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Reviewed by Grace Masso for Readers' Favorite
Hall of Skulls by Jamie Eubanks is a story that gripped me from the first page and had me turning the pages nonstop, the kind of science fiction that transports the reader into exciting and rich worlds, and, of course, in the company of characters that readers care about. In this case, it is Kai, whose mission is not only to overcome a series of well-calculated, heart-breaking, and insuperable challenges but also to locate his abducted lover and betrothed. To find Asher, he has to walk a difficult and traitorous road and cross paths with the aliens that almost conquered his world thousands of years ago. The Hall of Skulls holds immense power and astonishing secrets, and if only he can unlock its power, perhaps he might find Asher and prove himself a worthy leader of the Mokuteki. But how much fight can he muster for the task ahead?
Jamie Eubanks just blew me away with her novel. The protagonist is a man whose world is changed by the shocking discoveries he makes when he assumes responsibility for his people. While he goes through untold suffering and challenges, he also grows into a great character, each step he takes unveiling a mystery about the world he thought he knew. His encounter with powerful forces catapults him into chaos, allowing him to be transformed through the crucible of pain. The writing is gorgeous, with descriptions that left my mind with powerful images. The plot is cleverly written, the characters exceptional, and the entire writing as atmospheric as anything I would have wanted. I finished the book fast because I just couldn’t wait. Hall of Skulls is one of those books that grab all your attention and keep it until the unexpected end.