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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 (91 customer reviews)

Kindle Price: $3.99

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Book Description

A Bestselling YA Epic Fantasy and the #1 Norse Myths Bestseller!

Here’s what readers are saying about this breakout novel:

FANTASTY WRITING AT ITS BEST!
“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

“I’m captivated… Bonded totally sucked me in; I could not put it down…”

“A rollercoaster of emotion! I literally teared up, laughed out loud, and gasped in surprise!”

OVERVIEW:

Hallad Avarson’s vow to protect a mysterious warrior maiden pits his best friend against him, endangers the life of his little sister, and leads him into a treacherous realm of magic and intrigue.

This richly imagined epic fantasy transports readers into a tale of seductive power, heart-wrenching love, and edge-of-your seat thrills, while following inspiring young heroes and heroines as they discover their abilities and destinies interweave with the fate of a captivatingly original world.

More praise for Bonded:

“It feels like a big budget Peter Jackson movie in my head.”

“This book has it all: magic, romance, humor, suspense, and a pace that keeps you reading all night long!”

"I absolutely loved my introduction into the world of the ShadowLight Saga…I felt like I’d lived through an epic adventure."

"An incredibly talented wordsmith with a promising career ahead of her; this book is fantastic! I can't wait for the sequel. I have to see what will happen next!"

If you like Graceling, Xena Warrior Princess, Twilight Saga, or The Wheel of Time…you’ll love Bonded: Book One of the ShadowLight Saga.


Editorial Reviews

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FANTASTY WRITING AT ITS BEST!
"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: 2013 KB
  • Print Length: 303 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006M40YWM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,554 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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7 of 7 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 reading.my 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
1.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs down
Boring....just boring.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Slick Blend of Vikings, Magic, and Prophecy
Bonded is the beginning of a saga about brothers and sisters, lies and truth, good and evil. A simple outing between friends turns tragic when Hallad's younger sister is kidnapped,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Brandon A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Daughter enjoyed
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Exciting, Suspenseful, and Tearful. Couldn't put the book down.
Published 2 months ago by Arlene Wolfe
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good story line, not to slow either. Looking forward to the rest of the story.
Published 2 months ago by Laurie Billsbrough
3.0 out of 5 stars Bonded
Very interesting but left a lot for reader to figure out. Characters were described very well but some were lacking for instance Jorn and why Olrum could have a man was never... Read more
Published 3 months ago by patsy hixon
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 3 months ago by Merritt Pratt
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting story - recommend!
Exciting story - recommend!
Published 4 months 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 4 months ago by Roaalee
4.0 out of 5 stars Magical
Awesome!
Published 4 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. You can find her at www.mandematthews.com


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