Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Bound by Duty by Stormy Smith

*ARC Received for an honest review, thank you!

Amelia grew up in a world of half-truths. She knows she's an elder, but has no idea what that means. Her father reminds her daily that she must remain in control, but he refuses to say why. Even worse, she's betrothed to the prince of the immortals and doesn't even know his name. Finally breaking free to live a few years at a community college, the last thing Amelia expects is to find her best friend in a cheeky southern girl, or fall for a self-assured human who sees her for who she is, not what she will become. As she learns more about herself, Amelia realises that there is a thin line between love and duty. As her powers continue to increase exponentially and her questions are slowly answered, Amelia must make the ultimate choice. The questions is, will her head win the battle, or her heart?

Bound by Duty is a beautifully intense story about a young woman who must make the ultimate choice between a powerful love, and a duty to her people now under the reign of a sadistic and murderous Queen. I loved the world-building of this novel, especially the intriguing stories behind the characters who call themselves mages. I fell head over heels in love with Amelia and her tragic story of always having to do the right thing by her people, even though it destroys her to tear away from those she has come to love throughout the story. I don't know whether I would be as selfless as her. The characters are interesting and make me laugh and cry, and isn't that all you want from a story; for it to be engaging and emotional and make you immediately want the next book like now! A beautiful story, Bound by Duty will leave you needing more. 

Rating: 4/5

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