Soulbound (The Legacy of Tril Series)

Soulbound (The Legacy of Tril Series)

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by Heather Brewer
     
 

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A brand-new fantasy with a kick-butt heroine from the author of The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod

Tril is a world where Barrons and Healers are Bound to each other: Barrons fight and Healers cure their Barrons' wounds in the ongoing war with the evil Graplar King. Seventeen-year-old Kaya was born a Healer, but she wants to fight. In Tril, and at Shadow Academy,

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A brand-new fantasy with a kick-butt heroine from the author of The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod

Tril is a world where Barrons and Healers are Bound to each other: Barrons fight and Healers cure their Barrons' wounds in the ongoing war with the evil Graplar King. Seventeen-year-old Kaya was born a Healer, but she wants to fight. In Tril, and at Shadow Academy, where she is sent to learn to heal, it is against Protocol for Healers to fight. So Kaya must learn in secret. Enter two young men: One charming, rule-following Barron who becomes Bound to Kaya and whose life she must protect at all costs. And one with a mysterious past who seems bent on making Kaya's life as difficult as possible. Kaya asks both to train her, but only one will, and the consequences will change their lives forever.

Heather Brewer has created a thrilling, action-packed, and romantic first installment of the Legacy of Tril series, where one strong heroine must break the rules to claim her destiny and her heart.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A young woman dares to defy the status quo in this first book in the Legacy of Tril trilogy from Brewer (the Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series). In Tril, Healers and Barrons fight a secret war against King Darrek and his army of monstrous Graplars. Bound together by magic, Barrons act as warriors, and Healers keep them alive. When Kaya, a 17-year-old Healer, is summoned against her will to train at the Shadow Academy, she is determined to learn how to defend herself. She trains in secret with an enigmatic instructor, Darius, hiding her skills from Trayton, the Barron to whom she has been bonded. Part adventure, part romance, this tale introduces a feisty, admirable heroine, though a stream of almost-profanities (“fak,” “dek”) distracts, as does the characters’ oddly contemporary language given the quasi-medieval setting (instantly smitten with Trayton, Kaya says she’ll “demand a recount” if he isn’t her intended Barron). The light plot is boosted by a cliffhanger revelation with clear consequences for the Kaya-Trayton-Darius love triangle, which is this story’s main draw. Ages 12–up. Agent: Michael Bourret, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. (June)
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"The slice-'em—dice-'em, gore-infused action keeps the pace brisk. . . . [A] spirited series opener." — Kirkus

Praise for Legacy of Tril:
“The strong teenage characters, romantic tension, friendships, and fast-paced action sequences will keep readers wanting more.” –VOYA Reviews

"The slice-'em—dice-'em, gore-infused action keeps the pace brisk. . . . [A] spirited series opener." —Kirkus Reviews

"This will appeal to girls who like the strong female characters of Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games "—SLJreview feed

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Praise for Legacy of Tril:
“The strong teenage characters, romantic tension, friendships, and fast-paced action sequences will keep readers wanting more.” –VOYA Reviews

"The slice-'em—dice-'em, gore-infused action keeps the pace brisk. . . . [A] spirited series opener." —Kirkus Reviews

"This will appeal to girls who like the strong female characters of Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games "—SLJ

