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An ancient craving. A dead world. Can one near-immortal save his heart as the planet descends into ruin? 2141. Five-hundred-year-old Emrys Stone hates that his hunger for human souls kills everything he touches. But supplies are scarce in Earth’s scorched landscape, and his kind are falling into anarchic chaos. When a ferocious insanity devours the remaining food source, Em An ancient craving. A dead world. Can one near-immortal save his heart as the planet descends into ruin? 2141. Five-hundred-year-old Emrys Stone hates that his hunger for human souls kills everything he touches. But supplies are scarce in Earth’s scorched landscape, and his kind are falling into anarchic chaos. When a ferocious insanity devours the remaining food source, Emrys’s last hope for survival lies in a desperate trek across the apocalyptic wasteland. Almost at death’s door, Emrys stumbles on another colony and asks for shelter in return for his services as an assassin. But when he becomes a pawn between warring factions and falls for a handsome human warrior, his violent passions could cost him his cursed life. Can Emrys survive the madness without destroying his own future in the land of the living? Soul Survivor is the compelling first novel in the Immortals of the Apocalypse romantic gay paranormal suspense trilogy. If you like tormented heroes, ruined lands, and eternal beings, then you’ll love Daniel de Lorne’s twisted tale.


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An ancient craving. A dead world. Can one near-immortal save his heart as the planet descends into ruin? 2141. Five-hundred-year-old Emrys Stone hates that his hunger for human souls kills everything he touches. But supplies are scarce in Earth’s scorched landscape, and his kind are falling into anarchic chaos. When a ferocious insanity devours the remaining food source, Em An ancient craving. A dead world. Can one near-immortal save his heart as the planet descends into ruin? 2141. Five-hundred-year-old Emrys Stone hates that his hunger for human souls kills everything he touches. But supplies are scarce in Earth’s scorched landscape, and his kind are falling into anarchic chaos. When a ferocious insanity devours the remaining food source, Emrys’s last hope for survival lies in a desperate trek across the apocalyptic wasteland. Almost at death’s door, Emrys stumbles on another colony and asks for shelter in return for his services as an assassin. But when he becomes a pawn between warring factions and falls for a handsome human warrior, his violent passions could cost him his cursed life. Can Emrys survive the madness without destroying his own future in the land of the living? Soul Survivor is the compelling first novel in the Immortals of the Apocalypse romantic gay paranormal suspense trilogy. If you like tormented heroes, ruined lands, and eternal beings, then you’ll love Daniel de Lorne’s twisted tale.

30 review for Soul Survivor

  1. 4 out of 5

    Joyfully Jay

    A Joyfully Jay review. 4.25 stars Soul Survivor is a really good story about the strain and psychological costs of survival and isolation, the difference between surviving and living, and how devastation and loss, even on the largest scale imaginable, cannot seem to repress or curb the same dangerous traits that led to destruction in the first place. The world building is well done and effectively incorporated into the story without requiring large info dumps or awkward conversations used solely A Joyfully Jay review. 4.25 stars Soul Survivor is a really good story about the strain and psychological costs of survival and isolation, the difference between surviving and living, and how devastation and loss, even on the largest scale imaginable, cannot seem to repress or curb the same dangerous traits that led to destruction in the first place. The world building is well done and effectively incorporated into the story without requiring large info dumps or awkward conversations used solely for expositional purposes. There aren’t any specifics about from where or how the Darisami came to be or what happened at the very end to cause the panicked retreat underground, or the timespan for the foreseen “last days” that allowed for the planning and building of multiple underground cities that area also equipped with useable, seemingly unending sources of electricity, running water, air, interconnected database, and communication capabilities, etc. However, there is enough history and information given to create the post-apocalyptic environment and make the Darisami knowable and accessible. Read Jovan’s review in its entirety here.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jewlsbookblog

