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(Mirrors of Bershan #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  17 reviews
"Doesn't she know you can't do real magic alone?"

Faylanna Derrion’s graduation from the Voleno Academy is marred by her father’s demand that she return to the family estate, Iondis. He refuses to accept her decision not to bind herself to another Magicia in an unbreakable partnership, insisting she must do so with his help. No one understands her need to prove she can succ
Paperback, 378 pages
Published December 2012 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published November 1st 2012)
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Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book. I liked the storyline and the characters. The only thing I didn't like about this book that is the reason this will get a 4-star rating from me is that I didn't like how there was a main character that was independent in the story and wasn't going to let anyone tell her what to do and was going to do magic on her own without anyone holding her down only to be made to submit herself to a love interest to end the story. I understand now why it happened that way, but it ...more
Jan 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a completely unique novel. Hill has a take on bound magic that I do not recall every having seen anywhere before. She combines history, with modernity and fantasy in such a seamless manner that you cannot help but enjoy yourself with this novel. The characters also interact in a way that is so realistic that you couldn’t ask for more.

This novel is very well written. It never becomes jumpy or disjointed. I appreciate the fact that Hill takes the time to explain and describe those things
Kristen Jett
I've been pretty much stalking Goodreads to see when I could talk about this book. Because I loved it. I had the wonderful opportunity to read it before it was released, and potentially not fully edited. About halfway through the book I remembered in shock that it wasn't final yet, and technically was still a manuscript. In essence? I was blown away.

I will sheepishly admit that my favorite character of Bound isn't even the main character, but a delightfully drawn out hunk that I want to breathe
Katie G
Oct 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't remember the last time I read such a character-driven fantasy novel. There's definitely a plot, of course, and there is a lot of suspense, especially once you hit the last third of the novel, but it's the characters that really kept me reading. The characters make mistakes sometimes (in some cases a lot of the time), but they're realistic, and most of them mean well. Even the side characters, which are often two-dimensional, had developed backstories and traits that made them more intere ...more
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In her debut novel, J. Elizabeth Hill tells the story of a student graduating from her academy of magic only to face the culmination of unknown plans laid around her for years. Strong in both her abilities and her character, Faylanna must survive trials never anticipated while trying to look beyond the alarming present to choices that will impact her life forever on.

Though this story is set in a magical world with characters possessing the ability to use spells, the story is one of familiar hum
Christyn (The Book Cafe)
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I received a free copy from author J. Elizabeth Hill in return for an honest review.

This the debut novel from Hill is a great start to what looks like is going to be an addictive series. Hill immerses you in a fantasical world of magic, romance and almost medievil like status structure. But even with all of the imaginative world building the main character Fay and everything she is dealing with is extremely realistic. She is my favorite kin
Dale Ibitz
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first dove into this book, I had a wee spot of trouble with the writer's style, kind of like run-on thoughts, like someone who talks a lot and doesn't think to take a breath but just keeps going and going and you're almost surprised that you haven't lost your train of thought from the beginning of the thought-train! Slightly out of (mental) breath.

Okay, yes, I jest a little. But once I got into the story, I either didn't notice this any longer, or the author got into a rhythm, or maybe it
Nov 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Blurble: Bound by J. Elizabeth Hill

"Doesn't she know you can't do real magic alone?"

Freshly graduated from the Voleno Academy, Faylanna Derrion is trying to find her solitary place in a world where she and her fellow Magicia are expected to find their magical partner as soon as possible. When her mentor and his partner are taken by a terrible darkness before her eyes, her flight to find help brings Tavis into her life. Can she learn to see him as more than a simple farmer or will she accede to
Nov 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, ebooks
3.5 stars.

BOUND is a solid fantasy novel with rich characters and a plot that keeps the pages turned.

One of the my favorite things about BOUND is the characters. I really enjoyed Fay's journey. She is feisty and fiery and I could relate to a lot of her emotions. A number of the supporting cast also intrigued me, and I like that these characters were 3 dimensional. Sometimes minor characters fall by the wayside and come across as flat, but that is definitely not the case here.

The hero is also ver
I finished Bound in one continuous reading session as it is a fast paced novel that makes one keep turning the pages; highly recommended and a full review in a week or two. The blurb gives one a good idea of what the book is about at least to start with and I will have more later.

For now I will note that the novel ends at a good stopping point with promise of a lot to come - the big picture in other words just starts coming into focus, while the novel's main storyline is solved more or less, tho
Feb 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really appreciate this opportunity to read and review this book. I really enjoyed the story. I was a little slow starting out but not for very long. I am always up for a love triangle and you sometimes you wonder if Fay is going to do the right thing or not. I like how it kept me on my toes because sometimes when I thought I knew was going to happen it would go in the opposite direction. I really enjoyed it and would recommend this books to everyone.
Aug 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: magic, fantasy
It was a good mixture of strong heroine, magic, adventure, youthful mistakes and love. I liked it a lot even though it's not unique.
Laura *Little Read Riding Hood*
I don't feel comfortable writing a review (even though it would be honest) for this book as I do work for Ms. Hill promoting her work.

If you want to know my thoughts I will tell you privately. :-)
Tara Humphrey
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book. It was a little hard in the beginning for me to start but it wasn't long before I was sucked in and I couldn't stop reading. Great start to a series!
Cassandra Page
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I enjoyed this book. It had a few ideas I haven't encountered before, such as the idea that mages ("Magica") are expected to choose a partner by the time they finish their magical education - effectively choosing a spouse for life. The main character, Fay, is stubborn and wants to prove herself as an individual before she chooses to tie herself to anyone, which I respected.

As some of the other reviewers have commented, Fay is headstrong. She regularly seems to get herself into trouble with her
Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of Fay, a very powerful Magicia, and trying to find her way after graduation. Her father has set her forth on a path not of her choosing, and she must decide between Marcius or Tavis. She honestly really doesn't want to choose either, at least in the beginning. She wants to be known on her own merit. But it becomes pretty obvious that Marcius or her father will not let this happen.

Marcius is actually imprisoned in the Mirrors of Bershan. He was accused of murdering his partner,
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved everything about this story and this world! Wonderful and engaging heroine, endearing love interest and a compelling villain with an amazing supporting "cast"! I am eagerly awaiting the sequel (which, thankfully, is only 4 days away from release!) ;) I'm particularly impressed with the author's impeccable talent with names.
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Born in Toronto, Ontario, Julie Elizabeth Hill exported herself to Vancouver, British Columbia after many years of staring longingly at the map following every snowfall. For as long as she can remember, she's been making up stories, but it wasn't until high school that someone suggested writing them down. Since then, she's been hopelessly in love with story crafting, often forgetting about everyth ...more

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