The Souls of Witches

Legends of the Pale

Romance - Paranormal
266 Pages
Reviewed on 12/14/2020
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Author Biography

Far far away and in a time long ago, Tarrant Smith graduated from Queens College in North Carolina with a degree in English literature. She currently lives in the beautiful town of Madison, Georgia with her husband, son, and two rescued stray cats who follow her around like familiars. As a kitchen witch, she has always sought out and nurtured the magick that can be found in the mundane trappings of everyday life. For more information about the author and her romance books please go to tarrantsmith.com

2020 Georgia Independent Author of the Year Award (Romance Catagory for The Love of Gods)

​​​​​​​"From cover to cover, Smith delivers insanely well-drawn characters and enough moments of levity to keep this paranormal romance moving along at a brisk pace. Never does Smith's work lack. As the author bounces from one subplot to the next and back, she keeps readers on their toes and deeply involved with each of the main characters and their tragic lives."

The Love of Gods was awarded Literary Titan's Silver Book Award for June 2019.
​​​​​​​The Fate of Wolves was awarded Literary Titan's Gold Book Award in December 2019
​​​​​​​The Dreams of Demons was awarded Literary Titan's Silver Book Award in August 2020
Bound Darkly was awarded Literary Titan's Gold Book Award for July 2019.
Kept Darkly was awarded Literary Titan's Gold Book Award for August 2019.
Surrendered Darkly was awarded Literary Titan's Gold Book Award for August 2019.
Resurrected Darkly was awarded Literary Titan's Gold Book Award for August 2019

    Book Review

Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite

The Souls of Witches by Tarrant Smith is a well-written page-turning paranormal romance novel. This selection is from the series Legends of the Pale about paranormal characters and communities living and struggling on the outskirts of society in a place called The Pale. Members of these unique communities include werewolves, demons, witches, and other supernatural entities. Smith has created a plot that will pull you in like quicksand--the dangerous but irresistible romance between a demon/demigod hybrid named Lars and an unassuming but independent kitchen witch named Rowan who lives a quiet life and knows what she wants and doesn't want out of life. She never thought she wanted or needed her "other half"--a soulmate. Are the two destined to be together? How will they overcome the darkness that threatens them and their differences? There are secrets buried in the past, and if Lars chooses to be with her, it may cost her life.

Come for the plot, stay for the characters and emotional love story. This author makes it easy to sink right into the story, beginning with brief character sketches at the beginning to get you familiar with the players. This is greatly appreciated. As the story begins, you will immediately recognize that this writer is talented, knows how to put a story together, and pull emotions from the reader. The attention to detail is impressive, the inner dialogue balanced with narrative and exterior dialogue, and the imagery is cinematic. You are in Rowan's world all the way, made tangible by thoughts, descriptions, and her personality. As you read, you get the feeling you're reading about real people with real lives (albeit paranormal ones), not characters in a book. When Rowan's world collides with Lars' at the witch's ball, we are treated to romantic chemistry that throbs like a heartbeat. There are some strong, steamy sex scenes for those who like a little heat, but with genuine longing and connection too. I like the way Lars' character develops over time and the inner turmoil he wrestles with. Rowan grows too, but Lars' changes are profound. The backstory is crucial to this series and its characters. This is a world you can easily get caught up in, and Smith should be applauded for world-building skill, which is the foundation of a series like this. If you can't believe the world, nothing else matters. But Smith masters it. The Souls of Witches by Tarrant Smith is the perfect example of a must-read paranormal romance.