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Magic awakens. Darkness stirs. The Wraith Lord is hunting.
The war raging in the South seems a remote danger for seventeen-year-old Diamond Gillon until her home is brutally attacked by the Wraith Lord’s monstrous hunters. Catapulted into a terrifying new world where legendary beasts arise, magic is condemned, and half-blood fae like her have no rights, Diamond is inexplicably drawn to her saviour. But Commander Hugo Casimir is a ruthless elite guard owned by a cruel, immortal fae queen who will murder her own people for magic.
As she sinks deeper into Hugo’s world, Diamond’s circumstances become ever more perilous, for the Queen desires her magic and covets the very same prize as the Wraith Lord. To discover who she truly is, Diamond must escape the Queen’s clutches—before her fate, and that of The Eight Kingdoms, is sealed in shadow and chaos.
Will Hugo prove to be her friend, her protector, or an enemy not worthy of her trust?
A Bond of Venom and Magic is an epic fantasy tale, ideal for mature Young Adult readers. Fans of Sarah J Maas and Leigh Bardugo will love to discover this spectacular new world steeped in dragons, monsters, and armoured winged warriors.
A Bond of Venom and Magic is the first book in The Goddess and the Guardians series and it starts off with the reader immediately in the midst of the action. Armoured Winged Fae, hounds from hell (or similar), fights to the death, it's all going on.
This was a great introduction to this world and I really have high hopes for Hugo and Diamond but it did start to grate on me, just a tad, with their lack of trust and miscommunication. Now, I get it. I really do. I wouldn't trust someone who worked for the enemy under those circumstances either BUT we hear of this connection between them and how Diamond really believes Hugo this time but then it all changes and we're back to hating him. This detracted slightly from the story for me and I do hope there is less of this in the future books in the series.
Saying that though, I think that was my biggest gripe. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and can't wait to delve back into Hugo's world sometime in the near future.
Karen Tomlinson is a USA Today Bestselling Author, who writes all genres of fantasy books.
Karen adores books and will read any that catch her eye. She was whisked away by fairies as a child, has been a dragon rider and grew up learning to fight. (This bit's true!) She likes nothing better than an epic fantasy full of romance and hot warriors.
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