*I received an ecopy of this book from the author. This has not influenced my review.*
This was such a chill story! The characters were soft and kind. The romance was gentle. The friendship was supportive. The pace was relaxed. Morgan’s power and the way it affected him could be harsh, and there were some unkind characters as antagonists, but even they didn’t ruin the vibe.
The world was similar to ours (in the 90s, according to the author), but with some fantasy elements. Each city has a Divine who sees to the recently deceased, taking on their lingering memories and sending their soul through the veil. These Divine are humans, with normal lives until it’s their time to fulfill their role.
The real focus of this story though was on Morgan’s inner turmoil and growth. His understanding that he was losing his memories, and thus losing himself, but that running away would be leaving souls to die. His grief over what he’d given up and lost. His resentment at being forced into duties he didn’t choose. And his joy at finally living a little, experiencing new things, and making real connections with other people who saw him as a person.
Also the friendship and found family and small touch of romance, all of which was sweet.
Overall, a chill, sweet story with soft, gentle characters that I enjoyed!
Anyone who likes light fantasy elements, calm stories, soft characters, a touch of gentle romance, and supportive friendship.