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Refuge of Delayed Souls by Miladysa

Not your every day ghost story. 

Elizabeth returns to RoYds; an Agency that investigates the paranormal. A bit rich of RoYds really, especially when they have several ghosts and a pair of fallen angels on their staff. Then again, Whituth is no ordinary town, nor Refuge of Delayed Souls your every day ghost story.

Note: Refuge of Delayed Souls contains some graphic violence and harsh language.

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Brilliant and Spooky

By Palladian, editor, author of Super

Mar 9, 2013: I began reading the first book of this series on Wattpad, and I’m very much looking forward to more. The plot was what drew me in at first, as it follows Elizabeth Whyte, our nominal main character and a woman who can see spirits, and some others with her gift (or curse, depending on your point of view). This eventually moves into a bigger picture study of the agency who employs them (as well as number of completely spiritual beings), and about what it is that they do.

Another big reason for my enjoyment of this is that the author has a genius for setting scenes and making her story come to life. When Elizabeth is walking outside on a blustery day, the author made it so that I could almost feel the cold, wet wind on my own cheeks and pulled my own sweater tighter to keep out the chill. She also has a wonderful talent for breaking down complex action scenes and describing them in a way that I can almost see unfolding as if something that had actually taken seconds to play out had been filmed and then run back in slow motion, so that each action was clearly shown and understood.

I have to admit that when I first started reading this story, I had a problem with how the author cuts in and out of various story threads with different narrators, progressing several seemingly different tales with different characters, some in the present and some in the past. My preference is for more straightforward narratives, but as the story came together, I could see the reasons for telling the story in the way she did, so overall I’d say that the style did work for me.

I understand that the author published this on Wattpad hoping for feedback because she’s thinking of publishing it as an e-book. I hope she does so that I can add it to my collection. At any rate, I can definitely recommend this story, especially to anyone who likes paranormal fantasy and strong female leads.

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Gothic web opera spans generations

By Linda Schoales, editor

Feb 15, 2009: “Refuge of Delayed Souls” is a rich, complex paranormal novel containing multiple mysteries and ghost stories. The chapters move between points in time, developing several plots, as they jump from the present to the past. Nothing and no one is quite what they seem. The mysteries in “Refuge of Delayed Souls” unravel through the eyes of Elizabeth, a woman who can see dead people. This gift leads her to the Refuge of Delayed Souls, a place for those who have not moved into the Light, and for those who are [more . . .]

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Strangely Plausible

By Kendal Black, member

Apr 19, 2010: This is a complex tale but it holds together as if by magic. The story hook is set early:

As a child, Elizabeth had delighted in learning the history of the area; bloody battles involving Danes, Vikings and Celts, and legends full of sorcery and mythological creatures. Her mood darkened when she remembered other less documented invaders. Not all struggles that had taken place here had or would appear in the history books.

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A different kind of paranormal agency

By zoewhitten, member

Jun 6, 2010: The review is only for book one: RoYds

It’s hard to sum up a book that covers so much time, but the main character is Elizabeth Whyte, and the modern story follows her work with the Refuge of Delayed Souls. But a great deal of the book also journeys back in time to reveal information about the creator of the refuge, other refuge members, and Elizabeth’s ancestors.

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Intriguing Paranormal Fantasy

By Shutsumon, author of Tales of the First

Mar 20, 2010: Cross-posted from my blog

Note this review is about both Volumes One and Two. I’m posting it on Volume One’s entry as new readers should obviously start at the beginning ;-).

Refuge of Delayed Souls fits squarely into the Paranormal Fantasy Genre and is an enjoyable read.


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