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Death is a volatile entity. We all like to ignore its impending presence until that one moment arrives when death is all that’s left. For humans, or vessels as they are referred to on the other side, death is but an instant. It is not a state of being, but rather a transitional second, which takes the soul from one form to the next. For Ashens, or Grim Reapers however, death is not only their lives but their livelihood.
Tevin is an Ashen. As a member of the House of Space his only purpose in his immortal existence is to harvest the souls of each human vessel as their time comes so that their soul can be returned to the River Styx. This is done so that the Creator can sustain the cycle of life, humanity, and the rejuvenation of every soul. The House of Space is but one of three houses, all of which play their part in the balance of the universe. So when Tevin is sent to harvest a soul in Nevada, he has no reason to think it to be any different than any other harvest. However, in but a few short moments, everything Tevin ever knew about himself and his place within the realms is challenged by the existence of one vessel. One soul. The soul of Alexcia Crystalline Stasis.
Alexcia has always been special. Her parents have always told her how unique and valued she is, but she believed this to only be the sentiments of two very loving and doting parents. Yet she soon discovers that her true nature exceeds everything she ever thought possible of herself and challenges everything she ever believed. Alexcia is a Child of Balance, born of Angel, Daemon, and Human decent. With this birthright comes a great deal of supernatural abilities, but brings about an even greater deal of clout. Soon, each of the houses in service to the River Styx will compete for her soul, and Tevin, who once believed himself to be just another Ashen, is swept up in her journey, leaving them to traverse each conflict in tandem.
Kathy-Lynn Cross has absolutely outdone herself with this book. After the first few pages, I found myself transported to a masterfully structured universe which houses some of my new favorite characters. Her vocabulary in this work is impeccable, and the skill with which she describes even the smallest of details really brings each moment to life with palpable reality. I could see every fixture and noticed every shade in the spectrum Lynn described as she painted her stunning world for the reader to enjoy. The precise way that she kept with the theme of death in the character’s demeanor and colloquial slang was the greatest thread which bound the story together in uniqueness. The characters were each well-developed and showed tremendous growth in their own journeys, a journey I felt that I experienced right beside them.
Overall I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. This was such a charming and inventive read and I cannot wait for the next book to be released. Cross is most certainly an author to watch, as I believe there is only greatness in store for her and her phenomenal work.