"Wonderful dark fantasy!"
Sarkinda is Shaman to the Anasazi, her aunt's people. She
has never really been accepted by them, merely tolerated
for her healing skills. Running away from the slaughter of
the tribe and her aunt, Sarkinda heads away from the
village. Just about at the end of her endurance, Sarkinda
knows she will not escape the beasts chasing her. Knowing
they can easily outrun her, Sarkinda begins to accept her
fate. Just as she stops to rest, she is enveloped by a
Elicean, a Sumerian who lives in Middle Earth, has been to
the surface. He has seen Sarkinda and has taken to
watching her. As the Anasazi are a dark-haired, dark-
skinned race, Elicean knows Sarkinda is not one of them
with her fair skin and golden hair. After becoming
entranced with her, he has no option but to save her when
he sees the rest of the tribe slaughtered. So he takes
Sarkinda to his home in Middle Earth. In his heart,
Elicean knows Sarkinda is his mate. When other inhabitants
of Middle Earth discover he has a surface dweller in his
home, they threaten her. At this point, Elicean knows the
only way he can protect Sarkinda is to go through the
ritual and make her his mate in reality.
They are both hiding secrets from the other. Even though
Elicean swears to protect her, Sarkinda doubts him and
feels he only wants her in his home to use her.
Will these two ever find love? Will Elicean be able to
keep Sarkinda safe from those who wish to harm her? What
is the secret Elicean is withholding from Sarkinda?
Exactly what is he? And what is Sarkinda?
SOUL PROTECTOR is a wonderful dark fantasy tale. Lil
Gibson weaves a tale of vampyres, soul stealers and the
ancient Norse gods. This tale of good versus evil takes us
a wonderful journey from the life of the Anasazi on the
surface, to the glimpse into the society of those who
dwell beneath the surface. Lil Gibson does a wonderful job
of telling the story of two very different races and how
they interact. This is a very good short story and I
really enjoyed it. This is one I highly recommend.
Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted January 12, 2007