    Soul Survivor was an intriguing read. Essentially, (because you’d have to read this book for all the underlying twists and snafus that lead this group to the point they’re at) Emrys and his companion, Nimue, leave their town, Endurance, on a semi-sanctioned mission for their council. They venture across wastelands, looking for signs of life and eventually end up in Providence. Guess what?! There’s not a fuzzy welcome to be found. Just distrust, fear of the unknown, and very devious political mac Soul Survivor was an intriguing read. Essentially, (because you’d have to read this book for all the underlying twists and snafus that lead this group to the point they’re at) Emrys and his companion, Nimue, leave their town, Endurance, on a semi-sanctioned mission for their council. They venture across wastelands, looking for signs of life and eventually end up in Providence. Guess what?! There’s not a fuzzy welcome to be found. Just distrust, fear of the unknown, and very devious political machinations. I rather enjoyed it all!! There’s a definite attraction between Emrys and Galen, captain of the guard in Providence and I’m curious as to what will happen after the interesting twist at the end. Nimue also left a unique impression, but it’s more that I’m on the fence about her. Now then, two characters to mention, Ragnar and Absolon. I had read their short story in Warlords, Witches, and Wolves, which left me full for curiosity about the world de Lorne created and now...dangit! The way things ended with these two left me shaking my head.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Diane Dannenfeldt

    Okay so something happened and the last survivors on earth end up in these underground arks. Emrys is a Darisami, who feeds on the souls of humans, not sure how they ended up on earth. The place that they are currently in, Endurance, has descended into chaos and it is decided that the along with Nimue who has the appearance of a child, head off to find more survivors/food for his people. They leave behind some half-crazed Darisami's in Endurance and make their way across the desolate earth to ot Okay so something happened and the last survivors on earth end up in these underground arks. Emrys is a Darisami, who feeds on the souls of humans, not sure how they ended up on earth. The place that they are currently in, Endurance, has descended into chaos and it is decided that the along with Nimue who has the appearance of a child, head off to find more survivors/food for his people. They leave behind some half-crazed Darisami's in Endurance and make their way across the desolate earth to other arks. They are travelling as father & daughter. When they make it to Providence, he meets Galen & is attracted to him. To get them to accept Emrys & Nimeu, Emrys offers up his services as an assassin. It is a tough push/pull on Galen accepting Emrys fate and giving in to his feelings for him & overlooking that part of him. The book does end on a cliffhanger and he hasn't come clean on who/what he is with Galen. I do see the budding romance between the two & can't wait to read more as I need to know what happens next. ARC provided by Gay Romance Reviews in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jovan

