A Legend of the Boabhan Sith (pronounced baa’-van shee)…
There were four men who had gone hunting in Ross-shire. They had lost track of time and the sun had set before they took the path for home. With no moon to guide them, they took shelter in a deserted shieling they’d come across, and to keep themselves warm, they sang and danced. One of the hunters voiced how he wished that their sweethearts were there to dance with them. At that moment, the wind blew the shieling’s door open and four beautiful women stood just outside. The men paused in their dancing and singing to invite them in.
All four women had golden blonde hair and their gowns were rich earth green, flattering their odd colored eyes. Three of the men danced with three of these beautiful women, while one of the women sat by the singer by the hearth. After a while, the singer noticed one of his friends was bleeding, drops of blood fell to the floor and the woman he danced with lapped up the blood flowing from his friend’s neck.
The singer flew to his feet with the intent to warn his friends, but the female who was sitting next to him attacked. He barely escaped her clutches, but somehow managed to break free and run outside. He hid among the horses, and though the woman who attacked him followed in his wake, she halted her steps when she spotted the animals. She hovered near, but wouldn’t venture closer. She tried to lure him away, her voice like an enchantress, but he closed his eyes and sang a melody to drown out her words. He stayed by the horses all night and sometime before daybreak the woman left with her other three companions.
Safe now, the singer ventured back inside the shieling to find his friends’ bloodless bodies. To his horror, he realized the four women had been the dreaded Baobhan Sith (pronounced baa’-van shee).
In my vampire mythology in Soul Taker I have taken creative license with the Boabhan Sith myth by incorporating my own spin on the legend. The Grim Sith are purely a vampire sept fashioned from my imagination and not from folklore.
The Boabhan Sith mate with human males to produce an offspring, but only a female child of the species is allowed to live. After they are mated, they kill the human male. However, Fallon, a powerful Boabhan Sith decides to create her own army of male vampires. She turns her male victims by drinking their blood until their hearts almost stop then she feeds them her blood to revive them again. The transformation is almost immediate. This new species of vampires born from her perverse plans to dominate are called the Grim Sith (pronounced Grim Shee).
Karen Michelle Nutt
No soul is safe…
A vampire from the Grim Sith sept is sucking the souls out of young women from the Boston area, but this sinister crime is far worse than a vampire seeking substance. He’s selling the souls to the highest bidder and it seems business is booming.
A vampire, a werewolf, and a Necromancer are a most unlikely team, but Garran, Harrison, and Isabella plan on putting a kink in the dubbed Soul Taker’s plans. It’s personal now. One of their friends has fallen victim to the Soul Taker’s charms, but to stop him from hurting anyone else, their efforts may involve raising the dead.
After Karen announced she was looking for blogs to host her audio book, Soul Taker, I had to download it… And I loved it! Of course the Star Wars fan in me loved that it was about Sith…. But soon found out this Sith wasn’t a Jedi gone bad, but a scary Scottish soul-sucking vampire!
My Thoughts… 5 Stars
I’m an avid paranormal reader and every once in a while I find a book that really grips me. This is one such story. The characters are engaging and well written. Isabella is interesting and someone I’d love to be friends with. She’s smart and uses her head instead of waiting to be rescued. The sex Scottish vampire is brooding and terrifying but as the reader soon discovers is a protector the very humans he claims to despise. Harrison, the Irish werewolf and best friend of Garran, is my favorite character. He’s fun and cares about Isabella and her friend Johanna. The dialogue is spot on and snappy without losing its feeling of real speech. And the secondary characters are well developed. The plot is fast-paced without being so fast, the story seems undeveloped. I love the way Karen sprinkled in the characters’ back story, even to the very ending.
I can’t recommend this story enough!!
Karen Michelle Nutt resides in California with her husband, three fascinating children, and houseful of demanding pets. Jack, her Chorkie, is her writing buddy and sits long hours with her at the computer.
When she’s not time traveling, fighting outlaws, or otherworldly creatures, she creates pre-made book covers to order at Gillian’s Book Covers, “Judge Your Book By Its Cover”. You can also check out her published cover art designs at Western Trail Blazer and Rebecca J. Vickery Publishing.
Whether your reading fancy is paranormal, historical or time travel, all her stories capture the rich array of emotions that accompany the most fabulous human phenomena—falling in love.
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