Part of me was worried that A Stain on the Soul wouldn’t live up to Three Bloody Pieces – but it did! I loved the second Caitlyn book just as much as I did the first & I was so happy to get back into Caitlyn’s life. This series is fab-u-lous.
You can find my review for the first book here.
I was sent this book to review as part of a blog tour, via Rachel’s Random Resources.
This book contains sex scenes, violence, attempted rape & bewitched possession.
Resigned to another lifetime of being a witch’s familiar, Caitlyn has found a degree of peace in her role as the Duke of Normandy’s protector and spy.
But that peace is shattered when she returns to her native land only to come face-to-face with her past, and fall in love with a man who she desperately hopes will become her future.
As soon as I picked up Caitlyn’s life again I was totally hooked; her personality & character came back to me immediately & I found that I had genuinely missed her presence in my life. Nevertheless, it was obvious from the start that Caitlyn had aged since the previous book & I was quick to wonder how long it had been. I was also introduced to Arlette again & she hadn’t changed at all; although she may have been a little bit more bitter this time around.
The story got going quite quickly & I couldn’t help but be totally swept up into it; there was just as much mystery & drama in A Stain on the Soul as there was in Three Bloody Pieces, & Elizabeth Davies didn’t let up on the plot twists at all. One thing that made me love this book a little more than the first was that Caitlyn’s story has been laced into real-life history, & it’s been done really well. Caitlyn herself isn’t a major player in the events of this historical period (unlike the main characters in most historical fiction of this kind), but her actions & the things she’s forced to do have a huge affect on history. I loved that Caitlyn only plays a background role in the true events because it made the story (& her role) a lot more believable. Part of me is convinced that Caitlyn really did once exist & really did help make a king.
The characters in this series are really well developed too; Caitlyn herself is layered & complex, but so are the secondary & the background characters. Caitlyn experiences some romance in this book & I loved both her love interest & how the relationship was written (the sex scenes were the best I’ve ever read, shhh). William, Caitlyn’s not-son is also a great character & I liked watching him grow & mature in this book – it’s rare that a reader gets to meet several generations of the same family & I loved reading about the affect Arlette’s decisions had on her son.
I’ve already said it but I need to shout about how much I love this series! It’s so, so original & I’m obsessed with the real-life history being used to tell Caitlyn’s story. I also love the magic in the book because it’s unlike anything I’ve read about before, but most importantly… Elizabeth’s writing is phenomenal. I own a lot of historical fiction books, including books written by very big names, & I can honestly say that Elizabeth’s writing matches up to even the most famous writers on my shelves. Despite the fact that Elizabeth repeats herself a little bit, there aren’t any moments during her books when I think negatively about the fact that she’s self-publishing… instead I’m genuinely shocked that no publisher has picked up this series because it really is fab.
I stayed up late on a work night to finish A Stain on the Soul (which ended on a massive cliffhanger) & when I came home from work Another Kind of Magic (book 3) was sat in my inbox – I was ecstatic & sent a very excitable email to Rachel, & Elizabeth, to thank them for sending it out earlier than planned. Despite this I haven’t started the final book in the series yet, & that’s honestly because I don’t want to get to the end. Caitlyn popped up in my life when my mental health was quite unsteady & I’ve loved reading about her so much that I really can’t stand the idea of her story ending. I wish Elizabeth would write about her forever.
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Elizabeth Davies is a paranormal author, whose books have a romantic flavour with more than a hint of suspense. And death. There’s usually death…
You can find her website here.
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