T. L. Branson's Soul Siphon will be published in September 2017.
Information about T. L. Branson:
T. L. Branson is the author of the upcoming Soul Stones series. Branson started writing when he was eighteen and has contributed articles to several blogs and websites over the years. Soul Render is his debut novel in a planned trilogy. He finds his inspiration from the king’s (and queen) of story, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, George Lucas, and J.K. Rowling. Born in Pennsylvania, he currently lives in California with his wife and two children.
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Information about Soul Siphon:
Alexander Drygo, king of Sunbury, is reeling from the loss of his wife. Despite his best efforts using an incredible power, she is no longer among the living.
When a rival kingdom seeks to take advantage of this delicate time in Drygo’s life, he is thrust into a battle for the future of his kingdom.
Can he save his people where he could not save his queen?
From the world of Soul Stones comes a short story leading up to the events in Soul Render.
A REVIEW OF T. L. BRANSON'S SOUL SIPHON
Soul Siphon is a short story, which is inspired by the world and characters of T. L. Branson’s upcoming novel, Soul Render. It serves as an introduction to the world of the Soul Stones fantasy series.
This story tells about Alexander Selenius Drygo, king of Sunbury, who has - despite using an incredible power - lost his wife. While he is trying to cope with his grief, a rival kingdom of Havan is trying to take advantage of the situation and he finds himself battling for the survival of his kingdom.
Drygo is an interesting character, because he has suffered a major loss by losing his wife to an illness. He has to deal with his own emotional problems while he tries to save his kingdom from the invaders.
I enjoyed reading about the magic used by Drygo, because he could pull souls out of men's bodies and - when needed - he could siphon power into his men. The author writes fluently about the use of magic and evokes a sense of awe in the reader.
The action scenes are fast-paced and entertaining. They fit the story well, because they're delightfully gritty without being overly graphic in bloody details.
My only point of criticism is that this story should have contained more character development and deeper worldbuilding, because it would have benefited from them. I suspect the lack of character development and worldbuilding is due to the limitations set by the short story format.
Although this story is short and has a few tiny flaws, it's worth reading for its entertainment values. The author's writing style is satisfyingly swift and he doesn't get stuck with the events, which means a lot in this kind of fantasy fiction. He writes fast-paced prose and does his best to entertain readers with a good story.
Based on this brief introduction into the world of the Soul Stones series, I can say that T. L. Branson has created an interesting fantasy world that can easily be deepened and developed further in the upcoming novels. The author's vision of epic fantasy feels intriguing and will surely interest readers who are looking for something new, exciting and fast-paced to read.
I give Soul Siphon solid three stars on the scale from one to five stars, because I find it entertaining. It's an interesting start to a new fantasy series. I look forward to reading the author's debut novel, Soul Render, because this story awakened my interest in it.