Soul Strung is the second book in the Stones of Power series, and a fabulous sequel to Shadow Stained, Rachel Hobbs’s debut novel. I deem both books as 5-star reads.

I’m excited to review this dark fantasy novel as my stop on the @TheWriteReads BlogTour. To see why I’m so excited, I invite you to read my review of Shadow Stained.

Book Info

Genre: Fantasy

Length: 332 Pages

Publishing: 13th April 2021

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The sequel to SHADOW-STAINED, Rachel Hobbs’ pulsating debut.

BATTLEWORN RUBY is putting her darkest days behind her, and where better to start again than the bustling Callien city? Too good to be true, when the demon of her past comes crashing back into her life, the warning he carries with him leaves it in pieces. Where Drayvex goes, chaos and mayhem trail in his wake. And she’s bound to him tighter than ever before.

SCHEMING DRAYVEX has been busy: chasing the demon turned traitor from world to world, keeping furtive tabs on the girl with a piece of his soul; oh, and running a demon empire. Concerned Ruby will be discovered alive, he enlists her on a hunt for the lapis temporis, an object that can quite literally turn back time, to fix old mistakes and kill their mutual enemy in the past. He’s done playing games.

POWER-STARVED SAYDOR is on the run. Converting to his cause one underdog at a time, his eyes and ears are everywhere. You can’t kill what you can’t find, and Saydor’s covert talent is deadly. The bigger you are, the harder you fall. And he’s just getting started.

But when you’re playing for time itself, how do you know when you’ve been here before?

My review

Soul Strung picks up where Shadow Stained ended and immediately throws the reader into a new drama. Ruby and Daryvex face unique challenges, and their journey is filled with twists and turns. There’s never a dull moment.
Everything else I loved in Shadow Stained: the tension, the mayhem, the tough choices, Soul Strung delivers them in spades.
The world-building is phenomenal, and we get transported through various corners of Hell. The push-and-pull relationship between Drayvex and Ruby is exceptionally well written. There’s so much angst and turmoil as neither is happy with their feelings.
Very well written, fast-paced and unpredictable, Soul Strung is a fabulous sequel to Shadow Stained. The ending was mind-blowing, and I can’t wait to see what Rachel Hobbs has in store for us in the next book.


About the author

Rachel HobbsRachel Hobbs lives in soggy South West Wales, where she hibernates with her bearded dragon and her husband. By day she is a dental nurse at a small local practice. By night, she writes.

​Her debut novel SHADOW-STAINED is the first in a dark fantasy series for adults, inspired by her dark and peculiar experiences with narcolepsy and parasomnia. She’s since subjugated her demons, and writes under the tenuous guise that they work for her.

​Fuelled by an unhealthy amount of coffee, she writes about hard-boiled monsters with soft centers and things that go bump in the night. ​

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