    A Joyfully Jay review. The year is 2141—65 years after the world as we know it has ended. A combination of tragedies, caused and/or exacerbated by the ravages on the world’s environment and resources from climate change, left the scorching surface barren and uninhabitable, and forced the remaining American Empire humans to survive in several underground civilizations (arks) across the country. Emrys and nine other Darisami (preternatural beings who harvest human souls to survive), infiltrated A Joyfully Jay review. The year is 2141—65 years after the world as we know it has ended. A combination of tragedies, caused and/or exacerbated by the ravages on the world’s environment and resources from climate change, left the scorching surface barren and uninhabitable, and forced the remaining American Empire humans to survive in several underground civilizations (arks) across the country. Emrys and nine other Darisami (preternatural beings who harvest human souls to survive), infiltrated the Endurance ark and guided the humans’ survival through the tenets of “Order. Restraint. Survival”—until an inhabitant’s unseen madness leads to an explosion of violence, upheaval, and catastrophic loss of life. Emrys, along with fellow Darisami, Nimue, is sent out to see if the world is still a parched wasteland and find other habitable arks. When they reach the ark ,Providence, it seems to live up to its name—appearing as a flourishing civilization free of other Darisami. To secure their place, Emrys offers his services as an assassin to help the council maintain order. Unfortunately, Emrys soon finds that all is not well, and he is quickly trapped in power games between factions, with the only Providence resident concerned for Emrys’s welfare being Galen, a soldier and son of a faction leader. Caught up in Providence intrigue, the desires of the Darisami, and his own complicated need to feed, Emrys doesn’t want his heart ensnared by Galen as well. However, he soon finds himself experiencing hope for the first time in centuries—a feeling that may be fleeting when his needs, political unrest, the Darisami, and Galen’s own fear of the killer Emrys is, conspire against him and any semblance of peace. "Soul Survivor" is a really good story about the strain and psychological costs of survival and isolation, the difference between surviving and living, and how devastation and loss, even on the largest scale imaginable, cannot seem to repress or curb the same dangerous traits that led to destruction in the first place. The world building is well done and effectively incorporated into the story without requiring large info dumps or awkward conversations used solely for expositional purposes. There aren’t any specifics about from where or how the Darisami came to be or what happened at the very end to cause the panicked retreat underground, or the timespan for the foreseen “last days” that allowed for the planning and building of multiple underground cities that area also equipped with useable, seemingly unending sources of electricity, running water, air, interconnected database, and communication capabilities, etc. However, there is enough history and information given to create the post-apocalyptic environment and make the Darisami knowable and accessible. Generally, the majority of the characters are complex, flawed, and relatable, even in some of their worst moments. The story is told in the 3rd person limited POV focusing on Emrys, so his character and background is the most filled in. Having first been seduced then turned into a soul eater by a male Darisami who Emrys blames for his daughter’s death, Emrys has spent almost five centuries cloaked in guilt and self-loathing, finding only sharp-edged solace in the form of hunting the worst of his kind, and in the enigmatic Nimue, who reminds him of his daughter. Being attracted to Galen makes Emrys wary, a wariness Galen shares as he is one of the few people who know Emrys is an assassin; moreover, even though he is a soldier, Galen has never had to take a life and is kind and cautious by nature. Their relationship is a slow burn of intense glances and difficult conversations for 2/3 of the story, until they decide to take what they can get when the underlying conflicts in Providence start to come to a head. With "Soul Survivor" being a series opener, the majority of the story is focused on creating the world and environments, i.e. the different political machinations and intrigues among the Darisami and Providence council leaders and Emrys’s tenuous position. Moreover, Emrys time in Providence only spans a couple of weeks, weeks in which Emrys and Galen are constantly being watched and sometimes are at odds, so the late development of a romantic aspect to their relationship as well as their tentative bond works. I won’t say much about the plot or characters as, for me, part of my enjoyment came from learning about the Darisami and their capabilities, as well as seeing how certain characters’ actions, motivations, and choices played out. The only sticking point for me are the few instances of inconsistency in established character traits and/or actions. There are times when Emrys seems a bit too naïve or blindsided given how long he’s watched and navigated the Darisami factions in Endurance, particularly after establishing his own savvy with his very keen and insightful observations. Or, for example, when Emrys expresses concern for character X finding out about them, Galen assures him that X will see their relationship as extra assurance of Emrys’s loyalty…only at their next meeting to tell Emrys that X is now distrustful of Galen because he spent so much time with Emrys without finding out about Y. Why Galen doesn’t say use the opportunity to reconfirm Emrys’s loyalty and tell X they were busy, *wink wink* feels manufactured to motivate the next series of stressors. But things like that are a pet-peeve of mine that may not distract others as much, and overall, "Soul Survivor" is a well-written story whose preter/supernatural beings still manage to feel grounded and real in this very human story of the cycles of destruction. I can’t wait to read the next one.

  5. 4 out of 5

    zh.

