fell for each other, but that was easily swept aside as I was sucked into the rest of the book. At times I found Kit’s actions a little idiotic, but she’s a steady enough character for the rest of the book that I didn’t hold it against her too much. My favorite crow, Koni, is back in the action and I am really hopeful that we might one day have a story about him. Sometimes he’s the only (much needed) voice of levity in a very serious situation. We also got to see some of the other previous Dirk & Steele characters, which gives us a nice character refresher before we head into the next book. Favorite Quote:”Keep your hands above the covers.”“Give me a break,” Koni replied, staring at the ceiling. “I am not a total pervert. Although, to be honest, consider the night we’ve been having. First handcuffs, and now this? Way more kinky than I expected.”“Please,” M’cal said. “Do not talk.”“You like the strong and silent type, huh?”“If you do not shut up, I will kill you with my voice.”“I love it when you talk dirty.”“Fine. Which do you prefer to lose first? Your soul or your testicles?”“You know, you’re just a bit obsessed with chopping off balls. Do you have issues with your masculinity?”

  • Kim~Fantasy~
    2018-11-21 21:46

    LOVED LOVED LOVED it!! Oh Kit was amazing! And M'cal was so perfect for her, with his voice to go with her music! I loved how I got more of my man Koni....he is too friggin hilarious with his smart ass comments! Did I mention sexy?? OH YES HE IS!!! LOL!! I was shocked in the end by the witch, and Kit's granma was serious mojo! The characters as always were great, I love them! And how lucky was Kit to be in that delicious sandwhich to escape hypothermia...OMG I was salivating and giddy to imagine it!!Aahhhhh Koni naked....mmmmm it happened alot in this book, which was FANTASTIC!!! I hope that Kit and Alice stay friends...I think it would be fitting considering the history! It was great though, even through it all I was suprised in the end...I can't wait to see how things go...and what will happen to the guys at the agency next!! I can't wait..off to the next one!!

  • Christie
    2018-11-16 22:31

    I liked this story until the very end where it took a rather violent turn that I didn't care for. The extra characters who keep reappearring in the Dirk & Steele stories are fun to read about and help keep you interested in reading more about D&S.

  • adrienne
    2018-12-11 18:36

    A higher 3.5 just because Kit is a woman of color and a musician and I understood all of the descriptions of music so deeply. Otherwise, still insta-lust and nothing hurts!

  • Paranormal Romance
    2018-12-10 19:38

    To the heroine, her gift has always been unwanted and completely uses. What's the point or seeing violent death on the faces of those around her is nothing she ever says or does will change the outcome? But when she sees a woman at her concert one night, this feeling comes over the heroine and for the first time in a very long time, she feels compelled to at least try to save this womans life. With that one fateful decision, the heroines life will be forever changed. She is witness to a kidnapping as the woman she tried to save is taken violently by armed men and the heroine herself is kidnapped because she saw it. She begs the men let her go, offers to bribe them, nothing. Just when she thinks this may be the end, she is saved by a tall dark man who brutally kills a few of her attackers and badly injuries others. This man, however, is not as he appears. If she was under the impression he is there to help her, she is sadly mistaken. Rather, the hero has been sent to steal her soul on the orders of the witch that has control of him. He is tormented every second by he acts forced upon him by this bracelet which the witch uses to owned him. He's tried many times to cut his arm off to free of the compulsions but the magic is strong and he can never succeed. Prostituting himself for the souls she demands, he's never before had a specific target....and he's never before laid eyes on a woman such as the heroine. The love which he thought he could never again feel towards a woman, especially another witch, washes over him like he beloved ocean. He can't kill this woman and he'll do whatever he can to save her. Something about her, her soul that resonates in his body, something manages to gift him the freedom to let her go. This woman has given him the gift of hope, hope that through her his connection with the witch could be severed. The heroine is torn by her instant love for this powerful, beautiful man and his obvious slavery. He is honest when he says he's been ordered to kill her but she can't bring herself to think of him as an enemy or even as a man to be feared. She feels too deeply for him and so, she is determined to see he is set free. Together, the woman who denies her magic but puts forward into the world such powerful music and the man who's had everything taken from him but still finds the way and means to fight against his chains, search for the source for a way to defeat their enemies. This book was what I always associate with a Dirk and Steele novel. Instant character connections, powerful and moving love stories and constant non stop actions. This book delivered. I was swept away into the pages until I couldn't stand the thought of having to put it down. The scenes, especially the action and the love scenes, were so vividly written that I felt as if I was there with the characters and that takes a very special kind of author. What can I saw about these characters? I was absolutely in love with both of them as well as the appearances from other Dirk and Steele agents. The heroine was strong and worthy of respect as she fought so desperately hard to save another women whom she didn't even know but knew who die without her help. The heroine denied her magic but throughout the story, her soul would rise up and be used to either sooth the hero or take action against those who seek to hurt him. She was a passionate woman who never complained about all the chaos and fear now in her life because she also discovered a once in a lifetime love with this hero. He was.....wow. He was amazing. He had such a hard go of it. The witch who he thought he love betrayed him, enslaved him. He's been forced to kill people and other horrible things without the ability to stop himself. When he meets the heroine, he is in love. Her song momentarily frees him and he envisions her like a Madonna but still a woman he desires. He was so freaking strong and able to heal from everything thrown at him. A gunshot to the neck, a knife wound to the chest, a knife wound to the heart? Nothing could stop him from protecting the woman he loves. They had an amazing relationship. One built of an instant connection and one strong enough to see them through all the pain and the terror they experienced. I was in love with both of them. I was in love with this book. Marjorie Liu is a very special author and one I look to when I want a passionate and action pact PNR adventure and this book did not disappoint.

