The Breedling and the City in the Garden – Kimberlee Ann Bastian

Absolute obedience, servitude, neutrality.

These were the laws that once governed Bartholomew, an immortal soulcatcher, until one ill-fated night when he was forced to make a choice: rebel against his masters or reveal an ancient, dangerous secret.

He chooses defiance.

Imprisoned for centuries as punishment for his decision, Bartholomew wastes away—until he creates an opportunity to escape. By a stroke of chance, Bartholomew finds himself in the human world and soon learns that breaking his bonds does not come without a price. Cut off from the grace that once ruled him, he must discover a new magic in 1930s Chicago.

Armed with only a cryptic message to give him direction, Bartholomew desperately tries to resume the mission he had started so long ago. Relying on the unlikely guidance of the streetwise orphan Charlie Reese, Bartholomew must navigate the depressed streets of the City in the Garden. But in order to solve this riddle, he must first discover if choice and fate are one in the same. – NetGalley.com

I received a copy of this text from the publisher Wise Ink Creative Publishing via NetGalley.com in exchange for an honest review.

I have to admit, the beginning of this story really threw me. We start in the middle of a conflict of sorts and I couldn’t quite tell what was going on. It was like walking in on the middle of a conversation, however, it becomes much clearer as we move through the first few chapters of the book.

This story has a lot of mythological, religious and fantastical elements that tie together beautifully into an adventure between a soul catcher and a street-wise young boy. There are talking animals, Gods and secret missions. Not a single page is without action and not a single chapter without it’s own little story. Every character is developed and has a purpose.

This novel was quite easy to “get into” after the first chapter (only because it threw me, personally) and you instantly get pulled in by the relationship between Bartholomew and Charlie and how they affect each other. Bartholomew has a lot to learn about life on Earth, among mortals and it’s endearing watching him learn to live among them and exercise his free will.

There is no shortage of action and adventure and blossoming relationships as the suspense builds throughout this novel. A really great, light and fast paced read with more to come, I hope!

Available September 27 2016.

 

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