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To the Princess Bound

(Terms of Mercy #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  798 ratings  ·  60 reviews


Sometimes, Life leads us where we need to go…

Six years ago, Victory’s mind and body were brutally shattered by those she trusted. The betrayal has left her with a closed and tortured heart and an innate fear of the men around her. Her father, a cold, compassionless emperor who rules Victory’s life the same w
Kindle Edition, 323 pages
Published May 10th 2012 (first published May 5th 2012)
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May 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: free-downloads
So, first of all, if you have triggers when it comes to descriptions of rape, DO NOT read this book. I will go into this more later in the review.

The book is a combination of fantasy and sci-fi, set in presumably what is our distant future, as there are references to Terran languages and animals. There is also a lot of jargon that resembles our concepts of chi energy, chakras, karma, auras, etc., with some variations, but it is easy enough to figure out due to context.

Alright, so my main issue w
May 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Sigh... Everything was right in this book. How the story was told, the main characters and the minor ones. The humor ^^ It's a brilliant story that I had to finish in one go as soon as I read the first page. I couldn't find anything that annoyed me, except for the villain of course ;) and it's so hard to describe what I felt while reading it. It was like something clicked in my head and I couldn't wait to read the next page to find out what would happen. Yes, for me this book was that good ^^ Th ...more
I wanted to like this more. The description was intriguing, and while I don't enjoy reading about rape, other readers seemed to have enjoyed the book a lot.

The setting was original, despite a lot of "earth"-style slang and words in general. I wish there was more description of how the Imperium works, and how the colonists (various groups) got there.

I understand that Dragomir and Victory were fated for each other, so he felt like he couldn't give up on her, but COME ON. The trauma she experience
Rosalind M
Jul 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
I was intrigued by the dichotomy of the two main characters when I started reading, but a number of things muted my enjoyment as I read on:
1. I was uncomfortable by how quickly a victim of multiple rapes was expected to heal emotionally and become romantically and physically involved with the hero.
2. Dragomir seems to forget her trauma way too easily for an empath.
3. The details were pretty mundane for a wealthy society several generations in the future. Very little non Earth-centric world-buil
Kim B
May 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
“Terms of Mercy: To the Princess Bound” by Sara King will tenderly like a soft golden tendril, embrace you, touch your heart and since it is a romance make you fall in love.

From the beautiful opening chapter, there is Dragomir, a romantic hero unlike all others before him. A gentle giant, healer, possessing a rare, feared gift that if discovered, by a tyrant ruler, would be executed. He is chosen from all the others, captured without his consent, and brought to Victory, the princess, a broken s
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebooks
I have a serious love hate relationship with this book. Parts of it are executed wonderfully while others so rife with contradictions I wanted to pull my hair out. I liked how the female protagonist Victory was initially written, she wasn’t exactly a likable character. She’s selfish, privileged, and her view of life is warped from living the high life as a princess in the world of Mercy. It was refreshing to see a character that wasn't an overwhelmingly nice character; especially because after m ...more
I had mixed feelings about this book... I think the concept the book had was a great one... but there was a lot going on...

1. A princess and a pauper... throw in slavery and switch places.
2. Healing of a savaged girl/ learning to love again
3. Life sometimes takes us where we need to go.. or to experiences we needed to have
4. Betrayal of family
5. End of slavery/ safety for people with psychic genetic mutations

I wanted to love this book and was excited based on several high rated reviews. I w
Flavia Sugnu
This novel goes back and forth from a three to a four for me. The plot is good (because who doesn't love an evil father who tries to kill his daughter?) but I think the characterisation of Victory was a bit off for me. Honestly, I don't think it would be possible for someone who has suffered so much trauma to go back to acting in such a snooty manner plus, there were a few other things I didn't particularly think she should have done in so little time but you'll find that out when you read it ;) ...more
Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was my second trip into the world of author Sara King, the first being my completion of her wonderful The Legend of Zero series. To the Princess Bound, the first novel in her new Terms of Mercy series, was truly enjoyable and bodes well for the series (no completion date for the next book yet).

Mercy is the name of the planet ruled by the family of our heroine, Victoria. Victoria's father has flourished through the slave trade of Mercy's poor inhabitants. After a harrowing 6 years in rebel
May 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I have ever read in its entirety on my Kindle Fire. I have other eBooks, but I couldn't put my Kindle down. I had to know what was going to happen next. Sara King is great with detail and background of her characters. As the opening line of the synopsis says, "Sometimes, Life leads us where we need to go," and that is so true for each of these characters. Dragomir's spirit of compassion and humbleness tugged at my heart and his overall patience with Victory was amazing and ...more
Most of everything I want to say would lead to spoilers, so this will be a short and rather vague review. With a small amount of editing, this could have been a five-star book.

While decent enough on the SciFi front, what really made this romance novel rise above others of its ilk was King's decision to address both of the main characters' &ndash Dragomir the healer and Victoria (Victory) the princess – emotional traumas head-on. She took her time building both the world and the relationship befo
Clarissa Emiria
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fantasy-lovers :-)
Recommended to Clarissa Emiria by: Goodreads
Oooh, I absolutely loved this book..... It popped up on my frontpage of Goodreads, and I took a look, read the look-inside bit on Amazon and immediately bought it for my Kindle-app.... And I did not regret it one bit...

I've always been fascinated by the idea of extra sensitive people, in tune with the spirit of beings and their energies.... So this was a must-read for me, and if there is a DTE available, I am definitely getting one!

