Three months have passed since Seb Thomas, an under-confident teenager, was confirmed as a Soul Custodian, and Seb is struggling with his role. Reading the present and past lives of trespassing souls, and then determining if they should be granted a chance to return to the human world to live another human lifetime, or if they should be banished to eternal darkness in the Soul Drop is what the role of Custodian entails. But reading these souls means witnessing the disturbing and disgusting sights of the actions they have taken during their lifetimes. Seb finds those sights so sickening and distressing he cannot deal with them. As a result Aelfric Duir, his mentor, is left to pick up the pieces, taking on Seb's workload along with his own. Members of Seb's Custodian group, and those of Aelfric Duir's group, are becoming increasingly frustrated with Seb. They know he is capable of so much more and are concerned that Aelfric, taking on the additional burden, is becoming exhausted. Returning home for the Christmas holidays, Seb looks forward to stepping away from his failures and living some semblance of a normal life. But then he is attacked ... The attack is vicious, unconventional and life-threatening. Now the concern is no longer Seb's inability to fulfil his role, it is whether he can survive the night while Aelfric and the groups seek to identify, locate and stop his attacker...
5 out of 5 (exceptional)
The Legacy of Souls is the second book in the Seb Thomas series, and we start off with Seb struggling with his 'job' as Custodian. He doesn't appear to be able to get to grips with what it is he is supposed to be doing, instead he focuses on the bad things he sees. That takes a back seat though when his life is threatened, and those of his friends.
This book is AMAZING! Be prepared for a fast-paced and bumpy ride as Seb tries to figure out just what is going, with only limited information. He acts his age, which is perfect for the story. He isn't this all-round amazing hero with sky-high self confidence. Nope, he's a normal boy with his first love, and overwhelming doubt about his own abilities. And that, my friends, is what makes this such a good read! Be prepared to laugh aloud, and possibly even shed a tear or two (or more in my case) as you get sucked into the story.
I will say here that I got a bit confused at times with the names of the different characters, and what their roles were - the Custodians were easy, but the others got me sometimes. It's not like they walk around with stickers on their foreheads saying what their role is. Seb's group I had no problem with, and I knew most of Aelfric's, but once we got to Henri's and Nicole's, I stopped trying to remember what they did and just concentrated on enjoying the story.
There were no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted from my reading, and I was thoroughly engrossed from the start to end. Although this book ties up the story, I am really hoping there is more to come. I love this group, this world, and would love to read more. Absolutely and utterly recommended by me.
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
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