    In short : humans are on the verge of extinction and thus also those who need them to survive, so two Darisami set out over the destroyed land to find new field to harvest, though what eventually is found might take even the seeker by surprise. de Lorne proves his gifts as an enthralling storyteller, creates some compelling scenarios and beautiful descriptions, making it easy to feel/fall for his characters. Warmly recommended, whether you're looking for an adventure, a romance, or a novel of int In short : humans are on the verge of extinction and thus also those who need them to survive, so two Darisami set out over the destroyed land to find new field to harvest, though what eventually is found might take even the seeker by surprise. de Lorne proves his gifts as an enthralling storyteller, creates some compelling scenarios and beautiful descriptions, making it easy to feel/fall for his characters. Warmly recommended, whether you're looking for an adventure, a romance, or a novel of intrigue. Surviving = Tempting Providence ? Get ready to be swept away to a world where humanity might well be facing extinction and struggles, sealed away in arks, to survive. After 65 years in their dead-end burrows, leaving seems to be on everyone's mind, yet would they find anything if they ventured out over the desolate earth? The other arks have fallen silent, but is there anybody out there? Can their shattered civilization be rebuilt or is humanity (and thus the Darisami) doomed to fail? On Endurance, one of the last remaining sealed cities on Earth, alongside the few thousand humans but unbeknownst to them exist the few Darisami, ruling without revealing their nature, attempting to guide the population, 'guarding the rations'. These immortals can make themselves seem to age so as not to stand out over the years. They live by strict rules, as they need to harvest souls to survive, and the supplies available aren't what they used to be. Order. Restraint. Survival. When one of them loses control and thus destroys what they'd worked so hard to save, it seems that restoring Endurance to its former function is out of the question, so someone has to go in search of a new fertile field, pave the way and seek asylum in another ark or starve to death. One of the two chosen is Emrys, his specific role in the Darisami community and his reputation as ferocious, just, and measured aiding in the process. As a necessary precaution taken, bonding results in being able to project into another's mind instead of speaking, also over distance, even if it should wear off eventually. Suspense is effectively built up moving from ark to ark across a country gone silent in smaller chapters and the gnawing hunger makes it all the more urgent to finally find something worthwhile. And when they finally do, Emrys seems to find more than he bargained for. //--- some slight spoilers between these lines: --- It is a thing of (occasionally terrifying) beauty de Lorne has created. The harvesting of a soul, or the souls held captive for centuries bursting free, 'to behold such beauty!' The bonding scene is a shattering one indeed - it's going to take a while to recover from that one. As a result of that, some of the descriptions pertaining to the ability of projecting into another's mind are alluring, also the different nuances to the 'presences' are fascinating - a dark forest of thorns is a charming description of someone's mind, at least from an outsider's (well, kind of) view. And that is just the beginning... The Darisami can be wondrous creatures. The enthralling way de Lorne writes, Galen's green eyes disarm and entice not only Emrys but the reader as well with their kindness, openness, depth... also the life (and charm) that Galen holds, 'someone who the apocalypse hadn't ruined', is delightful. I have grown very fond of these two and the warmth there, already tangible in the hand examining scene. Glimpses to Emrys's past and the painful memories he carries within, his struggle with the secret he knows he has to keep from Galen, five centuries is a long time without love, but can there be love without truth? Does he dare make himself that vulnerable and put also Galen at risk? Superstitious madness is a dangerous thing, but so is a Darisami. I'm still grinning at 'They were working with two very different scales of what drastic meant.' Considering that these Darisami also happen to project an intense glow in moonlight (as a warning sign), reading one of them describing the moon as an inconstant harlot caused some amusement as well. 'One more day' and 'a new hope' again bring to an emotional state. There's so much in this book that certainly no one should be disappointed or unaffected. --- end of possible spoiler zone ---// All in all Soul Survivor is a well-written, absorbing book and it's difficult to point out just one or two aspects of what I liked about it. The characters are likable or, even when not, at least intriguing, and that's one of the key words anyway, the threads of intrigue running throughout the book. de Lorne has some surprises up his sleeve that many won't see coming and creates many imaginative, compelling scenarios. The setting is thought-provoking and inspires to consider the way we live even now. Meanwhile he also paints some astonishingly beautiful descriptions that stay with you, makes you get involved and feel/fall for these characters, curious about the world outside as well as within. Whether you read this as an adventure or as a romance, you're fairly sure to enjoy the book. de Lorne is a captivating storyteller, so you won't very likely want to put this book down but shall be left yearning for more. Speaking of which, is it end of January yet? Soon? I am definitely looking forward to Immortals of the Apocalypse Book Two, Soul Savior.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Juniper Greer-Ashe

