Arden Lesstymine has lost everything that she cared about and was making her living as a bar-maid in the town of Wallus. Everyone called her “Trouble” because of her blond hair, blue eyes and that she was able to perform magic, which was outlawed in the village. One day a handsome man named Dev and his wolf, Cinder, came into her work following a mentally unstable old man and at that moment she never would have guessed that her life was about to change. The old man suddenly dies in front of her with a knife in his back and she becomes the new Soulbearer for the God of Chaos, Loku. Dev grabs Arden at this point and takes her out of the inn just as a necromancer with his undead army start to attack, trying to get the Soulbearer for himself.
When Arden wakes up, she learns that she is sharing her body with the infamous God of Chaos, who holds unlimited power and is being hunted by a necromancer. Dev must get her to Gravaria where she can start her training and be able to harness her power while protecting her from enemies at every turn. Along their journey they meet Prince Kell, who wants to enlist them to help with his cause as well as get Arden into his bed. She just wants her life to be normal but with two men vying for her attention, she just has to keep herself safe from the necromancer and being burned at the stake for witchcraft until she can reach her destination.
I really liked this book. I have to say that it started off a little bit slow but once Arden and Dev started their journey, it was fast-paced all the way until the end. I enjoyed Arden’s character because she was such a strong person even though she had spent most of her life alone. She didn’t let people get her down by calling her “Trouble” and was just looking to make the best of any situation. By meeting Dev, her whole life changed when she became the Soulbearer and gave her a purpose in life. She learned her magic could help people and be used to protect others instead of just being problematic for her.
Dev, on the other hand, has been protecting the Soulbearer for years, waiting his turn to be chosen as the next Soulbearer. He was shocked when Arden was chosen because she was the first woman and she was also a witch. He had conflicting feelings of being her protector but also wanting to be romantically involved with her as well. Then, Prince Kell comes into the picture, fighting for Arden’s attention and Dev doesn’t know if he should fight for her romantically or just stay as her protector.
I have never read anything by Crista McHugh before and I loved reading about the adventures of Arden and Dev. I can’t wait to see where the story goes from here and I’m hoping that Dev fights for Arden’s heart because he just seems to be perfect for her. I want to get my hands on “A Soul For Chaos” which is the second book in the trilogy that comes out in December and I’ll try to be patient in waiting to see what happens next.
Arden Lesstymine (known to everyone as Trouble) likes attention as much as the next girl, but this is getting ridiculous. When an insane stranger is murdered at the inn where she works, Trouble becomes the next Soulbearer for the disembodied god of chaos, Loku. Yes, it comes with the ability to channel the god’s limitless power, but at the cost of her sanity — literally. Now she has a sexy but cynical knight claiming to be her protector, a prince trying to seduce her to his cause (and his bed), and a snarky chaos god who offers a play-by-play commentary on it all, whether she wants to hear it or not. To make matters worse, a necromancer wants to capture the soul of Loku for his own dark purposes, and the only way he can get it is by killing her first.