Splintered Souls (A Runes Universe Story) by Raye Wagner is a novella written in the setting of Ednah Walter’s bestselling Paranormal YA Rune series.
I am a huge fan of Ednah Walters (don’t go searching for reviews, there aren’t any written yet as I had no blog when I read them). She is a fantastic writer, and the series is on of my favorites. So when I received an ARC for The Runes Universe: Splintered Souls (Kindle Worlds Novella), I was a wee bit worried.
I like Raye Wagner’s work and enjoy the light-hearted yet deep mythological connection of her books. But what should I do with a book that is based on something I have loved a lot and honestly it’s a long series with blockbuster characters?
I did what I was supposed to, read and think about it, and decided I liked it. Maybe this isn’t comparable to the Runes series in complexity or its high capability to wrap a reader’s mind into the world of Valhalla, Valkyries disguised as students, and extremely passionate romance, but it has a charm of its own.
This book may not be as happening as Raye’s own series, but the satisfying action, enough information on the characters considering the short length of the book, and Raye’s superpower of writing sweet emotional scenes. Oh, the book is more adult than the Curse of the Sphinx series.
So yeah, I offer a 3.5 Bohostars and want to get back to the rest of the Sphinx series.
Did I like the idea of a renowned setting being used for a new story? Not sure. I am seriously biased towards the books from the Runes series. But Raye is planning a new series (I think I heard that or maybe I am mistaken. Need to ask), so I am interested where it goes.
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Author’s bio taken (and altered to the third person) from her Website
Raye Wagner writes because she believes in the power of words to change lives.
As one of eight children, she learned to love reading as a means of escaping the chaos that comes with being a part of a large family. When she was a teenager, Raye read Leon Uris’s Exodus and fell in love with the character, Kitty Fremont. Not only was she in love with Ari Ben Canaan (her first introduction to an alpha male), but she felt a connection with her, so much so that she pursued a career in nursing. Raye continued to collect books and read through college, and even as she established her career.
Years later, she read the Twilight saga, her introduction to YA literature as an adult. Raye was in Half-Price Books and picked up a middle-grade novel with a boy and a lightning bolt on the cover. After reading the first page, Raye bought the first four Percy Jackson books. After that, she was hooked, and YA literature became her genre of choice.
Raye lives in Middle Tennessee with her husband and three children. Her favorite things include trips to the beach, baking sweets (and eating them), Tae Kwon Do, and doing puzzles and Legos with her family.