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Gelya is a Vessel, a girl who channels the word of the One True God through song. Cloistered with the other Vessels of her faith, she believes—as all Ovinists do—that a saint imprisoned Elath the Great Demon centuries ago, saving humanity from earthly temptation. When Gelya stumbles into a deadly cover-up by the Ovinists’ military, she reluctantly teams up with Tavik, an en Gelya is a Vessel, a girl who channels the word of the One True God through song. Cloistered with the other Vessels of her faith, she believes—as all Ovinists do—that a saint imprisoned Elath the Great Demon centuries ago, saving humanity from earthly temptation. When Gelya stumbles into a deadly cover-up by the Ovinists’ military, she reluctantly teams up with Tavik, an enemy soldier, to survive. Tavik believes that Elath is actually a mother goddess who must be set free, but while he succeeds in opening Her prison, he inadvertently turns Gelya into Elath’s unwilling human vessel. Now the church that raised Gelya considers her a threat. In a race against the clock, she and Tavik must find a way to exorcise Elath’s presence from her body. But will this release stop the countdown to the end of the world, or will it be the cause of the earth’s destruction? And as Tavik and Gelya grow closer, another question lingers between them: What will become of Gelya? A dark, epic fantasy about a girl who must reevaluate everything she believes after she is betrayed and hunted by the religion that raised her—from Megan Bannen, author of The Bird and the Blade. Perfect for fans of The Winner’s Curse and The Girl of Fire and Thorns.


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Gelya is a Vessel, a girl who channels the word of the One True God through song. Cloistered with the other Vessels of her faith, she believes—as all Ovinists do—that a saint imprisoned Elath the Great Demon centuries ago, saving humanity from earthly temptation. When Gelya stumbles into a deadly cover-up by the Ovinists’ military, she reluctantly teams up with Tavik, an en Gelya is a Vessel, a girl who channels the word of the One True God through song. Cloistered with the other Vessels of her faith, she believes—as all Ovinists do—that a saint imprisoned Elath the Great Demon centuries ago, saving humanity from earthly temptation. When Gelya stumbles into a deadly cover-up by the Ovinists’ military, she reluctantly teams up with Tavik, an enemy soldier, to survive. Tavik believes that Elath is actually a mother goddess who must be set free, but while he succeeds in opening Her prison, he inadvertently turns Gelya into Elath’s unwilling human vessel. Now the church that raised Gelya considers her a threat. In a race against the clock, she and Tavik must find a way to exorcise Elath’s presence from her body. But will this release stop the countdown to the end of the world, or will it be the cause of the earth’s destruction? And as Tavik and Gelya grow closer, another question lingers between them: What will become of Gelya? A dark, epic fantasy about a girl who must reevaluate everything she believes after she is betrayed and hunted by the religion that raised her—from Megan Bannen, author of The Bird and the Blade. Perfect for fans of The Winner’s Curse and The Girl of Fire and Thorns.

30 review for Soulswift

  1. 5 out of 5

    jessica

    unhappy endings arent popular, but they sure are MBs bread and butter. once again, she has proven that a good ending doesnt necessarily have to be a happy one. MBs writing is so emotive, so even if you arent feeling all the warm and fuzzy feelings when reading her books, you are definitely going to feel something. i love how alive her characters feel. the only reason im not rating this higher is i personally found the content uninteresting. im okay with religion playing a role in character develo unhappy endings arent popular, but they sure are MBs bread and butter. once again, she has proven that a good ending doesnt necessarily have to be a happy one. MBs writing is so emotive, so even if you arent feeling all the warm and fuzzy feelings when reading her books, you are definitely going to feel something. i love how alive her characters feel. the only reason im not rating this higher is i personally found the content uninteresting. im okay with religion playing a role in character development in a minor way, but religion is the single driving force of the entire plot in this, and i just found it to be a bit much. but thats just a personal thing, no fault of the books. im sure many readers will find it fascinating. overall, great writing and characters, i just wish i was more interested in the storyline. ↠ 3.5 stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    Megan Bannen

    Hi, readers! 'Tis the season to give your favorite YA reader a copy of SOULSWIFT (even if that YA reader happens to be yourself)! So I wanted to let you know that if you send me your mailing address (see link to submission form below) between now and January 31, 2021, I'll send you a signed bookplate and a SOULSWIFT bookmark. Wishing you many wonderful books to read this winter, Megan https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FA... Hi, readers! 'Tis the season to give your favorite YA reader a copy of SOULSWIFT (even if that YA reader happens to be yourself)! So I wanted to let you know that if you send me your mailing address (see link to submission form below) between now and January 31, 2021, I'll send you a signed bookplate and a SOULSWIFT bookmark. Wishing you many wonderful books to read this winter, Megan https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FA...

