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Also reviewed for Addicted2Heroines.This is nowhere near what I would consider my normal genre, but I really liked it anyway.Broken Souls has that Pulp Fiction feel to it that made me think of hard boiled detectives and L.A noir ish stuff Or at least, this is what I assume those books are like cough, cough I ve, uh, never actually read a True Crime story But this was what I imagine they would be like.Take my ramblings with a grain of salt.Eric Carter isn t the kind of guy who has a girlfriend, he s the kind of guy who sometimes spends time with some dame who works at the diner Again Not really But in my mind that s what he does.Also, in my head, he has a gravelly voice What That was an important part of my internal reading experience Ok, I was a little nervous going into this, because I hadn t read the first book But I gotta say, Blackmoore did an excellent job weaving the backstory from the first book into this one There weren t great gobs of random info dumps, either I was lost for a few pages, but after that, it was relatively smooth sailing.So an Aztec goddess of death killed his sister, and fucked up his life on multiple levels.And, one shotgun wedding laterthey re married Why Read the first book and find out.His mission is to find another mage with enough mojo to help him serve her divorce papers.And when the book starts, he thinks he s found just the guy for the job.Right up till the dude tries to skin him alive, all in the high hopes of wearing him as a meat coat Yeah Probably not the direction he was thinking their meeting would go.Eric s sort of an assy guy, but you end up liking him anyway.He s not a do gooder, per say, but he s also not do badder, either Do badder is a real word I looked it up And since I ve already done the work for you, there s no need for you to check and see if I m lying Really.Even though Eric isn t the classic Knight in Shining Armor, he s still got enough of a good guy vibe to keep you rooting for him.The book s story centers on finding out who this skin wearing dude is, and why he wants Eric so badly But it also weaves into what is going on with his wifeand her ex husband.The plot is good, the pacing is tight, and the ending left me wanting.Like I said, it s not my normal cuppa, but I wouldn t hesitate to read the next book. Eric Carter is one of those protagonists who takes a serious beating basically constantly, and it makes his urban fantasy world feel a lot real as he fires off spells and sics ghosts on people He s a bit of a magical John McClane, and his emotional damage makes him as interesting as the physical scars he picks up Blackmoore does a great job of putting Carter into a mysterious world he only barely understands This story and the one before it function as action packed dives into the strange territory of a Los Angeles that feels simultaneously familiar, thanks to Blackmoore s attention to detail with the town and great job of explaining in small bits a world he s clearly got well developed in his mind This book is a great time, just like the last Eric Carter story. This is what happens when you eat other people s souls I don t recommend it.Another crazy and dark adventure of the not so fun kind, at least not for poor Eric This is no nonsense UF and I got quite a kick out of it I also liked the introduction of the Bruja Hopefully she ll stick around I m moving straight into the third book. In the Second Eric Carter novel, BROKEN SOULS, by Stephen Blackmoore, six months have passed since the events that occurred in DEAD THINGS Things are twice as hectic, and detrimental as last time Forced into a marriage with the Queen of the Dead, Eric is desperate to find a way to annul the binding vows Aside from a wedding band he can t remove from his finger, Eric s eyes have become like pitch black marbles No iris, no whites He knows he d made a rash decision in getting married, but there has to be a way out of the mess.Eric Carter s life is in shambles His sister was brutally murdered, his best friend is dead, and his ex girlfriend hates him He learns he is now King of the Dead, thanks to his marriage Only adding to the shambles, the Queen s ex might not be dead.With the death of mob boss, Jean Boudreau, there is a clawing match for power over the territory A front runner is Russian Sergei Gusarov, and his demented sister Katya Eric find himself hunting down the two wannabes They have a obsidian dagger, and skin people in order to wear the pelts Magic is afoot The