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A Bond Of Venom and Magic

(The Goddess and the Guardians #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  602 ratings  ·  177 reviews
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A breathtaking fantasy romance, the first in a sensational new series by British author Karen Tomlinson.

Magic awakens. Darkness stirs. The Wraith Lord is hunting.

The war raging in the South seems a remote danger for seventeen-year-old Diamond Gillon until her home is brutally attacked by the Wraith Lord’s monstrous hunters. Catapu
Published October 14th 2016
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Karen Tomlinson Hi A Bond of Venom and Magic is part of a 4 book series. It therefore does not reach an ultimate conclusion, as the characters are beginning on their …moreHi A Bond of Venom and Magic is part of a 4 book series. It therefore does not reach an ultimate conclusion, as the characters are beginning on their journey. If you read the reviews some people find this frustrating, some people like it. It's all down to personal preference. Thanks
Karen Tomlinson It has just over 300 pages! A good sized read to get your teeth into:)
It has just over 300 pages! A good sized read to get your teeth into:)

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Luke Taylor
Aug 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So what is A Bond of Venom And Magic?

Not your pretty dresses and big parties YA fantasy, where one Prince smirks as the other smolders and both hope to dance with the "clumsy and average-looking" heroine who takes their breath away. And most definitely not your Mary-Sue's lost in the wild again with beautiful saviors come to fight over her affections. Nope. Nope. Nope. (Sorry if you like that sort of thing, I understand completely - we all enjoy our favorite snack foods, right?)

Well, if you want
Chelsies Reading Escape
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: review-books
Diamond is a half blood fae who suddenly finds out shes being hunted by the Wraith Lord. Her only chance at avoiding the beasts hunting her is making it to a city where half bloods like her have no rights. I thought it was smart how the author started the story with Diamonds fathers perspective because it gave us a chance to get closer to him before the Seeker attack. It helped me be more invested in his fate. The different creepy creatures were fascinating but the fight scenes didnt feel as int ...more
Minni Mouse
DNF at 29% because I faced two main problems with this book: it reads with all the weaknesses of a debut book from a debut author and the blurb marketing was garbage.

This book has a lot of four and five star reviews...which tend to correlate with folks who personally received ARCs, I noticed. Question, then: in general and not necessarily aimed at this book alone, why do so many ARC reviews inflate the merit of average books? Are we scared to hurt the authors' feelings by pointing out the flaws?
Meg (LadyKnightMeg)
Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
An action packed fantasy adventure with phenomenal world building.

“You are the most beautiful woman I have ever seen, tonight or any night, queen or no queen.”

I had the pleasure of reading an advanced copy of Karen Tomlinson’s A Bond of Venom and Magic, which releases this October.

Lately I have not had much luck with indie books, but you can tell that Karen Tomlinson has put in the work to make A Bond of Venom and Magic one of the most well-polished indie novels I have read since Elise Kova’s
Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing

***** 5 Cranky Stars *****

When I turned the last page, I was disappointed that the book had ended. This was a brilliant read and I think that the author has set a very high bar for herself and her follow up novels.

This is the story of Diamond, the beautiful fae and human mixed blood of the war torn Avalonia.

Ruled by the immortal and evil fae queen, mixed bloods are reviled and have no rights in Avalonia by decree of the queen.

However the Lord of the Wraiths wants Diamond dead and he wants the
Cassie James

Book Name: A Bond of Venom and Magic.
Author: Karen Tomlinson
Series: The Goddess and The Guardians.
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy.
ISBN: 9781311086228

Thanks to the author of this marvelous book for providing an ARC for me. This in no way influences my thoughts on it.

A Bond of Venom and Magic is one of the best YA Fantasy debuts I have read, like ever. It's bewitching, I fell in love with all the characters from the very beginning. It is very easy to relate with the characters and understand them. For
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star
Note: I received an ARC copy of this book from the author. This in no way influences my opinion.

Can I just say… WOW!!!! I was expecting this book to be good, but this book exceeded expectations and was AMAZING!! Like… I fangirled on Goodreads, I sat and gaped when the book was finished, and I have already requested an ARC of the second book from Karen when the become available. *Breathes* I’m getting ahead of myself… clearly! I will try and make this review as coherent as possible, and I won’t b
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-magic
A Bond of Magic and Venom follows the heroine, Diamond, as she comes into her newly found power and tries to save her world from dark evil.

Everything seemed to happen to conveniently in this book. All of her life she has never had powers, but all of a sudden she’s able to use those powers perfectly without any practice and she’s unfazed? Hmm sounds a bit like lazy plot convenience to me.