  3. 4 out of 5

    ♠ TABI⁷ ♠

    her first book devastated me so of course I'm back for another round R I P ME BECAUSE OF THAT GORGEOUS COVER her first book devastated me so of course I'm back for another round R I P ME BECAUSE OF THAT GORGEOUS COVER

  4. 5 out of 5

    Helena of Eretz ✰

    I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    Well...Megan Bannen has decided to destroy me once again. Her writing is so achingly beautiful. It's completely effortless. Storytelling is in this woman's bones! To say I'm a fan of the tragedies she spillsforth is an understatement. 😢 If you've read Megan Bannens first book, The Bird and the Blade (One of my favorite books 💖), you know she doesnt hold back and is fearless in the topics she chooses to write about. This book is no exception. Soulswift, is predominantly about; Religion. If reading Well...Megan Bannen has decided to destroy me once again. Her writing is so achingly beautiful. It's completely effortless. Storytelling is in this woman's bones! To say I'm a fan of the tragedies she spillsforth is an understatement. 😢 If you've read Megan Bannens first book, The Bird and the Blade (One of my favorite books 💖), you know she doesnt hold back and is fearless in the topics she chooses to write about. This book is no exception. Soulswift, is predominantly about; Religion. If reading about conflicting beliefs makes you uncomfortable.. this may not be your cup of tea. However, I respect the bravery in Megan Bannen writing a book centered around religion (A Young Adult, book at that!). Everyone should give this book a chance. Its stunning in its delivery. Soulswift follows the story of a girl named, Gelya. Gelya lives her life as a Vessel, a girl who channels the word of the One True God trough song. She belongs to one faction of Religion, known as the Ovanists. The Ovanists believe in the Father, and that Elath (The Great Demon) must remain imprisoned, in order to ensure humanities safety. Tavik. Our second main character is a Kantari soldier, and the other half of our opposing religious faction. The Kantari believe that Elath is not a demon, but is instead, The Mother. The Kantari believe that the Mother goddess must be set free in order to bring prosperity and life to the lands, and people around her. When Gelya stumbles into a deadly cover-up by the Ovinists’ military, she reluctantly teams up with Tavik to survive. However, Tavik inadvertently turns Gelya into Elath’s unwilling human vessel and the story goes from there. The two must race across the continent to purge Elath from Gelyas body and escape from enemies who are willing to do anything to capture them both and contain Elath from destroying the world. I enjoyed many aspects of this book, but mostly I loved the aspect of Gelya and Taviks bond trough their harrowing journey. I love when characters who are essential strangers are brought together through common struggle (trying to outrun the enemey, in this case). You cant help but fall in love with both characters, and it makes the ending of the book more beautiful. Their love story was so sweet, and I'm happy that they were together trough all the stages of this story. This story is very religious heavy, so keep that in mind. But, if you can embrace the story for what it is you will definitely enjoy, Soulswift. Give it a try; I'm glad I did. 🍃 (5) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

  6. 5 out of 5

    Candace Robinson

    Another beautifully written book by Bannen! She really does some of the most emotional things with her books! ❤️

  7. 5 out of 5

    Vicky Again

    I am NOT okay what the heck. This book spoon-fed us delightful banter and characters to get super attached to. And then it was like "haha, just kidding. time to make you CRY." Megan Bannen has a brand and it's simultaneously the best and the worst. I am NOT okay what the heck. This book spoon-fed us delightful banter and characters to get super attached to. And then it was like "haha, just kidding. time to make you CRY." Megan Bannen has a brand and it's simultaneously the best and the worst.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mike Lasagna

