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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Melissa Wright's Bound By Prophecy Kept Me Spellbound!

Ready for a smashingly good urban fantasy?

Great! Because I just read one that you won't want to ignore.

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I have yet to discover the cover artist's name.
Whoever it is, though, the work is great!

Bound By Prophecy is the first installment within Melissa Wright's Descendants, an urban fantasy series.


So what's it about?

Aern has one primary focus: to protect the Chosen at all cost. A devastating war is about to begin, as foretold by prophecy, and one girl holds all hope for everyone. That girl is safely hidden, but Aern is being hunted by the enemy. To top it off, he has managed to find himself stuck with the Chosen's sister... a strong, independent young woman who will stop at nothing to keep her sister safe. Aern realizes that if they don't work together, she could be used to draw the Chosen out from hiding. If that happens, everyone is doomed...

Wright's storytelling ability is fabulous. 

Bound By Prophecy kept my interest from the very first paragraph until the very end. The pacing of this ebook kept me at rapt attention throughout, ensuring that I ended up with leftovers for dinner, since I couldn't be bothered to take times away from it to do something as silly as prepare food that would require me to remove my eyes from the pages.

Her characters were all believable, but what I really loved about them was that they had real flaws: flaws that you would expect anyone to have. These quirks added to the story, rather than detracting from it.

And they were very specific to the well thought out personalities in each character - including the ones that were only seen for a fraction of time.

One of my favorite characters was in a total of maybe 8 paragraphs of the entire book.

Yet I loved him. And no, he didn't take any of the spotlight away from the main characters - Aern and Emily. He couldn't. I was too focused on asking fate to make everything work out for them. Because, you know...

They're only trying to prevent an all out, brutal, and ferocious war from breaking out. 

As you may gather, this ebook packs a great deal of action within the pages. Indeed, our heroes run into non-stop trouble at every turn. There's violence aplenty.

But there is also tenderness.

Wright creates an intoxicating blend of the two, and does it with ease. Or at least, that's how she makes it look. Not too rough, not too soft. It's a mix that makes anyone happy.

It's not perfect, of course. There are a few spots in which this dialogue driven ebook is a bit narrative heavy. This upsets the otherwise equal balance...

But this is rare.

Bound By Prophecy is well worth the read. Pacing is excellent, characters and dialogue are true, and the story draws you into its grasp, refusing to let go.

Bound By Prophecy can be found on Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords.


  1. This sounds like a great book! I am going to check it out. Thanks for the informative review!

    1. Wonderful! I'm glad I could help. Bound By Prophecy was a great read. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!


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