In all honesty, the plot of this book wasn’t bad and I found it occasionally interesting, however there was j
Al *the semi serial series skipper*
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Al *the semi serial series skipper* by: Jessy's 🌘escape from reality🌒
This book was too melodramatic.

It started with a bang and then just spiraled out of control. Diamond is half-human, half-fae girl, something considered taboo in the fae kingdom. She is attacked by something called "Seekers" and she narrowly escapes while her dad is killed. Hugo, a commander for the queen, was among the people that came to her rescue. This is where everything went downhill.

Magic use in the land is forbidden and anyone who does it is thrown into the dungeon and killed by the queen
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
I voluntarily reviewed a copy from the "Rachel E. Carter" YA Book Club on Goodreads

The cover and the summary blob of the book was what got me hooked to it. I was able to get the ARC and I'm grateful for that. This book was entertaining overall. However, it did have some issues and the story, to me, was a bit confusing. Or maybe, the way it was written. It took me a while to see things clearly. I have tons of questions. The pacing isn't super fast but, it is not slow either...somewhere in-betwe
Jenna Táralóm
Jul 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of A Bond of Venom and Magic in exchange for an honest review.

A Bond of Venom and Magic, book one in the Goddess and the Guardians series, is a strong start to what could be a great series. The plot follows a young halfbreed (half human, half fae), Diamond Gillon, who lives in the peaceful town of Berriesford with her fae father. Diamond's existence has been rough due to her mixed blood, but, when compared to other halfbreeds, she leads a fairly decent life. That life is turn
Sylvia Mercedes
Book 1 in the Goddess and the Guardian series opens with explosive action that glues you to the page . . . and then keeps you turning page after page after page as a rich and beautiful fantasy world opens up before your eyes. I was totally hooked and am so glad to have discovered Karen Tomlinson’s work!

The best part about this book was the characters, particularly the two leads. Diamond, the heroine, is an unusual leading lady for this genre. She doesn’t start out as powerful and confident as yo
3.5 Stars (I've decided to split the difference)

Right, so I've had a few days to think about it, and I've come to conclusion that overall, I really enjoyed A Bond of Venom and Magic, but I did have a few issues, which I'll be discussing below. This review will be another of my what I liked/what I didn't like.

Alright, what I liked:

The world was very interesting, and there are heaps, yes, HEAPS of fight scenes/dramatic moments. This plot is certainly emotionally driven, and whilst I had some prob
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Rating: 3,5 stars.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of A Bond of Venom and Magic from the Rachel E. Carter YA book club on Goodreads!

Let me first tell you that holy crap the synopsis of this book sounds freaking amazing and it made me sooo excited to read this book. And in many ways, this book definitely lived up to my high expectations.

Alright so, A Bond of Venom and Magic starts out with Diamond Gillon, who's half fae, half human.
Everything she held dear most, has been brutally ripped away from
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it

I needed some time to think about this one. In general I really liked it. It is very well written and easy to read. I loved the main characters.. especially Hugo and I loved every scene he was in. I was speeding through the first bit, not willing to put it down, but unfortunately life gets in the way.

However, the story became a bit slower in the middle, which is not a problem if the main character, Diamond, wasn
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
First things first - this book has perhaps the most infuriating cliffhanger I have experienced in a while. Mostly because it leaves things unresolved between the two main characters, and that is so frustrating. I sincerely hope the next book is going to be published soon, because I'm already tearing my hair out in suspense.

Diamond Gillon is a half-breed, raised in a small village away from the vindictive eyes of the Queen. When the village is attacked and her father murdered, she comes under the
J.A. Culican
Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Bond of Venom and Magic By, Karen Tomlinson

5 OMG STARS! ☆✰★ ☆ ✰

You had me at Evil Fae Queen!

“Magically fantastic. A five star epic fantasy. The first book in a long time that left me with the dreaded book hangover! ABOVAM was jammed packed with adventure and magic, with quirky, I wish you were real characters. I’m dying for book 2! Hurry Karen, I’m not sure how long I can wait!!!”
Heather Karn
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!! It's been a while since I wanted to reach into a book and strangle a character, but by the end that's exactly what I wanted to do to one of the characters, which I feel is a great sign that the author is doing something right. The relationship between Diamond and Hugo is nothing but complicated, yet as a reader I didn't feel that was a problem. If anything, it kept the story intriguing as you don't know what's going to happen next. If you're looking for your next book boyfrie ...more
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Vanessa ♛Queen Alchemy ϟ Novel Nerd Faction♛
I received an Advance Reader Copy at no cost from the author/publisher.

