Man-Eating Monsters and Secrets: A Review of SOULBOUND by Heather Brewer

Soulbound (Legacy of Tril, #1)

Heather Brewer
306 pages
Publisher: Dial/ Penguin
Release Date: June 19th, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: LIKED

Tril is a world where Barrons and Healers are Bound to each other: Barrons fight and Healers cure their Barrons’ wounds in the ongoing war with the evil Graplar King. Seventeen-year-old Kaya was born a Healer, but she wants to fight. In Tril, and at Shadow Academy, where she is sent to learn to heal, it is against Protocol for Healers to fight. So Kaya must learn in secret. Enter two young men: One charming, rule-following Barron who becomes Bound to Kaya and whose life she must protect at all costs. And one with a mysterious past who seems bent on making Kaya’s life as difficult as possible. Kaya asks both to train her, but only one will, and the consequences will change their lives forever.

  In the magical world of Tril, Barrons and their fellow Healers are either Bound or Soulbound to each other. Barrons who fight against the evil King Darrek and his army of Graplars – scaly blue creatures that feed on humans – and the Healers who heal their injured Barrons.

  Meet Kaya, a young Healer who’s content on living happily with her Barron parents and not joining a war that doesn’t make sense. But all of that changes when Kaya’s hometown of Kessler is attacked by a Graplar and Kaya’s best friend is killed. Attending Shadow Academy to save the lives of her parents, Kaya finds herself eager to learn how to fight and not be the damsel in distress. But Healers aren’t allowed to fight, it’s against Protocol. But then, not everyone’s happy with Protocol.

  Soulbound is one of those books that you want to read- and want to plunge into. Which is normal when it comes to fantasy. The world should grow around you, and while I really enjoyed the plot of Heather Brewer’s Soulbound, I can’t say I understood a lot of what was going on. I think Heather Brewer has to add a little more explanation, more world building – which is important for any fantasy novel. But the engrossing plot and the characters defined the story otherwise. I really liked how Kaya was determined to learn how to fight and protect the people she loved. I liked willful Maddox, she was everything a strong character needs – even if she isn’t the main one.

  One thing is for sure though, Soulbound left me hanging and I can’t wait for the sequel, Soulbroken, to Heather Brewer;s Legacy of Tril series. Soulbroken can’t come soon enough!

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    July 23, 2012

    Great review, Asma! I've been very interested by this book and have heard so much about it. You can definitely count this one on my reading list. :D

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    Dazzling Mage

    July 23, 2012

    This sounds like a GREAT read! Nicely reviewed!

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    Oh! Paper Pages

    July 23, 2012

    Oh, I adore books with world building. This sounds fantastic.

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    Rachel @ Unforgettable Books

    July 23, 2012

    :) I'm glad you enjoyed this book despite its lack of strong world building! Nice review!

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    Addie R.

    July 23, 2012

    Great review! I'm not the biggest fan of Heather's Vladimir Todd series, but I'm curious to try this one out.

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    Dalya Moon

    July 23, 2012

    My only comment is that mesh on her face makes me feel claustrophobic. :-) But it did get my attention!

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    Kailia Sage

    July 24, 2012

    I agree with Dalya on that covering thing but it does sound good! I wasn't planning on checking this book out but now I think I will!

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    July 27, 2012

    the cover looks kind of scary actually, but this one sounds pretty good! Great review!

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    Christina K.

    July 27, 2012

    I love how dynamic the cover is! You can tell the story is incredible.

    Great review:)

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    July 27, 2012

    Oh how I loathe a cliffhanger, but this book sounds like a great read!!! I definitely need to check it out.

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    Lisa Richards/alterlisa

    July 27, 2012

    Wow! New book for me. Thanks for the review, excuse me while I dash off to add to my wishlist.
    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

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    July 28, 2012

    I'm so glad you enjoyed this book! I'm dying to read it! I hate books that leave you hanging, but I may be able to tolerate for a plot that seems amazing as this! lol

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    Reesasbookcountdown Theresa

    July 30, 2012

    awesome review :)

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    Jaime Lester

    October 17, 2012

    Soulbroken can only be fantastic. With the lead in that it gets from the end of Soulbound, it could be nothing less. I loved Soulbound. It wasn't perfect, but it was so very, very good. Kaya and Maddox were fantastic characters. I could not stand Trayton. Not even a little. He was so condescending. Ugh. Darius, on the other hand… I like Darius. I kind of guessed that what happened at the end was going to happen, but it still shocked me. All in all, I love this book. Can't wait for the next one. Thanks for your review!

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    November 26, 2012

    Sounds like it could have been a bit better, but I am certainly interested.

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    January 26, 2013

    Thanks for the review. I will have to try this one. :)