VOYA - Karen Sykeny
This new fantasy series contains strong character development and mythological world building. The Skilled and Unskilled peoples of Tril live separate and secret lives from each other. Skilled people are mostly divided into two classes: the Barrons (warriors who fight with katana swords) and Healers (subservient, nonfighting natural healers who are “bound” to Barrons). Kaya is a product from a forbidden marriage between two Barrons who left the oppressive rules (Protocol) and the long war between the Skilled Zettai Council and their enemy, King Darrek. King Darrek uses creatures called Graplars to wage war, especially targeting Healers because without them the Barrons are much easier to kill. After an attack by a Graplar in her village, her family’s hiding place is discovered and she is threatened with attending the Shadow Academy to fulfill her role as a Healer. Readers will instinctively engage with Kaya’s honorable character and unwillingness to be subjugated. Kaya rebels and refuses to accept her role as a helpless Healer and convinces the grouchy fight instructor, Darius, to train her in the art of combat. Even though Kaya is immediately “bound” to a rich golden boy Barron, Trayton, she also feels drawn somehow to Darius. Along with her new best friend and guard, Maddox, she gets trained and discovers why and how Graplars are entering the Shadow Academy. This first novel ends in a cliff-hanger, though it is not surprising. The strong teenage characters, romantic tension, friendships, and fast-paced action sequences will keep readers wanting more. Ages 12 to 18.
Kirkus Reviews
Seventeen-year-old Kaya is the daughter of two Barrons who were forbidden to marry; they are all in hiding when she's discovered by her country's leaders and forced into training at Shadow Academy, an isolated boarding school. To her great frustration, Kaya isn't of the respected warrior class, like her parents. Instead, she's a Healer, able to lay her hands on the Barron she's Bound to and heal his wounds, but not good for much else--a secondary role she's not willing to accept. Since the Barron she was Soulbound to at birth is dead, the academy binds her to a wealthy Barron, Trayton, whose Soulbound Healer is also dead. Although Trayton is handsome and friendly, he's not a rule breaker like the attractive, moody Barron Darius, a young instructor at the school with a mysterious background. Both Barrons will be needed to fight off the Graplars--the dinosaurlike monsters that keep attacking the students and that Kaya's determined to learn how to destroy. Kaya's rigidly class-structured, relentlessly embattled world is vividly sketched, and while the stock characters never fully spring to life, the slice-'em–dice-'em, gore-infused action keeps the pace brisk. A fictional swear word, "fak," obviously substituted for another expletive, peppers the text, an annoying contrivance. Readers will be swept along as Kaya determinedly takes control of her own future in this predictable if spirited series opener. (Fantasy. 11 & up)
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Raised in the tiny village of Kessler, Kaya knows nothing of the outside world her parents fled in order to be together, a world in which Barrons and Healers are bound to one another-Barrons fight the evil Graplar King and Healers cure their wounds. After her best friend is killed by a Graplar, a fearsome beast with a ravenous hunger for human flesh, the Zettai Council of the Shadow Academy tracks down Kaya and her parents. Unknown to her, her Barron parents have been living outside the law in a relationship anathema to their society. By threatening the lives of her parents, the Council forces Kaya to leave home and enter the Shadow Academy, where she begins training as a Healer. But Kaya wants more out of life than to just heal her assigned Barron. She wants to learn to fight. However, finding an instructor who will train her violates Protocol and may result not only in her expulsion from the academy but also jeopardize the safety of her family and home. This first novel in the series is an action-packed fantasy with terrific complex characters, bloody battle scenes, and a cliff-hanger ending that will leave readers waiting anxiously for the sequel. This will appeal primarily to girls who like the strong female characters of Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games (Scholastic, 2008), Alison Goodman's Eon (Viking, 2008), and Malinda Lo's Huntress (Little, Brown, 2011).—Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803737235
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
06/19/2012
Series:
Legacy of Tril Series
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Heather Brewer is the New York Times bestselling author of the Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series. She doesn’t believe in happy endings, unless they involve blood. Ms. Brewer lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with her husband and two children.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It usualy takes me a week to finish a book....i read this book in a day! I LOVED this book and the twist in the end!!!!!!! I am eger to read book two....P.S just so u no there is no sex in this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this incredible book and it left me jaw dropped. The queen of plot twists has done it again. Cant wait for the 2nd book :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall, it was a good book. I don't like the beginning much. I would've preferred if the author expanded the beginning a little bit, to let us relate with the character more on her relationship before the first twist hits. This is constantly looked back on throughout the book, and it leaves me feeling indifferent, because I didn't understand why the character felt the way she did. The way it was introduced didn't allow us enough time to relate with the event that happened, and though it's what drives her forward throughout the book, all we get is a little bit of fluff. The author needs to work on how she uses foreshadowing. By the hints she gave, I expected the major plot twist within the first hundred pages or so. The ending didn't 'wow' me as some of the others have said, because of it, so I was left a little disappointed that I could see straight through the plot to the very end. I'm not one for romance novels; I've read many YA books that have focused on that and it has left me bored out of my mind. This book didn't do that. The author did very well in balancing out the romance with the character's determination that drives the plot forward. I was able to read the book through and through without having to put it down because of the absurdity that seems to fill YA books with the 'instant-love' syndrome. The romance is... realistic, and I like that it more or less rejects the 'there is only one person out in the world for you ever', and has the main character completely rejecting the 'damsel in distress' attitude that many female characters