Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Review of Soul Riders: Jorvik Calling by Helena Dahlgren


Read for: Requested Review/ Netgalley/ Audiobooks

Synopsis: "Step into the universe of the massively popular online MMORPG game Star Stable, and follow four friends who discover their magic powers and learn that every girl can be a hero in this fantasy trilogy.

Soul Riders tells the heroic tale of four young girls who have been chosen by destiny to save the world from the ancient demon: Garnok and his band of dangerous Dark Riders. Lisa is a teenage girl who is still coming to terms with the tragic loss of her mother in a riding accident and has sworn never to go near a horse again until she met Starshine, a mysterious blue-maned steed who comes to her in dreams. New on the island of Jorvik, Lisa befriends Alex, Linda, and Anne. Under the guidance of mystical druids, they discover they each have a special bond to their horses that gives them magical powers. While trying to balance school, family, and friendships they have to figure out what it means to be a Soul Rider. They are attacked by the Dark Riders and the mysterious Mr. Sands discover that their horses are in danger. Instead of relying on their combined strength, they decide to split up on their quest to find answers and learn to fight back against their enemies. However, will it be too late before they realize their mistake?

Jorvik Calling is the first installment in the epic, fantasy trilogy, Soul Riders, about magic, friendship, and horses bound to thrill all young equestrian fans."

My Review: My horse loving childhood soul could not pass this book up. This is everything I would have loved as a kid (and still do). I highly recommend this audio book for fellow horse lovers, it has a unique mix of story and music. Songs and music play a big part in the story and the added element to the audio book was a pleasant surprise. This was an interesting story but definitely a building block for a series. I feel like we are still getting to know the characters and some of them are a little difficult to tell apart at this time. We also know who is trying to harm the riders and the guardians but a lot of the evil is still in the dark. This first book also ends on quite the cliffhanger and stops just as the story is starting to come together and the conflicts are beginning. Young horse fans will definitely enjoy this book, but be sure to have the other books ready for them to dive into right away.

My Rating: I love the mystical and horse elements of this story. I just felt like I was left in the dark a little too much. I do think it is an intriguing first book and I would highly recommend the audio book for young horse fans. I give it a rating of Three Paws.

I received a complimentary copy of this audio book via Netgalley. The above is my honest review and opinion.

You can find out more about Helena Dahlgren and her books on her Goodreads Page or Website.

Soul Riders: Jorvik Calling was released in March so you can obtain your own copies of it and the second book now in print, digital or audio format from Amazon or in print or digital format from Barnes & Noble or request it at your local library.

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