Title: Soul Infection (The Sons of Gomorrah #1)
Author: Katerina Ross
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Release Date: August 1, 2017
Genre(s): Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Page Count: 48
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5
Tristan Todorov, formerly one of the best scholars at the legendary and sinister Scholomance school of magic, was cast out and now travels alone through Eastern Europe offering discreet services as an unlicensed magician. In a luxurious hotel in Prague where he’s been invited to investigate a suspicious series of suicides, he’s about to meet someone who will make him remember the darkest secret of his past.
Will a night of lust soothe Tristan—or will it stir up something evil and dangerous, something he’s tried so desperately to forget?
That’s a surprisingly creepy title. I didn’t even realize how creepy it is until I was writing the email to ask for the book. I usually start with “I’d like…(insert book title)” Except in this case: Yikes.
Anyway, the book starts on a cold and dark day as a failed magician drags himself to the hotel in Prague. It’s a lovely description of the city, bringing to mind one of those old postcards. It conveys the atmosphere of the haunted (
possessed? ) hotel accurately.
The story continues with a twist : It’s unexpected and surprisingly funny. Just like that, the whole atmosphere of the book changes. Now the story is amusing, in that I-can’t-believe-this-is-happening-to-me. The plot continues to meander, turning everything I assumed on its head. It’s a horrifyingly logical and ironical take on what would be the usual paranormal story. I don’t have words to describe deviousness of the plot. It’s a curious mix of horror and humor.
The shortness of the story works against it, and the ending is ambiguous, though with positive outlook.
If you’re in a mood for something new and want to scare yourself silly this is good choice.