dangers are close to home And Eric is the center of the mobster s attention In short Eric is being hunted by the psychopaths Eric teams up with Gabriela Cortez, a Bruja witch , who is a do gooder, giving shelter to vampires in a self run hotel She knows all about the dagger It was hers She wants it back And like minded, has no love for the Queen of the Dead The plan is simple, just three steps 1 Get the dagger, 2 Stop the Russians, and 3 Kill the Queen of the Dead.Warnings come from everywhere, and soon Eric has no idea who he can trust, making their simple plan becomes a whole lot complicated The Russians seem to know Eric and Gabriela s every move before the moves are made and for this they walk into trap after trap Stephen Blackmoore has a gift His gritty noir writing style is smooth, and easy to follow The storyline is complex, and compelling The characters are amazingly well crafted, and the world created is defined and imaginative BROKEN SOULS is as good as DEAD THINGS If you are a fan of Harry Dresden, you are going to love Eric Carter Phillip TomassoAuthor of the Severed Empire Series,and The Vaccination Trilogy When Necromancer Eric Carter Returned To Los Angeles After Fifteen Years On The Run He Knew Things Were Bad, But He Never Imagined How Bad They Could Get Sister Murdered, Best Friend Dead, Married To The Patron Saint Of Death, Santa MuerteAnd Things Are Just Getting WorseHis Link To The Aztec Death Goddess Is Changing His Powers, Changing Him, And He S Not Sure How Far It Will Go He S Starting To Question His Own Sanity, Wonder If He S Losing His Mind No Mean Feat For A Guy Who Talks To The Dead On A Regular BasisWhile Searching For A Way To Break Santa Muerte S Hold Over Him, Carter Finds Himself The Target Of A Psychopath Who Can Steal Anyone S Form, Powers And Memories Identity Theft Is One Thing, But The Guy Does It By Killing His Victims And Wearing Their Skins Like A Suit He Can Be Anyone He Can Be AnywhereNow Carter Has To Change The Game, Go From Hunted To Hunter All He Has For Help Is A Skid Row Bruja And A Ghost Who S Either His Dead Friend Alex Or Carter S Own Guilt Fueled Psychotic BreakIf Things Go Right, He Just Might Survive A Week Where Everything Is Trying To Kill Him And Nothing Is As It Seems Wow, is this a fast read It zooms by Blackmoore has a twisted, wicked mind I like it He s completely ruthless on his not so noble protagonist, necromancer Eric Carter Eric wants to break his unholy matrimony with Santa Muerte and instead finds he s even deeper in her web than he realized There s backstabbing upon backstabbing upon backstabbing, yet everything flows and makes sense Blackmoore s Los Angeles is beautiful and dingy and honest. This book was alright I expected a lot from it after the first book I mostly felt like Dead Things was a pretty good book with some big and some small flaws that might improve as the series goes on and the writer gets comfortable with the characters and world I think some of the minor things are cleaned up to an extent, but some of the major issues are still there and even some of the things I liked in the first book are lacking in this one Ultimately, we re left with a book that is definitely an improvement in some ways, but still ends up being a step back because of other issues.On the minor end, I think Eric and the minor characters are interesting than in Dead Things Eric is still mostly an asshole, but he s a BIT likable in this book That said, he does go on a GTA style temper tantrum and shoot a stranger s car because he didn t like them honking at him for standing in the middle of the road But at least he admitted that he probably shouldn t have done that Baby steps There s also a noticeable decrease in the overuse of the f bomb in this book, which makes his voice a touch less eye rolly I enjoyed the minor characters in this book a lot than in the first book I think they could still use some work, but Dead Things was severely lacking in this department in my opinion and this book has at least decent minor characters I also liked that we got an attractive female ally who wasn t just a love interest and had her own motives and alignments, though I ultimately didn t like her as much as I thought I would The villains are better than in the first book They aren t great, but I thought the villains in the first book were its biggest flaw as they were pretty lame and idiotic most of the time, so I m glad Broken Souls wasn t a repeat of that at least Unfortunately, Eric s still not very likable I think