Book Review: Soulbound

Heather Brewer is best known for her boy-friendly vampire novels (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod and The Slayer Chronicles), but her new Legacy of Tril series is butt-kicking fantasy for girls.

In Soulbound, Brewer takes us to the land of Tril where Healers are magically bound to skilled warriors called Barrons. Born as a Healer, Kaya journeys to Shadow Academy for her formal training, but when she finds out the enemy is targeting Healers, she decides that relying on a Barron for protection won’t be enough. She needs to learn how to protect herself. Trayton, Kaya’s Barron, is the logical choice for an instructor, but he’s reluctant to break the strict protocol that forbids Healers from learning to fight. Even though she’s bound to Trayton, Kaya can’t seem to stay away from Darius—especially when Darius is willing to break the rules and train her in the art of warfare.

Soulbound blends ninja-style action with the familiar elements of a love triangle, the mean girl, and a BFF always ready with a snarky comment, but Brewer gives us more than just an entertaining read. She digs into her characters, making us feel Trayton’s hesitancy and the weight of Darius’s past. Regret, fear, and love tangle together as Kaya struggles to find a balance between independence and openness. Soulbound has the self-indulgent feel of dessert but without the empty-calorie guilt.

Book two of the Legacy of Tril series is titled Soulbroken. It’s scheduled for release in August 2013.

©2012 Kim Vandel

Update: As of September 2013, publication of Soulbroken has been cancelled. See Heather Brewer’s vlog for details.

Update, October 2013: Soulbroken will be published as an ebook by Harper Teen in the fall of 2015. Yay!

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