Broken Souls by Stephen Blackmoore

January 20th, 2023 Kimberly Review 6 Comments

20th Jan

Broken Souls is the second audiobook in the Eric Carter urban fantasy series by Stephen Blackmoore. Narrated by Rudy Sanda, Eric deals with a killer who can wear the skins of his victims. You’ll want to grab your earbuds and listen to this gritty, noir urban fantasy.

Broken Souls by Stephen Blackmoore
Broken Souls
by Stephen Blackmoore
Series: Eric Carter #2
Narrator: Rudy Sanda
Length: 7 hours and 46 minutes
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Source: Publisher
Purchase*: Amazon | Audible *affiliate
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Stephen Blackmoore's hard-bitten necromancer Eric Carter returns in this noir urban fantasy series populated by ghosts, gods, and monsters bringing murder and mayhem to the mortal world.

When he returned to L.A. to find his sister’s murderer, Eric Carter knew it would be a rough ride. Especially since he managed to make more than his share of enemies in the city—both in this world and the next.

Like his new wife. Who happens to be the patron saint of death, Santa Muerte. She has him walking the razor’s edge. And even the if unholy union has increased his magical powers—it’s slowly killing him both physically and mentally. Carter’s going to have break his connection to the Aztec goddess before she breaks him into pieces.

And then things get really interesting. As he tries to find a way out of his predicament, Carter crosses paths with a twisted, ruthless killer can assume his victim’s form and inherit their powers—which barely discovers surviving when the monster tries to kill him. But why? That’s what Carter would very much like to ask them. So he’s going to hunt them down and ask them—and not nicely.

That is, if his prey doesn’t turn predator… and take more than just his life…

magical Mythology SUSPENSE urban

Broken Souls is a gritty, dark, noir style urban fantasy featuring a necromancer named Eric Carter. Carter has found himself bound to the patron saint of death, Santa Muerte. No wedding ceremony took place, but the Queen of Death has placed a wedding band on his finger and their contract is binding. With it, he has gained new powers.

In his quest to break this unholy union, he crosses paths with a twisted, ruthless killer. This killer can assume his victim’s form and inherit their powers. He’ll need to stop the man and his partner who wants him dead.

The author continues to flesh out the world and our protagonist, Eric. The pacing was well done, as was the mystery line which kept me hooked. Santa Muerte is one freaky Queen and their interactions amused me. Eric has some ward tattooed on his skin and meets up with contacts who added to the tale. Eric’s powers are unique, but so are the dangerous supernatural creatures he encounters.

We meet new characters and learn some alarming information regarding Eric, the Queen and this new character. Oh, boy! I am looking forward to finding out how Eric will escape this mess.

Rudy Sanda continues the narration and does a splendid job of bringing these characters to life. The story lends itself perfectly to this format and highly recommend listening.

From mythology to the magic, the Eric Carter story entertained me, and I look forward to the next audiobook Hungry Ghosts.

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About Stephen Blackmoore

Stephen Blackmoore

Stephen Blackmoore is the author of the noir / urban fantasy Eric Carter series (DEAD THINGS, BROKEN SOULS, HUNGRY GHOSTS, and FIRE SEASON), about a necromancer in modern-day Los Angeles.

About Rudy Sanda

Rudy Sanda

Rudy Sanda is a versatile actor, singer, voice-over artist, and fight choreographer. He has acted all over the United States and England on the stage and screen, including Laguna Playhouse, Ivoryton Playhouse, the Colonial Theatre, and Ocean State Theatre. Rudy holds a BFA in acting from the University of Rhode Island and received further training at the Beverly Hills Playhouse in Los Angeles and RATA in London. He has been described as a powerful, deeply connected presence bursting with charm and enthusiasm.

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