The Soul Trade by EE Richardson
Searching for a decent present can be a stressful thing, especially when the shopping centre is also a short while from closing and other shops outside have started to have their shutters brought down. Nick Spencer is just such a person who has that daunting feeling he just won't find that perfect gift for his step mum that night, and even after ringing his sister he is still fast running out of options. Concerned he'll look a cheapskate only giving his mum a card, he wanders down an alleyway and comes to a dark building with a sign that reads; Bargains, strolling into an Aladdin's cave of orbs, immediately entranced by their beauty and magic Nick picks them up one after the other and peers inside to find they all contain different images with the glass surface, some disturbing, some not, but his interest in them brings the shop keeper, a Mr. Grey to him asking which one he wants. Nick is caught off guard, and in his moment of decision he considers that he might not have the money to pay for something he sees as highly prized - and Mr. Grey ends his anxiety by asking him for one of his sketches once he finds out he is artistic. He gives it up freely enough not realising that he has not just given up a piece from his sketchbook, but his artistic talent as well - which Mr. Grey thinks is fitting payment for such a desirable thing as the orb.
Nick can't help but feel more anxiety as his artistic ability has been drained from him; he has his art exam soon, and needs to get some course work finished, but how can he when his inspiration and ability has been sapped from him? Nick is left with no other option than to return to the shop and work for Mr. Grey as his debt collector when he tells him he wants the sketch back, yet thinks he has walked right into a trap, a devilish one that could send him insane. Thinking his situation is getting worse, he has a bracelet around his wrist which burns and informs him when he should go collect the several debts and he is constantly having to make excuses to the teachers when he has to go - lucky enough for him he is such a good kid they don't have a problem letting him leave. What he doesn't plan is his sister's interference and her finding he wears a strange bracelet made from unusually dark metal, one with an eye inside a six-pointed star.
EE Richardson, author of such titles as The Devil's Footsteps, The Intruders and The Summoning definitely excels herself with this story. Aimed at children of 11 years and over the adult reviewing it actually found the subject matter extremely interesting. It might sound like a rehash of Stephen King's bestseller, Needful Things, but it's not like the idea has been taken - this is a completely new telling of it for a much younger audience. Characters such as Nick, Katie and Mr. Grey are all believable in their own way, and their dialogue is able to draw the reader into the story easily.
As a reader you are able to immerse yourself in the story as the characters are brought to life, you can be Nick forging ahead, deeply worried that he might be found out he's working for Mr. Grey by his parents, teachers or worse, his classmates. His feeling that he is alone in his predicament goes all the way through the novel, and in a way, Katie discovering his bracelet starts Nick's finding out a way of severing the contract he has with the evil shop keeper with the help of a certain someone. It's a fast-paced horror that builds the tension steadily though Nick's feelings about being a slave to Mr. Grey and his shop grow worse all the time. What becomes more interesting is the orb Nick finally chooses as a present for his step mum later has an effect on the house only he knows about.
The Soul Trade is a captivating piece that will certainly have readers wanting to purchase his other novels after reading this one.
This The Soul Trade book review was written by Sandra Scholes
Have you read The Soul Trade?
We've found that while readers like to know what we think of a book they find additional reader reviews a massive help in deciding if it is the right book for them. So if you have a spare moment, please tell us your thoughts by writing a reader's review. Thank you.
The Soul Trade reader reviews
7/10 from 1 reviews
There are currently no reader reviews for this book. Why not be the first?
Write a reader review
Thank you for taking the time to write a review on this book, it really makes a difference and helps readers to find their perfect book.
More recommended reading in this genre
Elena Michaels is a model woman for the 21st century: self-assured, keenly intelligent, fighting fit. And like every modern woman, she has her secrets. Nothing extraordinar...
Blood and Feathers
Alice isn’t having the best of days: she got rained on, missed her bus, was late for work. When two angels arrive, claiming her life so far is a lie, it turns epic, g...
