by John Falin
Series: Adriel's Legacy #1
Publication date: October 18, 2012
Genre: Urban Fantasy
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Vinculum. A word
hastily scrawled on a scrap of paper left behind by his long dead parents,
becomes much more than a mystery. It becomes Adriel’s world. Adriel struggled with his life, travelling the
world and searching for his place in it. His pale green eyes and snow-white
hair instantly singled him out in a crowd, but that wasn’t what made him
different. As he struggled with conformity, he also waged war with
himself—never able to control the raging pressure that swelled deep within him,
alluring him with dark desires, tempting him to think of unspeakable things.
Things no human should ever think about. When he awakens from a vicious attack,
he is reborn in a world where the unspeakable is real. And they are more
terrifying than the one he has fought within himself for so long. Blood-sucking
creatures, terrors with razor-sharp claws, and strategists with lethal plans
lurk in the shadows, living in a world of darkness….And Adriel is one of them.
Wow, I saw this on a few blogs during a blog tour and
expressed my interest in reading it. (OK..It was the cover..I mean look at it!
Awesome.) Imagine my delight when the
author asked me if I’d like an ARC of The Bonded
. I knew from the synopsis that I was about to embark on an urban fantasy about vampires but I had no idea I was about to enter a dark
and gritty world filled with so much more. Falin delivered a unique twist on the history of not only Vampires, but Wears and Fae
too! I quickly consumed this tale with its heavy world-building and captivating
We meet Adriel with his cocky loner attitude and his
shocking white hair and transparent green eyes and we know that he is
different. He has been alone in the world
since he was sixteen and has traveled the world in search of something unknown; all the while controlling a dark beast that lies within him. All of that is
about to change in a small Maryland bar when he encounters a beautiful woman
named Percy and her two obnoxious ego induced friends. The tale that unfolds is
captivating as Adriel begins a journey that is fascinating, centuries old and
filled with danger.
Adriel is confident, snarky and at times obnoxious. He is highly
sensitive to smell and his hearing is outstanding. He requires periods of solitude
and has the ability to discern a lie. I
found him to be fasinating and complex. The discovery of whom or what he is
was a fascinating journey and one I look forward to continuing. While we
witness growth throughout the novel in his character he is not yet complete. Percy
is strong, brave, and loyal. Her connection to Adriel is fascinating. The relationship that develops or evolves is not really a romance but something bigger and deeper. Their banter was hilarious at times
and their bond heartwarming. We meet clans of vampires and waers and their clan’s hierocracy and individual personalities were engaging. Quilici a
clan leader of the waer was well fleshed out and I thought his insight and
rational thoughts interesting. He made the tale feel genuine and the suspense
come alive. Cassius is everything you will love to hate in a villain and I look forward to
seeing him get his just desserts! We
catch a glimpse of the Fae and I am eager to discover more.
This dark, sometimes gritty urban fantasy had elements of
high fantasy and lore. While this tale is just the beginning of Adriel’s Legacy
the author did a splendid job of laying out the world-building. I finished
reading with a strong sense of the main clans, and an understanding of Adriel
and Percy’s role in the saga to come. While the history and character’s kept me enthralled,
the pace may be offsetting to some, but I assure you it is well worth it. While
Adriel isn’t the most loveable protagonist I have ever met, he grew on me and I
really appreciated the complexity of his character and felt it added to the believability
of the tale. I am really excited about continuing this journey.
I recommend The Bonded to fans of dark urban fantasy, high
fantasy, lore and sagas. Falin shares with us his clever imagination and I am
anxious to see where he takes me.
I want to thank the author for providing this ARC in
exchange for my unbiased review.
Four cups of bold Columbian coffee out of five
Labels: Adriel Legacy, fae, High fantasy, Jonh Falin, urban fantasty, vampires, waers