    The title of this novel is a pun that makes sense as soon as you understand that Emrys, the protagonist, may look human, but actually, he’s a supernatural being who feeds on living souls. He, and others of his kind, have been hiding amongst the human population, but the task has grown increasingly perilous as they inhabit a post-apocalyptic world in which humans live in small, isolated bunkers. Due to circumstances beyond his control, Emrys is forced to seek out a new home/ hunting ground for hi The title of this novel is a pun that makes sense as soon as you understand that Emrys, the protagonist, may look human, but actually, he’s a supernatural being who feeds on living souls. He, and others of his kind, have been hiding amongst the human population, but the task has grown increasingly perilous as they inhabit a post-apocalyptic world in which humans live in small, isolated bunkers. Due to circumstances beyond his control, Emrys is forced to seek out a new home/ hunting ground for himself and his compatriots. The lore and worldbuilding in this book is superb-- while Emrys and his kin are akin to vampires in some ways-- they’re made, not born, for example-- in others they’re a bit of a reversal of standard tropes: they’re only safe during the day, as moonlight makes the take on an angelic glow (I can’t help but wonder if there’s a bit of a dig at Twilight in that, and if so, I’m all for it). They also feed on souls, not blood, and for me that was almost a dealbreaker-- life seems finite, but souls are forever, right? Still, it’s worth pointing out that the souls they consume are freed after their deaths, rather than absorbed forever. I was clinging to that detail as I started to like Emrys more and more-- he’s not like his brethren, and has, in fact, a reputation for keeping them in line and even executing them when needed. He’s a complicated, haunted protagonist and his relationships with others of his kind are complicated too-- none more so than the one he shares with Nimue, who looks like a child and reminds him of his lost daughter, but is also his oldest friend and, possibly, his worst enemy. Honestly, their dynamic was the most interesting to me in the whole novel, and I was constantly surprised by the way it shifted. I think I would very much like to read Nimue’s novel, although (or perhaps because) she’s even more complex, violent, and inhuman than Emrys. It’d be remiss, of course, not to mention Emrys’ human love interest Galen-- who seems fine, if a tad decorative. He’s great at allowing Emrys to feel emotions like love and hope again, but I don’t have a solid sense of who he is as a person yet, and I’m hoping that will come in future books. One thing’s for sure-- I’m definitely invested in this series, and I can’t wait to see what happens next. I highly recommend coming along for the ride. I received an ARC of this book and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Shweta

    Paranormal fantasy, apocalyptic fiction done right! An engaging, fast paced tale set in the apocalyptic world of the future where humans and the paranormal that live hidden amongst them are forced to survive in sheltered, underground colonies. Though the blurb doesn’t give away much, the action starts off right from Pg 1 as the reader is introduced to the harsh dystopian realities, the dynamics and the power play that the soul feeders orchestrate to ensure their survival as well as the Human soul Paranormal fantasy, apocalyptic fiction done right! An engaging, fast paced tale set in the apocalyptic world of the future where humans and the paranormal that live hidden amongst them are forced to survive in sheltered, underground colonies. Though the blurb doesn’t give away much, the action starts off right from Pg 1 as the reader is introduced to the harsh dystopian realities, the dynamics and the power play that the soul feeders orchestrate to ensure their survival as well as the Human souls that they depend on for sustenance. Told entirely from Emrys’ POV, we follow his journey, in search of new lands that will ensure the survival of his kind. As he stumbles upon a new 'Ark' colony, plots to gain entry, infiltrate, work out the silent internal ploys of those in charge, the war ensuing back home as well as battle the increasing affections towards Galen, Emrys is caught in the murky spiderweb of conflicting emotions. The author’s writing style, diction and use of detailed descriptions make for great world-building as well as help create an unique amalgam of suspense, intrigue, anguish and hope. As a fan of dystopian fiction, what makes this story stand apart for me is the author’s choice to be unapologetic about the grey nature of the MCs character. Emrys comes across as a pragmatic assassin, warrior and survivor in every sense of the word, who's accepted the cruelties of life in the immortal and the apocalyptic world, though there's that human-like wishful thinking that his heart yearns for at times. Though it is a little bit hard to take in as a reader in 2020 (which may apply to the dystopian genre as a whole I am guessing), it is very realistic and also keeps the reader guessing. Very well written. Though there's not much scope for romance in a plot like this, the MC's share a very tender and intimate bond and their chemistry is off the charts right from the first meeting. Can't wait to read book #2. Highly recommend to those looking for a good dystopian, apocalyptic story with lots of action and suspense.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bretton Coppedge

