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Bound by Prophecy

(Descendants #1)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  1,601 ratings  ·  199 reviews
Twenty-two-year-old Aern is done watching his brother destroy the only thing that matters. He never wanted to take Morgan’s place among council, never wanted to rule their hidden world. But when the key to the prophecy is found, a young girl named Brianna whom Morgan will destroy, Aern knows he has to take action.
What he really wants, is for things to go back to normal. Bu
Paperback, 260 pages
Published April 15th 2013 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published April 1st 2013)
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Shannon (Twilight Sleep)
This review was originally posted at Twilight Sleep - a young adult book blog that features reviews, giveaways, and more!


I don't even know how to write this review. Bound by Prophecy is one of those books that's just so damn good you can't even talk about it. It's so damn good, you don't even know why.

From the moment I picked up this book, it was an instant love affair. I'll be honest - I didn't even know who Melissa Wright was before I signed up for this tour. I just read the book blurb and
Jan 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
I have questions. So, so many questions.

1.) What are they?
2.) What is the history of their race (since they are not humans, but are more like humans because their powers have become dormant)?
3.) What is the prophecy and why are their so many different versions?
4.) What the hell happened?

Ok, so you can probably tell from those questions, that there is a lot of stuff in this book that isn't explained. I have no idea what the background is behind whatever these people are. Nothing. You know there
Feb 09, 2015 rated it really liked it

Aern and his brother Morgan are descendants of a long and powerful line that have special abilities. With Morgan destined to rule and wreak havoc, Aern must stop his brother from fulfilling the prophecy. The only way to disrupt the prophecy is to stop Morgan from getting his hands on the prophecy girl, Brianna. What they don’t know is that she has a sister… A twin. And Emily will stop at nothing to find her sister.

When Emily rescues Aern from Morgan, she demands to
Sarah Wilson
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
I decided to pick this book up after Ben (From BenjaminofTomes) made it his bookclub book of the month. The plot definitely intrigued me as, although prophecies are often a bit overdone in books, this one sounded different to others and I thought it had a lot of potential.

Unfortunately, I do feel like this potential was somewhat wasted. This was the most vague book I think I have ever read. I was just left with a ridiculous amount of questions. I couldn't tell you where the book was set, what th
Julie Daniels
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An amazing start to a series! Very original. I must say I love that this book was from the guy's POV. I wasn't sure about that at first but it was great! It made me fall in love with Aern even more! Lots of action and it's very well choreographed. The characters are deep and believable. I love Emily. She's such a spit-fire! She's three-dimensional though. Some lead females are just portrayed as all badass and no emotion. No realness, if you will. But Emily has it all. She shows it all. It was ea ...more
First off Holy smokes! Talk about captivating! This was my first Melissa Wright book and now I feel the urge to snatch up everything shes ever written!

Aern is caught up in the drama his older power hungry brother Morgan has created.. Well I guess he didn’t create it as it was prophesied Morgan is destined to be a bad ass and the only way to stop him is to disrupt the prophecy. And Aern does that by taking Brianna (willingly) to a safe location where he believes she would be safe.. Well her siste
Danielle Smiley
Melissa Wright just gets better and better!!! This is everything an urban fantasy should be:
full of action, great plot twists, lots of not knowing who to trust and sizzling chemistry. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book!!!

Amazing creativity went into the writing of Bound by Prophecy. I love how little by little the mystery of this world is revealed to us. So many players, all with their own agendas! Then there's Emily and Aern ... happy sigh! It's not often that our main characters are so well matched
May 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: to-review
So I knew going into this that it’s a YA romance so I wasn’t expecting something really deep and philosophical. A girl likes her guilty-pleasure reads every now and again, this wedding planning lady especially. I was kind of hoping for a plot that would catch my attention and something to tug a lil at the ol’heartstrings.

Nope! It wasn’t even a good no-brainer book. I felt like without the synopsis I wouldn’t have understood things at all. In truth there was a kind of sub-par fanfic feel about th
Saruuh Kelsey
WOW. So I am seriously kicking myself for this whole avoiding NA because I think they're all crappy written erotic romance thing. This book, THIS BOOK, is insane. It is so good. Bound by Prophecy is the realisation of every promise New Adult made it the beginning: it's the same as any YA or Adult book, just in a different age bracket. It's not loaded with sex, problematic relationships, flimsy ladies and macho men. It's perf. Let me tell you why.

The fantasy! It's not entirely unique but what Mel
Rebecca Salvetore
Feb 12, 2015 rated it did not like it
First of all i just wanted to say that i loved the concept of this story. However, as soon as i started reading it i was confused. Why was he hanging upside down in jail? Why was Emily chasing him? Also there was no world building. I didn't know where they were i didn't know why his brother hated him or why aern kidnaped breanna or when or how or anything. And why were aern and emily laying together everyday for no reason? I have no interest in reading any other books in this series. There were ...more
Dec 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
I didn't dislike the book, but the writing was seriously all over the place at times, which made me do a double take a lot, so it wasn't as enjoyable as it could've been. Also, some of the explanations about what is what were missing, as the author jumped into the story really quickly, so it was hard for me to find my footing at first. ...more
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
They called it a thinning of the blood. Though most of our ancestors' magic had slowly weakened, it still left us the ability to hold sway over humans.

My first book by Melissa and I already want more. Amazing setting, wonderful characters and addictive storyline! Loved it.
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
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Aern will do anything to stop his brother from fulfilling the prophecy, even kidnap a girl. She is not just any girl, though. She is the chosen one and Morgan will stop at nothing to get her. So Aern does the only thing he can do and he hides her, not knowing that she has a twin sister. Now he has to protect Emily and her sister from his psycho brother. And what he finds out while he is with Emily changes the whole game between him and his brother, prompting h
May 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
They called it a thinning of the blood. Though most of our ancestors' magic had slowly weakened, it still left us the ability to hold sway over humans.