  • Angel
    2018-12-06 21:41

    M'cal is a gorgeous Merman who has been held captive by an evil witch who forces him to steal people's soul and give them to her. He has the ability to control others with his siren's song. His next victim is Kitala, a woman with magic in her music. He intends to take her soul, but instead she steals his heart, something he never expected. Together they battle and defeat the witch and other evil characters. This is a beautiful love story filled with lots of action, great sex and a wonderful love shared by two people who had never known love and true happiness.

  • Samantha Thacker
    2018-11-28 18:31

    What maddness is this?! we're FINALLY getting some answers to all the shadowy plot line that's been bandied around for 6 books now

  • Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
    2018-11-27 21:53

    I want to make a note that I haven't read other books in the series, so a comparison isn't possible. It's easy for those who haven't read any books in the series to jump right in, as nothing is really mentioned about previous installments, and this story is all the own of its characters. Plot-wise it's a unique piece; a merman of sorts (although that's not his official name) has been enslaved by a witch he trusted years ago. Using his incredible voice, he's forced to steal the souls of victims for his mistress, not able to resist her twisted calls. When she then instructs him to find and bring her two more people - one Kitala, another witch, and the other being Robin (whom is a mystery I won't reveal), he is forced to obey yet again.Plot-wise, it's a unique piece. A merman of sorts, M'Cal has been tied by a witch for many years, forced to use his awesome voice to steal souls for his demented mistress. Hatred of her makes his life an eternal misery, but he is not strong enough to break their bind. She orders him to bring him the bodies of two others next, Kitala and Robin (a mystery I can't reveal without ruining the book.)When he crosses Kitala, however, he is able to temporarily fight the urge to deliver her to the witch for slaughter, and together the two continue solving the mystery of finding Robin, trying to figure a way to unbind him from the witch, and ultimately surviving the day alive. From every corner comes a different sort of villain, including the witch, another unseen enemy and her cohorts. Tension is packed tightly, with every chapter having something majorly substantial on the line. From the first page things are constantly in motion, evolving into knuckle-biting suspense, keeping the pace up full-fledged. Scenes of suspense are expertly written, bringing out the highest level of anxiety possible.Kitala as the main heroine is likeable, haunted by her morbid gift of forseeing the death of others, not familiar with her own great power, accompanied with the slightly irritating trait of ignoring good advice and getting herself in trouble. M'Cal is vicious when he must be (biting off the nose of an enemy, even), yet tender with others when he has the choice. Their romance blossoms quickly, with a sweet endurance that's simply moving. Not mushy or overdone, their relationship helped propel the central story onward, as together they stood taller than apart.The villains were multi-dimensional as well (big brownie points!) with surprisingly degrees of character. The witch was someone you loved to hate, yet the ending revealed a small surprise. I'm guessing the wereanimals, etc., were part of the rest of the series. None were explored blatantly, yet they were interesting specimens who provided the right background to keep the story plausible. Romantically Soul Song is strong, with erotic tension and undertones, yet no on-the-page errr, grouping.A downfall of the story was the complex scenarios with the witch. Her motivations didn't make 100% sense at the end, and the 'switching' almost felt like a mini cop-out. It's also unrealistic that Kitala could suddenly pick up on what powers she needed within 48 hours. Coming as second nature is one thing, but every ability needs fine-tuning and practice. Even Superman learned that lesson the hard way.Marjorie M. Liu penned Soul Song with flair, her writing style fitting as comfortably as a well-worn shoe. Ultimately Soul Song sings itself as a mystery sort of story, something other-world without seeming too off-the-wall. Dark and deliciously paranormal, with enough twists to make a pretzel envious, Soul Song is a book worth reading anytime.