    I only cried 36 times it’s cool. 🤩

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bright Star

    “Love is the only thing worth dying for, because in love there is balance between souls, and in that balance life flourishes.” You know when you start a book and deep down you know you're going to love it but you'll still end up with a broken heart? Well, that's exactly how I feel right now. Soulswift was a beautiful, lyrical, heart-wrenching story and I still need to recover from it. It's not everyone's cup of tea and you're either going to love it or not. Personally, I loved every single word. D “Love is the only thing worth dying for, because in love there is balance between souls, and in that balance life flourishes.” You know when you start a book and deep down you know you're going to love it but you'll still end up with a broken heart? Well, that's exactly how I feel right now. Soulswift was a beautiful, lyrical, heart-wrenching story and I still need to recover from it. It's not everyone's cup of tea and you're either going to love it or not. Personally, I loved every single word. Despite religion being one of the main theme, it wasn't boring to read because Megan was able to write an unforgettable story with memorable characters. Gelya and Tavik are two different people, with two different beliefs and yet, they slowly came to understand and trust each other. And their slow-burn, enemies-to allies-to friends-to lovers relationship was so achingly beautiful that my heart still cries for them. This author knows how to make you suffer and even though I'm still picking up the broken pieces of my heart, I wouldn't change a thing. Because some stories don't need perfect endings to be memorable. Some stories are significant because of the marks they leave inside you.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)

    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight Megan Bannen enjoys making readers suffer. That's just a fact. Another fact? She can destroy me any day of the week, because her books are just that fabulous. I fell wholly in love with  The Bird and the Blade , and you can imagine that my expectations for Soulswift were high. But they were met and exceeded, of course. Gelya was raised in a religious sect, told she was special, You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight Megan Bannen enjoys making readers suffer. That's just a fact. Another fact? She can destroy me any day of the week, because her books are just that fabulous. I fell wholly in love with  The Bird and the Blade , and you can imagine that my expectations for Soulswift were high. But they were met and exceeded, of course. Gelya was raised in a religious sect, told she was special, but also was completely at the disposal of those around her. The society was extremely patriarchal, and Gelya had known nothing else, so she accepted her lot in life. Until she finds herself in an unimaginable nightmare of violence and upheaval, throwing her faith into question. To survive, she must trust the jarring, seemingly heretical final words of her mentor and friend and follow Tavik, the man she was told was her enemy to safety. They face a long  journey (both physically and emotionally) to attempt to save both Gelya and the world at large, struggling the whole time with who to trust, which version of the story is closest to correct, and how to balance the loss of everything they've known. This of course falls much harder on the long-sheltered Geyla, who finds that she perhaps doesn't know the half of what has been going on outside of her convent. Gelya's learning about the world around her and making up her own mind about who and what to trust was so lovely. Tavik obviously wished her to see things as he did, but he let her figure it out on her own time, even if that was risky. Tavik, while not having quite as dramatic of revelations, still had to grapple with plenty of betrayal and fallacies of his own. And quietly, unexpectedly, their feelings about each other begin to transform. This story is completely beautiful and heart wrenching at once. It explores faith so well, and makes the reader ask questions just as Gelya does. And in the process, Geyla and Tavik still have to survive, relying on the kindness of strangers, and hope in humanity. Bottom Line:  Just like its predecessor, Soulswift was gorgeously written, completely compelling, and owned my full heart from the first page.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Minglu Jiang

    I don't even know what this book is about and I want it so bad. I don't even know what this book is about and I want it so bad.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Celia McMahon

    Thank you, Edelweiss and the publisher for the chance to review this book. Oh wow, this book. To this day I cannot figure out how authors pack so much into a stand-alone book. But Megan does it so well, I must bow to her in thanks. I learn from the greats. This is a story of blind faith and forgetting everything you've ever known. There is an enemy to lover's trope, but GOD I LOVE IT. There is not much more to say other than that this book took me on a ride and destroyed me. I was blown away by th Thank you, Edelweiss and the publisher for the chance to review this book. Oh wow, this book. To this day I cannot figure out how authors pack so much into a stand-alone book. But Megan does it so well, I must bow to her in thanks. I learn from the greats. This is a story of blind faith and forgetting everything you've ever known. There is an enemy to lover's trope, but GOD I LOVE IT. There is not much more to say other than that this book took me on a ride and destroyed me. I was blown away by the heart-wrenching beauty, humor, and adventure in this book. I am so excited for everyone to read it. A more thorough review to come.

  13. 4 out of 5

    ʙᴇʟᴀ.: ☾**:.☆*.:。.

    I absolutely loved Vessel from Sarah Beth Durst. And did you say The Winner's Curse? FLY AWAY WITH MY MONEY. I absolutely loved Vessel from Sarah Beth Durst. And did you say The Winner's Curse? FLY AWAY WITH MY MONEY.

