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Review: Half a Soul by Olivia Atwater

Talk about a book which delivers cozy fantasy feels. I had heard so much about this Regency Fantasy and it delivers! Half a Soul feels like a story removed from time. With delightful fantasy vibes, this historical fantasy is charming. Keep reading this book review of Half a Soul for my full thoughts.


Ever since she was cursed by a faerie, Theodora Ettings has had no sense of fear or embarrassment – a condition which makes her prone to accidental scandal. Dora hopes to be a quiet, sensible wallflower during the London Season – but when the strange, handsome and utterly uncouth Lord Sorcier discovers her condition, she is instead drawn into dangerous and peculiar faerie affairs.

If Dora’s reputation can survive both her curse and her sudden connection with the least-liked man in all of high society, then she may yet reclaim her normal place in the world. . . but the longer Dora spends with Elias Wilder, the more she begins to suspect that one may indeed fall in love, even with only half a soul.


Half a Soul is perfect for those searching for a historical fantasy. It’s a perfect blend of Regency era social conventions, dress styles, and balls. All combined with a magical Fae world. There’s plenty of banter and quick social exchanges, all full of that simmering romantic tension. It’s easy to see why everyone has been swept away by the combination of setting and style. While there’s a bit of a lead up in terms of action, the beginning feels very unhurried.

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It has a relatively quick wrap up, but I think it’s mostly for the lead up for the sequel. But I couldn’t help but be delighted by the setting and the ending wrap up has me so excited for the sequel! Find Half a Soul on Goodreads, Storygraph, Amazon,, Blackwells, & Libro. fm.


What is your favorite historical fantasy?

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