Agents of the Amüli Republic have captured the half-breed Clae, keeping the half-breed out of Marik’s reach. Enraged, Marik relies on the denayn he brought to Earth to steal Clae from those who hold him—but at a high cost. Unbeknownst to Clae, the soul-eating creatures have Marik under their control. The amüli lord is going mad, and each strand of sanity becomes more and more fragile. Eventually, Marik will snap—but the cost of his insanity will be the whole Amüli Republic.
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WINNER: Pinnacle Book Achievement Award – Summer 2017 – Best Fantasy
Part 3 of the 1st book in the Amüli Chronicles: Soulbound series of epic fantasies is ideal for readers 16 and older.
ind Book 1 in this series here: The Soulbound Curse – Part 1.
Find Book 2 in this series here: The Soulbound Curse – Part 2.
Find the paperback containing all 3 parts of this book here: The Soulbound Curse.
Agents of the Amüli Republic have captured the half-breed Clae, but his cousin Marik’s relentless assaults unintentionally free him from captivity, allowing the ekra necromancer, Eti, a slim chance at rescuing Clae. Before long, the two of them realize that Clae is vulnerable to more than just agents of the Republic: Marik has been hunting him using denayn, endangering not only Clae and Eti, but every amüli whose soul remains locked on Earth.
Unbeknownst to Clae, however, the soul-eating creatures have Marik under their complete control. The amüli lord is slowly going mad, and each strand of sanity becomes more and more fragile. Eventually, Marik will snap—but the cost of his insanity might be the whole Amüli Republic.
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."