Soul Remains, by Sam Hooker

Poor Sloot Peril. He suffered terrible trials in the first book in the series, Peril in the Old Country. Sloot went from humble accountant in the impenetrable bureaucracy of Salzstadt before being wrapped up in evil schemes, international warfare, and falling in love. I’m not sure whether or not to be surprised to see him again at the beginning of Soul Remains. On the one hand, what happened to Sloot at the end of the first book in the series should have meant that, at the very least, we should have a new protagonist. And yet, at the beginning of this novel, Sloot pops right back into action. From his own grave. Because he’s a ghost.

Sloot’s troubles are not over now that he’s dead. If nothing else, the stakes are even higher. The plots that sent Sloot to his death are still afoot and Sloot’s employers still expect him to keep working. Now, however, they can summon him in an instant through arcane magic. It is incredible annoying for the fractious Sloot. It’s even more irritating for his girlfriend and the people who want to talk to him. Sloot needs summon-waiting.

There’s too much to sum up to give you all an idea of what this book is about. If I tried, not only would I run way over my target word count, I would also sound demented. Soul Remains is a madcap romp through two countries and the afterlife as Sloot struggles with his impossible tasks and his girlfriend (who is also dead, but only sometimes) tries to untangle him from his various bosses. There are fairies, one warlord, numerous necromancers, plenty of ghosts, goblins, and so much more. Readers who like oddball fantasy novels that never take themselves too seriously even during the serious bits (i.e. fans of Terry Pratchett) will love this continuation of poor Sloot’s progress. I had a blast.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, for review consideration.

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