Series: Souls of the Road #1
Author: Devon Monk
Publisher: Odd House Press
Released: December 14, 2020
Warnings: Animal Injury
Wayward Souls is the first novel in a new series (Souls of the Road) by Devon Monk – one of my favorite urban fantasy authors. The second I saw this book, it immediately got added to my TBR pile, though I’m ashamed to admit that it took me this long to get around to reading it.
Lula and Brogan Gauge don’t have what most people consider a typical relationship. They love each other – some would say to death and back. They have been traveling the roads of Route 66 for years and will likely be doing so for many years to come.
You see, they are in search of a cure for the curse that plagues them both. It’s a modern tale of Lady Hawk, with a few darker twists – because magic and curses are never so simple, are they?
Since I love Devon Monk and her writing, I went into Wayward Souls with really high hopes. Unfortunately, I didn’t end up loving the novel nearly as much as I had hoped. Don’t get me wrong – it was still a decent read. It just didn’t blow me away as I had hoped.
Lula and Brogan’s stories did admittedly break my heart. It was an interesting choice to throw us into their story long after they had been cursed. There’s something very somber about that choice, and it sort of sets the tone for the whole novel. At least, that’s how it felt to me.
Actually, there are several somber tones in this novel, all of which weave together. And I’ll admit that I spent more than my fair share of time worrying over the dog and his well-being (I do that a lot, so no surprise there).
Do I think that there’s a lot of potential? Absolutely. Do I think I’ll be reading the rest of this series? Maybe? But it probably won’t be making the top of my TBR pile, which at this point is pretty overwhelming anyway.