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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Soul Monger is a work of engaging and intelligent science fiction penned by author Matilda Scotney. Across the universe, past a gateway that seems far beyond the understanding of the simple people of Earth, Soul Mongers practiced their vile deeds, stealing humans – or Whole Souls – and transporting them to work as slaves in another dimension. Though they were stopped by the League as interplanetary negotiations and Earth came further into the future, an old enemy waited in the wings to wreak new havoc. Six people, stolen from their homeworld of Earth, take action against this evil, and what follows is a shocking, twisting tale of galactic politics, slavery, and war.
Author Matilda Scotney has created a complex work of epic science fiction which introduces its readers to exciting new concepts on a galactic scale, as well as a small band of rag-tag rebels who are on the rise to save an entire Empire. Both grand and intimate in its portrayal, the narration switches between deeply developed social and political systems, which have been well thought out, and intensely narrated character scenes where we meet our displaced heroes and discover what makes them tick. Scotney develops both areas well until the two blend effortlessly in the novel’s second half, creating a story with rich depths, vivid imagery, and relatable situations despite the fantastic scale of the wars and conflicts raging on. Overall, The Soul Monger will certainly please hard science fiction fans for its conceptual work but is also an entertaining and accessible epic for newcomers to the genre too.