The Jack of Souls

The Jack of Souls

by Stephen C Merlino

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ISBN-13: 9780986267413
Publisher: TORTOISE RAMPANT PRESS
Publication date: 12/06/2014
Pages: 350
Sales rank: 307,642
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.78(d)

About the Author

Stephen Merlino lives in Seattle, Washington where he writes, plays, and teaches high school English. He lives with the world's most desirable woman, two fabulous kids, and three attack chickens.

Stephen is a Writers of the Future winner and winner of the PNWA award for Fantasy. His novel, The Jack of Souls, also won an Independent Publishers award.

Stephen's path to writing began at the age of eleven, when he discovered Tolkien and dreamed of writing epic tales of his own.

In college, when a tenth reading of The Lord of the Rings no longer delivered, he discovered Chaucer and Shakespeare and fell in love with England and its literature. Sadly, the closest he got to England back then was Seattle's Unicorn Pub (and that was run by a Scot named Angus); it wasn't until years later that he'd attend grad school in Berkshire to study Shakespeare.

One day, a professor said of Stephen's stories, "You should get these published!" and the old dream stirred. Stephen pursued it, and though those stories remain unsold, the journey showed him the world of agents, craft, critique groups, and the value of what Jay Lake called, "psychotic persistence."

The Jack of Souls and its sequels are the result of that happy psychosis.

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The Jack of Souls 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters pull you in, before you know it, you are engrossed in their stories. Can't wait for the next one
beckvalleybooks More than 1 year ago
The Jack of Souls is not the type of genre I normally read because I tend to have problems following the fantasy world and it's creatures but I have to say that this author has won me over with his novel. The story line is full of magical spells and beliefs.  Trying to find out a way of breaking the curse his mother had put upon him at birth and when Sir Willard arrives, a knight of fame, Harric's life is suddenly changed. The language used and descriptive writing is very good.  The scenes and character traits are first rate along with the drive and determination to survive keeps the reader enrapt. Every chapter brings the story together encompassing a different character who is essential for the groups survival.  The whole group each have a different agenda and goal.  As we go through the journey with the group the author explains each individual journey and why their paths have crossed and more importantly why there need each other A page turning novel with twists and turns.