Book One in the Ra’s Chosen series.
As one of Ra’s Chosen warriors, Mehen must protect mortals from the undead who hunt them. Gifted by the sun god Ra with immortality and other abilities, Mehen has never struggled with the task. Until one night when he saves a woman from three undead, and finds himself in need of saving. Something about the woman stirs him, and he’s consumed by his need not only for her body, but also her blood.
Blythe may have been saved by the man who took out her attackers, but her reaction to the feel of his arms around her and the way his eyes wander to her neck don’t make her feel much safer. When she’s taken to his headquarters against her will, she finds herself a prisoner. But when he unleashes passion in her like she’s never known, she realizes she’ll do anything to stay imprisoned.
But Blythe is not who she seems. And Mehen finds himself in the fight of his life to save the woman he loves from the evil that yearns to possess her.
Mehen knows something’s coming. He and his men, Ra’s Chosen, have fought against Apep’s evil minions for millennia, but now, there are none to be found. There have been periods of quiet before in their unending war, usually followed by waves of the undead. Nothing they haven’t dealt with before. And then came Blythe.
Blythe hates her job, but she doesn’t really have a choice. She signed a pre-nup with her cheating husband, and so got nothing in the divorce, so now she has to pay off the lawyer and have enough left over to pay for herself. But one night after a long day’s work, she finds herself alone and surrounded by creepy-people. Too bad they aren’t people. When Mehen comes to her rescue, everything changes. He can’t leave her in the mortal world to blab his secret, but his mind-erasing magic isn’t working on her. So he takes her back to their headquarters. But what he doesn’t know is that Apep wants her, and will do anything to get her. Why would the demon god want this girl? And why does the idea of anyone else touching her send Mehen into a rage? Can he get himself under control in time to save her? Or will he be the one in need of saving?
A creative and intriguing read, Ra’s Chosen-Soul Hunger is another fun romp through the worlds of the ancient gods by Marisa Chenery, who makes it look easy. The story moves at a good pace, and there’s always something happening to keep the reader intrigued. The only thing that bothered me, though, was that the Chosen were vampires. Okay, so not the traditional, sun-hating, people killing variety, but they still lived on blood. I just don’t understand why the Sun God Ra would make his warriors need to drink human blood. It’s never explained and, at least to me, doesn’t make any sense in relation to the actual mythology of Ra (tears, sweat and secret words, but not blood) despite the fact that many other names and characters do line up with the myth, allowing for a bit of creative license. Otherwise, though, the book is a great read full of big, strong men and deadly battles. Fans of Ms. Chenery will not be disappointed.
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