An explosion in a nuclear power plant. Kids patched up with scavenged body parts and bionic implants. A growing army of superhuman soldiers programmed for destruction. '...
Ben Street: the Secret of the Lost Soul
When the students of a famous Performing Arts School left for their outing to Stonehenge one morning in 1946, they had no idea they would witness the crash of a meteorite. ...
The Never Pages
The Never Pages is a very odd book to behold – there's no blurb on the back, no author announced on the front and it actually looks like an old journal. It tells ...
The Enchantment Emporium
Alysha Gale is twenty-four, unemployed, and tired of her family meddling in her life personally and magically. So when a letter arrives from her missing grandmother, bequea...
This Savage Song
Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city, a grisly metropolis where the violence has begun to create real and deadly monsters. All Kate wants is to be a...
What if angels not only walked among us - but were our celebrities? What if they saved people for money? That's the reality in Angel City, where hot young Jackson Godsp...
Grace Under Fire
Frog and Esther Jones
It’s the 21st Century, and magic users are outlaws. The public considers summoners evil and in league with the Devil. So when someone or something wipes out the entir...
The Lovely Bones
The Lovely Bones is the story of a family devastated by a gruesome murder -- a murder recounted by the teenage victim. Upsetting, you say? Remarkably, first-time novelist A...
Katharine Geryon is living the life her family name has dictated, and why not? After all, it has given her a good job in the family company and a fine life with all the thi...
License to Ensorcell
Psychic Agent Nola O'Grady isn't sure returning to San Francisco, and living near her unusual family, is a good idea. Her job, with a psychic agency so obscure even...
The Fallen and Leviathan
Thomas E Sniegoski
On his eighteenth birthday, Aaron begins to hear strange voices and is convinced he is going insane. But having moved from foster home to foster home, Aaron doesn't kno...
The body you are wearing used to be mine. So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakes in a London park surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves. Wit...
The Weight of Souls
Sixteen year old Taylor Oh is cursed: if she is touched by the ghost of a murder victim then they pass a mark beneath her skin. She has three weeks to find their murderer a...
Looking for more suggestions? Try these pages:
- Recommended contemporary / urban fantasy books/series
- Recommended books/series featuring angels and demons
Best of 2016
Tricia Sullivan has written an extraordinary, genre defining novel that begins with the mystery of a woman who barely knows herself and ends with a discovery that transcends s...
This Savage Song
Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city, a grisly metropolis where the violence has begun to create real and deadly monsters. All Kate wants is to be as r...
Books of the Month
A selection of books - old and new alike - that were a joy to read.
Paris was supposed to save Hallie. Now... well, let’s just say Paris has other ideas. There’s a strange woman called The Chronometrist who will not leave her alone. Garbled warnings from bizarre creatures keep her up at night. And there’s a time portal in the keg room of the bar where she works. Soon, Hallie is tumbling through...
A corrupted city. A dark dream of power. Luke is a prisoner, condemned for a murder he didn’t commit. Abi is a fugitive, desperate to free him before magic breaks his...
The Fifth Empire of Man
Rob J Hayes
The Pirate Isles are united under Drake Morrass’ flag, but the war has only just begun. There’s still a long way to go before he’s able to call himself Ki...
Ian C Esslemont
After the disappointments of Li Heng, Dancer and Kellanved wash up on a small insignificant island named Malaz. Immediately, of course, Kellanved plans to take it over. To ...
Age of Swords
Michael J Sullivan
Raithe, the God Killer, may have started the rebellion by killing a Fhrey, but long-standing enmities dividing the Rhunes make it all but impossible to unite against the co...
A Time of Dread
The Ben-Elim, a race of warrior angels, once vanquished a mighty demon horde. Now they rule the Banished lands. But their dominion is brutally enforced and their ancient en...
The Last Dog on Earth
Adrian J Walker
Every dog has its day... And for Lineker, a happy go lucky mongrel from Peckham, the day the world ends is his: finally a chance to prove to his owner just how loyal he can...