Chained (Chained Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
I enjoyed both characters and rooted for their romance, my only shade is that I did not care for the ending. I will read the next book to see what happens next.
I would definitely listen to Chained again because it's just an amazing story and I probably missed parts because it was just that awesome.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Chained?
The ending has really stuck with me but I won't be saying much about that because of course it's the ending.
What about Eric Burns’s performance did you like?
I loved his entire performance because he did such a great job and I got so wrapped up in listening to him read.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
I have no idea because I'm not even sure what a tagline for a movie really is.
Any additional comments?
It was wonderful listening to Eric Burns narrate the enchanting story spun by Elise. I've noticed that if I'm tired I have to pause the story because of how relaxing the sound of Eric's voice is. I really loved listening to all the intrigue and court politics of the olden days in this story. A wonderful world has been created with Elie's pages and Eric's voice.
This world has been filled with peace for several years, many are content but there are a few are discontent.
Caden is kidnapped and held captive by Gwendolyn.
Caden is a hot head and Gwen is spirited, their personalities are at odds, which leads to a series of engaging events, twists, and turn.
I don't want to give too much away but overall, this book was very entertaining and a worthwhile read.
I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.
Eric Burns did well with the narration.
"This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review."
I was therefore annoyed when I began reading the book and realized that it wasn't "A Medieval Historical Romance" as advertised on the title, but a medieval-inspired fantasy.
Those are two very different things.
Putting my annoyance aside, I continued to read the book despite its deceptive packaging, and found to my surprise that CHAINED was actually a pretty decent story. It is set in a world called Alemere. The heroine, Gwen, comes from a country called Dinasdale. Her people are proud of their royal heritage and lean towards archery. The hero, Caden, comes from Daleraia. His people are less refined, ruthless, and brutal. Unlike the Dinasdalians, they have no gods; their sword is law.
Gwen is engaged to a prince from Lerrothe, but her wedding night is unsatisfactory. She doesn't really want to be a princess, anyway. She is a skilled archer: when we meet her in the beginning, she shoots five men in her father's woods for attempting to rape a girl. In her father's absence, she is the word of Dinasdale, so when a band of Daleraians are brought in after a woman in her kingdom is raped and murdered - allegedly by a member of the Daleraian noble family, Gwen has to decide what to do with them. She decides to imprison them but keep them in good condition for ransom. Caden ends up imprisoned in Gwen's own quarters because of his constant attempts to escape.
It doesn't take Gwen and Caden long to realize that both events - the rape and murder and Gwen's own wedding - might be the byproducts of the sinister machinations of someone attempting to sow discord in Alemere, thereby breaking the tentative peace between Dinasdale and Daleraia. It also doesn't take long for them to realize that they have a rather potent attraction to one another, either.
I enjoyed this story. It's reminiscent of GAME OF THRONES in some ways, and the court intrigue is well done. I liked Gwen's character. She is a strong woman with good political sense, who isn't afraid of her sensuality. She killed five men and kneed a would-be rapist in the testicles. She never did anything in the book that made me shake my head and say, "Well, that was stupid!" She was bad-ass.
I was less impressed with Cade's character. There is an OW and Cade does get kind of wishy-washy about her and Gwen, although it's always clear who he prefers more. Plus, he does something very stupid towards the end. When Gwen falls under suspicion he's forced to imprison her and insists on doing it himself so he can explain the reason why to her. He doesn't do this. Instead, he has sex with her, lets her fall asleep, and when she wakes up, basically says, "Congrats! You're going to jail!"
Overall, CHAINED is one of the better finds I've gotten from the "free" section of the Kindle store, which can be a bit of a crapshoot. I would recommend it for people looking for a fun, light fantasy read. The author really needs to change that "Medieval Historical Romance" tagline, though. I can't imagine that I'm the only person who felt cheated when they found themselves reading fantasy...
Also, there is a cliffhanger ending, in case you're curious.
3 out of 5 stars
Placed in history in the years 1250's into the 1300's, it tells of the daily lives, beliefs, politics, and challenges of the royal family members who are bound by responsible s from birth.
It relays quite vividly the dilemmas encountered when the old ways are questioned and when hearts become involved.
These characters will stay with you long after the last page!
Highly recommended for adults who enjoy a steamy romance.
RATING: PG -13 for sex scenes and violence.
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