Bound By Prophecy caught my interest from the first few pages I read. From the very beginning there is mystery and action. The story is told from Aern's POV and he and his brother, Morgan, have the ability to "sway" humans. This sort of reminded me of the movie PUSH, because they can sway people to do anything they want just by touching them. I lo
Cassandra (Thebookishcrypt)
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*
"If I had been a psychotic killer, her mood would have taken the fun out of it."
I've had these books on my shelf for about a month and I'm beating myself up for not reading them any sooner! These were an amazing surprise! Melissa threw me into the middle of the action as soon as I flipped it open and I loved it! That was one of the best beginnings I have had the pleasure of reading. It captivated me from the start and it didn't let up. It was d
Apr 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Melissa Wright's novels never fail to deliver stories that will wrap you up in a world filled with action, romance and magic. Her new series not only lives up to the standard of "The Frey Saga," but surpasses it. Set in the present day urban city of your imagination, the title character, Aern, is just another guy trying to make his way. Except Aern isn't just any ordinary guy. He's a Descendant of a race that has the ability to compel humans to his will. Trouble is, his brother has an extra abil ...more
Apr 18, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Lovász Szilárd
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read this book and I absolutly like it. I mean the characters are good, the story is amazing! I am thinking that I gonna read it again this summer just for fun!
Jenn Bradshaw
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sam-s-read
One of three protagonists, Aern, brother of the antagonist, Morgan, hands the “chosen” too the Division, a choice that he believes will keep her safe from Morgan’s hands. Aern is caught by his evil brother, Morgan. Emily, the chosen’s sister, rescues him, only to hold him captive as she searches for Brianna, her sister. When they make it to the Division, he finds out that his chosen is a decoy, as well as a prophet. This is a quick paced adventure taking place on modern day Earth, but might as w ...more
Karielle at Books à la Mode
May 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: blog
Aern seeks to protect Emily, a refugee of his kind, as well as a great secret of an omnipotent prophecy under the care of the Council. He refuses to join the Division—a darker, more corrupt ordeal—even though both authorities may hold the key to the future's safety—and not to mention his own. His struggle with his identity, bloodline, and his vengeful evil brother will all make his job harder, that's for sure... but it's the elusive and ever-obscure prophecy itself—the one he trusted wholly and ...more
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
4.5 stars.

I read this book in, literally, one day. It pulled me right in and kept me there. It wasn't so much that it was a page turner, because it was, that kept me engaged. It was more because there were these moments and conversations during the downtime when the characters were just waiting, even as danger is chasing them, that brought depth to the story and characters. It helped that the plot was fairly interesting as well.

I have to say I absolutely loved the characters! Aern is very intrig
Ornella (Nyx)
This was a short book and it kept my interest through out. While this was by no means a mastermind plot it was entertaining and solid.

I really liked the world building and the characters in this one. Like I said before the plot wasn't mind-blowing by any means and while there were some twists it was nothing that I hadn't already figured out before. With that said, what really shined here were the characters, their interactions and the world building. I'm still a bit unclear on some aspects of th
Evelyn Doyle
Sep 19, 2014 rated it did not like it
This book committed an unpardonable sin. The reader is made to feel like they've joined a group in mid-conversation, where everyone else already knows what's going on. Nothing is introduced or explained. The reader isn't welcome or included. They're just dropped into a mid-story, and is expected to hit the ground running. Basic environment isn't explained. We see the narrator is different than regular humans. But how? What is he, exactly? What are his type's origins? What is the political system ...more
Brittany | BookRamblings
I have read the first draft of this as a beta reader for the author and I can tell you it looks amazing!! You're all in for a treat. I won't tell you much, just tease you by telling you the story is written absolutely beautifully. Detail is described so the reader has a rather vivid image in their head of everything that happens. The plot is fast paced with unexpected twist along the way. Melissa, You did one hell of a job writing this and I can't wait to see the end copy if this was only the dr ...more
Apr 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Melissa Wright's novels never fail to deliver stories that will wrap you up in a world filled with action, romance and magic. Her new series not only lives up to the standard of "The Frey Saga," but surpasses it. Set in the present day urban city of your imagination, the title character, Aern, is just another guy trying to make his way. Except Aern isn't just any ordinary guy. He's a Descendant of a race that has the ability to compel humans to his will. Trouble is, his brother has an extra abil ...more
Dec 09, 2013 marked it as to-read
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Sep 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
I only continued to read this book because it had so many great reviews. But I have to wonder what rock those people were living under to have not read a book that is actually written well. So much information about the characters and plot were missing. The author left so much unsaid that as the reader you have fill in the blanks or create a back stories. It was almost as if the author had not thought of the entire story before putting it on paper. Conversations were left open and hanging. I can ...more
May 31, 2016 added it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I was really enjoying this book, but I stopped. It took Christ’s name as an expletive two of three times in a row. I just couldn’t enjoy it after that. For those of you who are not sensitive to that, you would probably love the book. I wanted to know what happened, but alas, I could not.
Carolina Pinto
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
Apr 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Melissa is the author of a dozen fantasy and YA novels including the Frey Saga and SEVEN WAYS TO KILL A KING. She is currently working on the next book, but when not writing can be found collecting the things she loves at Goodreads and Pinterest. Contact her through the web at ...more

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“I struggled to hold her. It was not unlike holding a cat. Some wild, ninja, cat.” 4 likes
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