Series: Soulkeepers # 3
Author: Lori Adams
Releasing: April 21st, 2015
Otherworldly desire and paranormal action reach new heights in the final installment of The Soulkeepers. As Sophia St. James moves Heaven and Hell to claim her destiny, questions are answered, secrets are revealed—and immortal love is tested.
After finally becoming a powerful Spirit Walker, Sophia St. James is shocked to discover that her conjured identical twin, Ka—along with her soul—have been dragged down to Hell by the relentless Demon Knight Dante. Sophia tries to hide the crisis, but there is little hope of keeping any secrets from her red-hot Guardian Angel. Growing suspicious, Michael has been making plans of his own that will bind him and Sophia together forever.
But Sophia is plagued with evil visions through Ka’s experiences in Hell. She is terrified that Dante will discover he has taken the wrong Sophia. Desperate to return to her original state before she withers away and dies, she risks everything to go where Michael can’t follow. To bring back Ka and save her own soul, Sophia must now enter the gates of Hell.
Praise For The SoulKeepers
“In a clash between heaven and hell, no one raises the heat like Spirit Walker Sophia and her Guardian Angel, Michael.”—Cecy Robson, award-winning author of the Weird Girls series
“As romantic as it is addictive, with witty writing, an action-packed plot, and a face-fanning romance all in one, The Soulkeepers is quickly becoming one of my favorite paranormal series.”—Cassie Mae, author of The Real Thing
“If you are looking for an amazing and unique paranormal romance that never has a dull moment, has an intense love triangle, fabulous characters, and a captivating, action-filled plot, then look no further than this highly addictive series.”—The Avid Book Collector
Rama and Michael are near the door when we approach. Rama is fidgety and eager to leave. Michael has changed into jeans and a dark blue shirt. He is in the center of a crowd, swamped by congratulating pats on the back and vigorous handshakes. So many friends and warriors have come to offer their praise, and young guardians to ask his advice. Their admiration and respect is obvious, and Michael favors them with a patient smile. His mind is on other matters.
When he sees me, his face stills, and then he breaks away, making vague excuses to his admirers. We meet at the door, where Milvi is entertaining Rama with her dramatic and overdescriptive view of the ceremony. He listens politely while she points out holy dignitaries who’ve attended or friends from Estonia whom she hasn’t seen in ages. I realize I haven’t congratulated Michael on becoming a Halo so I tell him now. He smiles and cocks his head in a faint bow.
“And congratulations to you, too, spirit walker Sophia.” His voice is soft and thick with emotion. “I’m happy for you. You’ve earned your place.”
His smile is warm and loving, and I know he means it. Michael is truly happy for me.
His gaze lingers longer than necessary. He wants to say more, much more, but Rama is watching us. Without a word, my Ascended Master steps between us and takes my elbow, deliberately guiding me out the door.
With no moon or stars, we are instantly swallowed by the night. Snowflakes dance around the four of us as we traipse up the thick path leading to the Patronus farmhouse. It’s a short trek that moves organically through trees, across an open field, and around Katarina’s extensive garden. We’re nearly there when I realize I’m not as cold as I should be. I stop and scoop snow into my hands. It’s chilled but not so icy.
“Why don’t I feel the cold?”
Everyone turns and looks back at me. Milvi laughs and smashes the snowball I’ve made. “Because you have spiritual energy rushing through your veins. Rama didn’t tell you what to expect?”
Rama is distracted, and I suspect he’s been preoccupied with more important issues. He comes around to the question. “Oh, for sure. I’ll tell her what to expect. There just hasn’t been time yet. Lots of changes coming, wahine. And for you, too, Michael. Now that you’re a Halo.”
Rama and Michael lock eyes for a moment, and then Michael gives him a sharp nod. He seems well aware of the duties and expectations required of an elite warrior. The details are lost on me. I don’t want to think about Michael being called away or sent on a mission. We haven’t had time to settle things between us. If he’s called up now, we might not see each other for a very long time. The idea makes a knot of my stomach.
The Victorian farmhouse is situated at the top of a gentle hill. It’s a glorious sight, with numerous peaks and dormers heavy with snow. Tall, beveled windows glow with soft light. Smoke drifts from the chimney, adding a pleasant, earthy aroma to the frigid smell of snow.
We plod up the steps and onto the sprawling back porch, stomping snow from our shoes. Milvi bursts out laughing because Rama’s huarache sandals have disappeared completely. He looks like he’s wearing two giant snowballs.
I manage a faint smile. Milvi’s laughter reminds me that this should’ve been a night for celebration. Rama deserves some fun after all the stress I’ve put him through during my training. Unfortunately, I’ve ruined that, too. After we thank Michael’s family for their good wishes, Rama and I will have to leave. I’m sure he’s feeling just as desperate to find Bailey as I am. We have to know what happened to Ka.
We pile through the back door and then stop in the hallway, overcome by an angry shouting voice coming from the living room.
“You promised to protect her! You gave me your word that nothing would happen to her! You’re angels, for God’s sake! How could you let this happen?”
“Please, calm down so that we may understand what has you so upset.” Katarina addresses the outburst in her characteristically patient tone.
Michael and I look quickly at each other. We can’t comprehend what we’re hearing. Or how it’s even possible.
Milvi murmurs “Uh-oh,” and pushes past us. We follow hard on her heels, down the hall and into the living room. I stop cold.
He whirls around, just as stunned to see me as I am to see him.
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