Review: Soothsayer by Cari Z.

Cillian Kelly can look into people’s eyes and see their fates. He’s running from a past filled with mistakes, lying low and selling his services on the sly. When he learns that Sören Egilsson, a man who sacrificed himself so Cillian could escape imprisonment two years ago, is somehow still alive, Cillian has to find out how. What he gets is the body of the man he loves possessed by an ancient spirit who draws Cillian into a battle to the death for the right to control Sören’s fate, and the power that comes with it.

I don’t think I’ve read a Cari Z book I didn’t like, and this is no different. And that cover makes me want to sit and drool a little bit. Yum!

Full of fun supernatural adventure, Cillian takes on a ride as he tries to figure out how to get the ancient spirit out of the love of his life.

Cillian is sort of a typical societal outlier. He seems a little angry, and a lot defiant about life in general. He has a weird past with his mother, which is never really explained, but it is secondary to the information that is thrown out about his past during adulthood. Some of it fit into the storyline, and some seemed a little random and not elaborated enough, but all of it gave a sense of who Cillian is.

I found the banter between the vættir and Cillian really entertaining. Poor Sören is trapped deep inside his own body, and the vættir won’t let him out. It’s cold and dark where Sören is being kept and Cillian is determined to find a way to have him freed.

I had a lot of fun reading this. Psychic stories are usually fun in general, but this uses some Norse mythology for extra kicks.

Cillian is racing against the clock so there is a lot of action. The plot worked well, and the character building was superb. I found myself intrigued by the Vættir and it’s personality. I can’t get into too much detail without spoilers so I’ll say that the relationship between Cillian and the spirit becomes hilarious at times, while Cillian does what he can to free his man.

Readers who enjoy supernatural stories with Psychics and spirits/gods will enjoy this. It has plenty of personality, and plenty of action. It’s light on the romance, but the relationship building works. My favourite part is the sardonic feel in the way things occur during Cillian’s quest. Like the odds are stacked against him, but he has the supernatural world working with him, even if he only knows it a split second before it occurs, and maybe not in the way he wanted it to.

I do wish I knew more about Cillian’s weird relationship with his mother. That wasn’t explained nearly as much as I wanted it to be. This would be great in a trilogy or something. Even a sequel, just to tie up some loose ends.

One can dream, right?

A review copy was provided for an honest review

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