    This book immediately sucked me in and how could it not when it essentially starts with a 2nd apocalypse that it drops you right into the middle of. Its 3rd person limited POV and its really well done. The reader only knows what Emrys cares to think about, and luckily he's the contemplative type, but you don't ever get massive info drops. You have to piece a lot of things together for yourself and what I worked out was that the world is dark and depressing, more depressing than Emrys would typic This book immediately sucked me in and how could it not when it essentially starts with a 2nd apocalypse that it drops you right into the middle of. Its 3rd person limited POV and its really well done. The reader only knows what Emrys cares to think about, and luckily he's the contemplative type, but you don't ever get massive info drops. You have to piece a lot of things together for yourself and what I worked out was that the world is dark and depressing, more depressing than Emrys would typically like to dwell on but that he still is looking for a ray of sunshine and a reason to keep going on just a little bit longer. He survived the first apocalypse and now he has to survive the complete collapse of what might be humanity's last ark. He doesn't have much to live for but he just keeps going on. Its actually a long way through the book before Emrys meets his ray of sunshine in the form of Galen, a human solider. But while he instantly feels a connection and the potential for more, it's an even longer time before they can get together. Their relationship is very angsty and I think a lot of people will enjoy that but this story definitely isn't very full of romance, its more of a strong secondary plot. That normally is not my preference, I typically prefer the romance to be the main plot but this story was so well written I didn't even notice.  I highly recommend this story and can't wait for the sequel, especially because there is a massive cliffhanger. There's so much intrigue and also really interesting moral questions that definitely got me thinking. I was also very impressed with how the author crafted his supernatural beings. They are similar in ways to classical vampires, and even in one way similar to twilight vampires, but they are very different in other ways. It's much less common for an author to go out of their way to craft completely unique supernatural characters and I was very impressed with how much I wanted to know more about their mythos. 

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sera Grigori

    This was, hands down, an absolutely fantastic book for anyone who is a fan of dystopian, apocalyptic sci-fi with thoroughly well-developed characters, elements of political strife and power struggles, as well as a touching slow-burn romance. Emrys is a fascinating, truly haunted character. Perfect for the hopeless and bleak world in which he finds himself. The author did a fantabulous job in creating this dismal world, in crafting the intricate tragedies of Emrys's life, and propelling him into This was, hands down, an absolutely fantastic book for anyone who is a fan of dystopian, apocalyptic sci-fi with thoroughly well-developed characters, elements of political strife and power struggles, as well as a touching slow-burn romance. Emrys is a fascinating, truly haunted character. Perfect for the hopeless and bleak world in which he finds himself. The author did a fantabulous job in creating this dismal world, in crafting the intricate tragedies of Emrys's life, and propelling him into a situation in which he either needs to change or die. Often times, especially when dealing with these types of immortal character, their actual humanity (term used loosely and metaphorically in Emrys's case) gets lost in their existential angst. Emrys has both the existential angst and a dichotomous desire to cling to whatever humanity he may or may not have possessed at one point, in the distant past. For some, it might have been a little bit slow out of the gate, with a lot of characters thrown at you in the first chapter or so. However, I do think the manner in which the author introduced the reader to this post-apocalyptic nightmare of a world was brilliant and thrilling from page one. I was more than willing to wait out the explanations and expeditionary chapters because it was, in all honesty, wholly fascinating. And, more importantly, Emrys won me over pretty much right away, and I enjoyed every minute of his tragic, heartbreaking, and soul-consuming (heh) journey. I look forward to more about Emrys and Galen.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Susan Marie Beattie

