The Merchants of Souls

Not to be confused with Merchant of Souls or Merchants of Soul.
The Merchants of Souls

First edition
Author John Barnes
Country United States
Language English
Series Thousand Cultures series
Genre Science fiction novel
Publisher Tor Books
Publication date
Nov 2001
Media type Print (hardback & paperback)
ISBN 0-7653-0330-2
OCLC 60799717
813/.54 22
LC Class PS3552.A677 A89 2006
Followed by The Armies of Memory

The Merchants of Souls is a 2001 science fiction novel by John Barnes and the third book in the Thousand Cultures series.


The book follows Giraut Leones, a special agent who has been betrayed by those he thought he could trust. He has sworn off of working for the Office of Special Projects but is drawn back after discovering that a group has begun recording the personalities of the deceased and is using them for their own entertainment. This is considered an affront to Leones and many of the peoples of the Thousand Cultures, threatening to break the fragile balance in place.


Planets referenced


Critical reception for The Merchants of Souls was mixed,[1][2] with the Orlando Sentinel giving it a positive review while Publishers Weekly panned the novel.[3][4] Kirkus Reviews also gave a mixed review, stating that it was a "Soporifically plotted story of ideas that, despite some sly social satire, gets lost in interminable talk about human identity, truth, and memory."[5] In contrast, Locus Online named it one of their recommended reads of 2001 for science fiction novels and nominated it for a 2002 Locus Award.[6][7]

See also


  1. "Review: The Merchants of Souls". Booklist. Retrieved 19 February 2013.
  2. "Review: The Merchant of Souls". Book Verdict (Library Journal). Retrieved 19 February 2013.
  3. "Review: THE MERCHANTS OF SOULS". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 19 February 2013.
  4. Marsden, William (Dec 30, 2001). "SORCERERS, STORED SOULS, MAGIC TAKE FANTASY TO NEW HEIGHTS". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 19 February 2013.
  5. "Review: THE MERCHANTS OF SOULS". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 19 February 2013.
  6. "Recommended Reading: 2001". Locus Magazine. Retrieved 19 February 2013.
  7. "2002 Locus Awards". Locus Magazine. Retrieved 19 February 2013.
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