Entangled Souls by Faedra Rose

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Soul Mates, 1

Seven thousand years after the Dark Lord unleashed his Darkness upon the Continent, in grief, killing millions—a new Lady of Light is born, a doppelganger of his lost love.

When she comes of age, her inner Darkness calls out to the immortal and jaded Nox. At the sacred Day of Love celebrations by the River of Souls, Nox risks his life to save hers, breeching the magical barrier that keeps him out of the North, defying the Goddess. In that moment, he unknowingly sacrifices a part of himself, sharing his immortality with the young queen, Astra, and entangling their souls forever after…


I am unlike the White Queens that have come before me—there’s something wrong with me. Born to reign over the Northern Continent from the Crystal Throne, I’m supposed to be the Bastion of Light, Scion of Purity, and the Heart of Goodness… I was born to be the moral compass for my people, but I fear that I’m not. I fear that I can’t be, no matter how hard I try, because deep down inside me exists a truth that I’m afraid to admit.

I fear that even giving it credence will only cause it to take root, and grow like a weed—wild, rampant, and unchecked—to choke the sacred garden of my soul and poison my heart. But the seed is already there. I feel it like a fleck of Darkness, just waiting patiently for its time to bloom and reveal me for the traitor I am. And more than that … I’m afraid that I want to find out, and be found out.

Today is the Day of Love, a day where we all celebrate the driving force that keeps us together, like a celestial glue that anchors our hearts to one another, as friends, family, and lovers. From the lowliest servant to the crown that sits atop my head, we all take this day to thank the Goddess for this gift. Love is what keeps us going. It’s what keeps us fighting each and every day. It’s what separates us from the Southern Continent and its bleak and Eternal Darkness.

The River of Souls divides us physically, acting as a barrier. When we die our souls will join the river, and wrest against the poisoned souls from the South for all eternity to keep the North safe, prosperous, and peaceful. Our deaths, therefore, are as meaningful as our lives. For in death, we protect all that we love. We keep the sacred balance so that all those who come after us may enjoy what we have.

On the Day of Love the people of the North bring tributes to the North bank, to honor all those who have passed, and to thank them for their undying service to those of us who live on. Some travel for weeks from all corners of the North to be here on this day. And I too must participate in the observance.

Each year a royal procession leaves the White Castle and the White Queen has the sacred duty of commencing observance. I will lead my people in song and prayer, so that the souls who ensure our safety know they are not forgotten, nor unappreciated.

The Day of Love also serves as a reminder to us all, that the Goddess sacrificed a part of her Light the day the barrier was created. That Light now lives on in me. I am the living embodiment of the Goddess here on the Continent. Within me resides the truth of her existence, and the people’s final hope. She is our mercy against the Dark.

If there ever comes a day the River of Souls should break, and the souls of Darkness spill into the North like a plague, only the White Queen’s sacrifice can cleanse the land and save her people. It’s why the White Queens are always armed. Despite our purity and peaceful ways, it is our duty to protect. And like a key in a lock, only by the queen’s own hand can the sacrifice be made. My life for the many—that is the burden I carry. And some days it feels heavier than others. Today is one of those days. Today, I feel its crushing weight, and yearn to be free of it.

It’s selfish and immature, and beyond preposterous, but I feel it all the same. I may wear a crown, I may have been raised and educated a princess, and crowned a queen, but I’m still just one soul—and a lonely soul at that. I have come of age, and soon I must take a husband so that I can ensure the Passing of the Light. But my heart stubbornly shirks the responsibility thrust upon it. It wants to be wild and free, like a bird on the wing. It wants to fly and explore, and experience more than what duty has so rigidly planned for it.

They say duty is the death of love, and that love is the death of duty. But I dance the fine line in-between these two truths. I must follow duty for love—for the love of my people. The price of this duty is the death of love. My love, or at least any opportunity for it. I will marry, carry a child, and pass on the Light as is my sworn duty. And in that commitment I will have a tame love, safety, and my fair share of contentment … but what my heart truly desires is unthinkable. It craves adventure, danger, and an epic love that sweeps me off my feet.

I want to feel just once like nothing in the world matters but a single breathless moment. I want to feel such passion that for just a heartbeat in time I’d be willing to see the Continent burn … just to stay right there. To make that perfect, ravenous, and all-consuming fire last a little longer—even if it’s wrong in every sense of the word—before it must be quenched and dashed. Just like my dreams.

Is that so wrong? I wonder, as my maids dress me in the last of my crystalline regalia. Fire can’t always be contained. Sometimes it longs to be wild and swallows everything in its path. And you can’t blame the fire, for that is its very nature—and new life springs forth from the destruction it wreaks. So, is it truly wrong for my heart to want for more? To lust after something so intangible as a passion the likes of which no White Queen has ever felt?

With a sigh, I adjust my crown. Time to go. Starting the long descent from my tower chambers, I can’t help but be acutely aware of the way my heart skips and flutters with a strange, and new nervous energy.


