Bonded: Book One of the ShadowLight Saga, a YA Epic Fantasy [NOOK Book]

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A Bestselling YA Epic Fantasy and the #1 Norse Myths Bestseller!

Here’s what readers are saying about this breakout novel:

FANTASTY WRITING AT ITS BEST!
“Bonded is an intriguing, addicting immersion into lives of young heroes and heroines making their way in a beautiful ...
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Bonded: Book One of the ShadowLight Saga, a YA Epic Fantasy

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Overview

A Bestselling YA Epic Fantasy and the #1 Norse Myths Bestseller!

Here’s what readers are saying about this breakout novel:

FANTASTY WRITING AT ITS BEST!
“Bonded is an intriguing, addicting immersion into lives of young heroes and heroines making their way in a beautiful but dangerous world. With rich descriptions of fantastic places and people—their struggles and celebrations—this is fantasy writing at its best!” – Kindle Bestseller: Ann Mauren, author of In the Spotlight: Mayne Attraction

“I’m captivated… Bonded totally sucked me in; I could not put it down…”

“A rollercoaster of emotion! I literally teared up, laughed out loud, and gasped in surprise!”

OVERVIEW:

Hallad Avarson’s vow to protect a mysterious warrior maiden pits his best friend against him, endangers the life of his little sister, and leads him into a treacherous realm of magic and intrigue.

This richly imagined epic fantasy transports readers into a tale of seductive power, heart-wrenching love, and edge-of-your seat thrills, while following inspiring young heroes and heroines as they discover their abilities and destinies interweave with the fate of a captivatingly original world.

More praise for Bonded:

“It feels like a big budget Peter Jackson movie in my head.”

“This book has it all: magic, romance, humor, suspense, and a pace that keeps you reading all night long!”

"I absolutely loved my introduction into the world of the ShadowLight Saga…I felt like I’d lived through an epic adventure."

"An incredibly talented wordsmith with a promising career ahead of her; this book is fantastic! I can't wait for the sequel. I have to see what will happen next!"

If you like Graceling, Xena Warrior Princess, Twilight Saga, or The Wheel of Time…you’ll love Bonded: Book One of the ShadowLight Saga.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013757370
  • Publisher: Guardian Tree Press
  • Publication date: 1/10/2012
  • Series: ShadowLight Saga , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 109,282
  • File size: 242 KB

Meet the Author

Mande Matthews is the author of the ShadowLight Saga. While attending a performing arts college for writing and arranging, Mande discovered Joseph Cambell's Masks of God series. Her desire to understand humanity through myth and legend mingled with her love of fantasy fiction, birthing her life-long quest to create original new worlds for readers. A hermit at heart, Mande recedes into the realms of imagination where she occasionally surfaces to face the real world aided by her minions: a husband who plays the dog drum (the belly of their border collie), and a menagerie of furred, feathered and mostly magical friends.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted November 17, 2012

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    I first came across The Light Keepers-a prequel to Bonded on Kin

    I first came across The Light Keepers-a prequel to Bonded on Kindle for FREE, and decided to check it out. I read it and found it to be a great introduction of characters to the Shadow Light Saga. Therefore, decided to give Bonded a try.

    For a book under five dollars, Bonded was a great fantasy read! The world and the plot that Mande Matthews created was refreshing; and each character stood out on their own. I love a great fantasy book that offers an epic adventure to discovering oneself; with subtle romances, and variety colors of profound emotions. Throughout the book, from the time Holland and Swan meet; though it is rather embarrassing for me to say, I went on an emotional ride with both of them … well … more like ALL of the characters. However, I felt more for Holland and Swan because of the situation they were both placed in and the pressure that was both put upon them. To be honest, there was a certain part of the book that was unforeseen and caught me by surprise, yet, for me that was the charm of the book-unpredictable! I am looking forward to the next chapter to the Shadow Light Series!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2012

    Loved it!

