Passable urban fantasy brings Egyptian gods to New York
Hidden Blade: The Soul Eater Book 1
By Pippa DiCosta
Scifi & Fantasy
Pub Date 18 October 2016
As urban fantasies go, Hidden Blade falls in the middle - decently written, a decent story with fairly interesting characters. I wouldn't call it excellent or groundbreaking, but it does successfully introduce the main series characters, provides some insight into their nature, and leaves the door wide open for future novels - exactly what a first novel is intended to do. I would be willing to try a future novel to see if the series kicks in to higher gear, but I am not at the edge of my seat hungering for the next installment.
Soul Eater uses Egyptian mythology as its foundation, with the gods living and plotting in New York. Ace's job is to clean up messes in order to prevent the public from discovering the existence of gods and demons. Ace is cursed, in servitude to the fickle and devious Osiris (Ozzie) and his wife Isis. When his ex wife, the goddess Bast comes to him, asking for help, his first instinct is to run the other way, but even he can't say no. Someone is slaughtering women under her protection, and the daughter he never knew he had is among those in danger.
I received a copy of Hidden Blade from the publisher and netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
"They call me devil, liar, thief. In whispers, they call me Soul Eater. They’re right. I’m all those things—and more."
Kicked out of the underworld and cursed to walk this earth for all eternity, Ace Dante finds solace in helping others avoid the wrath of the gods.
But when warrior-bitch, Queen of Cats, and Ace's ex-wife, Bastet, hires him to stop whoever is slaughtering her blessed women, Ace is caught between two of the most powerful deities to have ever existed: Isis and Osiris.
The once-revered gods aren’t dead.
And Ace is in their way.
Welcome to a New York where the ancient gods roam.
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