Product Reviews

Score: 5 out of 5 (based on 16 ratings)
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Loves it
Written by Firecracker on 18th Aug 2023

First time reading this author and I was not disappointed. Very enjoyable read. Give it a chance and you will not be disappointed

oddly entertaining
Written by Pauli on 16th Apr 2023

A short story about balance between Light and Dark, told almost like Greek mythology. Interesting storyline with only 2 characters.....

A hit for me
Written by amy b on 16th Apr 2023

I really liked this one because the storyline was so very different. I loved the characters and what they bring to the story. A hit for me!

Great Series Starter
Written by tburbr on 16th Apr 2023

This was a great way to start a new series. The character work and story line were well written and kept me coming back for more. I look forward to seeing what happens next.

Entangled Souls
Written by Amber J on 16th Apr 2023

Nox is an immortal Dark Lord and when he loses the woman, he loves he goes crazy. This has his mother separating the continent into two halves. Astra is the new White Queen, and she can sense something but isn't sure what it means. NOx can feel something reaching out to him as well. It seems they are destined for one another even as they are separated. Can they find a way to be together? This is a great story that will draw you in from the first chapter on. This is a well written and very entertaining story. Its a book that any book lover would enjoy.

Loved it!
Written by Flavia K on 16th Apr 2023

Oh, I loved this story. As always, there's something special about the way it's written and the personalities of the characters. There is something that brings me every time to keep reading. The story is interesting, and I love the chemistry between the characters.

Day of Love: Astra & Nox
Written by Shell R on 16th Apr 2023

In this whimsical tell Nox is the immortal Dark Lord, the first born of the God and Goddess. In his early years he fell in love with a mortal and her death brought out his rage among the living. To protect the mortals from the dark lord his goddess mother divided the continent in two. In present time Astra is the new White Queen and the Day of Love celebration she noticed another spirit across the Rivers of Souls. Astra's darkness has been reaching across the barrier to Nox. These two are destined to be together. Nox believes their love could heal the continent and find a balance between the light and dark. Check out this story to see how the light and dark becomes one. Enjoy ?

Great Read
Written by Tamnut on 16th Apr 2023

I found this to be a very enjoyable and quick read. Loved the characters and story. Definitely recommend.

Entangled Souls!
Written by Mary on 5th Mar 2023

This "Soul Mates" story is a fairly short and quick read about Nox and Astra. This is a fantasy romance which brings light, darkness and two soul mates together. There is a lot going on in this story which the author does a really good job developing, especially for the length. I love the characters and the challenges they face to be together. Such a interesting and intriguing read.

Quick tale
Written by RahiaLeight on 5th Mar 2023

Starts out very mystifying, gets a little cheesy, and finishes sweetly. Overall, I liked the concept. I think it needs a little more depth and development to really bring out the feeling of the tale, but it was a nice read.

Soul Mates
Written by Danee on 5th Mar 2023

This is my first book I read by Faedra Rose. A story that takes place between dark and light and being able to find the middle ground. Great storyline with beautiful and strong characters and hot and steamy moments that will hold your attention..

Great start to series
Written by Babs on 5th Mar 2023

The first book in a new series called Soul Mates. Queen Astra and Nox the Dark Lord's story is heartbreaking with what he went through. I enjoyed seeing their story come together. I received a copy of this book via Evernight and am voluntarily leaving a review.

Nox and Astra
Written by Bobcat on 5th Mar 2023

Entangled Souls (Soul Mates book 1) is the first novella by Faedra Rose that I've read. It's an interesting concept. The world has been divided into the light and the dark. Separated by the River of Souls, where those who have died continue to battle each other for eternity. The great rupture occurs to protect the people of the light from a grief-stricken Nox, the first son of the God and Goddess. Seven thousand years later, Astra has come of age and is the Queen of Light. Both Nox and Astra sense each other...that somehow they are meant to be together and heal the world. But how can this be. One immortal, one not. And the cause of the rupture in the first place. While fast-paced, it caught my attention. I would consider other stories by this author.

Great story
Written by PHOENIX96 on 5th Mar 2023

Astra and Noxs story will have you hooked! A love of a lifetime, ties them together but crossing boundaries could it bring them closer? Well written fated mates, engaging story and more

A fairy tale and love story for the ages
Written by Leeannwriter on 12th Feb 2023

Told like a classic fairy tale, it is a love story that sings through time and space. With the lyrical language readers have come to expect from Faedra Rose, this story is magical and delightful. It chronicles the age old battle between Light and Darkness but with a richly woven love story. And when Astra and Nox come together, their passion is strong and sexy. The results of their lovemaking ...well no spoilers. You must read the book to find out but it's well worth it.!

A beautiful short novella about the power of love
Written by Sarah ES on 5th Feb 2023

This book was very good. It is about balance and how their must be both light and dark in the world. The characters were great as was the world building. The ending in which balance is achieved through love was perfect. The steamy scenes throughout kept the reader interested as they involved Instalove!!