that s okay to an extent as he fits the story as sort of an antihero that fits the darker setting and plot And despite being a dick, he s not completely a raving sociopath other than stealing random people s cars repeatedly with no real moral qualm But without , he s left not being as interesting as I would like I find myself mainly only rooting for him because I want to see things develop, not because I particularly want to see him succeed Another major qualm for me is that I was hoping the magic would be explored in a bit depth with clarity than in the first book, but it wasn t really I expected the Santa Muerte storyline to develop a lot following the last book I was a bit disappointed that Eric s first choice was to try and be rid of the bond before he really has much idea what all it entails I don t think it s an irrational decision as they didn t exactly get together on the best terms But still, the book is clear that Eric s bond gives him significantly power Being the egotist he is, I would ve liked to see him indulge in and enjoy that power a bit instead of immediately trying to get out of the whole arrangement As I said, the terms and conditions of the arrangement s coming to be were pretty shitty though, so I can t say it was an unreasonable decision.I won t say too much on how the Santa Muerte storyline develops since that deals with some of the bigger spoilers of this book, but I do think some of it s fairly interesting and alarming Plus, it develops of the whole Aztec mythos that I think makes Eric Carter as a series stand out a little better instead of just dealing with cut and paste werewolves and vampires.The main plot of this book felt a bit flimsy to me, which was my biggest disappointment coming off the first book, which I think, despite its flaws, had a strong and fast moving plot throughout Even now, I m having a hard time even remembering it since there wasn t much to it Eric s up against some kind of shapeshifter with a magic knife and he and his sidekick are bad He has to team up with some new allies who seemed to just pop up in the world since he s burned so many bridges in the last book to do this So they face off I feel like a lot of the plot was very reactionary on Eric s part That doesn t always bother me, but it felt excessive enough to be annoying to me here I also just feel like the plot didn t really develop at a steady pace, perhaps because there was much less of a mystery element to the plot than in the first book.Overall, this isn t a bad book, but I did feel that while there were some improvements, it was a step back from the first book I m still willing to read the next book and I wouldn t say I regretted reading this one, but I do wish it had been better. 3.5 stars. une r ussite pour cette s rie, j ai bien aim ce tome On est toujours sur une histoire relativement courte mais tr s intense et la mythologie est vraiment originale.Ce tome est la suite directe du pr c dent, ici pas d intrigue ind pendante comme dans pas mal de s ries d urban fantasy mais bien une vrai suite qui ne peut pas se lire dans le d sordre Eric cherche trouver du soutiens et des conseils sur comment se sortir de la situation dans laquelle il est concernant la Santa Muerte Il arrive contacter une des personnes les plus qualifi e pour l aider, un ancien ami Mais sur les lieux du rendez vous il s aper oit que ce n est pas la personne en question qui l a rejoint mais un voleur de corps, une personne qui a pris l apparence et le corps de son ami pour le pi ger et l assassiner En fait la vrai histoire commence ici Le premier tome tait un tome de d couverte du monde et de l intrigue et ici tout commence vraiment se mettre bien en place Nous en apprenons donc bien plus sur le monde, les tenants et aboutissant du pacte qu Eric a fait, et nous continuons de d couvrir certains pans de la mythologie En parlant de mythologie, la ou pr c demment nous avions plein de dieux et autres cr atures de tout les genres de folklore, ici on est bien plus centr sur la partie Azt que On en apprends plus sur les diff rents dieux, etc L arrangement avec la Santa Muerte, qu Eric aimerais bien se d barrasser, n est pas non plus si n gatif que a pour lui car il est aussi assorti de pas mal de boost de ses pouvoirs et autres nouveaut s qu il commence peine d couvrir et qui l aident grandement lorsqu on cherche l assassiner ce qui arrive tout au long du tome en fait Assorti du fait d tre hant par une personne qui est morte dans le tome pr c dent et qui l aide r guli rement en le