The Soul Thief (2020)

The Soul Thief Cecelia Holland The Soul Thief They were one soul in two bodies Corban and Mav twins born to the lord of a Irish coastal farmstead Mav had the Second Sight and was her father s delight Corban though was a deep disappointment
  • Title: The Soul Thief
  • Author: Cecelia Holland
  • ISBN: 9780312869977
  • Page: 167
  • Format: Paperback
The Soul Thief Cecelia Holland They were one soul in two bodies, Corban and Mav, twins born to the lord of a Irish coastal farmstead Mav had the Second Sight, and was her father s delight Corban, though, was a deep disappointment, finally exiled for refusing his father s command to go and take up a sword for the High KingBut on the night of Corban s exile, as he slept in the woods and brooded on injusThey were one soul in two bodies, Corban and Mav, twins born to the lord of a Irish coastal farmstead Mav had the Second Sight, and was her father s delight Corban, though, was a deep disappointment, finally exiled for refusing his father s command to go and take up a sword for the High KingBut on the night of Corban s exile, as he slept in the woods and brooded on injustice, the dreadful dragon ships of the Vikings bore down on his home with fire and the sword The farm was plundered and burned all the people were slain, save the young women they were raped and dragged off to a life of slavery.From the coast of Ireland to the occupied village of Dublin, across the Irish Sea to a Viking stronghold in Britain, and then across the sea to the Kingdom of the Danes, Corban is drawn in the track of his ravaged sister, fighting for his own life and to earn the influence and money he will need to buy her freedom His quest is not hopeless, for Mav s second sight, made stronger by the dreadful fate that has befallen her, has brought her to the attention of the Lady of Hedeby The Lady, wealthy and influential in the Kingdom of the Danes, has bought Mav she intends to use the twins ,and their link with each other, to extend that influence far beyond Hedeby.
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  1. Richard Derus

    Rating 2.25 of fiveE Irish twins with a mystical bond are separated by a cruel and unjust fate Girl raped, pregnant, held hostage by evil old woman who wants to abort her unborn child boy free, homeless, wandering the Viking world searching for his Other Half.I can t believe I actually read this ghastly twaddle It s simply inexplicable to me that a talent like Holland s should be deployed in service of this trite, twee, oft told tale And thenI looked it up It s one of her all time bestselling bo [...]

  2. Dawson

    A few years ago I read several of her books She does a good job recreating the history That said, there is something of a melancholy undertone Still, as a history geek I like her work As someone who is highly interested in this time period I thought this book did a wonderful job of putting the reader into the era the book s actions pretty much all take place in the year 954 and place, the Jorvik York, England An example of her deft touch with history is when her protagonist encounters coins for [...]

  3. Laura

    Vikings What could I ask for But seriously, this book was awesome I loved it I ve read a couple Cecelia Holland books and loved them you should all read Great Maria because it s one of my favorites and also awesome This was no different.I love Holland s writing style It s just so vivid and I don t know magical almost I find myself hooked instantly and I just get immersed into the worlds that she creates I loved The Soul Thief because it really pulled me into the character s lives, and the time [...]

  4. Sherwood Smith

    Holland has had a long, solid career writing carefully researched, realistic historical novels In this novel, which kicks off a much larger story arc, she employs just enough fantastic elements to evoke the numinous, balancing that with her customary realism and complex characters.The main character is a boy named Corban He goes off to the hills to get over his anger at his father calling him a coward While he s there, the Vikings come and slaughter the inhabitants of his village and grab his tw [...]

  5. Rusty

    Holland writes as if she is telling a story so one listens reads with the joy that comes from encountering a wonderful tale whether it s oral or written It s a rare gift indeed So many novels take pages and pages to draw me into it Not Holland s Soul Thief This is the first in a series of five and I plan to read all five Others in the series are Witches Kitchen, The Serpent Dreamer, Varringer and The High City The series occurs over a period of fifty years with the Irish twins spending most of t [...]

  6. Vicki G

    Here s the thing I don t like about this book that she has to go into detail on EVERY hunting trip the characters go on in this book.It s like So they had to hunt their own food But why does that mean we have to go through a blow by blow reenactment of every single animal s reaction to being hunted down and killed for food I m telling you, I can handle the stresses of being a paramedic way better than I can stand to read about animals suffering even if their situation is brought about due to the [...]

  7. Michelle

    None character development whatsoever, the exposition was boring or confusing, and it is impossible to sail to and from America in a three weeks The worst part was, the main character wasn t even a Norse, he was Irish either pre Celtic or Celtic who knows It s never explained , it was supposed to be a Viking saga The main female protagonist, Mav, was both boring and useless Corban had almost zero character development, and what little he had was heavy told not shown writing Normally I am not so [...]

  8. Rob

    Fair writing at best The diologue between characters was drool The plot was linear and inconsequential If I had bought the book, I would have made paper airplanes out of the pages I was pretty unimpressed.

  9. kelly

    I feel like I m alone in really liking this book It was Holland s normal fare, but I really liked it I found the characters interesting and the setting fun I don t usually like historical fantasy, but I liked how unremarked the elements were.

