Hidden Blade (Soul Eater #1) by Pippa DaCosta
Read: July 2017
Re-read: 16th – 19th April 2019
Publication Date: 7th July 2016
Quote from Hidden Blade
“Gods. They’re a pain in my ass, I thought as my cell phone chirped in my pocket, alerting the four college kids inside the apartment that I was crouched on their balcony, watching them summon gods knew what from the underworld. It had to be a god calling me – too many millennia had given them the worst sense of timing.”
My Overall Rating: 5/5
Plot: 5/5 – Flow: 4/5 – Character Development: 4/5 – World Building: 5/5
Hidden Blade is an adult urban fantasy novel (approx. 176 pages) featuring humans, Egyptian Gods and demons and is the first book in Pippa DaCosta’s Soul Eater series.
If you’ve read any of my reviews before, you’ll know that I don’t post spoilers or reveal plot twists in my book reviews, so here’s what the official blurb has to say about the story:
“They call me devil, liar, thief. In whispers, they call me Soul Eater. They’re right. I’m all those things—and more.”
Kicked out of the underworld and cursed to walk this earth for all eternity, the soul eater known as “Ace Dante” finds solace in helping others avoid the wrath of the gods.
But when warrior-bitch, Queen of Cats, and Ace’s ex-wife, Bastet, hires him to stop whoever is slaughtering her blessed women, Ace is caught between two of the most powerful deities to have ever existed: Isis and Osiris.
The once-revered gods aren’t dead.
And Ace is in their way.
Welcome to a New York where the ancient gods roam.
Hidden Blade appeared in the Bad Magic box set which I read back in the summer of 2017.
You can read my review for that box set here.
I downloaded Hidden Blade for my Kindle as if was free and also downloaded the narration for free using my monthly audible credit. Double freebie – result!! I alternated between reading the ebook, listening to the narration before bed but my favourite was when I read along to the narration – it really brings the story alive.
I am already a fan of Ms DaCosta’s books; I find her writing style intelligent, engaging and very easy to read. I like how she paces her plots and the balance of tension, mystery and action she uses as well as the sprinkling of humour that she includes. As a narrated book, I enjoyed Paul Woodson’s performance immensely; the pace at which he read the story, the tonal variations he used during different scenes and the change in voice he used for each character’s dialogue. I would definitely buy books narrated by him in the future.
Hidden Blade has dark themes and some upsetting scenes but although I didn’t blubber like a baby reading it, a few of the more poignant, emotional scenes did cause the odd tear to trickle down my cheek.
What I liked about this book, was that I was never quite sure how things would end; the tension built dramatically, my blood boiled with frustration at the injustice and I couldn’t work out which character would make it to the next book and I loved that I was kept guessing.
But it’s not all doom and gloom, there is sarcastic humour and well written banter in this tale too which made me smile, together with beautiful glimmers of humanity that warmed my old heart. I feel it’s a sign of quality writing and character connection when an author can make me feel and get so caught up in the story.
I did give this book a 5 star rating, so no, nothing niggled or grated on my nerves while reading it.
That’s not to say that I didn’t find the actions, reasoning and behaviour of some of our main characters frustrating at times but (in my opinion), that’s deliberate; it’s all part of the journey and character/story development that Ms DaCosta makes us, the reader, experience to make the whole tale so involving.
I would also just like to add, I know that Hidden Blade is the first book in a six book series, and as such, I expected to have some questions left unanswered but fear not, dear reader, there is no life or death cliffhanger at the end of this book! WooHoo! Brownie points to you Ms DaCosta!
I really enjoyed this book; it’s a great action packed start to this Egyptian urban fantasy series! It had everything that I look for in a 5 star read; it’s well written with a huge amount of twists & turns that kept me guessing throughout this action packed, emotional roller-coaster of an urban fantasy tale!
Due to the graphic violence and sexual/dark themes, I’d recommend Hidden Blade to adults who are not offended by content of this nature who are fans of urban fantasy adventures with gritty story-lines and lots of action.
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