Every child of Eden fears the Red Death. All those afflicted with the plague die young, their souls stripped away as punishment for ancient sins long forgotten. For centuries, Guardians have protected Eden from the Red Death by killing outsiders who stray too close. They must keep Eden a secret if they are to survive.
Seventeen-year-old Aaliss is a highly-trained and dedicated Guardian, but when her rather odd thirteen-year-old brother discovers a cure to the plague, her world is turned upside down. The discovery is a miracle, yet miracles are dangerous in Eden.
The corrupt, all-powerful High Priest brands Aaliss and her brother Wilky as traitors, forcing them to run. They seek refuge in the last place Aaliss thought she’d ever go—beyond the boundaries of Eden, and into the land of the Soulless. Here they must navigate a medieval world filled with witches, magic, and warrior kingdoms run by Elders who are only a few years older than her.
Aaliss yearns to return home to Eden, but she must protect Wilky at all costs. And when her heart tugs her deeper into the world of the Soulless, she questions everything she once believed, everything the Priests had taught her about those who live outside Eden—they are forever cursed, savage, soulless.
Has her soul been taken? Will she and Wilky fall victim to the Red Death, or might they die sooner in the center of a battle that threatens to tear apart the Soulless world? Or... might Aaliss finally find, against all odds, what her heart has yearned for all along?
I really didn’t know what to expect or if I would like it going into this book. But I really enjoyed it. We get a colorful and complex dystopian world that is really well written and easy to dive into. The characters were great and had a great backstory and were easy to relate to. Far in the future the world is divided into groups or tribes. One major one is the people in and controlling Eden. A religus group that are govern their people with religion and fear. But they also have secrets. Big Secrets. Secrets they don’t want people to know. Outside Eden we find kingdoms and tribes that are run by magic and witches. We also have the Red Death, a disease that has wiped out a big part if mankind. And is still a great danger. The book is multiple point of view, which is nice because we got to see everyone’s going on, every tribe and group. Which made it so much easier to follow everyone and the story. Overall, great book and I had a hard time putting it down .I’m excited to see what happens next. I rate it 4 ★
*I received a free copy from the Author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
Will be available November 28th 2016