  • Jm
    2018-12-14 17:56

    Kitala Bell est une violoniste de talent et qui joue d’une manière presque magique. Elle a également la particularité de voir la mort des personnes qu’elle croise. Une noyade, un étranglement, s’il s’agit d’une mort violente, Kit est capable de voir sur le visage de la personne quelle sera sa mort. Cette faculté l’a peu à peu mise à l’écart des autres et à part quelques tentatives, elle ne prévient plus les gens qu’elle croise à propos de ce qu’elle voit.M’cal est un triton de la race des Krackeni, capable d’ensorceler les gens avec son chant et de leur voler leur âme. Il peut vivre dans l’eau comme sur terre. Malheureusement, après être tombé amoureux d’une femme, cette dernière l’a enchaîné grâce à une malédiction. Pour elle, il doit chasser les âmes de personnes qu’il choisit au hasard et les lui rapporter pour qu’elle y puise jeunesse et pouvoir. Jusqu’à ce qu’elle lui demande de lui ramener l’âme de Kit.Lors d’un concert, Kit aperçoit une femme, Alice, avec un couteau dans l’œil. Poussée par son instinct, elle décide de la prévenir qu’elle risque de mourir. Elle se retrouve alors embarquée dans des événements violents et dangereux. Kidnappée, violentée, elle est sauvée par M’cal, un homme mystérieux et intriguant qui lui annonce qu’il a pour mission de la tuer mais qui finalement la laisse partir. Mais Kit n’est pas décidée à laisser tomber et choisit d’essayer de sauver Alice de ses ravisseurs. Pour l’aider, elle appelle son amie Dela (héroïne de L’œil du tigre) qui lui envoie des membres de Dirk & Steel, dont son mari Hari, pour la protéger et l’aider à retrouver Alice.Les descriptions de l’auteur sur la musique qu’entend Kit dans sa tête ou sur les sons de la vie sous-marine de M’cal nous permettent de ressentir pleinement ce qu’éprouvent les personnages. Kit et M’cal se complètent et sont en parfaite harmonie. Et malgré le fait que M’cal doive tuer Kit, on souffre avec eux des obstacles qui se dressent sur le chemin de leur bonheur et on souhaite les effacer pour qu’enfin ils puissent être ensemble. Le rythme du récit nous entraîne de plus en plus vite dans l’histoire comme une accélération de tempo dans une partition et on suit les personnages à travers les épreuves en espérant que la note finale clôturera cette symphonie de la meilleure des manières.Il n'est pas nécessaire d'avoir lu les tomes précédents pour comprendre l'histoire, il suffit de lire les résumés pour resituer les personnages de Dela et Hari.

  • Mystique Reviews
    2018-11-22 15:34

    The Dirk and Steele detective agency takes a back seat in the latest installment of Marjorie Liu's and allows us to see what it's like for two magical people, lost souls without the support of others like them. Like the title implies, this is a beautiful romance that pulls the heart strings and stays with you long after the book is over.M'cal is a tortured hero. Trapped by the mistakes of his past, his reckless youth and false love. He is also Krackeni, a mean bad ass merman with attitude to spare. Kitala Bell is strong, independent and struggling to make the right choices. She has a terrible gift. She can see how people will die, if the death is a violent one. In the past she has been able to look away but when she see's the violent death of a young women she is compelled to act. This one good deed leads her down the road to M'cal.The return of my favorite shape-shifting crow, Koni is a welcome treat as he makes another appearance, again threatening to steal the story. We also are given a wicked witch who eats peoples souls and Ivan, the creepiest vampire I have every read about.I really enjoyed this book very much. It was a great read to curl up with and I plowed through it in one sitting. Unlike the other books in the series this one can be read as stand alone.Five Mystique Moons. (Outstanding)Class Three sensuality. (Standard Romance)

