The Cursed Soul: K. C. Smith *Review*

Cover image of The Cursed Soul by K. C. Smith is in the centre of an image of pirate items strewn across a desk. Added text: Kamira must hide her magic from the pirates, or face the consequences...

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, YA Fantasy | Release Date: 3 October 2023 | Series: Waves of Sorcery | Series Book: #1 | Pages: 296 | Indie Author | Review

“Something is brewing in the realm.”

K. C. Smith


A huge thank you goes to Book Sirens and indie author K. C. Smith, for letting me read a copy of The Cursed Soul! This YA fantasy is the first book in the Waves of Sorcery series, and it is *such* an epic adventure! But before I get too excited about all of the amazing things within this book, let’s give you an overview…

Doraan and his crew have been aboard The Cursed Soul for a decade, cursed by a powerful sorceress to never walk on land again. Although Doraan had always hoped his family were searching for a way to save him, it’s a hard lesson to learn that they never tried. Now, the best plan he can come up with is to find someone powerful enough to break the curse himself. When Kamira escapes her terrible life, she soon finds herself amidst pirates aboard The Cursed Soul, with no knowledge of the danger that surrounds them. Will Doraan let this stowaway stay with his crew? Can Kamira keep her outlawed magic hidden in such close quarters? Is it even possible for them to find salvation, not only for themselves but for all of Emmoria?

Cover image of The Cursed Soul by K. C. Smith is to the bottom left of a dark image of pirate ships on the sea. Added text: Is Kamira the answer to breaking Doraan's curse? Or will he be doomed forever?
I have been spellbound from start to finish with The Cursed Soul…

Happiness Boost:

The Cursed Soul gave me vibes of Pirates of the Caribbean, I won’t lie. But it delivers *so* much more than that! Smith has created a haunting tale of curses, forbidden magic and a dangerous adventure which demands the ultimate sacrifice. I am in love with this YA fantasy. Right down to my bones. If you have ever liked tales of pirates, this story is definitely for you! I’m pretty sure I’ve said something similar when reviewing Sea of Souls, The Call of the Sea, or even This Wicked Curse. But trust me. Add this to your TBR!

This exquisite fantasy delves deep into the idea of how differences aren’t synonymous with a person being weak or ‘lesser’ than those around them. Doraan’s amputation is such a great example of this: although he faces new challenges, he’s still extremely capable. He is still the captain of The Cursed Soul. And none of his crew would have it any other way. I absolutely love Smith’s ability to twine this message into the heart of the story.

Can we fangirl about the magic in this book?! There’s hidden gems within this story which I’m aching to talk about, but I don’t want to ruin the surprise. So instead I’m just going to say: expect the unexpected. And I really, really want Kamira’s strength of conviction to stand up for herself. She may not be a feisty FMC, but she’s certainly a *very* plucky heroine and I completely adore her!


I don’t have a downside, this was such a refreshingly unique tale of pirates and I absolutely love it!

Final Thoughts:

The Cursed Soul by indie author K. C. Smith is a YA fantasy rich in magic, curses and a pirate ship like no other. I am already wishing I had book two in my hands, because I badly need more of Doraan and Kamira’s story! I love this fantasy so very much, I need a copy for my bookshelf. And that’s not something I can say very often anymore, because else this house will implode from too many stories! If you’ve loved what you’ve heard from my review? Just click on any of the links below to get a copy! Happy reading, glitterbugs!

You can order The Cursed Soul via these links:

Amazon | Blackwell’s | Booktopia | Fishpond

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