Book One of the Paranormal Fantasy SoulMist Series

Romance - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
342 Pages
Reviewed on 01/01/2023
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Author Biography

Helen Garraway is the USA Today Bestselling author of the award winning epic fantasy Sentinal series which was first published in 2020, followed by the first book of the fantasy romance SoulMist series, SoulBreather, released in 2022 as part of the Realm of Darkness boxset.

An avid reader of many different fiction genres, a love she inherited from her mother, Helen writes fantasy novels and also enjoys paper crafting and scrapbooking as an escape from the pressure of the day job.

Having graduated from the University of Southampton with a Degree in Politics and International Relations, she remains an active member of their alumni.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Emma Megan for Readers' Favorite

SoulBreather, the first in the SoulMist series by Helen Garraway, is the best sci-fi romance I've read in a very long time. It follows Mav, beaten and confused, as he tries to learn how he ended up in Eidolon without a soul. In Eidolon, Mav will discover who exploits the people and find out how children he found there were cast out, betrayed, and abused. But how will Mav, a fallen angel, be able to protect these children when hunted by one of his kind? Solanji is a soulsinger, a rare human who can touch and take souls and more. A seraphim forces Solanji to perform a risky task in exchange for releasing her brother imprisoned for stealing. Will Solanji succeed, and if so, at what cost?

SoulBreather by Helen Garraway is moving and gripping, with a perfect plot boasting the most incredible, cleverly crafted protagonists I've enjoyed in recent literature. It's a wonderful, utterly addictive series launch filled with detailed worldbuilding, sweet romance, and plenty of intrigue and adventure. I especially loved the romantic chemistry between Mav and Solanji and their determination for justice and to save others. I nearly devoured this brilliant tale in one sitting. Garraway's narrative is highly immersive and action-packed. I would recommend SoulBreather to all fans of paranormal fantasy and anyone who loves stories with heart, adventure, feisty heroines, and fallen angels.


Fantasy Meets Mystery in this A+ Book!
I received this book as a gift and Whoa! The Soulbreathers can take your soul which is such an interesting concept for this story! I really enjoyed this world which was described in such detail that allows the reader to really see it beautifully. I also loved the characters! Solanji is such a strong character with lots of depth and secrets. Overall, a wonderfully written book!


Mav, an archangel, was stripped of his soul and dumped in the wasteland of Eidolon decades before, accused of murder. Border smuggler Solanji agrees to help betray him to his enemies at the price of her baby brother's freedom.

But when the two meet in a torture dungeon, both discover nothing is as it seems and her soul reading gifts may just be the key to everything.

Very similar plot to a lot of fantasy, you might think, but boy does Garraway deliver on the characters here. If you don't fall for Mav, and his snipy shadows, you're a stone hearted dybbuk and Sojanji's gradual discovery of her gifts works to bind the romance.

Also loved the weird and wonderful sidekick characters who, no doubt, have room to grow over the series.


5.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling supernatural fantasy of politics and power in heaven, that can’t be put down.
A thrilling and intriguing supernatural tale of politics and power in heaven, Soul Breather is a beautifully written story that I couldn’t put down.
In the power vacuum left by the supreme ruler of Angelicus, Verdeus, his son Demavrion (Mav) is accused of his sister-in-law’s murder. Unable to prove his innocence Mav has wandered the underworld of Eidolon for fifty years - where lawbreakers from Angelicus are sent, without their souls, as punishment.
From the hidden underbelly of Angelicus, Solanji, a streetwise young woman with rare and secret gifts is blackmailed into taking a mission into Eidolon to save her brother.
There are dark forces at work in Eidolon and in the Citadel of Angelicus.
Both Mav and Solanji are in peril caught in a web of subterfuge that draws them together.


Wow, that is a very well-written book. I don't even know how to tell the story without spoilers, so I won't. If you are looking for a fab world-building, a story with magic, angels and romance, then the SoulBreather is it.
I liked it so much that I will check the author's other books because I know they will be just as good.


Gripping from the first page
Though not my normal genre, (sci fi romance) this book was riveting. Helen Garraway draws the reader into the drama as it unfolds with rich language and imagery. There is adventure and romance between Mav, a fallen angel and Solanji, a rare human, as they work together for justice and the determination to save those around them. This book is for those looking for a different type of story, that draws you in, captivates and holds your attention. Do yourself a favor and pick it up.