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A Bond of Venom and Magic (The Goddess and the Guardians Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Since this book is not R rated, at least so far, I plan on introducing it to my teen daughter. I think she will enjoy it as well.
Also kudos to the editors! I only found one misspellings. Today that is tremendous as almost every book I read has tons of spelling errors.
Not your pretty dresses and big parties YA fantasy, where one Prince smirks as the other smolders and both hope to dance with the "clumsy and average-looking" heroine who takes their breath away. And most definitely not your Mary-Sue's lost in the wild again with beautiful saviors come to fight over her affections. Nope. Nope. Nope. (Sorry if you like that sort of thing, I understand completely - we all enjoy our favorite snack foods, right?)
Well, if you want that, don't read this. BUT, if you want a blast of cold air in your face, or a mouthful of spicy, salty food, or a walk in the woods where you can feel the earth come alive around you, then you have to read this mature YA fantasy.
A gusty, gritty and very fun fae-filled adventure, A Bond of Venom And Magic is fraught with rich and veiny politics and magical creatures (so very few of them kind) and soooooooo much action you'd better be careful what you're eating (if you're an eat as you read reader) because you might find most of it in your lap from the shock and intensity and realism. Battling dragons, dust devils, imps and the elements are just the half of it as Karen Tomlinson weaves the illegal danger of falling in love into her magical debut, and couple that with, yes, magic itself, as the title states, and the near Romeo and Juliet bond forged between unforgettable Hugo and Diamond.
Creating a believable world complete with peoples, places, language and beliefs has to be truly a difficult thing. For me it would be near impossible. Karen Tomlinson has begun to do so in her first book of the Goddess and the Guardians in a very entertaining way. I think it has a ways to go before it becomes a world I can see as something real and believable, but it is a tremendous start. I found I had a more difficult time putting it down than I anticipated at the beginning. Now I am anxious to finish this review so I can begin book 2.!
My only reason for a rating of 4 stars rather than 5 is that I feel she needs to pare down the repetition of emotions that both Hugo and Diamond express. It gets monotonous enough that I find myself skipping parts because of it. I'm hoping book 2 gets that a little more under control. I really don't like skipping parts of any book.
Still, very well done!
As Diamond relies on her old family friend, her best friend, and a Queens guard to get her to safety, they run into new allies and more enemies. This book is action packed with fae warriors and enemies out of fairy tales.
Diamond realizes that she is not safe anywhere, as even the Queen covets what Diamond has, and wants to make her into a weapon to defend her kingdom. The Queen and the Wraith Lord both want Diamonds power.
Diamond is betrayed by a friend, and has to wonder if she can rely on Hugo, the queens guard who saved her life, or if he will betray her too.
A Bond of Venom And Magic is an amazing book that leaves you wanting more. Yes, it ends in a cliffhanger, and I can't wait for book two!
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By Karen Tomlinsom 5 Stars
Fascinating and Equally Frightening
I ended this book with a scream of my own!!!!Read more
I highly recommend this book. Definitely going to read book 2.