For the last six hundred years or so, the only things reminding Lochlann Doran he’s a Fae have been his faceted aquamarine eyes and the fact that he can’t die. He’s been a wanderer for so long in the human world – over two thousand years – that he’s lost his magick, including the gift of healing that goes along with being a Fae of the Demesne of Water. Finding his SoulShare might get it back for him. But it might kill him, too.
Garrett Templar has been living on borrowed time, in a sense, since he was eighteen, when one of the johns he entertained to pay the bills while he danced at Purgatory infected him with HIV. It was always supposed to be a “manageable” disease, though, at least until a cure was found. Except he’s just found out that the virus in his system has inexplicably mutated into full-blown AIDS, and no known drug cocktail can even slow it down.
And when Lochlann and Garrett find each other at last, on Purgatory’s dance floor, the only thing as urgent as their need for one another is the hunger of an ancient evil to do whatever is necessary to possess Lochlann’s magick…
The first book, Hard as Stone, laid the ground work for the SoulShares series. Gale Force added more players to the fight against the Marfach. Deep Plunge is the book that starts bringing things together and revealing more behind the Pattern, the Fae, the Sundering and what it all means.
I’ve liked all the books in this series so far, but I have to admit, I think that Deep Plunge is my favorite. That might changes as the series continues, but for now, I felt a connection with Lochlann and Garrett that I didn’t feel with the others. Maybe it’s because Lochlann was the very first Fae to pass through the Pattern. He was the proverbial genie pig for the Loremasters. Maybe it was because of the sympathy I felt for Garrett being dealt yet another blow that sentenced him to being alone for the rest of his life. Or maybe it was because of irony that Lochlann’s power was the ability to heal and he had lost it before he found his dying SoulShare.
I enjoyed the switching POVs, with the exception of the Marfach, Once again, being in that monster’s head was more than a little uncomfortable. Tiernan, Kevin, Conall and Josh were once again and integral part of the story. And then there was Cuinn… who knows a lot more than he can reveal. He’s kind of growing on me, but he has a little bit of work to do to convince the other Fae that he’s working for them, not against them.
Out of all the SoulShares so far, Garrett and Lochlann had the most to lose and came very close to losing it all. There’s a lot more to come and a few more questions that need to be answered. Firestorm is next and it features Cuinn, which should prove to be interesting. Just a note, the books in this series are being released in rapid succession so if you start from the beginning, you won’t have to wait for the next book. Book five, Blowing Smoke, has already been released, so if you aren’t a fan of a long wait between books in a series, SoulShares is a perfect series to pick up.