  10. Annika

    Didn t finish I made it 15% The writing is awful, the sentence structure awful, the need to repeat oneself to say one thing He noticed the fat money bag He saw the fat money bag, the fat money bag was right there He saw it again That kind of thing.AlsoI care nothing for this protagonist I know nothing about him The story opens with him getting beat for defying his father s wishes, but he is emotionally void of anything He wants to make his own choices, but he s not sure what his choices are His [...]

  11. Ruth

    I loved this book much than I thought I would It is written from the viewpoint of the starving, set upon villager in the midst of Viking raids and royal oppression It has just a touch of mysticism to make it fun and to fit the beliefs of the times Can t wait to read books by this author now

  12. Ozymandias

    Plot 3 repetitive and unfocused Characters 6 believable but not always effective in their role Accuracy 9 magic aside, the account is strong Oh man, this book really lost me It started off strong with a Viking raid on an Irish settlement and the young son setting out in pursuit of his captured sister but after about the halfway point it devolves into a bizarre fantasy with an evil witch and no real narrative purpose or momentum I m not going to say that it has no foreshadowing of this switch, th [...]

  13. J.S. Dunn

    2.0Only made it halfway By page 15, the lack of hard research was evident A reference to bears Ireland s great brown bear has been extinct for around 3000 years after the LGM last glacial max Another error referencing a linen dress just wrong for the peasant girl and the period and the style also Also reference to a loaf of bread Wrong, wrong,wrong.Hugely wrong error to refer to hills turning brown in winter ahhhh, NO the hills and fields stay green all winter, thank you very much That s one of [...]

  14. Cayleigh

    Since I accidentally read book 4 in this series first, I came to know somewhat of Corban and Mav from the POV of someone close to them Not saying who to avoid spoilers Reading The Soul Thief it felt like I was coming home to Corban, Mav and Benna I very much enjoyed this book Once again my only complaint is that there is no map Even a rough sketch of towns and how they were situated to each other would have been a great help There was a lot of traveling in this book Corban Loosestrife We see him [...]

  15. Dean Madonia

    Such a great writer Cecelia Holland obviously immerses herself in history and brings it back in her books so causally it seems like you are there Her books have magic, but it s not wizards flying around on dragons shooting fireballs, it s a storyteller who can make her listeners see what she is talking about It s a girl who has the long sight, she cannot predict the future, she just knows when something bad is going to happen advanced intuition This distinction coupled with her mastery or writin [...]

  16. Bruce Nordstrom

    First off I want to say that I loved this book It is everything I love about Cecelia Holland s word Her history is spot on accurate, and a little vague Some of these characters don t know about where they live, or what is money, ocean Since this takes place in 1000 A.D what to you expect of them On the other hand, some of the people that I know And then we move into witchcraft Which seems to work, in 1000 A.D Thank goodness that could never happen in the 21st century Could it A touch of fantasy [...]

  17. An Odd1

    The Soul Thief by Cecelia Holland is an ancient witch, mighty with the power of innumerable others She imprisons an Irish seer, taken and impregnated by Viking slavers, hostage to the brother who follows The hero Corban grows from a homeless farmboy rejected by his father to a travelled warrior with loyal companions and magic bride who rescues his sister and revenges their slain family Christ and Thor are worshipped in passing, but the witches have the powers Corban fights pirates, raging sea st [...]

  18. Penny

    The writing style of the author grabbed from the the first several pages Sparse but illustrative update after 75 pages of sparse mostly narrative action minutiae ie, someone walked down the road I am not loving this Stay tuned.It took almost 200 pages of a 300 page book for this to get to the meat of the story What a disappointment I will give this author another try with a different title.

  19. Marina Montenegro

    The Soul Thief is my favorite book, and this was my second time reading it The adventure, the magic, and the excitement was just as real as my first time reading it Cecelia Holland is incredibly talented, and has never disappointed me Her writing is engaging, and every book I ve read by her has left me unable to put it down I highly recommend The Soul Thief to anyone who enjoys books.

  20. Christy

    The first of a series that follows Corban Loosestrife When the Vikings destroy his village and kidnap his sister, Mav, Corban sets out to find and save her Historical fiction with a streak of the supernatural, I really was drawn into Corban s quest and how he must navigate through the customs and politics of new lands and people.

  21. John

    Honest funThe Soul Thief is a departure from most of the other books I ve read by Holland, incorporating a significant fantasy mystical thread into her tapestry A fun read and a nice change of pace.

  22. Jane

    Very uneven in tone I expected a rousing adventure novel about the Vikings and did not feel the fantasy element fit, in this case The writing style was childish I had to force myself to finish the novel.

  23. Amy

    A historically interesting story, though it somehow did not take me where I expected to go I never quite connected with the characters I understand this is the first in a series about Corban Loosestrife More of a 2.5 stars.

  24. Donna

    A story of Vikings in ancient Denmark and Britain The author made you see the squalidness of the times I kept thinking, Glad I didn t live then.

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