Book Review. 4 Stars – Crypt of Souls. Author K A Krisko.

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Author: K A Krisko
Reviewer: Magdalena VandenBerg
Genre: Fantasy

This book is definitely worthy of 4.5 stars.
K A Krisko’s Crypt of Souls is the second book in the trilogy series, and it’s an outstanding read sure to bring a twisted smile to her die-fans, and satisfy any new reader in need of a dark fantasy fix.
Hand on heart I must say again fantasy is not my preferred genre. But who cares? K A Krisko had me hooked from page one. Having read her first book, Stolen, it was great to be reunited with characters I know and care about. To name only two, the enigmatic Rioletta, and Cardon, a sensitive soul, and one I have a real soft spot for.
It’s fair to add here, I’d recommend reading Stolen first before diving into Crypt of Souls.
With only a few remnants of tree foliage adorning his body, Stolen is slowly feeling more at home with his Andolith family. However still burdened by the shadow of the mistakes of his past (no spoiler here!) he feels the citizens of Andolith will never fully forget, nor forgive him of his sins. This is something only he can reconcile.
Cardon is suffering terribly – I’m sorry I’m not at liberty to divulge more. Rioletta, along with Stolen and Nikal decide to journey to Polebray for the 100th anniversary of the Dispersal celebration, and to find a cure to help ease Cardon’s pain.
Here we are introduced to Hyphanden, the leader of the Outcast Council, and other members all with intoxicating names. They all have knowledge, and in some cases access to the use of forbidden skills. The forbidden flies in the face of those bound by the rigidity of the traditional skills as decreed in the one hundred year old charter.
From Polebray, Rioletta and her Andolith family, and Hyphanden and other Outcasts journey to the Ruined City.
Here K A Krisko’s Crypt of Souls takes a dark twisted macabre turn for the better.
By now Cardon is delirious and on the verge of a total breakdown. And it’s not from drinking too much wine or beer.
Deep within the Forbidden City lies a hidden vault – the Crypt of Souls. Four minds are trapped alive and well within their lifeless bodies.
Can the Traditional Sorcerer’s trust the Outcast Council to help them accomplish their mission to rescue the minds from their entrapment? Why are other sinister forces trying to sabotage the mission?
As if this isn’t enough, the cunning Lefollah, including the pesky leaves, expose their devious intentions to cause the maximum amount of havoc and harm to unsettle Rioletta and Stolen. Omnipresent you get the creepy feeling the Lefollah are always watching and waiting.
K A Krisko has a fantastical gift when describing the different magical Skills. Clever, and descriptive she draws you into the real power of each skill. I particularly loved the animation skill, there are many more and each is important in building the purpose of the characters.
So, why not five stars?
For me to dish out a whopping five stars the book must be a riveting page-turner. I truly felt the first half of Crypt of Souls was five star worthy. However, it was around the middle of the story I lost my way a little.
With so many characters, Skills, and story layers it was difficult for me to keep up. I’m not sure if this is in part due to my inexperience in the fantasy genre, but either way there was so much going on the words began to blend on the page.
At this point I think the book could have benefited from adding more description to the characters and the events. Some of the scenes deserved to have their own chapter.
That said Crypt of Souls is really well crafted, and bravo to the imaginative Skill of Author K A Kristo.
Imagine knowing your heartbeat has been eternally silenced yet your mind remains trapped…Dark and disturbing K A Krisko’s fantasy will not disappoint. You’ll be sending the author mind messages begging her to finish the final book of the trilogy.