    Original story! So this story starts in the middle of chaos. The Darisimi are in charge of this small group of humans. Darisimi are soul eaters. They need to consume human souls in order to survive. The human world is basically destroyed and the population of humans is shockingly low so the soul eaters need to consume sparingly. But one is on a rampage and consuming right and left. The Master, Emrys, has to stop him in his tracks. But they need to find another group of humans. Emrys volunteers to Original story! So this story starts in the middle of chaos. The Darisimi are in charge of this small group of humans. Darisimi are soul eaters. They need to consume human souls in order to survive. The human world is basically destroyed and the population of humans is shockingly low so the soul eaters need to consume sparingly. But one is on a rampage and consuming right and left. The Master, Emrys, has to stop him in his tracks. But they need to find another group of humans. Emrys volunteers to go find another ark of humans. He and his friend Nimue go wandering. They almost starve before they find a group of humans. These are heavily armed humans. Emrys finds himself in the middle between the old and the new faction. This story was so original and at once fascinating and abhorrent. The soul consuming was a bit disconcerting for me. I like that Emrys picked older humans. Anyhow i enjoyed this world. I like Emrhys as well. Looking forward to the next episode!

  11. 5 out of 5

    R

    Emery’s is a Darisami, a being that feeds on human souls. He practiced a specific set of rules, Order. Restraint. Survival. He’d lived for 500 years, immortal, mostly miserable, living in a bunker underground for the last 60 years. The earth ravaged above. He escapes but is it too a better existence? SciFi, apocalypse, men in love, dangerous world and people, intrigues, and above all death, a constant companion. This book ticked so many of my boxes. World building was accomplished nicely without Emery’s is a Darisami, a being that feeds on human souls. He practiced a specific set of rules, Order. Restraint. Survival. He’d lived for 500 years, immortal, mostly miserable, living in a bunker underground for the last 60 years. The earth ravaged above. He escapes but is it too a better existence? SciFi, apocalypse, men in love, dangerous world and people, intrigues, and above all death, a constant companion. This book ticked so many of my boxes. World building was accomplished nicely without bogging down story. Thought-provoking characters, good and bad (and possibly a little evil). Well written, if you are are fan of (read second paragraph again), don’t miss this one. I received an arc of this book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Thank you for the ARC read, I voluntarily give this book an honest review. This may contain a spoiler so a bit of warning. For the survival or the Darisami, Emrys along with his companion Nimue make their way out of Endurance. Once to providence truths come to light both inside the ark and the darker truth of what was the downfall of Endurance, Trusting the wrong one, Emrys will have to make many challenging choices but is one going cost more than he is willing to pay. Man poor Emrys after five Thank you for the ARC read, I voluntarily give this book an honest review. This may contain a spoiler so a bit of warning. For the survival or the Darisami, Emrys along with his companion Nimue make their way out of Endurance. Once to providence truths come to light both inside the ark and the darker truth of what was the downfall of Endurance, Trusting the wrong one, Emrys will have to make many challenging choices but is one going cost more than he is willing to pay. Man poor Emrys after five hundred years he still struggles with loving of anyone else after his turning allowing only hate of his kind to rule him until meet Nimue and now Galen.  Okay so I was a bit upset when I start reading this because of Ragnar and Absolon are in this one for a bit. if you read Soul of Ragnar the red then you will feel my pain.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Noel A-W

    Set in a post-apocalyptic world where human life, in America at least, is reduced to two colonies, a handful of immortals live among them. A fairly complicated tale of pain, deception, death, love and ecstasy, you have to accept the concept of a soul, though belief in the big white sky fairy is optional. Out of all the nastiness of most of the immortals, one, though guilty of a huge death toll, still manages to shine as some sort of saviour who really is trying to keep humanity going, without th Set in a post-apocalyptic world where human life, in America at least, is reduced to two colonies, a handful of immortals live among them. A fairly complicated tale of pain, deception, death, love and ecstasy, you have to accept the concept of a soul, though belief in the big white sky fairy is optional. Out of all the nastiness of most of the immortals, one, though guilty of a huge death toll, still manages to shine as some sort of saviour who really is trying to keep humanity going, without them he dies too. Looks like life is going to get even more complicated for Emrys in book 2!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Janet Hunt