This book was really spectacular. I had heard so many good things about this book, and I am so glad that I listened and took a chance on this author. Tomlinson's brand of high fantasy really impressed me.

The plot of this book is really complex. There are so many different elements that are bound together to make the story. There are a lot of breadcrumbs throughout the story that I would have loved more information on, but wil
Dawn West
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for honest review.**

Nonstop action and adventure!

Diamond's world has just been turned upside down. Her home has been attacked, putting everyone she cares about in perilous danger. Beasts are hunting for her and she has no idea why. Even stranger, her apparent rescuers are royal guards, which are about as unlikely of saviors as they come.

Among the guards is Hugo, a scarred warrior with secrets of his own. As the journey ensue
Sep 28, 2016 rated it liked it
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The drama is real and although I find it annoying because I want the characters to be together, I will forgive it because I really, really liked this book. It was exciting and it was about fae with feral instincts, which is pretty much the best thing ever in my book.- Keira, Goodreads.

My love for this book is somewhat hard to express, so this will be less critical and a lot more image/GIF filled and excerpt filled (I recommend viewing this on my blog to see these media: https://pirateladypages
Ashley Martinez (ilovebooksandstuffblog)
Wow! I was instantly swept up in this magical fantasy world full of danger, romance and mystery. Action-packed and fast-paced I couldn't put down this book once I started.
Diamond and Hugo's journey was a wild ride that has only just begun. I can't seriously can't wait for more!
Lola-Marie Nevermore
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There are no words to express how much I loved this book!!!
I LOVED this book.

Before ABOVAM, I DNFed 5 books. It was terrible and I thought my world was ending.

Diamond is a ousted half-fae that has lived in a small village her whole life with her father. I believe this gif accurately sum's up her life pretty well:

In comes her adventure when the fae queen's minions swoop in and kill her father- with an attempt to kill her as well. It is only the Queen's guard, Hugo, that saves her from a dire fate. Why? She doesn't know...and neither does she for that m
Lulu // the Book Rookery
Nov 24, 2016 rated it really liked it

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Full of action and romance, A Bond of Venom and Magic by Karen Tomlinson is fast paced and exciting. Characters are great and so is the story and lore. I absolutely loved this book and devoured it quickly because I needed to know what would happen next. I mean, heck, I even went and tweeted author Tomlinson because of what was going on in the story.

Protagonist Diamond will not be everyone’s cup of tea. I’ll start off by saying that. She isn’t remini
Hannah Jone
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing

So I won’t lie to you, reading something from an Indie Author is always a toss-up. You never know if it will be a barely scratch the surface type or an intense world building adventure. Some end up being completely memorable and other times you can’t even remember the plot line a month after finishing it.

With this in mind, and having waited a month to let it marinate, I can honestly tell you that this book was
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
First I wanted to thank Karen for trusting me with the ARC and allowing me to review this book. I've been seeing a lot of good feed backs about this and it really did deserve the ratings that it has! It has a rough start for me, but that didn't hold me back from enjoying the story from the beginning until the very end of this book.

The Characters and Romance. Okay, for one, I am really hoping that there would be a character development for Diamond in the second installment. There is a tendency fo
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a Review from an Advanced Readers Copy (ARC), Thank you to Karen for this opportunity.

So OMG... Firstly can I just say after my read through of Harry Potter for the first time and the completion of Justin Cronin's Passage trilogy (The City of Mirrors) back in June 2016, I had read one or two things but nothing that grabbed me, which sent me into a 6 week long reading slump.

Until I remembered this little beauty, to say I was a little cautious picking this book after reading such literary
Alayna Payton
Dec 05, 2016 rated it liked it

This book started out with lots of action and I was excited to jump right in and learn about the eight Kingdoms and its players. Diamond is a girl from a small village that wants more out of her life but fears that she's stuck because of her bloodline. She's a Half Fae/ Half human and is currently the lowest caste which subjects her to cruelty and indifference from nearly everyone she meets. During a surprise atta
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Karen Tomlinson is a USA Today Bestselling author of romantic fantasy and PNR/UF books.

Karen adores books and will read any genre that catches her eye. She was whisked away by fairies as a child, has been a dragon rider, and grew up learning to fight. (This bit’s true!) She likes nothing better than to lose herself in an epic fantasy tale full of romance, fantasy, and amazing characters.
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