Soulless Light

Adult
Rated 4.86/5 based on 7 reviews
Haunting in my desires
Thrilled by what is flawed.
I see now that which before could not be seen.
The gray matter of us all

The soul
The light
The sparkle of the infinite night. More

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Words: 9,350
Language: English
ISBN: 9781937593124
About Joann H. Buchanan

Joann H. Buchanan, author, radio show host and mother of 5, is living in Kansas. Soulless Light is her debut novel. She is currently working on Night Walkers, book 1 of The Burning Times series.

She hosts The Eclectic Artist Cave Mon-Fri on The Shark at 11 AM CST. She interviews writers, producers, musicians and creative people of all kinds. Information about her show can be found at, http://theeclecticartistcave.blogspot.com.


She is currently represented by agent Chamein Canton who is pitching her young adult novel, I AM WOLF to publishers.

Some of her work can also be found on Scribd.com and her short story blog, http://joannhamann.blogspot.com .
She lives by 2 motto's, above all else, entertain and make it work.

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Reviews

Review by: Emma Bloom on Dec. 20, 2011 :
Last week I was finally able to read Soulless Light, a novella written by Joann H. Buchanan. Right from the start I was hooked. From the first page you are transported to 1363 in the life of Julia, a woman who was studying to be a midwife in her village. The Templar Knights ride into town and destroy everything Julia holds dear. I do not want to give too much away, because this book is well worth the read, but if you’ve ever wished you could tear the eyes out of those that have wronged you, then you will certainly find kinship in this story.

What I want to say more than anything about this book is the depth of emotional anguish the writer is able to portray for Julia. Her whole life is turned upside down in a heartbeat and you can feel the emotions rising in her with each howl of anger, every breath of despair. I also enjoyed her message that the supposed good of the world can actually be tainted with the evil of the messenger and when this evil festers on those around them there is only one thing to do: engage in wickedly destructive retribution.

A fantastic story that reads so fast you are done before you realize it. You could imagine subsequent novellas going into details about the land after all has been said and done.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)

Review by: Emma Bloom on Dec. 20, 2011 :
Last week I was finally able to read Soulless Light, a novella written by Joann H. Buchanan. Right from the start I was hooked. From the first page you are transported to 1363 in the life of Julia, a woman who was studying to be a midwife in her village. The Templar Knights ride into town and destroy everything Julia holds dear. I do not want to give too much away, because this book is well worth the read, but if you’ve ever wished you could tear the eyes out of those that have wronged you, then you will certainly find kinship in this story.

What I want to say more than anything about this book is the depth of emotional anguish the writer is able to portray for Julia. Her whole life is turned upside down in a heartbeat and you can feel the emotions rising in her with each howl of anger, every breath of despair. I also enjoyed her message that the supposed good of the world can actually be tainted with the evil of the messenger and when this evil festers on those around them there is only one thing to do: engage in wickedly destructive retribution.

A fantastic story that reads so fast you are done before you realize it. You could imagine subsequent novellas going into details about the land after all has been said and done.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)

Review by: Spotlight Marketing on Oct. 18, 2011 :
I thoroughly emjoyed Soulless Light from beginning to end! Joann Buchanan did a fantastic job; not only in storytelling, but in the development of her characters. I really liked the way she depicted an accurate (in my opinion) description of the villian in this story, the Templar Knights; who wreak havock and destroy lives in the name of "their God."

Although I cannot say that "Good triumps over evil" in this story- it doesn't need to! I find myself forming a bond with Julia, as she serves up revenge,justice and then some!My only complaint is that I wanted more! Though the story was complete, I was sad to see it end.

I whole heartedly give this book 5 stars on every level. I highly recommend Soulless Light to all lovers of paranormal fiction and I cannot wait to see what Mrs. Buchanan writes next
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Blaze McRob on Oct. 04, 2011 :
Ah, such a grand story of brutal revenge, and yet a necessary cleansing of evil from those who took it upon themselves to be bloody executioners in the name of God, a God they did not truly worship, and whose goodness they failed to embrace. Evil is evil: saying that God is with you does not make it any less so.

This is a well crafted tale, delving into the souls and minds of the good and the bad. Joann was quite a wordsmith, planting a very dynamic visual in my mind.

I am very much looking forward to Joann's next story!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Marlon Pierre-Antoine on Oct. 03, 2011 :
Soulless Light brings you the cohabitation of sorrow and joy in all its visceral detail. With intense, mournful descriptions of suffering and the bleak reality of Dark Age society in the midst of plague existing side by side with tender romance and the celebration of life, I found myself riding an emotional roller coaster as I went through the pages of this novella.

Joan H. Buchanan's narration is bombastic, making you feel as though you're right there alongside Julia, the main character whose life – and death – are laid out in a pacing that builds from a quaint hum to a dramatic rush. While I am trying to keep this review spoiler free, I will say this much about the story's contents: throughout Soulless Light you will see a young girl who goes from assisting in the most miraculous event we humans are capable of experiencing, the purity and wonder of childbirth, to snuffing away life upon life as she becomes one with death itself by her actions.

This transformation is stunningly described. I would recommend Soulless Light to anyone looking for fiction that will keep you wondering – and keep your stomach churning – even after the last page has been turned.

- Marlon Pierre-Antoine, author, WANDERING STARS
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

Review by: S. Evan Townsend on Sep. 27, 2011 :
Soulless Light is an engrossing, engaging, scary, bloody, and unfortunately short tale of what happens when you mess with the wrong soul. Set in a village in 1363 (I'm sure a wonderful time to be alive) it's what happens with the soul of a murdered young woman, Julia, takes revenge on a rapacious mob of Knights Templar. The only thing a horror fan could wish for is perhaps more. The novella is over far too quickly. Very well written (but with a couple of anachronisms) and an exciting read. Horror fans will love it and I (not a horror fan) liked it a lot. A good first effort from Joann H. Buchanan. It will be great to see what she could do with a novel-length story.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

Review by: Mike Saxton on Sep. 26, 2011 :
Soulless Light is the first novella I’ve read. The main reason is that I have questioned how a complete and engrossing story could actually fit in such a small amount of space. Author Joann Bucanan has shown that it is not only possible to do this, but she shows that space limitations are truly in the mind.

Taking place in the 1300′s, a small, peaceful village sees the typical activity of the time. Julia discovers her career path in life . . . that of a midwife. She loves the idea of bringing new life into the world. Despite the long and crazy hours such a job brings, she loves what she does. She also falls in love with Joseph, a childhood friend.

Naturally, the tranquility is broken by Templar Knights, who claim that someone in the town is practicing witchcraft. Being complete religious fanatics, they believe it is their mission to rid the countryside of such a demonic presence. The only problem is, no one was practicing witchcraft.

The atrocity that is committed in the name of God is a chilling reminder of the times (although such atrocities are committed even now in the name of religion). What the knights failed to realize is that their intense desire to find witches and demons would be granted to them in the form of a vengeful Revenant in the form of a murdered Julia.

The descriptions in this novella will chill you to the soul. The intense violence is not for the weak at heart. There is rape and murder here. Even young children are not immune. The overarching theme is vengeance, and the vengeance is quite awesome. Very creative story. If this is merely a sample of what we will see from this author, I am really looking forward to her next work, especially if it is a full length novel.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

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