The Binding by L. Filloon
Publication Date: December 11th 2011
Genre: YA Fantasy
Synopsis: Two nights after her eighteenth birthday, Lily is attacked while out jogging, but is saved by Tharin Lunar, a Sidhe prince. When she discovers that her attacker is her own brother, Lucas, who disappeared four years ago, Lily refuses to believe that her brother would truly hurt her and becomes determined to find Lucas and bring him home. Lily finds that Lucas’ disappearance is somehow tied to Tharin; so when he informs her that she is his betrothed and must return with him to Velesi, fulfill a treaty between their families and unite the two strongest clans through their marriage, Lily agrees. However, she’s not going to Velesi for a wedding, but to bring home her only family, Lucas.My Thoughts: Another fun, fast-paced novel. I sat yesterday and breezed right through this one. I am so glad this is only the first in the series, as I am very attached to the characters, and unfortunately left hanging at the end. I just need to know what more can happen. I guess I will anxiously wait for the second installment!!
On their journey to the borders of Velesi, the realm of the Thirteen Clans, they’re pursued by a Sidhe assassin group call the Ange, meet with an ogre crime lord that ends badly, deal with a sleazy troll motel manager, and when they discover that there’s a bounty on their heads, they must keep one step ahead of every assassin, bounty hunter and low-life criminal in Velesi.
Protecting Lily has become the biggest challenge of Tharin’s life. Lucky for him he has help in the form of his twin brother, Tolan, Lily’s best friend Julia and his three bodyguard cousins.
If you are into fantasy novels, this one is for you. I don't recall ever reading an "elf" story before, but I can now say I have deeply enjoyed one. A huge plus for this book - short chapters, and two perspectives. The fact that the story is told in two perspectives made me feel as if I were seeing the complete picture - loved it!! Short chapters let me take a breath as I am reading - not that I really needed it with this one!!
Lily has been raised human, but she comes to find that she is a princess to an elf clan. She also finds out that she is betrothed to one of her rescuers, Therin. Who was she rescued from, her brother - who had been her caretaker. Wow!!!
Lily is very multi-faceted. She often did not react in a way that I was expecting, however, I often loved the outcome! Therin, I did not think I would like in the beginning, but I found myself drawn to him as the story progressed. The contrast between Therin and his twin was amazing. And Julia, I just adored her.
Love the action. So much seemed to pop up - again, often unexpected. The twists and turns - awesome! I honestly don't know how the author kept up with everything!!! Kudos to her!!! There was not much in the way of romance in the story-line. Maybe there will be in the future. Although, honestly, I guess I really didn't miss it too much!
You just gotta take my word for it - this is a must read!!!
About the Author (from her blog): I was born in Samoa, spent my 6 to 11 years in Hawaii (Oahu), grew up and finished school in California, and lived my adult life from the age of 30 in Las Vegas, and here is where I have been since. I have been writing since before I even knew what writing meant. Maybe it was that Christmas when we lived in Hawaii and we each recieved one gift (my oldest and youngest sisters and me) and I remembered unwrapping that very small gift only to find a pen. And not even a new one. I remember wanting to cry, but my mama said, stop crying and go write something. And I have not stopped since.
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