  • Jasmin
    2018-11-18 14:46

    Der deutsche Titel ist etwas irreführend, das ganze hat nur wenig mit Sirenen zutun, obwohl Musik eine wichtige Rolle spielt. Zum einen geht es um Meermann M'Cal einem Krackeni, der von einer Hexe mehr oder weniger versklavt ist und für sie Seelen stehlen muss, ob er nun will oder nicht. Dabei nutzt er die Macht seiner Stimme. Zum anderen geht es um die brilliante Geigerin Kitala, die über die Fähigkeit verfügt, den Tod anderer Menschen vorrauszusehen und unversehens in lebensgefährliche Dinge verstrickt wird.Dass die beiden schon alleine durch ihre Musik voneinander angezogen werden ist klar und M'Cal und Kitala passen auch ganz wunderbar zusammen. Wir treffen auch andere Charaktere aus der Reihe wieder, z.B Koni.Das Buch war prima Strandlektüre für heiße Sommertage allerdings war das Ende wieder ziemlich gestresst und verworren, das war schon bei "Geliebte des Feuers" so und ich musst ich die letzten Seiten mehrfach lesen um zu verarbeiten was da alles genau passiert.Außerdem fand ich ganz interessant, dass diese Dämonen Sache irgendwie eine ganz nette Brücke zu der Hunter Kiss-Reihe geschlagen hat, ein Cross-Over wäre doch mal toll :)

  • Gina Briganti
    2018-11-19 17:59

    I can empathize with Kitala Bell, who we first met in "Tiger Eye," book 1 of the Dirk & Steele series. If you have to have an extra sense, why would you want to foretell death? Most people I've spoken to on the subject want to see lottery numbers or the location of buried treasure.This is my favorite Dirk & Steele novel yet. Why? I really enjoyed the twisty plot and seeing characters from previous books in the series. That's part of why I read series and not just single titles. I like to see those characters again after I read their story. It's also my first merman romance. Before I saw this book I never thought about the possibility. There are a lot of dark scenes and plots to this book, and to the Dirk & Steele series. If you're looking for a light read, this is not it. And if you're looking for a knock your socks off romance, this is also not it. There is a romance, but there is so much action and adventure that it takes a back seat. At least in my opinion. I found both characters likable and I wish them all the best.

  • Katy
    2018-12-15 17:46

    This is now the 5th Dirk and Steel I're read, and I've only just now realized that these are actually romance novels. Duh, I guess I wasn't paying attention to the covers since they were on my nook! But the romance is just done so tastefully in each book that it is not so overt. I really liked the idea of this book, I liked the mermaid and the musician. It was a great combination to get them together. However, I really hated that his name was M'Cal. It bothered me the whole time. I got past it by just calling him Michael in my head, but I still did a slight cringe whenever I saw it. Also, there was one point where Kit is getting whisked away by the bad guys, and I thought "Oh geesh, not again! Hasn't this already happened like, 3 times at least!" So it almost seemed a little repetitive in some ways.All in all, though, it was an enjoyable read.

  • Nicole
    2018-11-21 16:42

    I really enjoyed this book! It was fast-paced, and despite the fact that the characters fell in bed together pretty quickly (typical of the genre), their speedy romantic attachment did not feel forced. The dialogue felt like things that real people would say. The characters who seemed like bad guys...well, it's not that they weren't, but they had pretty solid, understandable reasons that they did what they did, even if you didn't agree with their methods. It was also nice to have a main character that was a person of color. This is the first book I've read by Liu, but I plan to read many more.

  • Brenda
    2018-11-30 14:39

    I've loved this series, but for some reason Soul Song didn't grab me the way the others did. Ms. Liu's writing was excellent as always, but I really couldn't connect with the hero, M'cal. The heroine was Kit, who we've met previously in the series. I really loved her character, but there was something missing in the story for me. I loved the action, and the outcome of the book. It actually bothered me enough that I waited a few days to write this trying to figure it out. I think it was the lack of humor from M'cal. I understood why he was that way, but it made it fall flat for me. I'll read the rest of the series with no hesitation because I love Ms. Liu's writing.

  • ~Leslie~
    2018-11-16 19:35

    I am wavering between 3.5 and 4 stars for this one. This is such an interesting and different series to read. The world M. Liu has created is intriguing to say the least, and this book is no different. In this one, we meet M'cal who is a Merman. And they are a little different than one would expect. Kit, who is a fiddle player, extraordinaire, sees how people are going to die, and this unusual gift leads her into some bad stuff, but she gets M'cal at the end, so it's okay! I loved both of these characters and that's what saw me through some places in the book that got a little overly drawn out and confusing. But overall, an entertaining read.

  • Yodamom
    2018-11-27 22:35

    It was worth the .50 cents I paid for it. It was cheesy, predictable, with a weak plot.- Yet I read the whole thing ? I really can't explain why. I was so miffed when the bad guys did the comic version of to tell the truth. They told their whole plot to the good guys, in the middle of the evil deed they were participating in at the time ??!?!??! I was totally twisted up at how the story jumped from one point to another abruptly, never going back to finish up several points. So why did I not give up on it ? I just had to see how it turned out. What a disappointment that was-dull. I could se the potential it was there is was just on the next page, just one more...not.

