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Bonded: Book One of the ShadowLight Saga, an Epic Fantasy Adventure [Kindle Edition]

Mande Matthews
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

Kindle Price: $3.99

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Book Description

Two heroes...   Two magics...   Two lands...
One fate

He is the son of a chieftan, destined to lead.

She is the daughter of a songvari, fated to serve.

Together, they must discover the secrets of their heritage and be
bonded as Sal Drengrs - Soul Warriors - to overcome an ancient darkness that
threatens to destroy their worlds.

Hallad Avarson knows nothing of the realms beyond his village. The
worlds, gods, magics, and the Shadow are only tales told on moonless nights.
What he does know is that something has always been missing from his life.

Then, one evening, a mysterious warrior maiden appears in the
Great Wood near his village. As their eyes meet, he knows--she is what fills
that void. An immediate and unexplainable bond is formed. Even though she does
not speak, he hears her voice in his head, and an overwhelming desire to
protect her at all costs wells inside him.  At the same moment they meet, Hallad's little
sister disappears into the Shadow. As his friends and village turn against the
woman, blaming her for his sister's disappearance, Hallad and the warrior
maiden are forced to flee.

Now, Hallad is thrown headlong into the realms of magic,
manipulations, and worst off, the Shadow, who hunts both him and the woman. Can
Hallad save his sister from the clutches of an unknown foe, outsmart the
trickery of the Shadow, and unravel the mysterious connection between him and
the warrior maiden before the Shadow forces them apart?

Or will the Shadow stop Hallad from discovering the truth of his
heritage, the danger that awaits their worlds, and the destiny he and the
warrior woman he protects share?

Enter the realms of Shadow and Light; journey with young heroes
and heroines as they discover their abilities and destinies interweave with the
fate of a captivatingly original world in Bonded, book one of the ShadowLight

Editorial Reviews


"Bonded is an intriguing, addicting immersion into lives of young heroes and heroines making their way in a beautiful but dangerous world. With rich descriptions of fantastic places and people--their struggles and celebrations--this is fantasy writing at its best!" - Kindle Bestseller: Ann Mauren, author of In the Spotlight: Mayne Attraction

Product Details

  • File Size: 471 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006M40YWM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,086 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Adventure December 25, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Bonded is a wonderful fantasy book that has everything that you would want in this genre: adventure, magic, strange new lands, evil that must be defeated, a little romance, humor, and a fantastic new hero and heroine to start this trilogy off right. Never a dull moment in this book, the reader will be drawn into this new world that Mande Matthews has created. The characters are well-developed and very likeable. By the end of this book, you will be eagerly awaiting the next. A wonderful start to this trilogy, hopefully the next one will be coming soon!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Introduction to the Shadowlight Saga October 23, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I first came across The Light Keepers-a prequel to Bonded on Kindle for FREE, and decided to check it out. I read it and found it to be a great introduction of characters to the Shadow Light Saga. Therefore, decided to give Bonded a try.
For a book under five dollars, Bonded was a great fantasy read! The world and the plot that Mande Matthews created was refreshing; and each character stood out on their own. I love a great fantasy book that offers an epic adventure to discovering oneself; with subtle romances, and variety colors of profound emotions. Throughout the book, from the time Holland and Swan meet; though it is rather embarrassing for me to say, I went on an emotional ride with both of them ... well ... more like ALL of the characters. However, I felt more for Holland and Swan because of the situation they were both placed in and the pressure that was both put upon them. To be honest, there was a certain part of the book that was unforeseen and caught me by surprise, yet, for me that was the charm of the book-unpredictable! I am looking forward to the next chapter to the Shadow Light Series!
-Cee's Goodread review
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Intricate world building.... March 2, 2013
By Nereid
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Life was never simple for Astrid dealing with isolation, loneliness and a destiny most would run from but her inner strength and resolve kept her fighting to survive the Shadow. I enjoyed reading about Norse Mythology and the odd translation thrown in from time to time but initially I was overwhelmed by the overload of information. The world building was amazing but I struggled to absorb it all as I felt it was more like reading a documentary rather than experiencing it with the characters. There was quite a few battle scenes and the relationship between Erik, Emma and Hallad was explored in depth yet the relationship between Astrid and Hallad was left to the end. I understand that Astrid could not speak out loud but I would have liked to have seen more telepathic communication between the two main characters cementing their bond further. I found myself skipping over some parts of the story to find the battle scenes though overall I did enjoy reading this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I need more!! March 23, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
So very well written. The characters pop from the page, their feelings intermingle with the readers. I read this in one evening because i simply couldnt put it down.
I pray i can find book 2.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Journey Into Fantasy Writing at its Best December 14, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
"Bonded," book one of the ShadowLight Saga has it all: the rich and diverse feel of a fantasy world reminiscent of middle earth, courageous and engaging young heroes and heroines discovering their amazing abilities and destinies, and battles with a seductive evil from a dark and ruined land. Sometimes tense, sometimes humorous, this beautifully written story is captivating from beginning to end. And best of all, this only the beginning of a journey into fantasy writing at its best!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant Read January 29, 2014
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Great story you have to read the series The Light Keepers is the first and then Bonded
Great reading for all ages Highly recommend
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this series! June 11, 2013
By Callie
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It's fun and sweet. The book is full of courage and adventure and like every good saga has a core cast of colorful characters to lead the storyline.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars what a book February 6, 2014
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kept me reading.was easy grand kids loved the story wouldn't let me stop.will start on a new book soon.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good read, story line was fluid and characters were ...
Really good read, story line was fluid and characters were believable and personable. Made me want to read all night long to see what would happen next.
Published 24 days ago by Merritt Pratt
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting story - recommend!
Exciting story - recommend!
Published 25 days ago by Mai Britt Romme
5.0 out of 5 stars Magickal
A well written story of the classic light versus dark. I love the way twins were used in this story, both biological and bonded. And who doesn't love it when chicks kick butt?!
Published 28 days ago by Roaalee
4.0 out of 5 stars Magical
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Mande has the knack of involving the reader inside her ...
Mande has the knack of involving the reader inside her story, the characters are very believable. You won't want to put the book down , just need to know what will happen next !
Published 1 month ago by Linda
1.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I choose this rating because the book deserve it. I like this book because it's of adventure fantasy. I would recommend this book for everyone who love to read
Published 1 month ago by Diallo Oumou
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
I love this story!! The twists and turns kept me reading all night as I had to finish it! I could not put it down!!
Published 2 months ago by Joseph R Eckrote
5.0 out of 5 stars Love!
I love this series so far. I love how Mande is able to keep readers interested and the time period this story is based on.
Published 2 months ago by Jasmyne Martinez
3.0 out of 5 stars ..too long
..this is an interesting story,but just too drug out for me...I didn't need every little detail explained "in detail' to me
Published 2 months ago by LYNN TOLER
4.0 out of 5 stars Great tale
A well written tale of love, magic, family and friendship. Full of Nordic lore and originality, beautiful landscapes and captivating characters.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

Mande Matthews is the author of the ShadowLight Saga and the Queen's Honor miniseries. While attending a performing arts college for writing and arranging, Mande discovered Joseph Cambell's Masks of God series. Her desire to understand humanity through myth and legend mingled with her love of fantasy fiction, birthing her life-long quest to create original new worlds for readers. A hermit at heart, Mande recedes into the realms of imagination where she occasionally surfaces to face the real world aided by her minions: a husband who plays the dog drum (the belly of their border collie), and a menagerie of furred, feathered and mostly magical friends.

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