Marik’s stillborn daughter came into the world without a soul. In his grief, he learns his cousin is stealing newborn amüli souls, and Marik is the only one who can stop him.
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WINNER: Pinnacle Book Achievement Award – Summer 2017 – Best Fantasy
This full print version of the 1st book in the Amüli Chronicles: Soulbound series of epic fantasies, featuring all 3 parts released as eBooks, is ideal for readers 16 and older.
The angelic amüli race has spent thousands of years perfecting immortality by binding their souls to human hosts. That tenuous grasp on life is slipping because an increasing number of stillborn amüli infants are born without souls.
When Marik’s daughter is born Unsouled, he strives to find out why. Many amüli believe disease is to blame for the Unsouled births, but Marik believes his half-human cousin Clae may be the real catalyst. The Amüli Republic’s oligarchy refuses to take a public stance on Clae’s involvement, instead instructing Marik to capture him in secrecy. Should Clae’s association with the Unsouled epidemic become public, the amüli would rise against all half-breeds and throw the Republic into chaos.
If Marik captures Clae and proves he is causing the mysterious deaths, the Republic may flourish once more. If he fails, his people will descend into a bitter civil war, destroying everything they have accomplished.
Be sure to check out the Frendyl Krune series of fantasies for middle grade and young adult readers (11 and older).
Print Book Info
Perfect Bound / Softcover:
6.14 x 9.21 x 0.9071 (1.377 Lbs)
448 Pages (18/Carton)
List Price: $20.95
"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."