Friday, August 26, 2016

Soul of a Gardinian (#4 A Gardinian World Novel) by Kelsey Jordan

Author                       Kelsey Jordan 
Publication Date      23 August 2016
Genre                         New Adult Paranormal Romance 

Trevor was the son of gods, but a life of privilege was far from his reality. After a childhood of abandonment by his parents and routine abuse by his peers, trust is a foreign concept. And relationships? Not happening. 

Marked by Death’s Reaper, Krystiana is thrust into a world where the gods are real, a war is being waged unbeknownst to humans, and her stalker can’t be killed. Despite the reality she is slowly dying, Krystiana fights to keep what remains of her humanity. 
Forced together by his father, Trevor and Krystiana have to decide if what they have is strong enough to make it through the day Death comes for them all.

This is the the fourth instalment of the "Gardinian Novel World" . The previous book was splendid and this one is just as enticing. 

Trevor is the son of the god, Death. He was abandoned by his parents as a child and brought up by his grandparents. He now feels that he is unloved and that anyone who gets close to him is after something because of his lineage. Being bullied as a child hasn't helped either. He is a dedicated doctor and his two cousins are the only ones he allows to get close to him. He hasn't had his first shift as a Lycan as yet, something he dreads because of what comes with it. He doesn't want a mate either but might not have a say in the matter. 

Krystiana lost her dad at a young age and somehow her mother blames her for the accident. Her soul is tainted by an evil Reaper who wants her for himself. He torments her through her dreams. He is vicious and persistent. She is also very alone since she lost her sister who was very close to her. It's a matter of time before she loses her soul and humanity. It's a burden that she carries with the determination to keep what's left of her humanity.

Trent, Trevor's father aka Death has noticed the anomaly in Krystiana's make up. She is one of a kind and the only person who can help her is Trevor. He is mortified when his father "dumps" Krystiana on his doorsteps. He likes his own company whilst he allows his cousins Ryder and Gabby to visit. When he discovers the torment that Krystiana is going through he agrees to help her but there are conditions. They train together and are comfortable in each other's company despite their apprehensions. There is an attraction which they both deny. Their relationship is strictly platonic. Krystiana is not Lycan and Trevor doesn't want a relationship. Can they escape fate? 

The battle between the Lycans and the Hunters continues. When there is a violent attack on the Pack, killing someone she considers to be a good friend, Krystiana embraces her power at the risk of losing herself. She is set on rescuing Trevor. Losing another friend is out of the question! She then goes on to rescue someone else and everything takes a downward spiral. Lives are lost. Friendships are broken. The Gods are furious. Punishments are imposed relentlessly. Krystiana finds herself alone once more. She is ridden with guilt and loss. Trevor is angry and resentful but soon realises what Krystiana means to him. Can they overcome what fate has dished out?

This novel starts off a little slow but once it gets going, it's hard to put down. Trevor and Krystiana are strong and determined characters. I like the way their relationship evolves. Lykil, the God of Destruction shows a different side of himself but he is still one of my favourite characters. 

Soul of Rocky is a compulsive read. There is so much going all and yet everything falls nicely into place. It's action packed. There is love and loss. Lust and passion. Violence and bloodshed. It ends on a good note but at the same time it left me wanting for more. I look forward to reading the grand finale and hopefully find out more about Lykil. I would fully recommend this series to all lovers of the paranormal. 

I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Kelsey Jordan is the author of The Lycan Hunter, the first book in her Gardinian World series. Though she has a preference for all things paranormal and romantic, Kelsey admits she just writes what her muse demands of her. It’s less painful that way. When she isn’t enjoying the momentary benefits of playing god to the many characters that live in her head, she can usually be found curled up with a book, killing something in a video game, or spending time with her family. At some point in the day she is probably drinking more than her recommended dose of coffee, but don’t tell her that. She doesn’t care about recommended servings.

As a Texas native and self-described Air Force brat, Kelsey now lives in Georgia with her husband and their tutu-wearing minion.