Tree of Souls

Tree of Souls (The Blood Dagger Book 3) by [Hayes, Misty]

Larna has endured more than most people and has done so at a young age. She has reached some pretty amazing conclusions about herself and her family. Her life, both figuratively and literally, has been transformed. There is nothing she wants more right now than to find the one person responsible for all the hurt in her life–Sarah. While Larna is fighting the battle to find and punish Sarah, her best friend is waging his own war. Corinth’s war is one most will never see. He is conflicted between his two new worlds–angel and vampire.

Tree of Souls is the third book in The Blood Dagger series by author Misty Hayes. This is the most fascinating of the three books focusing on Larna and her sidekick and best friend, Corinth. Different from every other series with a vampire theme, Hayes’s books provide readers with a more intimate look into the mind of the characters.

Hayes gives readers the best of both worlds as she moves from chapter to chapter, alternating first-person points of view. We are able to clearly experience Larna’s thoughts, her anguish, and her love for her friends in each of the chapters bearing her name. In addition, Corinth has his own chapters in which we are given the opportunity to hear his thoughts and watch all the ways he is slowly evolving. While most of Hayes’s chapters pull readers into the minds of the main characters, Larna and Corinth, she does include chapters that hand readers the inner thoughts of secondary characters like Vinson whose motives are integral to the plot.

Larna is complicated, and I love her. I loved the way Hayes chooses to write this character since her debut in The Outcasts, Book 1 in The Blood Dagger series. Larna, in Tree of Souls, is no less green than she was in the first book of the series. Though she is now experienced in the ways of the vampire, she is still a young girl who is learning, loving, and trying to find her way. She is relatable on many levels and is a huge draw for readers across age groups and genres.

There is some gore, although Hayes handles it in as tasteful a fashion as possible. I am not a fan of the bloody, vulgar, or explicit. Hayes writes any scene dealing with the bloodier end of the vampire world with caution and just enough vivid detail to give readers a solid mental image. Her focus remains on her characters, their reactions, their personal battles, and the secrets they hold. Any reader shying away from books of this genre will be pleasantly surprised by the manner in which Hayes deals with this subject matter.

I highly recommend Tree of Souls to anyone who has read the first two books and has been looking forward to this third installment. It was definitely worth the wait!

Pages: 642 | ASIN: B081QLXMB2

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