Author: Heather Brewer
Release Date: June 19, 2012 (hardcover)
Source: ARC provided by publisher
Overall: 4.5 Stars
A brand-new fantasy with a kick-butt heroine from the author of The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod.
Tril is a world where Barrons and Healers are Bound to each other: Barrons fight and Healers cure their Barrons' wounds in the ongoing war with the evil Graplar King. Seventeen-year-old Kaya was born a Healer, but she wants to fight. In Tril, and at Shadow Academy, where she is sent to learn to heal, it is against Protocol for Healers to fight. So Kaya must learn in secret. Enter two young men: One charming, rule-following Barron who becomes Bound to Kaya and whose life she must protect at all costs. And one with a mysterious past who seems bent on making Kaya's life as difficult as possible. Kaya asks both to train her, but only one will, and the consequences will change their lives forever.
Heather Brewer has created a thrilling, action-packed, and romantic first installment of the Legacy of Tril series, where one strong heroine must break the rules to claim her destiny and her heart.
Soulbound is an exciting introduction to the Legacy of Tril series, where a secret society of Barrons and Healers live apart from the Unskilled, raging a costly ongoing war against the Grapular King. Kaya grew up in the Unskilled village of Kessler with her parents, both Barrons who left Skilled society long ago because of their forbidden love. It's only after Kaya's family is discovered and she's sent to Shadow Academy that she learns what it really means to be a Healer bound to a Barron, and the responsibilities that come along with it.
Kaya was an awesome heroine! She may have been born a Healer, but she's always wanted to learn how to fight and defend herself, even if it's against Protocol, the Skilled societal rules governed by the Zettai Council. Kaya's a fierce young woman, unwilling to back down and follow the Zettai Council's rules without protest. I was just as outraged as Kaya when she learned the Barrons expected her to be a helpless damsel, overconfident in their beliefs they were the only ones capable of fighting and thinking Healers were only meant to heal them, nothing else.
It's also at Shadow Academy where two handsome young men become intertwined in Kaya's life: Trayton and Darius. Trayton was sweet and charming, but ever the rule follower. Darius was the opposite, infuriating and seeming to dislike Kaya's very presence, even though she'd done nothing to warrant it. There's a certain tension in the air whenever they were together, but Darius is the one who pulls through for Kaya, agreeing to help train her how to use a katana. (I loved how this fantasy world has a touch of Japanese influence!) I also really liked Maddox's character. She's supportive, not afraid to bend the rules, and just the kind of friend that Kaya needed.
Heather Brewer's Soulbound was an absolutely thrilling and suspenseful read, with danger always lurking in the shadows. My jaw literally dropped when I reached the conclusion of Soulbound, caught in a state of utter disbelief and shock. Heather Brewer ends the novel with a stunning revelation which leaves you desperate for answers. I absolutely must find out what happens next in book two, Soulbroken!
Thanks so much to Penguin Canada for providing this review copy!