  14. 5 out of 5

    The Nerd Daily

    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Kibby Robinson Megan Bannen returns with a new book to break the hearts of YA readers all over the world. With her sophomore novel, Soulswift, Bannen continues to excel at crafting intriguing plots and creating characters that will grip your heart and take you on their journey to whatever end. All Gelya can remember is a life as a Vessel to the One True God at the Convent of Saint Vinnica. But when the whispers of war come to the convent’s halls, Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Kibby Robinson Megan Bannen returns with a new book to break the hearts of YA readers all over the world. With her sophomore novel, Soulswift, Bannen continues to excel at crafting intriguing plots and creating characters that will grip your heart and take you on their journey to whatever end. All Gelya can remember is a life as a Vessel to the One True God at the Convent of Saint Vinnica. But when the whispers of war come to the convent’s halls, Gelya will soon find herself escaping a deadly betrayal with the help of an enemy soldier, Tavik. Both Gelya and Tavik are firm believers in their own sides of the One True God and The Mother, but their beliefs will be put to the test when Gelya becomes the vessel for Elath the Mother against her will. Sneaking and fighting their way across the land, Gelya and Tavik must begin to rely on and believe in each other if they are to find the truth and save the world. Read the FULL REVIEW on The Nerd Daily

  15. 4 out of 5

    Breanna

    THIS REVIEW & MORE → Paws and Paperbacks ARC provided by the author for the blog tour! 4.5 stars ✨ Megan Bannen continues to impress me with her masterful storytelling and beautiful characters. Soulswift was a story full of intriguing world-building, opposing religions, and self-discovery. The heart of Soulswift revolves around spirituality and beliefs. The story follows two characters, Tavik and Gelya, who are from opposing sides of a religion-based war. Circumstances force the two of them to relu THIS REVIEW & MORE → Paws and Paperbacks ARC provided by the author for the blog tour! 4.5 stars ✨ Megan Bannen continues to impress me with her masterful storytelling and beautiful characters. Soulswift was a story full of intriguing world-building, opposing religions, and self-discovery. The heart of Soulswift revolves around spirituality and beliefs. The story follows two characters, Tavik and Gelya, who are from opposing sides of a religion-based war. Circumstances force the two of them to reluctantly work together and attempt to save their world. I really loved the presence of mythology/religion here. Tavik and Gelya are both forced to examine their faith and question their beliefs. The book heavily focuses on self-discovery and the uniting of different ideas was perfectly executed and added depth to the characters’ development. I absolutely loved the relationship that developed between Tavik and Gelya. They start out as enemies, but they way they change their opinions about each other during their journey and grow together was beautiful. Without spoiling too much, their relationship follows another one of my favorite tropes (other than the enemies-to-lovers) and I was completely on board! The romance aspect of the book was perfectly incorporated into the story; it had importance to the characters and yet wasn’t the focus of the story. The ending was heartbreakingly, achingly beautiful and I would have expected nothing less from Bannen after The Bird and the Blade. Soulswift was a wonderful story with engaging writing, wholesome characters, and important themes about faith and self-discovery.

