Anais Peake was created to devour the souls of otherwise unkillable monsters, but with every soul she eats, she loses a little of her own. She’s been in retirement for eighteen months when her monster hunting best friend shows up one winter night needing help, and so Ani temporarily returns to a life she tried hard to escape.
Their plans go awry on a deserted highway when a harpy attacks and Ani’s friend is killed. Ani is pulled out of the role of sidekick and thrust into the uncomfortable shoes of heroine in a mystery involving both human and otherworldly monsters, with only her neighbour/cat babysitter, an old friend still suffering grief and anger, and an empath funeral director for help to solve her friend’s murder.
But fate has patiently been waiting: Ani was created with a purpose in mind and retirement or not, she has to face what she is and what she’s capable of.
Even if her soul doesn’t survive it.
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Soulless is a “rural” fantasy–like urban fantasy, except in a small, isolated town–and was originally available as a website-exclusive fundraiser thank you gift when my dog was sick in May 2012. During the first half of 2014, it was serialized and is now taken down. For a while I continued to offer it as a PWYC book, though currently it’s $4.99 everywhere. If you want to kick in extra pennies to support me and my pets, I have Patreon or you can toss a one time donation through Ko-fi.