Oh Gods, I suck at this! >_< But in short, if you like other-pla
Hans P Melius
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another great read

Well, I stayed away from this one for a while, and now I'm not sure why. I could tel you that I'm not much of a fan of romance novels, that I enjoy science fiction. However, this was a mix of both, so I'm now kicking myself for not having read it sooner. Sara King is by far my favorite author, and has been since I found 'The Legend of Zero' series. Can't wait to read your next work Sara!
Lynne weir
I truly loved this book, really feel in love with it. I read it so fast I had it finished in a day and I just wished I had allowed myself time to enjoy it and take my time over it for I never wanted it to end. A truly magical book and I just hope theres more to come from this very talented author.
Tara-Jayne (♥ I Read, I Love ♥)  Bell
It was a good read :) Took me a few chapters to get into it but as soon as I was I enjoyed it all :D
Mar 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Ugh.. Irritating spoilt screeching h.
But amazing H and awesome worldbuilding.
Interesting, steamy and funny-romantic SFR
Dr susan
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Awesome sci fi romance with a touch of fantasy

The world building is great, the characters are believable, and the story is enthralling. I laughed out loud, held my breath, and cried, but, mostly, I loved this book. I'm sad that there is not a sequel, because this universe is fascinating. I read the book in KU, but I will buy a copy to reread.
Mar 11, 2017 rated it liked it
There is a lot wrong with this book and there is a lot right with it. If you can get past the expectation that a viciously traumatized woman can heal almost overnight, medieval societies can coexist with highly advanced ones, and there is no explanation why things are as they are, then you might enjoy the character interplay. This book has humor, excitement and a bit of suspense. You’ll find you really like Dragomir, the lead male character. He has had great sadness in his life, and he is far f ...more
Paul Rabenius
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great read!

Fun book. Great charities with vivid personalities. Genuine Sara King! I would recommend this time for a great vacation read.
Not worth it. Better than it might have been, but still not very good. I don't recommend it. ...more
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
The premise of this book is that humans became space-faring long ago, and in the early days of jump gates, some of the embryos stored in the ships mutated during space travel, creating several new types of humans. Some super smart, some able to shape shift internally or externally, some with the power to see and manipulate energy in a person's body (an emp), etc. One the planet of this story, a healer emp is chained to a princess who has been gang-raped by rebels for the last 6 months. It was he ...more
So Wonderful - Could Not Put Down!

I will need to revise this review to add details. At the moment, however, I have spent all day and into the next morning reading, so my eyes and mind are just too tired to write an intelligent review. I just want to say that this was wholly original, believable in a surprising fashion, fast-paced, emotional, and just plain FUN! My biggest and actually only complaint is that this seems to be the only book in the series even though it was written in 2012. Part of
Jun 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, fantasy
The bottom line is that I loved this. It hooked me very quickly and I couldn't put it down.

There are minor punctuation errors and typos, but nothing that truly disrupts the flow. Considering this book is self published, a few misplaced apostrophes being my biggest complaint is pretty impressive.

As for the story itself, I found a lot of the world-building confusing, and it was easier to just ignore it and focus on the evolving relationship between Victory and Dragomir.
That being said, by the end
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
I started this book somewhat skeptical because I don’t normally read sci-fi romance but this was very good. Victory is a Princess from the planet Mercy who has been severely brutalized for many years and Dragomir is a emp who lost his wife in a horrendous way. They are brought together to help Victory get “over” the brutality she suffered. There is way more to this book that what I expected and I really actually enjoyed it. I would recommend this to people who like to read books with tragedy and ...more
Isabella Schoepfere
Dec 16, 2012 rated it liked it
I really wanted to like this book because I enjoy the damaged heroine premise and it is nearly impossible to find ones in which the heroine or hero don't lust after each other in the first chapter (so unbelievable and belittling of women who have suffered trauma!) the problem with this book started when the heroine started getting he personality back...she just makes no sense? She was held captive for 6 years and yet she treats her slave terribly. You would think someone who was abused for so lo ...more
Jun 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: free-kindle-read
Princess Victory spent six years restrained and abused by hundreds of native men. Rescued by her twin brother and his soldiers and returned home, she has a panic attack if any man comes within sight of her and has locked herself in her room. Her father's decree - chain her to the biggest native male that can be found until she's over it. Make sure he's naked. No daughter of his will dishonour him with such weakness.
However, unbeknownst to their father prince Matt chose an Emp as her bound man. H
Jan 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Sara King's To the Princess Bound is an engaging and rather compelling novel that applies holistic/non-traditional healing principles to a futuristic world where genetic mutation, slavery, and psychological warfare are much more common than kindness or empathy. I enjoyed King's richly detailed world-building, and appreciated the way in which her main characters were made to work in order to overcome personal and physical traumas. The book's "happy ending" felt a little rushed, and the characters ...more
Jul 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
really liked this book. I would give it 5 stars, but i seem to be reserving that for things that are all time favourites of the super-awesomeness.
Definately one i'd read again, well written, interesting plot, interesting premise and just generally an enjoyable read.
Also, it's a love story as the author so pointely points out, but it's not done in a trashy way, nor is it all about the sex (um, i guess that would be most of what i meant by trashy) it's more about how the two main characters evolve
Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I keep telling you how much I enjoy reading Sara King, despite her horrible covers, and have you read her yet? No. She writes complex, intense and convoluted books be that urban fantasy or sci-fi with absolutely insane chemistry and brilliant banter between main characters. They are very human, imperfect and incredibly likeable. I never know what to expect from Sara, because her world-building is awesome, and the power is strong in her *grinning* Don't waste your time and grab one of her books. ...more
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Rated 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. It had me wondering if the subject matter was based on Chinese medicine, specifically chi and chakras and if that's basically how it works. Not that you'd have to be a healer or possess magic as the Emps in this book do. it would just be nice to be able to believe something like this could help heal someone as traumatized as the heroine in this book would be. After all its what you believe that makes you better or worse when your injuries aren't physical.
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