Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Marne's Review: Jean Murray "Key to the Cursed - Book One: Soul Reborn"

Novel:  “Key to the Cursed – Book One: Soul Reborn”
Author:  Jean Murray
Rating: 5 out of 5
Book Blurb:
Asar, the Egyptian God of the Underworld, has been tortured and left soulless by a malevolent goddess, relegating him to consume the very thing he was commissioned to protect. Human souls. Now an empty shell of hatred, Asar vows to kill the goddess and anyone involved in her release, but fate crosses his path with a beautiful blonde huntress who has a soul too sweet to ignore.
Lilly, Commander of the Nehebkau huntresses, is the only thing standing in the way of the goddess' undead army unleashing hell on earth.  But Lilly has a secret—one she is willing to sell her soul to keep. If the Underworld god discovers her role in the dig that released the goddess, she will lose everything, including his heart.
The Review:
“Soul Reborn” is an amazing novel. It’s one of those stories that grabbed me on page one and didn’t let go; taking me on a fast-paced adventure so steeped in rich detail and sexual tension, the real world paled into the background until I finished visiting Murray’s world.
Lilly, the Commander of the huntresses is A-mazing. She’s tough, she’s sexy, she’s got a touch of snark in her attitude and yet a surprising amount of innocence in the way she views the world. She enjoys life to the fullest, even when she’s leaving a bloody trail of violent destruction…but don’t worry, she only gets the bad guys.
And Asar? Write home to mama and ask for one of him for Christmas! I sure want to. In the beginning, he is full of hatred and a bitter need for revenge, sure; but he’s so damaged it is understandable. He’s a bad boy in desperate need of reform, and Lilly’s just the slightly damaged heroine for the job. (Of course she’s flawed! That’s what makes her a Great character! The reader can Relate to her!).
And boy, do they make one Heck of a great Duo!
Aside from the surface stuff going on: ya know, the end of time, millions of zombies needing culled from the streets, some very naughty goddess to get even with; and let’s not forget the LOVE story… Ms. Murray also has some wonderful underlying messages… but I’ll let you find those (just know they are there, and wonderfully done).
Ms. Murray is one of those authors I’m going to keep an eye on, because I’m certain she is an up and coming “super-author” in the making. Luckily, Murray has at least two more stories in this series planned; and I can hardly wait.


  1. Ah, Great review, Jean. Congrats!!!

  2. Woo Hoo! Awesome, Jean - congrats!

  3. Wow what a great review. Now I have to put it on my "To be read" list.