Soul Awakened by Jean Murray is the second book in the Key to the Cursed Series and picks up where Soul Reborn left off. War is waging in the human realm and the Carrigan sisters are the only things standing in the way of the Pantheon’s enemies. In Soul Awakened we get to meet Kendra, the youngest Carrigan sister and Egyptologist, tasked with awakening Asar’s son, Bakari, from his cursed slumber. Bakari has been tortured at the hands of their enemies and left in a darkness for five long years. He awakens to find his world at war and his soul tethered to a beautiful woman. She is his salvation or the only barrier to ending his pain.
Excerpt from Soul Awakened:
A familiar refuge of horror.
Black and desolate like his soul, the darkness draped the landscape of Bakari’s
world. His prison for how long? He could gage only by his hunger, an unbearable pain
burning through his chest and eating away what little of his soul remained. The
darkness consumed everything, but his insanity.
The onyx obscurity wavered into shades of grey. Bright sunlight danced and
flickered in the barren corners of his mind beyond his reach. Bolts of lightning ripped
across his skin and mind and tore at the fine fabric of his consciousness. The sheets of
darkness fell like ash and scattered into the cold abyss.
His mind retreated—fearful. He had been tricked before only to suffer at the
sadistic hands of his captor. The next arc struck harder and deeper. The white inferno
fried what tendrils of his coma remained. In the wake of his agony, the soft caress of a
human soul and the scent of sweet honeysuckle penetrated his skin. The very element
that fed his power—living energy.
Like water for a dying man, the human’s energy trickled but did not satisfy his
ravenous hunger. His chest clenched into a ball of fire, ignited by the minuscule energy
he absorbed into his soul.
The vitality extinguished as quickly as it came. Left barren and wanting, rage
consumed him. The goddess Kepi would pay for this new level of depravity. To have
living nourishment so close, but denied to feed his dark hunger, was a torture like no
The walls of his wooden crypt pressed in upon him. He struggled to move an arm
or leg, but the spell of his paralysis was unyielding. He screamed but not a word past his lips. In his mind he thrashed against the invisible bonds, willing himself to break free.
He had not reacted this way since the fateful day of his confinement to his tomb.
During his imprisonment he had withdrawn into himself. Numb to the world. His only
safeguard against the goddess and the oppressive confines of his prison. Those thoughts of Kepi worsened his agony and current insanity.
Silently screaming, cold tears slipped out of the corners of his closed eyes and
trickled down into his hair. He called out to the merciful gods to save him, but in all this
time none were answered. His despair suffocated whatever hope he may have left.
Bakari, a soft melody of a voice broke through the chaos in his mind.
Ease your pain. She will come to you again. Hold your will, young god. She will
set you free.
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About Jean Murray:
In her pursuit of a nursing degree, Jean Murray aspired to see the world and joined the Navy. At the end of 2011 she said a heart-breaking goodbye to her Navy family and retired after twenty years of military service. Although her dreams of writing full time have yet to come true, she continues her writing journey and draws inspiration from her travels abroad. She enjoys spending time with her family and of course, writing about the “Carrigan sisters and their mates, Gods of the Underworld,” to bring you the next installment of the Key to the Cursed series.
Author Jean Murray brings a wonderful new spin to the paranormal world with her Egyptian Underworld gods. She broke ground in the paranormal romance genre with Soul Reborn and now continues the Key to the Cursed journey with Soul Awakened. See what readers and reviewers are saying about her new book ~ http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16484518-soul-awakened?auto_login_attempted=true
Web Address: www.jean-murray.com
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