Everything I said about the second book, Black Scars, in my review can be repeated here. Mr. Montano’s prose exploits and explores the senses. The reader will see, hear, feel, taste and smell everything in this wonderfully dystopian world; so much so that we almost become supporting characters.
I can honestly say I’ve never read another author who puts me into the story so completely as Mr. Montano.
And what stories! The setting is Earth, but not an Earth that any of us can easily recognize. Twenty-five years earlier The Black happened, a cataclysmic fusing of our planet with untold numbers of other worlds. The Black added species, continents, cities, and — most important for the survival of humans — magic to our planet while wiping out or altering our previous existence.
In Soulrazor we learn more about what The Black is and where it came from, once again following Eric Cross, a warlock and former soldier of The Southern Claw, the alliance of humans formed to battle the vampires of the Ebon Cities. What’s that? Oh, yes, there are vampires and all manner of undead creatures roaming about thanks to The Black. Bloodwolves and giants, too, which makes the lives and future of humans somewhat tenuous.
After the events described in Black Scars, Cross left the Claw and formed his own mercenary team with former prison-warden Danica Black and Kane, who was once her prisoner. Soulrazor opens with the team conducting a vital surveillance mission for the Claw; what they find sets the stage for the rest of the story, which includes all the thrilling action and adventure I’ve come to expect from this series.
In a slight departure from the first two entries, much of this story is told from Danica’s perspective, which I enjoyed. Having brutalized her fellow humans (including Kane) in the prison and served as an ally to the vampires, she is a deeply flawed character, which makes for great reading.
No spoilers, but there is also an element of time-travel in Soulrazor, which makes perfect sense in the scheme of things with The Black. I’ve never been much of a fan of “temporal distortion” stories, (looking at you, Star Trek), but it is handled so well here, and fits into the story perfectly.
If you haven’t already, I highly suggest starting with Blood Skies and then continuing with the subsequent books in this highly original and exciting series. The fourth book, Crown of Ash, is on my To-Read List and I’m looking forward to continuing the journey.
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