  • Loretta
    2018-11-25 19:48

    This is the first book I have read in this series. I enjoyed the suspense and the drama. It is a well formed story of a girl with the magic of music and blood-line meets a man of mixed ancestry and enslaved by a witch. I would have liked to see more meat in the story surrounding them in their trek to save a complete stranger that Kitala Bell (our heroine)meets at her own concert, as well as the freedom of the enslaved M'cal. Even in the midst of its climax, the story is over too quickly and leaves one waiting for more.I think I will gather more complete introduction to this series by going back to book 1. My interest is definitely piqued. A good afternoon read on a quiet day.

  • CatBookMom
    2018-11-29 19:56

    Of the 4 books in this series I've read to date, this is by far the weakest. M'Cal and Kitala Bell are great characters, fascinating abilities, but oh, the blah-blah-blah you have to get through (there was a lot of skimming done!) to get to What Happens Next. And the Big Bad, known for most of the story only as 'the witch', is one sick babe. Somehow she's got her hooks into a couple of the local cops (also pretty sick types), and how that happened could have been an asset to the story; as it is, Officer Yu and her cronies are just there, chasing after Our Heroine, kidnapping her and shooting M'Cal.

  • Kim
    2018-12-05 17:49

    Against her will,Kitala Bell foresees the future. Now her own future is in peril. From the ocean 19s depths rises an impossible blend of fantasy and danger,a creature whose voice is seduction incarnate,whose song can manipulate lives the way that Kitala herself manipulates the strings of her violin -- even to the point of breaking. He is a prince of the sea, an enigma -- a captive stretched to the limit of his endurance by a woman intent on using him for the purest evil. And when survival requires he and Kitala form a closer partnership than either has ever known, the price of their bond will threaten not just their lives, but the essence of their very soulsI loved this story.

  • Lakisha
    2018-11-24 19:53

    Disclaimer: I received no compensation from the author or publisher for this honest review.Secretive heroine meets even more secretive mystery man. Sounds like a recipe for intrigue and sizzling byplay while watching the two dance around each other.It was nice to see some of the characters from other Dirk & Steele novels being used in this one. The blend of paranormal with reality is always a plus and adds spice to the Dirk & Steele universe.I like that both MCs were flawed but that didn't keep them from growing as characters throughout the story.Would I recommend this book? Yes, this is another good read from the Dirk & Steele series.

  • Christina
    2018-11-17 22:34

    (view spoiler)[ I thought the ending was fucked up in profound ways. Too much (almost gratuitous, imo) misery, no real catharsis, some inherently wrong messages to take away. Also the complete and lasting helplessness of both of the protagonists throughout the story bothered me: Why did it take another person for Kitala to come into her own power? And why was it, in the end, a three-second cop-out? What was with the contrived semi-sympathetic characterization of the witch? There's more, but I'm feeling drained. *I just cannot grasp the fact that they gently, almost affably sent away M'cal's rapist and longtime abuser. I cannot fucking believe it. Wow. Wow. (hide spoiler)]

  • Heidi
    2018-12-08 20:53

    The story:A mixed race musician reclaims her magical background and rescues an enslaved shapechanger. The enslaved shapechanger is redeemed in more ways than one as she reteaches him the value of freedom and teaches him hope and forgiveness.The author:Marjorie M. Liu is a paranormal romance writer. And a sci-fi fantasy writer and reader. Her stories include powerful women, people who have experienced pain and recovered to become stronger individuals and some interesting and fun plots. The characters strongly define the stories.

  • Siria
    2018-12-16 18:38

    Soul Song has a much more tenuous connection to the universe of the 'Dirk and Steel' books, and the plot arc doesn't advance very much. What plot there is is also cracktastic in a typical Liu manner, and I am growing a little tired of the OTT/vaguely gender-skeevy villains, but there is still some good stuff in here, and it all makes for a pleasant read—multiracial heroine! her southern, black grandma who is clichéd, yes, but not nauseatingly so! body parts are bitten off! (What? My work day was stressful.)

  • Kendrawesome
    2018-12-15 19:44

    (view spoiler)[Mad props to the author for actually putting MERSEX in this book. It definitely delivered on that front--and I'm not talking about the merman transforming into a human, or something like that. No, there's definitely scaly manparts that emerge from merman parts, and yeahhhhhh.However, as lulzy as that sounds (and the fact that our mermanly hero sings his foes to death), the actual plot is pretty random, and all the constant 'SOUL MATE' stuff is a total turn-off. Sex scenes are so-so.(hide spoiler)]