  16. 5 out of 5

    muwi

    feed me more angst mother

  17. 4 out of 5

    Taschima

    Dear Megan Bannen, WHO HURT YOU AND WHY MUST YOU PAY IT FORWARD IN SUCH A MANNER? This is obviously my first book by Megan Bannen, if it wasn't I would have had a warning as to how Megan likes to torture her readers. It was a great story about religion and what people believe in, how history is written by the victor, how hard it is to cope with a shattered belief system, and the lengths our MC and co will go to set things right. I would recommend if you love Wicked Saints, Vessel, only in Soulswif Dear Megan Bannen, WHO HURT YOU AND WHY MUST YOU PAY IT FORWARD IN SUCH A MANNER? This is obviously my first book by Megan Bannen, if it wasn't I would have had a warning as to how Megan likes to torture her readers. It was a great story about religion and what people believe in, how history is written by the victor, how hard it is to cope with a shattered belief system, and the lengths our MC and co will go to set things right. I would recommend if you love Wicked Saints, Vessel, only in Soulswift there are only two gods instead of a pantheon. "Vessels are Daughters who were chosen by the Grace Tree of Saint Vinnica to sing the Father's Word for the faithful." In the world of Soulswift we see a split between the Ovinist and the Kantari--the Ovinist believe that Saint Ovin slew and captured Elath, the Great Demon. This demon must be kept sealed and never release from her vault otherwise the world is doomed. The Kantari believe that Elath is actually a goddess and must be released at all costs. That puts these two countries at war. Gelya has been raised in the Ovinist religion as a sort of nun--she is to be kept pure in order to speak the word of the Father. This, and a lot more that will be sprinkled thorough the book, will be just one of the things that mark the Ovinist religion as sexist at its core. One day a Kantari two swords get captured (the two swords are the equivalent to the Vessel Daughters) and as he is being interrogated, and lets out some truths of his own, a massacre occurs. Together, Gelya and Tavik must join forces to escape, uncover the truth, and perhaps set the world to rights. I am amazed at the amount of world building, history, character development, and sheer awesomeness that Megan Bannen can pack into a stand alone novel. It does more than some series manage to do in three whole books, and it does it beautifully. I love the character development, I loved how fleshed out the world is and how much of it we get to see. I LOVED the relationship between Gelya and Tavik, there is no insta love between these two. It is a VERY slow burn romance. Their relationship goes from enemies, to tentative allies, to friends, and then to more. It is so well done, I just loved it. The ending crushed me! But is was also fitting. It really made me want to pick up another one of Megan Bannen's books, see if she can crush me again. You must pick this up, it is such a good story 😍

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kat // Novels & Waffles

    This book was THIS CLOSE to being a five star read. It was THIS CLOSE to being one of my favorite books of the year. It has ah-mazing characters, witty banter, a haters-to-lovers fake marriage, and a romance so full of longing, yearning, and unbelievable chemistry that it gave me actual goosebumps. But then that tragic ending had to come stomping along like an elephant in a daisy field and completely crush my wilted heart. Seriously, Megan Bannen is a cruel genius who knows just how to play on This book was THIS CLOSE to being a five star read. It was THIS CLOSE to being one of my favorite books of the year. It has ah-mazing characters, witty banter, a haters-to-lovers fake marriage, and a romance so full of longing, yearning, and unbelievable chemistry that it gave me actual goosebumps. But then that tragic ending had to come stomping along like an elephant in a daisy field and completely crush my wilted heart. Seriously, Megan Bannen is a cruel genius who knows just how to play on your emotions; she will make you love her characters as much as your firstborn child, and then she will utterly break you with her achingly bittersweet endings.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nihal

    4.5- Feels so nice to read a good book that had me gushing and gave me an adrenaline rush after so long. It's not the type of book to do that but I had been deprived of quality text for so long. I finished it in two days. It kept my attention piqued throughout. Not once was I bored considering it's very heavy on religions and mythology (?). I actually love reading about fictional religions in fantasy if developed well and they were in this standalone. It did not feel too much. The author kept it 4.5- Feels so nice to read a good book that had me gushing and gave me an adrenaline rush after so long. It's not the type of book to do that but I had been deprived of quality text for so long. I finished it in two days. It kept my attention piqued throughout. Not once was I bored considering it's very heavy on religions and mythology (?). I actually love reading about fictional religions in fantasy if developed well and they were in this standalone. It did not feel too much. The author kept it under the limits of a YA book. Some things I saw Megan Bannen say on twitter about Soulswift: - witty banter and soul-crushing tragedy - bittersweet and yearning - her brand is the opposite of HEA. she does not write happy endings and I wish I knew that before starting it but also not idk the ending was satisfactory albeit sad. After reading Soulswift I can say it ticks all the above boxes. Gelya and Tavik quickly became dear to me and I did not want to them to hurt but that was damn near impossible. The writing was beautiful and so easy to follow. At first I thought the dump of foreign words would make it hard to follow but they didn't. I'm not a fan of dense world-building and flowery descriptions so this was perfect for me. The religion aspect may be daunting to some but the whole book revolves around that. The story was so sweet. Two rivals having opposite beliefs coming to understand each other and their respective faiths and acknowledging the flaws and working together. Thinking that questioning what you were led to believe is a sin but when Gelya got free she had the opportunity to do that and Tavik helped her all through it. Tavik himself had to unlearn some things. To see both of them unravel and learn together was so sweet. Some people will not like Gelya for her meek dependent personality which I do not understand because if I was in her position I would be far worse. She cries a lot. It did get a little annoying ngl she would cry at the most random of times lol. She compares herself to other 'normal' people and I just know people will hate her but it's REALISTIC okay? I loved how she observed qualities in people that normally you wouldn't see mentioned in YA books idk if I'm reaching but look at this quote: "When Tavik makes a promise, he has every intention of keeping it. If he says “on my life” or “to my dying breath,” it’s not hyperbole. He means it. I love him for that, but I also envy it. I’ll never have that kind of conviction, that level of hope. I’ll always question and doubt." That is so me. Anyway! What got me to pick this up was actually the promise of fake marriage and devastation and I was not disappointed. If all the above doesn't appeal to you, this would because damn was it slow burning and heart stabbing.

