Anvil Soul by David O’Sullivan

It’s a new year and that means new and exciting challenges to undertake. This year, one of the things I want to add to my skill set is writing book reviews.

I mean, I love books and I love helping people find books that they will love too, so it seems a natural progression, right?

I thought so.

So, for my debut book review, I thought I would tackle a book written by a fellow author in the PenName Publishing family, Anvil Soul by David O’Sullivan.


While this isn’t a book that I would normally pick up on a normal run to the bookstore (you can find me hiding in the YA bookshelves, burying myself in stacks of Fantasy/SciFi), I was given an Advanced Reader’s Copy to check it out, and I’m glad I did. Will you enjoy it? I think so.

Book Summary

Father James O’Ryan has lived his life by a high moral code, using his beliefs to uphold the sanctity of the church he has pledged his life to serve. After finding himself relocated to the sleepy town of Temora, Father O’Ryan finds himself tempted with lust and distracted by the dangerous actions of his fellow priests.
Will he turn a blind eye to the events surrounding him and take the fall for his brethren or will he issue justice with his own hands? (GoodReads)

Trigger Warning

There are a few scenes that include instances of sexual abuse by a priest.While they are closely related to the plot line, sensitive readers should be aware that there is some graphic content.

Fave or Flop?

Overall, I would ‘fave’ Anvil Soul. I enjoyed the storyline, and I appreciated Father O’Ryan’s character. It didn’t matter what was going on in his world, you always knew that he was going to do what he thought was right. Faced with corruption in the presbytery, small town mob-mentality, and constant character assaults, O’Ryan never wavers from his convictions, which is a quality that is hard to come by (especially by other characters in the novel!). Through it all, Father O’Ryan sticks to his guns (literally) and tells his story. Although, sometimes I wish I was more ‘in’ the story with O’Ryan than listening to him dictate it to me. I very much enjoy living in the moment, and I feel like the narrative took me a step out of the action. Be that as it may, O’Sullivan’s plot was strong enough to keep me hooked and interested in what O’Ryan was going to do next. So, while there were some parts of the novel that I struggled with (I tend to lean more toward the sensitive reader side, especially when kids are involved), I found Anvil Soul to be an enjoyable read that kept me on my toes. It was original, thought-provoking, and intriguing, a book I would definitely recommend to an adult fiction lover.

My Rating

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Long story short, if you are looking for a story that’s a little dark and broody and different from everything else you’ll find on the bookshelf, give Anvil Soul a shot; then tell me what you think! 🙂



Have you read Anvil Soul?

If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts! Comment or share below!

3 thoughts on “Anvil Soul by David O’Sullivan

  1. I love stories about faith struggles! Sound like a good read.

    Writing book reviews is on my to-list for 2017, too! I keep hearing the best way to support the authors you love is to review them on Amazon to give them better rankings. 🙂

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