    This was excellent. I loved Emrys! Emrys feeds off souls. The world as we know it is gone. Survivors are now living underground. When traveling to other arks, he meets Galen, a human. He is immediately attracted to him. In order to stay, Emrys offers his services as an assassin. I absolutely loved the world building in this story!! It was amazing. I’m voluntarily leaving a review form an advanced copy that I received. My reviews are solely based on my thoughts and opinions.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Nelson

    This was one hell of a fantastic, intriguing, grab-you-by-the-feels, powerful, intense, fascinating, emotionally charged, fast paced, amazing, unconventional, completely unexpected, fresh, original, and totally awesome start to an interesting new series. It pulled me in from the very first page, and I can't wait to see what happens from this new-to-me author. This was one hell of a fantastic, intriguing, grab-you-by-the-feels, powerful, intense, fascinating, emotionally charged, fast paced, amazing, unconventional, completely unexpected, fresh, original, and totally awesome start to an interesting new series. It pulled me in from the very first page, and I can't wait to see what happens from this new-to-me author.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie W

    I see a another great series in the making from Daniel De Lorne. One hell of a mental, visual, and emotional roller coaster ride. Apocalyptic, fresh, exciting, fabulous characters, great fictional world building, well written POVs, and another slow burn romance amidst all the other grab-you-by-the-feels elements. Definitely loving Emrys Stone's story, so far. The next book can't happen soon enough. **I received this ARC via Gay Romance Reviews for my honest feedback.** I see a another great series in the making from Daniel De Lorne. One hell of a mental, visual, and emotional roller coaster ride. Apocalyptic, fresh, exciting, fabulous characters, great fictional world building, well written POVs, and another slow burn romance amidst all the other grab-you-by-the-feels elements. Definitely loving Emrys Stone's story, so far. The next book can't happen soon enough. **I received this ARC via Gay Romance Reviews for my honest feedback.**

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne Richardson

    This is the 3rd book I've read written by Daniel de Lorna; he has done a great job at writing a good book; I will definitely be reading more of his books. The story line caught my attention at the very beginning and kept me interested throughout the entire book. I received a free copy of this book via booksprout and I’m voluntarily leaving a review. This is the 3rd book I've read written by Daniel de Lorna; he has done a great job at writing a good book; I will definitely be reading more of his books. The story line caught my attention at the very beginning and kept me interested throughout the entire book. I received a free copy of this book via booksprout and I’m voluntarily leaving a review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin Taylor

    Once I started this book I couldn't put it down, it draws you right in from the get-go. The characters are beautifully complex, each with their own agenda and intrigue abounds among them. The worldbuilding is excellent, setting the scene well without overloading. It does leave some questions unanswered, such as what led to the humans of the world hiding in underground arks, but it also doesn't feel relevant. Not knowing this did not in any way detract from the story. The book kept me on my toes Once I started this book I couldn't put it down, it draws you right in from the get-go. The characters are beautifully complex, each with their own agenda and intrigue abounds among them. The worldbuilding is excellent, setting the scene well without overloading. It does leave some questions unanswered, such as what led to the humans of the world hiding in underground arks, but it also doesn't feel relevant. Not knowing this did not in any way detract from the story. The book kept me on my toes and right up until the end you don't really know what's going to happen next, there's always some surprise or other around the corner. I enjoyed this book immensely and am excited for the next instalment in this series

  19. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Lorne

    It’s release day! Soul Survivor is now out in the wild. I can’t wait to hear what you think about it. Grab your copy from https://getbook.at/SoulSurvivor (Kindle, Kindle Unlimited or Paperback) and post a review once you’re done. Happy reading! It’s release day! Soul Survivor is now out in the wild. I can’t wait to hear what you think about it. Grab your copy from https://getbook.at/SoulSurvivor (Kindle, Kindle Unlimited or Paperback) and post a review once you’re done. Happy reading!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dain Barwick

  21. 4 out of 5

    Meghan

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

  23. 5 out of 5

    Aleks

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lena

  25. 5 out of 5

    J

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lee Todd

  27. 5 out of 5

    Waagosh

  28. 4 out of 5

    Shaydey

  29. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Luby

  30. 4 out of 5

    T.J. Nichols

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