  20. 4 out of 5

    michelle (magical reads)

    fitting that I begin 2021 by having an emotional breakdown because of this book

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kristen Beverly

    I’m going to say something really bold here - reading Soulswift gave me all the feelings that I felt when I originally read books like Divergent and the Hunger Games so many years ago. While this book is a dark fantasy and a completely different story, I felt like I was transported back to the magic of reading those dystopian books for the first time. Soulswift is a dark fantasy story that moves so quickly, the characters are rich and loveable, and it was easy to read – even the world building. I’m going to say something really bold here - reading Soulswift gave me all the feelings that I felt when I originally read books like Divergent and the Hunger Games so many years ago. While this book is a dark fantasy and a completely different story, I felt like I was transported back to the magic of reading those dystopian books for the first time. Soulswift is a dark fantasy story that moves so quickly, the characters are rich and loveable, and it was easy to read – even the world building. It is a story about a girl, Gelya, who is grappling with her faith and everything she’s always believed in after learning disturbing information about the people who were supposed to be their leaders. She ends up on a journey with a boy who was supposed to be the enemy, but now she’s not sure about anything anymore. I loved Gelya – she grew so much through this book and is so relatable. I highly recommend Soulswift for both teens and adults who enjoy action packed fantasy novels!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Mandina

    Once again we get a beautifully written story from Megan Bannen. As I read the story I was pulled in by all the vivid descriptions of the people and places and even the different types of wildlife. There were so many different layers to this story. Ones that often made me tear up, or even wonder if the main characters might get a break and be successful. I wondered back and forth, as did the Gelya, about who she could really trust, and who might possibly be double-crossing or hiding something fr Once again we get a beautifully written story from Megan Bannen. As I read the story I was pulled in by all the vivid descriptions of the people and places and even the different types of wildlife. There were so many different layers to this story. Ones that often made me tear up, or even wonder if the main characters might get a break and be successful. I wondered back and forth, as did the Gelya, about who she could really trust, and who might possibly be double-crossing or hiding something from her. There was even a bit of a twist at the end that fell right into place with how the story was going and brought it to a different level. I feel like you get a lot of info in the synopsis above, and I don’t want to give too much away in a review, because I really feel you have to read it to get the full effect of the story. The cover, like the first book by this author, is the perfect invitation to a picture-perfect story, and it is a work of art like the story inside. Review first published on Lisa Loves Literature.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nia •ShadesOfPaper•

    The authors whose books are blessed to have beautiful and stunning covers??? THEIR POWER. Thank you HarperCollins and Balzer+Bray for the ARC. Blog | Twitter | Instagram | BlogLovin’ The authors whose books are blessed to have beautiful and stunning covers??? THEIR POWER. Thank you HarperCollins and Balzer+Bray for the ARC. Blog | Twitter | Instagram | BlogLovin’

  24. 5 out of 5

    Fatima

    *CHEFS KISS* From what I’ve seen from both The Bird and the Blade and Soulswift, the love stories are sort of formulaic. A lot of the dynamics between Jinghua and Khalaf overlap with Gelya and Tavik but hey, IF IT AINT BROKE!! No such thing as insta-love in the Bannen universe!! The pacing is so perfect and believable because in a story where people’s lives are derailed and there are baby adults going through trauma, you’re gonna want them to handle it all slowly. YOU WOULDNT FALL IN LOVE with a *CHEFS KISS* From what I’ve seen from both The Bird and the Blade and Soulswift, the love stories are sort of formulaic. A lot of the dynamics between Jinghua and Khalaf overlap with Gelya and Tavik but hey, IF IT AINT BROKE!! No such thing as insta-love in the Bannen universe!! The pacing is so perfect and believable because in a story where people’s lives are derailed and there are baby adults going through trauma, you’re gonna want them to handle it all slowly. YOU WOULDNT FALL IN LOVE with an enemy in 3 weeks goddamnit, you wouldn’t! The characters are still somehow all so different and multidimensional and real. Beautiful story, earth-shattering world building, and characters that break my heart in the best way. 4 stars (but honestly a 4.5) only because the beginning was a little hard to chew, but Meg Bannen always manages to find the perfect balance between action and character development and I’m obsessed. Books with characters on a journey always seem to go on and on but I could sit through hours of Bannen Quests.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Meagan

