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by Morgan L. Busse

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What happens when your soul dies?

Kat Bloodmayne is one of the first women chosen to attend the Tower Academy of Sciences. But she carries a secret: she can twist the natural laws of life. She has no idea where this ability came from, only that every time she loses control and unleashes this power, it kills a part of her soul. If she doesn'


What happens when your soul dies?

Kat Bloodmayne is one of the first women chosen to attend the Tower Academy of Sciences. But she carries a secret: she can twist the natural laws of life. She has no idea where this ability came from, only that every time she loses control and unleashes this power, it kills a part of her soul. If she doesn't find a cure soon, her soul will die and she will become something else entirely.

After a devastating personal loss, Stephen Grey leaves the World City Police Force to become a bounty hunter. He believes in justice and will stop at nothing to ensure criminals are caught and locked up. However, when Kat Bloodmayne shows up in his office seeking his help, his world is turned upside down.

Together they search World City and beyond for a doctor who can cure Kat. But what they discover on the way goes beyond science and into the dark sphere of magic.

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Gilead Publishing
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Soul Chronicles Series , #1
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5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Morgan L. Busse is the wife of a pastor, mother of four children, and the author of the Follower of the Word series. Her debut novel Daughter of Light was both a Christy Award and a Carol Award finalist.

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Tainted 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Mrs_Worthington More than 1 year ago
I am excited for when book two of the Soul Chronicles comes out! Book one, Tainted, introduced Stephen and Kat, two individuals who are broken in their own ways, each with their own reasons for their trust issues. Circumstances force them to work together to unravel the truth of deaths, powers and how everything is linked. I was equally excited and wracked with nervousness as I read this. I didn't know what to expect! A twist near the end of the book left me gripping it, desperate to know how it was going to end. Then it ended. And now I am impatiently waiting for the second book, as so many questions are still there, and for what has been answered has only spelled DOOM. So curious! Will they learn answers in book two? Will they learn to trust in each other? Will they survive? What's going to happen!?
SDonetti More than 1 year ago
A fabulous read! This is the first steam punk novel I’ve read and I loved it. I was immediately drawn into the world Morgan Busse created. There was enough description to keep me well grounded in the story world, but not so much that I got overwhelmed or bored. I also appreciated the fully established culture and political system that is woven throughout the tale. All the characters are well developed and believable with clear motivations and goals. It was easy to have empathy for both the main characters, Kat and Stephen, and even though I thoroughly disliked the antagonists, I appreciate that Morgan gave us reasons for their behavior as well. I was fascinated by the different mechanical creations and I really want a ride on one dirigible in particular. The pacing and tension in the story were perfect and kept me turning the pages until the end. This is a world that I will eagerly re-enter when the next book in the series comes out.
Nutz2read More than 1 year ago
I’m honestly not sure which genre this book falls into: I’ve seen it described as “steam punk” and “fantasy.” Is it one of them? Both? I’m pretty new to the fantasy scene, having only read a few books in the genre, but I’ve come to really enjoy some of those I’ve read. I managed to finish this book in a matter of hours, so engrossed as I was that I read for hours straight, not even noticing how quickly time was passing. I can very honestly say that I’ve never read a book anywhere close to Tainted. It reminded me a bit of a historical novel at first: the clothing, transportation, the mindset of the people, but the further I read, the more I realized how fitting the “steam punk” generalization is to the story. There are flying ships, and mechanical birds, and a guy with a robotic arm, just to mention a few things. The author did an excellent job of creating a place that was entirely different, while still making it easily relatable for me. I really enjoyed her writing style, how she managed to bring the story to life with colorful descriptions while keeping the action and suspense going. I was on the edge of my seat for so much of this story, wanting to know what was going to happen next, and bemoaning each interruption! The characters were incredibly unique, too. Kathryn is such an interesting heroine and I very quickly fell in love with her. She is sweet and kind, but also fearful. She has a power she cannot control and is terrified of hurting others. When she gets angry, or feels almost any emotion strongly, it’s as though she becomes a completely different person. I found her to be a very compelling character and immensely enjoyed how I easily I was able to connect with it. It was almost as though I could feel her struggle and fears. Every emotion is just there, stark and bright, which fit with the themes of the story very well. I’m really curious to see where her story goes next, especially with how it ended. Not quite a terrible cliffhanger, but I definitely have lots of questions! Steven is also a unique character and though I enjoyed getting to know him, I didn’t connect with him as easily as I did Kathryn. He is kind hearted and outwardly focused when I first met him, but them something awful happens to him and he becomes this dark and brooding person. This is actually my only really negative comment regarding the story. I found his reaction to what happened to him a bit over the top. I realize that something needed to spark a big change for the story to progress, but how he handled it just came across as a little immature, I think. Which may be part of the reason I didn’t like him quite as well as I’d hoped. He did redeem himself later with his care of Kat and how he still tries his best to be a kind person, while also protecting his heart from being broken again. Going into this book, I was really curious as to how the author would weave a spiritual side into the story. It sounds like magic and maybe a bit of sci-fi, so I was really intrigued with the idea of how she’d explain Kathryn’s “power,” but also center it around Christian beliefs. Though I don’t quite have my answer yet, seeing as how this is the first book in the series, I did really appreciate how the author carefully wove the spiritual matters into the tale. They aren’t overt and never detracted from the action going on, but rather raised some important questions and opened the door for them to be answered in the future books.
JaneenIppolito More than 1 year ago
I love steampunk. It’s one of my favorite kinds of world-building, and if I had any free time at all, I’d be spending it making cool steampunk things. So when Morgan L. Busse (author of The Follower of the Word trilogy) announced she was publishing a steampunk novel, I had to jump aboard to read and review. Fortunately, this book doesn’t disappoint. Tainted is a solid foray into YA fiction with a likable heroine, a fantastic world, and a fast-paced narrative delivered in Busse’s usual direct style. Kat Bloodmayne (love that last name!) takes a different route from the usual steampunk heroine. Instead of a mechanic, she’s an intelligent, aspiring scientist. Her POV is thoughtful and wary and I enjoyed her innocence despite her unpleasant upbringing. I would have liked her to have more agency and use her scientific knowledge instead of just running from place to place, but it’s still a refreshing perspective. And there’s always the next book! Stephen Grey is a well-drawn, likable bounty hunter with a sympathetic backstory and a thoroughly rational mindset. Busse balances his rational side with a potent emotional core and the result is fascinating. He pushes the plot as much as Kat, if not more. The plot has intentional undertones of Frankenstein, which just happens to be one of my favorite books of all time. The narrative moves briskly, aided by the clean writing, and I was never bored. Busse has definitely improved her pacing from the Follower of the Word trilogy. The results are a book I couldn’t put down. All this being said, I would have liked a little more detail in-book about Kat’s condition. It was odd knowing more than she did half the time because the book blurb told me. Since she’s smart, I would have liked to see her figure things out. Also, Busse’s style is very clear and direct about motivations. Sometimes I didn’t need quite that much explanation about a character or place. But I read a lot, so I’m good at zooming between the lines. Note: there is very mild sexual content: a situation of infidelity, a particular setting, and a kiss. All are handled tastefully and YA-appropriate. There’s also some elements of violence and mad scientist-style horror. Final Verdict: a quick-paced steampunk adventure with a scientific bent and an engaging pair of protagonists. A worthy addition to the steampunk genre.