Life Bonds * Daniel Schinhofen

Sean discovered that words do indeed have power, and agreements are binding in this world, where the Queens of the Fey rule.

Fleeing the burning village of Oakwood, with Feline Moonbound pursuing them, Sean, Fiona Mithrilsoul, and Myna Mooncaller will have to find a way to coexist as they cross the wilds to distance themselves from the atrocities behind them.

The uncertainty of what will come constantly gnaws at Sean. Fiona is with him, now bonded for ten years, but Myna has been life bonded to him. Trying to sort out his mixed-up feelings, Sean worries what might happen with the woman he loves and the friend he pulled back from death’s door.

(This work contains adult situations, that some might find offensive, not least of which is graphic sex.)

As I started this book I couldn’t help but feel I’ve gotten the second book in a series again – and I wasn’t wrong. There’s a lot (and I mean A LOT) of dialogue and the characters all seem to know each other and communicate really well. The descriptions get too much at one point (they really could have done without), but otherwise, they’re enough to paint a pretty picture of what’s going on.

“Enjoy,” the barmaid said, heading back to the bar. As she left, Sean realized that none of the patrons were accosting her in any way. He chalked it up to her not being Life Bonded. Turning back to his food, he pulled his knife free and cut up the meat on his plate. The food was decent, but nothing special. The vegetables were overcooked and mushy, and the steak had only been lightly seasoned. Sean thought it a shame; Misa had cooked a much better version of this meal, so he knew it could be tastier.

The harem bits did make me smile as they definitely reminded me of a recent anime I saw:

Sean woke to find Fiona and Myna curled up against him. Ryann was back in the room as well, snoring from her bed in the corner. Need to do something to thank her for last night , Sean thought. Letting me and the girls have the room for a few hours was very kind of her . Fiona stirred against him, her eyes opening to see him smiling at her. “Morning, Sean,” Fiona murmured, kissing him softly. “Morning already?” Myna asked groggily from the other side. Rubbing her eyes clear of sleep, she smiled as she saw her lovers kissing. Once they finished, she claimed a kiss from each of them.

Yep, there is some sexual content, but quite mild compared to other books I’ve read recently.

All in all, decent YA, 3/5

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