In recent years, many amüli infants have been born Unsouled, their soul casings blackened and dead. When the Amüli Republic’s ruling body turns to Lord Marik Aneys for answers, his research discovers blame may lie with the half-amüli, half-human Clae Vojtech—Marik’s close cousin. Yet Clae is unaware of his link with the Unsouled stillbirths, and fearing for his life, flees the Republic. In saving himself, however, he unintentionally damns his people.
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WINNER: Pinnacle Book Achievement Award – Summer 2017 – Best Fantasy
This Part 1 of the 1st book in the Amüli Chronicles: Soulbound series of epic fantasies is ideal for readers 16 and older.
Find Book 2 in this series here: The Soulbound Curse – Part 2.
Find Book 3 in this series here: The Soulbound Curse – Part 3.
Find the paperback containing all 3 parts of this book here: The Soulbound Curse.
In recent years, many amüli infants have been born Unsouled, their soul casings blackened and dead. When the Amüli Republic’s ruling body turns to Lord Marik Aneys for answers, his research discovers blame may lie with the half-amüli, half-human Clae Vojtech—Marik’s close cousin.
Clae, unaware that the Republic suspects him of causing the Unsouled stillbirths, wants nothing more than to be a knight for the Republic. However, if he doesn’t venture to Earth to find the Soulbound human that hosts his soul, he could end up Soulless like his mother—dead without actually dying.
Marik isn’t the only one intent on learning about Clae’s influence within the Republic. An ekra necromancer named Eti has traveled halfway across the continent to find him—and now, nothing will stop Eti from taking Clae back to the ekra people.
When Clae learns the Republic wants to stop him from finding his Soulbound, he’ll do anything to survive—including fleeing to Earth and unintentionally damning his people to extinction.
Be sure to check out the Frendyl Krune series of fantasies for middle grade and young adult readers (11 and older).
"The Soulbound Curse (The Amüli Chronicles: Soulbound, Book One) by Kira A. McFadden is told from the perspectives of several protagonists. This epic fantasy explores themes of grief, discrimination, determination, greed and betrayal. The story starts with Eti, an ekrim who’s seeking the vessel for the ekra’s deity Ilanderi-karais, before the Amüli people use it for their goddess instead and destroy the ekra once and for all. His arrival at Kravaldîn, an Amüli city, leads us to another protagonist named Clae. In the story’s well-written, multifaceted plot, Clae’s struggles as a half-blood Amüli and his desperation in finding his Soulbound before his 16th birthday stood out compared to the others－his storyline is the highlight of the novel for me.
The world building is fascinating and intricate, particularly with its history, magic system, as well as the unique types of races and beings that roam the world of Inrugia. The narrative and dialogue are engaging and evocative. The alternating focus on Clae, Eti, Clae’s cousin Marik and other characters adds more depth to the story and makes the flow of the plot more cohesive. On the other hand, I didn’t expect the human world to be a modern, present one and was ambivalent about this aspect at first. Nevertheless, I immensely enjoyed The Soulbound Curse. It was difficult for me to leave its fascinating, complex characters and intriguing world. On the whole, this is a great read from McFadden and I’m eager to find out how Clae and Eti will cope with their struggles in the next book."