Title: A Bond Of Venom and Magic
Series: The Goddess and the Guardians #1
Author: Karen Tomlinson
Publisher: Karen TomlinsonPublication Date: October 14, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
The Wraith Lord is hunting; his prize, the key to unleashing darkness and Chaos upon the eight Kingdoms.
For Diamond Gillon the war raging in the south seems a remote danger until her home is brutally attacked. Having lost everything she holds dear, Diamond is catapulted into a terrifying new world in which legendary beasts arise, magic is condemned and half blood fae, like her, have no rights.
Despite her growing feelings for her saviour, Commander Hugo Casimir, he remains a paradox – not only is he a heartless killer, he is owned by the cruel immortal fae queen; a queen who will murder her own people for magic.
As Diamond’s circumstances become ever more perilous she is drawn deeper into Hugo’s world and discovers the lengths to which he will go to save what he holds dear. Will Hugo become her friend, her protector, or – an enemy not worthy of her trust?
A Bond of Venom and Magic is a tale of two people bound by magic and secrets, but trapped in the complexities of love and betrayal. It is the beginning of an epic journey, one that will test Diamond’s resolve and determination to battle an evil that threatens not only her world but that of Eternity, the land of The Goddess and The Guardians.
I received an Advance Reader Copy at no cost from the author/publisher.
This book was really spectacular. I had heard so many good things about this book, and I am so glad that I listened and took a chance on this author. Tomlinson's brand of high fantasy really impressed me.
The plot of this book is really complex. There are so many different elements that are bound together to make the story. There are a lot of breadcrumbs throughout the story that I would have loved more information on, but will no doubt be answered in the next book. The world building is really fantastic and quite vivid. There were some twists in the plot that I was not expecting, which I enjoyed. Anything that keeps me guessing gets my heart pumping. The story was really fast paced. I loved the action in the story, but I would have also liked things to slow down now and again.
The characters are very powerful. I felt that Hugo was the strongest character. We get to see his inner workings and feel as he feels. He is a very willful character that is conflicted a lot throughout the story. Diamond was a character that I didn't really feel as much for. She was mostly a damsel in distress throughout the book and I would have loved to see her more confident and capable. At one point in the book she has to survive in the woods for weeks alongside an injured Jack. She has to care for him and help them survive. This part of the book was where I enjoyed reading about Diamond the most. Throughout the rest of the book she seems way too dependent upon Hugo to the point that it was just annoying. And I have to be honest and say that I don't care for her name one bit. It just sounds silly to me. I liked Jack's character. He seems like a nice guy and a good ally. He seems to be very interested in Diamond, and his interest strikes me as very genuine. Diamond saved his life and he develops feelings for her. It makes for a very compelling aspect of the story. Especially when Hugo and Diamond have a bond and are secretly fighting their feelings for each other. The Fae Queen was just despicable. She really made me want to claw her eyes out. She was so heartless and unforgiving. Just plain evil.
I really appreciate some of the diversity in the book. I really liked the racial issues that were touched upon in this book. Since Diamond is half fae and half human, she is considered a half-breed and looked down upon. Half-breeds have no rights and are treated unfairly in the book. Diamond has struggled with her social status all her life and you can tell that it has taken its toll on her in some ways. I also liked the inclusion of gay characters in the book. I really hope to see more of Tom and Zane in the next book. I adore them.
I would have liked more clarification to the magic in this world. Diamond just possesses magic all of a sudden with no explanation. When Hugo uses his magic it is very vague. I didn't feel like I fully understood where it came from or how it worked.
I really adored the array of fantasy creatures in this book. They were all very creative. I especially liked that Tomlinson's version of fae have wings. I'd never really seen that done before and felt it was a unique twist.
Overall, I love this story! It delivers a very unique high fantasy story that you will not want to miss out on! I definitely have a new favorite author, and one that I recommend you watch out for. I expect great things from her!
Karen Tomlinson is the author of The Guardians and The Goddess series of Young Adult fantasy books. Book one A Bond of Venom and Magic will be released October 14th 2016.
Karen has always been an avid reader. Her taste in books is eclectic but she likes nothing better than an exciting fantasy set in a new and magical world. She lives in Derbyshire, England, with her husband, twin girls and her dalmatian, Poppy. Karen trained as a nurse and currently works as a resuscitation and clinical skills trainer, this involves training a wide variety of health care professionals and medical students in acute patient care. In addition to writing, and reading whenever she can, Karen likes to keep active. She has been training at Shotokan karate since being thirteen, likes walking, mountain biking and (for something completely different) cake decorating. She is currently working on book two in the Guardians of The Goddess series.
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