renseignant ce qui lui sauve la vie plusieurs reprises.Un autre point que j adore dans cette s rie pour l instant c est qu il n y a pas de page perdues On a un livre court mais chaque ligne est sa place, n cessaire Le r sultat est une intrigue vraiment intense du d but la fin, et pas dans le sens ou tout est bard d action, non, mais plus que tout est dynamique, connect ou important et rien ne semble avoir t rajout juste pour faire du chiffre ou d layer l intrigue.Le tout dans une ambiance toujours aussi cru et sombre, la limite du trash certains moment.Un condens en quelque sorte, qui se d vore et qui nous laisse en vouloir bien plus.J avoue que quand j ai termin ce tome je pensais que l intrigue pouvait se terminer rapidement vu la structure des deux premiers tomes, mais sachant que justement l intrigue est totalement bas chaque fois sur les choses qu on ne sait pas encore et qui sont surement l agenda de Santa Muerte ou d un autre dieu, il y a surement de quoi faire bien plus, ce qui n est vraiment pas pour me d plaire.Du coup j ai t joie quand j ai appris que l auteur avait pr vu 6 tomes au total Je lirais la suite avec plaisir.17 20 man, have I missed Eric Carter Shame on Stephen Blackmoore for not writing faster for my enjoyment Just kidding, I m willing to wait, because I know it ll be worth it, and Broken Souls proves that To catch you up a bit, Eric isn t exactly the luckiest guy His sister was murdered not too long ago His best friend, Alex, is dead, and his ex girlfriend Vivian who was hooked up with Alex , blames him and won t speak to him he doesn t blame her , and he s married to Santa Muerte he made a deal, long story , whose grinning skull does nothing to put a man in the mood No, seriously, she s claimed Eric as her own, which comes with a few magical perks, but Eric will gladly trade those perks for his freedom Anyway, his priority, at the beginning of Broken Souls, is finding a way out of the deal he made with Santa Muerte, and calls on a mage he knows to help him out Except, someone his squatting in the mage s skin and wielding an obsidian blade, and he it is out to skin Eric Nothing our hero can t handle, right Luckily, Eric does have a little help in the form of the Bruja, who runs a half way house for vamps and other others , and he s getting advice from something that looks and sounds like Alex, but he s not sure it actually is Alex He does know it s not a ghost, but other than that, he s at a loss But, Eric will take what he can get What exactly is driving this killer, and why is he after Eric The answer may be than Eric and his new friends bargain for, but they have no choice but to try to stop it And what exactly does Santa Muerte want from Eric She s being coy, but right now, it s really the least of his problems.This is a fantastic series Eric talks tough and acts like he doesn t need anyone, but under all that bluster is a core of loneliness keep an eye out for a scene where the Bruja calls him out on exactly this Speaking of the Bruja she s awesome, and she s my favorite new character She s funny too, so bonus points She and Eric play off each other perfectly So, yeah, there are some funny lines in this book, but things get really dark, as they usually do, and gawd my jaw dropped in a few places See, I m kind of a pain in the ass reader It s hard to surprise me Blackmoore surprised me This isn t a bad thing, it s a great thing, but damn Anyway, Broken Souls is chock full of great and gory fight scenes, ghosts, gods, double crosses out the wazoo, and, like I said, plenty of surprises I love Blackmoore s noir tinged supernatural L.A., and the city is almost a character unto itself I love the little historical tidbits that Eric throws out it really adds some atmosphere to an already very atmospheric story I ve become really, really picky when it comes to urban fantasy lately, and there s a group of authors that are writing consistently excellent stuff Chuck Wendig, Chris F Holm, ML Brennan and a few and Stephen Blackmoore I can t wait for the next book in this series This one will keep you up late Promise I would like one of those calaveras etched rings though Broken Souls


About the Author: Stephen Blackmoore

Stephen Blackmoore is the author of the noir urban fantasy Eric Carter series DEAD THINGS, BROKEN SOULS, HUNGRY GHOSTS, and FIRE SEASON , about a necromancer in modern day Los Angeles.You can find him online at stephenblackmoore.com, or follow him on Twitter at sblackmoore.


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