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Sea of Souls

Dark be the water, and darker still the creatures that lurk within… Welcome to my spot on the Sea of Souls by N.C. Scrimgeour Book Tour hosted by Escapist Book Co.

About the Book

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Title: Sea of Souls

Author: N. C. Scrimgeour
Sea of Souls Saga
Genre: Dark Fantasy/Folklore Fantasy
Intended Age Group: Adult
Pages: 413
Published: August 4, 2023
Publisher: Alcruix Press (Self Published)

Find it Here: Universal Link & Goodreads

Free-spirited Isla Blackwood has never accepted the shackles of her family’s nobility. Instead, she sails the open waters, searching for belonging on the waves.

But when tragedy calls Isla home, she realises she can no longer escape the duty she’s been running from. Selkie raiders have been terrorising the island’s coasts. When they strike at Blackwood Estate, Isla is forced to flee with her hot-headed brother and brooding swordmaster.

To avenge her family and reclaim her home, Isla will have to set aside old grudges and join forces with an exiled selkie searching for a lost pelt. The heirloom might be the key to stopping the bloody conflict. But only if they can steal it from the island’s most notorious selkie hunter, the Grand Admiral himself.

Caught between a promise to the brother she once left behind and an unlikely friendship with the selkie who should have been her enemy, Isla soon realises the open seas aren’t the only treacherous waters she’ll need to navigate.

As enemies close in on all sides, she must decide once and for all where her loyalties lie if she wants to save what’s left of her family—and find the belonging she’s been searching for.

Review for Sea of Souls

The book opens with a hook that draws you into the story. The world building is phenomenal while at times a bit too descriptive. Nevertheless, Scottish vibes are scattered throughout the book to lend a cultural hand to the atmosphere. Sea monsters (think Pirates of the Caribbean) dot the pages daring you to ignore them. The character’s are relatable and well rounded with sibling rivalry being a big part of the undercurrents. I would have liked to read this via dual point of view (if not multiple POV’s) to get a feel for other’s thoughts and feelings. It still works, don’t get me wrong. I just think it would have opened up so much opportunity to dig even a little deeper.

There is a bit of romance that seems to be simmering to boil over in the next book. I’m a fan of books tying up all the loose ends, and while the story wraps up, it’s open ended enough to tease at the next book in the series. This book is not for the faint of heart – but if you can handle gore, this is the book for you.

About the Author

​N. C. Scrimgeour is a science fiction and fantasy author. Her books focus on character-driven stories in vibrant worlds, from folklore fantasy to space opera.

After completing her Masters in English Literature, she went on to work in journalism, marketing, and communications while pursuing her passion in writing.

When she’s not writing, she enjoys playing story-driven RPGs, watching and reading all things science fiction and fantasy, and getting outdoors with the dog for a good walk!

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