Title: Bound by Prophecy
Author: Melissa Wright
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy/New Adult
Series: The Descendants, book one
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A hilarious, romantic thrill ride, I really enjoyed Bound by Prophecy--Aern's wry narration was a big selling point for me. Wonderful!
This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Aern Archer never wanted power. Content to sit at his brother's side in the magical Council, that all changes when he discovers Morgan has become power-hungry and will stop at nothing to claim his birthright, no matter what stands in his way. Forced to protect Brianna, a young woman with extraordinary powers, he meets Emily, her sister, who doesn't know how to take no for an answer and just wants her sister back. Reluctantly allying with one another, the two find that secrets hide even in the most unexpected of places.. And love can be found just about anywhere.
What I enjoyed:
-The pacing was breakneck from the start, and there was no stop to the action--I loved it!
-Aern's wry narration throughout the novel, world-weary and young all at once
-Aern himself, the boy reluctantly thrust into a familial power struggle that could well cost him his life
-Emily, and her determination to get her sister back--she was a perfect sarcastic counterpoint to grave, downtrodden Aern
-Brianna, as well as the solemn cast of characters that surrounds her
-Morgan, the creepy, sleazy villain obsessed with only acquiring more power
What could've been better:
-At times the sexual tension between the two was killing me and I wish it had been elaborated on a little earlier in the book
-I didn't really like Brendan
-I would've liked to know more about the prophecy--it was really vague and kind of hard to follow
I really enjoyed Bound by Prophecy--it was wonderful! Next on deck: Fire and Ice by Michele Barrow-Belisle!