Can the person who was sent to steal your soul, be the same person who steals your heart?
The keepers are protectors of the planet Cabalin, charged with defeating identified enemies and preventing other planets from waging war on their dying planet. They are expected to keep their emotions in check and do as they are told no matter what the consequences. One of their rising warriors, however, has been placed on sabbatical for reasons unknown to those around him. Rebellious, impulsive, and moody, Ash has continued to break the rules by frequenting the Ethereal Underground, the seedy hang out in the eighth layer of the planet. Ash has always believed in the keeper’s cause, but his taste for adventure always seems to get him in trouble.
The seraphs live on a different plane of existence. They watch over the mortals and reap their souls when it is time for them to depart to the afterlife, but do not associate with the beings otherwise. They are duty bound and loyal creatures, each of them having an affinity for a force of nature that they can use when needed. When a seraph breaks the rules, they are banished and stripped of their affinity. These evil creatures are named the fallen. Annalise, a reaper seraph blessed with an affinity for water, has always followed the rules until she is called to reap Ash’s soul and take it to the afterlife. This time, however, she finds it difficult to take the soul.
Their worlds were never supposed to meet. Now everyone’s future is in jeopardy, their lives turned upside down as they find themselves on the run from the very people they thought they could count on. The two of them must search for a way to clear their names and hunt down the evil forces of the fallen, without losing themselves or those they hold dearest. This epic fantasy will take you on an exhilarating quest for love, truth, and revenge.
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Ethereal Underground follows the story of Ash and Annalise as their paths cross. The two were forbidden to meet, one a mortal keeper and the other an immortal seraph. Whenever Annalise is sent to reap Ash's soul as he lay dying, their worlds are sent into a tailspin. Going against everything she's been taught her entire life, Annalise makes the difficult decision to save Ash and alters their fates forever.
This was a refreshing read for me. It's unlike any of the other books I've been into lately. This made it hard to get into, but once I got past that, I enjoyed this story. There's quite a lot of information about the world given at the beginning, and it can be overwhelming. But the authors have created such a unique setting that it is necessary. As the story unfolds and you become more immersed in the world, it all ties in.
The story is told from two points of view, Ash and Annalise. I found myself enjoying Ash's point of view more because of his wit. He's a very well developed character and it shows. Annalise is well, but I didn't get as much into her head as I did Ash's. Though, Annalise's internal conflict because of her actions make for an interesting perspective on their story.
This story is vivid and descriptive. It's very easy to imagine everything that's happening as the story progresses because of the authors' writing style. The plot is constantly flowing, and I never felt like the story was dragging on. I'm not usual a fan of dual authors, but Brooke and Briana do an excellent job at collaborating. It definitely shows that they are in sync with their writing.
I would recommend this book to any fan of fantasy novels who enjoys romance interlaced with the story.
**I was given this book for free in exchange for an honest review. My thanks to the authors!
About the Authors:
Brooke Kennedy and Briana Gaitan are southern natives, self-proclaimed geeks, and have been writing together for over 10 years! They have written short stories, fan-fictions, novels, and plays both together and separately. They are avid fans and writers of supernatural, sci-fi, fantasy, and romance novels. One of their goals is to write stories where there are no limits to the imagination, giving you something new and fresh each time.
Briana enjoys books, shopping, fashion, adventures and has spent countless hours dreaming of a life in space. She finds time to write in between hanging out with her three children and her husband, as well as finishing up a degree in marketing.
Brooke enjoys music, books, family & friends, and spending time with her husband and incredibly entertaining guinea pig. She has obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in mental health counseling from Tennessee Technological University.
Delve more into their adventures on Twitter (@EtherealUBook), Facebook, and http://www.etherealunderground.com.
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