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

Posted by on July 23, 2012

Soulbound (Legacy of Tril, #1)

Soulbound
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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16 comments

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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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