    Crying right now. There is so much love and mercy in this book, so much generosity. Gorgeous world, real characters, pitch-perfect dialogue, driving plot and the sweetest slow burn romance. Soulswift checked all the boxes for me. As a person who has grappled with fundamentalist religion in my life, I also appreciated how Bannen let her characters struggle through their crises of faith in authentic ways. Amidst the heartache and pain and darkness in life, Bannen gives us light in her beautiful sto Crying right now. There is so much love and mercy in this book, so much generosity. Gorgeous world, real characters, pitch-perfect dialogue, driving plot and the sweetest slow burn romance. Soulswift checked all the boxes for me. As a person who has grappled with fundamentalist religion in my life, I also appreciated how Bannen let her characters struggle through their crises of faith in authentic ways. Amidst the heartache and pain and darkness in life, Bannen gives us light in her beautiful story. And I am so grateful. One of the best things in my 2020.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    Megan Bannen really really likes ripping readers’ hearts out and stepping on them.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Megan Bannen strikes again with this quest/adventure/romance/wrenching/funny tale! I adore Tavik and want to be friends with Gelya :) The emotions and pain are authentic, the witty banter is both clever and hilarious, and the mythology is intriguing. I loved it!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tanaz

    I loved this book. So much.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

    I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Review can also be found on *Milky Way of Books* How am I supposed to write this review now? When I am still emotionally compromised and want to curl in a ball and cry? Megan Bannen hows very, very well how to pull her readers strings and make us all root for her characters and also make them stay with us even after the story is done. Souldswift takes place in a fantasy world where the Northern kingdoms believe in the Ovin religi I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Review can also be found on *Milky Way of Books* How am I supposed to write this review now? When I am still emotionally compromised and want to curl in a ball and cry? Megan Bannen hows very, very well how to pull her readers strings and make us all root for her characters and also make them stay with us even after the story is done. Souldswift takes place in a fantasy world where the Northern kingdoms believe in the Ovin religion and there are the Ovinist Knights and in the South, there are those who believe and revere the Mother Elath. The two religions clash together as both have different aspects of who Elath was a demon or a goddess and the Ovinist knights have her soul imprisoned in a mountain. In the middle of all this tension comes Gelya, a Daughter and a Vessel of the true Father, a kind of a nun if you please. Her heritage puts her at odds with the other Daughters and all Vessels have the power to imbue feelings when they sing the religious anthems. But when a prisoner, Tavik, is brought in the monastery who is a holy fighter of the Mother, a Two-Swords they will both be forced to face the true religions, the lies, the secrets, and uncover the mystery behind the Goddess. When an event ties them together in a journey to search for the goddess they both will be challenged, but their beliefs and their growing feelings. What shook me in this book was the relevance to today. Faith can be a very strong thing and fanatism can also be the double-edged sword that cuts people and lives. Through Tavik and Gelya I saw how they saw their world: that the women are the image of Elath thus sinful (bleh), that in the South women and men were equal, and how easily people especially the Knights were so fanatic about the imprisoned goddess that were capable of horrible crimes. I enjoyed the banter of Tavik and Gelya. They were amazing together in all this trip they undertook and I rooted for them as they fell for each other. The final pages of the ebook gutted me and the epilogue surprised me. Trust me you will not be disappointed. Totally recommended!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Olivia Wildenstein

    If you loved Amy Harmon’s FIRST GIRL CHILD, then you will really enjoy this YA fantasy stand-alone. It’s beautifully written and the characters are lovely. It was a tad too religious(y) in my taste. In no way preachy, but almost every conversation revolves around the Mother or the Father or the people who hide behind religion to accomplish “religious” acts, and unfortunately that took away from the sweet budding romance.

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