More filters. Sort order. Apr 26, Grampy rated it really liked it. People do not simply "have children" whenever they want to. Anyone fortunate enough is selected to become parents, and the number of children permitted is based entirely on the needs of the community in which the parents reside. Central to the story is the fact that children were born without a soul. The soulless were hideous creatures, with mottled gray skin, endless appetites, and emotionless dispositions. At some point during their early childhood -- if they were so fortunate -- the Office of Souls would select them to have a soul installed.
This was a sacred, extremely regulated process, and missteps were not tolerated. A misplaced word could get your child expelled from the Garden, never to receive another chance at having a soul installed.
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In the Soul Garden, routine had become so well established that error was unheard of. Or was it? Two adult soulless, a circumstance of great disgrace and quasi-permanent isolation, by great deceit and trickery managed to get their names on the list of approved soul recipients without being observed until it was too late to remedy the mistake.
Quite literally, all hell broke loose.
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The Head Master and all his power was not sufficient to hold back the evil forces called forth by one of the adult soulless. The other adult soulless, who wanted only to have a soul, was bombarded with a multitude of evil souls, and became a tool of the greater evil. This story is only the beginning of what is shaping up to be a great epic adventure.
As this episode comes to a close, we see the very few remaining "good guys" escaping along a secret pathway through the garden, while the evil powers are busy sucking souls from all they encounter. Cege Smith has set us on a journey you won't want to miss. I recommend this story to fans of fantasy, sci-fi, alternate futures, and the general battle between good and evil. The Soul Garden is a great place to start this journey.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Nov 17, Georgia rated it really liked it. We are only given a few details about this world and the rest is left pretty ambiguous. The past is know as Before, where some apocalyptic event occurred that humanity had to drag itself out of, or so I imagine from what we're told.
In this world, babies are born soulless. When a human has no soul their appearance is different; they have grey skin, don't smile, don't generate warmth and have red-rimmed eyes that get redder with age, eventually taking over the entire eye. For babies or adults to get a soul they must go through the Soul Distribution Day, where the lucky chosen receive a soul from the Soul Fountain.
Souls can also be extracted and this is often a punishment for criminals. Murder results in soul extraction, but as souls are in short demand the extracted souls are "rehabilitated" and re-used. This era is very "protocol" heavy, adults are assigned jobs at a ceremony, women are expected to give up their jobs once married and even having children is heavily monitored.
Couples are selected out of a lottery. Any couple that wants a child applies and then hopes for the best. The population is regulated because there is a shortage of souls. If a couple disobeys the rules and have a child outside of the system, their souls are extracted and the child is left, soulless, in the Soulless Asylum. An interesting concept for a book. There are aspects of the Soul Ceremony that I found similar to baptism.
I'm not sure if it was intended, but before the ceremony at the fountain, babies are soulless, unloved and are seen as unnatural. Then a visit to the fountain with a gathering and incantations gives them a soul.
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It was an interesting similarity that I saw, maybe just me though. The story is narrated from the points of view of five people and given the amount of time we get we each of them they are relatable, we care for them and the switching of characters adds to the tension that starts to build when we realise the inevitable. I enjoyed the start of the Twisted Souls series and look forward to the next part.
I recommend this to anyone interested in apocalyptic worlds, the supernatural, magic or anyone who is intrigued by the synopsis. Disclaimer: I received this book from the author. This is not a sponsored review. Jan 25, Susan Lulgjuraj rated it it was ok. There is a story in there, I promise.
Even though I wasn't sure, I kept telling myself that and felt compelled to finish reading the short story, The Soul Garden by Cege Smith. My hope was founded, once I got past the back story and extra words that it took to get there. The first part has too much information, at times going between memories, which created the opposite effect of I believe Smith was aiming.
There was too much story to create tension. As readers o There is a story in there, I promise. As readers open the book they met are with about five pages worth of back story and a little bit of action. No dialogue. There has to be good a balance of all of them and I believe a good editor would have been able to help Smith cut out the unnecessary parts to get to her story quicker and with much better pacing.
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The Soul Garden takes place in a society where people follow the rules of the governing body, The Office of Souls. Humans are born without souls and because of the limited number of souls, babies have to wait until their Chosen Day to get one. The books builds up to Soul Implantation Day , which is where all the craziness starts. The second half of the book reads better than the first, probably because all of the back story is out of the way and we're left with interactions of characters and actions.
Although well written from a grammatical standpoint, sentences could have been tighter.
A book shouldn't open with back story, but a catalyst moment that creates the journey. The second chapter was better suited to be the first as it creates a moment in the future to look forward to. Each chapter is written through a different character's point of view: a gardener, a top acolyte, an asylum member and one of two parents of a soulless child. This provides a decent way to get many characters into the story and explain their different role in a story, much like George R. Smith does a good job of creating breaks at the ends of chapters to leave readers wanting more. One of the things, I do like about the story is that it ends when things start to get intense.
Readers will have to pick up the next book, which is due out this year to read the rest. This is a good way to build interest for a story and gain momentum. Read more at WordsbySooz. Sep 28, Michael Brookes rated it really liked it. The world has fallen is some undermined time in the past and babies are now born without souls, as such they are in effect little monsters that grow up as such until they are granted a soul through a special ceremony.
The story concerns a group of parents who have been chosen to have souls granted to their offspring and the people involved in that particular day's ceremony. Unfortunately someone long forgotten also has a need for souls and has their own plans for that day. I enjoyed reading the book, as I've said the basic premise is interesting and it weaves a believeable world and more importantly it provides a vision of people's lives in that world.
The writing is solid and leads you happily through the plot right up until the moment it abruptly ends. In fairness the end is a reasonable one and oes leave you anticipating the next book in the series, however it is a pet peeve of mine when a significant chunk of the book you are reading is taken up with a section of the next book. As I say that's a pet complaint of mine, other than that it is a fine read, well worth checking out. Nov 23, Kay rated it it was amazing Shelves: books-won , ebook , librarything.
I was given a digital copy of this book from LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review. I do not know the author. All opinions expressed are completely my own. This book has a very interesting storyline. All babies are born soulless.
Souls are generated at the soul fountain. They are given out in a kind of lottery form.
If a person is lucky enough to receive a soul, they had better be a very good person and follow all the rules or it can be taken back. People without souls, for the most part I was given a digital copy of this book from LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review.