    A great adventure revolving around Norse legends and fables. I was completely drawn into the characters world and can not wait for the next book. I would put Mandes ability to weave a tale along side Mercedes Lackey and Anne McCaffrey

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2012

    Fantastic story. Keeps you turning the pages. Characters are wel

    Fantastic story. Keeps you turning the pages. Characters are well developed and engaging. Will definitely look for book 2.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 15, 2012

    Great Adventure!

    Bonded is a wonderful fantasy book that has everything that you would want in this genre: adventure, magic, strange new lands, evil that must be defeated, a little romance, humor, and a fantastic new hero and heroine to start this trilogy off right. Never a dull moment in this book, the reader will be drawn into this new world that Mande Matthews has created. The characters are well-developed and very likeable. By the end of this book, you will be eagerly awaiting the next. A wonderful start to this trilogy, hopefully the next one will be coming soon!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 13, 2012

    Fantasy Writing at its Best!

    This story has it all: the rich and diverse feel of a fantasy world reminiscent of middle earth, courageous and engaging young heroes and heroines discovering their amazing abilities and destinies, and battles with a seductive evil from a dark and ruined land. Sometimes tense, sometimes humorous, this beautifully written story is captivating from beginning to end. And best of all, this only the beginning of a journey into fantasy writing at its best!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2014

    Wat does YA mean?

    I havent read the book yet but it looks super awesome!

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  • Posted February 8, 2014

    This book has led me to conclude that Norse mythology in fantasy

    This book has led me to conclude that Norse mythology in fantasy books is entirely underrated. I had so much fun reading this and experienced such a wide range of emotions. It was different from other books I’ve read in its fresh take on the Nordic legends and its storyline and premise and I am very, very excited for Broken coming this year!

    The plot:

    This book starts off with a lot of questions—who is Swan? Who’s after her? Why can Hal hear her in his head? We are given a lot of answers, but a few new questions by the end that only serve to entice one for the next book. I greatly enjoyed this story and the characters and I was rooting for them, cheering at their victories, and cringing at their defeats.

    The characters:

    The main focus of the story is Hal, though his younger sister, her intended, and several others all have chapters in their perspectives. Hal was a character who took responsibility very seriously as the heir apparent to his father’s leadership of the village. I quickly grew fond of him and the relationships between him and Emma and him and Swan were precious.

    Erik is Hal’s blood brother and Emma’s swain. He was headstrong, stubborn, overreacted, and could be very difficult to reason with. And I adored him to bits. I normally just want to clobber those sorts of characters, but Ms. Matthews made Erik relatable and showed his loving side in a way that made up for it even when I got frustrated with him. He truly loves Emma and is willing to do anything for her and it was just so sweet! (Fangirl moment over. Promise.)

    Swan is a rather mysterious and one doesn’t quite know what to make of her. Even if you have read the prequel novella, there are still things that aren’t quite clear. Normally, the maiden warrior characters are hit or miss for me and Swan was definitely a hit. She can hold her own, but Ms. Matthews made sure to give her enough vulnerabilities to make her sympathetic. She was certainly one of my favorite she-warriors of 2013.

    Emma was so adorable. Loving, caring, innocent, with a desire to see everyone safe, but not an airheaded, oblivious moron. It was tormentive to see her in the clutches of Lothar and I kind of hated her mother for :SPOILER: giving her over to him. :SPOILER OVER: I really hope she and Erik get their HEA in the end.

    I am very excited for the next book in this series and wish the author would hurry up and publish it already. It’s not everyday I find a good YA Epic Fantasy and I want more of this one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2013

    Super short, 200 some pages.

    I was super excited to get into this series. Until i opened this book and saw how long it is. Not really my thing, to pay for a bunch of short stories instead of a novel. So i haven't read it, just moved on to something a little more substantial. I'm sure i will enjoy and be super irritated in two hous when its finished and i have to purchase the next short story, and then the next, to see what happens to the characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2013

    Bonded book one of the Shadow Light Saga

    Great book, a bit short for me, but most are. The nook kept me interested and I am looking forward to read more about this world of sonvaris and shadow walkers

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2012

    Ratings are way too high

    I found this book rather dull. I read this genre and i just really did not care for the book.

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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