Book Review: I Still Have a Soul by Kelly Blanchard

In book two of Kelly Blanchard’s Chronicles of Lorrek, we have action, adventure, some misunderstandings that may or may not have caused an entire war, and all the magic and mayhem you could want. 🙂

1. Thoughts on the plot

This book picks up where the first left off, with our sorcerer, Prince Lorrek of Cuskelom, trying his best to figure out what’s going on because his memories were taken by Roskelem in an effort to exact revenge on Lorrek for a number of different events. Lorrek, with absolutely no idea who he is, is tasked with killing the assassin Vixen in order to get his memories back. Of course, this isn’t as simple as it seems.

As always with Kelly Blanchard’s books, the plot never goes in the direction that you anticipate. Characters and events move in an organic fashion that tends to take any predictability out of the story. This isn’t to say that a reader has no idea what’s going on, because that is not the case. It’s just that familiar plots in fantasy novels have no bearing on this series, and it is wonderful.

2. Thoughts on the characters

These characters are, for the most part, the same cast that we met in book one. They are explored a bit more deeply, and with insights that come from new interactions with other characters and new events. They are pushed to the limits and then challenged in ways that are unique and interesting, and their reactions are fascinating to read. They are all uniquely wonderful characters. Except Roskelem.

3. Favourite part

Vixen. All the staby bits. Because it seems like a perfectly rational response to the situation.

4. Critique

I haven’t got any major critiques for this book, to be honest. I like the plot, and I like the characters. I do wish that the ending wasn’t quite so…well, spoilers…as it was, but that’s just the author being the author and I can do absolutely nothing about that except to say, “No! Why?!” and then sniffle along while I reach for the next book.

Overall, I would say that I Still Have a Soul is a great continuation of The Chronicles of Lorrek series!