These were the laws that once governed Bartholomew, an immortal soulcatcher, until one ill-fated night when he was forced to make a choice: rebel against his masters or reveal an ancient, dangerous secret.
He chose defiance.
Imprisoned for centuries as punishment for his decision, Bartholomew wastes away—until he creates an opportunity to escape. By a stroke of chance, Bartholomew finds himself in the human world and soon learns that breaking his bonds does not come without a price. Cut off from the grace that once ruled him, he must discover a new magic in 1930s Chicago.
Armed with only a cryptic message to give him direction, Bartholomew desperately tries to resume the mission he had started so long ago. Relying on the unlikely guidance of the streetwise orphan Charlie Reese, Bartholomew must navigate the depressed streets of the City in the Garden. But in order to solve this riddle, he must first discover if choice and fate are one in the same.
Fantasy is always such a great genre when you need to walk away from the worries of the world. If you feel the same, this new offering by author Kimberlee Ann Bastian will definitely hit the spot.
The Breedling - a creature from a parallel world as old as time - must journey to 1930's Chicago, a place they call the City in the Garden. Here he must find a human with the power to bind him to this world and charge him to find a fabled person called Stingy Jack. Only by finding Stingy Jack, can he resume his mission from long ago.
This journey lands him in an orphanage on fire where he is taken into the care of a street-wise orphan - Charlie Reese. Reese renames him Buck. As they navigate the dangerous streets of the era, other worldly creatures, as well as the devil himself, step help or hinder Buck's quest. Charlie is kept the dark at first, a decision Buck ends up later regretting.
The Breedling and The City in the Garden is not only a great read, but the first in a series. It lays the groundwork for what is sure to become a winding plot travelling through two parallel worlds. As with all series, it's best to start and the beginning.
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