Do you ever go through a lull where the books you read are good but not great? Or you finish a book that leaves you apathetic? And then all of a sudden you read a book that totally engrosses you. A book you can’t put down until you finish and even though it ends with a tantalizing cliffhanger, you don’t even care because it was so good. I was going through such a lull when I received an ARC of Heather Brewer’s Soulbound, the first book in her Legacy of Tril series.
In the world of Tril, there are Barrons and Healers. A Barron and a Healer are bound together for life. Kaya is the daughter of two Barrons, but she is a Healer. Her parents escaped the Barron-run Zettai Council, but after an unfortunate incident, Kaya’s family is discovered and she is forced to attend the Shadow Academy. There she is bound to a Barron, the sweet but rule-following Trayton, and forced to learn the Healer arts. But in this life of rules and strict protocol, Kaya is unsatisfied with her status as a Healer, treated as being beneath Barrons. She wants to learn to protect herself and fight. She needs someone to teach her and she knows that Trayton would never break the rules that severely. So she is left with Darius, the moody and irritable weapons instructor. As Darius trains Kaya to fight, it changes the course of both their lives.
As I said before, this book totally engrossed me. It was fast-paced, and it got to the point where I couldn’t put it down until I finished. Kaya is a compelling main character. She’s forced into this society that she never wanted to be in, required to follow rules she doesn’t believe in. But amidst all that, she holds on to herself and fights to remain the person she was before coming to the Shadow Academy. Trayton and Darius make good love interests. Although I am tiring of love triangles in YA fiction, Brewer writes it well, and I found myself rooting for both Trayton and Darius at various points in the book.
I would recommend this book to any fantasy readers, and I can’t wait for the next one to come out!