seem to be taking on. Even the main supporting female character wasn't weak, and in the end the main supporting female character was my favorite in the book, if only for her attitude. Like I said, the book is great. I will read the next book, and this author has earned my respect where I was iffy a couple of days ago. However, some of the choices, whether it was the editor or whatever, has left the book feeling a little bit hollow, to me. I'd have liked to relate to the character a little more in the beginning, would've liked to not pick up the foreshadowing that was clear as day to me in the beginning of the book (and thus, ruined the big 'wow' factor at the end of the book), the ending was a little bit awkward (I'd suggest going back and rereading the last couple chapters when the next book comes out, simply because it ended like a chapter would end, and not the end of an actual book. I have a feeling remembering what exactly happened will be a bit of an issue, if the author picks up directly where she left off like I'm assuming.) and there were a few continuity issues that could've been worked out more; but all in all it's one of the better YA books I've read.
BookSakeBlogspot More than 1 year ago
I’ve only read one of Heather Brewer’s previous books – the first Chronicles of Vladimir Tod book, and I thought it was ok for being a pretty simple story. This one blows Vladimir out of the water. This is a fantasy book that has a lot more depth and characterizations going on. The main character, Kaya, is struggling with being a young adult thrust into a world she didn’t think she would ever be part of. The action starts fairly quickly and continues on in spurts throughout the story. Kaya is torn between two guys, and while she does have some instant feelings, it does feel overwhelming like the insta-love syndrome does in other YA books. While the story centers around Kaya, there is enough about the two guys to keep everyone entertained. This book has it all – romance, action, super powers, human-eating creatures, swordplay. I’m looking forward to more of each of those things! ARC reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.
LindaFictionFervor More than 1 year ago
Soulbound left me reeling. I was pulled in by the promising premise, but the immature characters, the less-than-exciting romance, and the numerous plot holes unfortunately made this book fall short of my expectations. When I read the synopsis, I was expecting this book to be action-packed and full of romance. It isn’t. More than half of the book is spent on world-building and introducing characters. (And even the latter half doesn’t have the action and romance I was hoping for.) And–get this–Brewer didn’t even do a good job on world-building. I was left confused several times: why is the world of the Skilled kept secret from the Unskilled? What is the difference between Bound and Soulbound? Brewer didn’t explain anything, and I was left to figure things out myself. Most of the characters felt one-dimensional to me. Even though Kaya is headstrong (which I like in heroines), she’s too self-conscious. Also, her reaction to her best friend Avery’s death felt too subdued, and although she wants to protect her parents from dying at the hands of the Zettai Council, she still sneaks around, training in self-defense against the rules. Very contradictory. But she’s attracted to Trayton, a gorgeous goody-two-shoes to whom she’s Bound. (Personally, I think his preppy name suits him.) Trayton is too perfect to be real (and sometimes he acts like a jerk), and their insta-love is just too unrealistic for me to believe. Darius, on the other hand, is more on the grumpy side and shuns Kaya for the first half of the book. He’s much more realistic than Trayton, but I still don’t understand his actions and I definitely don’t know what’s up with his silver hair. But the thing that upset me the most was the big shocking secret revealed in the last two pages of the book. The problem? Well, for me, it wasn’t shocking. I had made a prediction about the love triangle 40 pages into the book based on reader experience and the synopsis…and it came true. And to add insult to injury, the book leaves the reader stuck with that new revelation and absolutely no explanation following. (Yay, cliffies. Not.) Despite my disappointment, I admit that the book wasn’t bad. It was entertaining at times, and I did want to continue reading. So my review wrapped up in a pretty little bow? Soulbound was okay. I loved the idea and the world created, but the execution and the characters were less than satisfying. It was a good story, but just not good enough. source: hardcover borrowed from library
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book, and would suggest it to anyone. I was constantly intriqued, and entertained. I absolutely love kaya too. She is a great role model for anyone. If you are considering this book, get it! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not expect this to be good because of the cover, but it was. Never judge books by their cover! Give it a try.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved loved loved this book sooo much!!! The love and the perfect chachters....it was an amazing plot line and it hooked me until the every end! If you looking for a dash of romance. Bits of fighting. And an amazing book....READ THIS!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Once you star reading it, you wont put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A well written stiry that has a boatload of potential! I was left waiting on the edge of my seat of the next book. However ibwas deeply disapointed to hear the authors publisher shot it down. A must read none the less
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first book was great but its been a while and there still isnt a second book. When is it coming out?? Hurry up and publish it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi, my name is Alaina Mikkelsen (please nook friend me) anyway I don't have the book on the nook, but mine is the actual book. The book I have is LEGACY OF TRIL: SOULBOUND but not just any copy... I have the ADVANCED READING COPY! So my book isn't a finished because it's the 1st stage of Heather Brewers book called printer's proof that has not been corrected by author, printer, or publisher. This copy of LEGACY OF TRIL: SOULBOUND came out in July of 2012, but now it's 2014... 2 years after my original book was published, so I have no idea why the 2nd book LEGACY OF TRIL: SOULBROKEN hasn't come out yet. If anyone wants me to write some of my book's writing since it is not a corrected copy, I'll be glad to share it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got really into the book and thought it was amazing!!! I want the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is beautiful,intense,actionpacked, and thrilling. You must read it.....it is phenomonal!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really just want to know when the bloody sequel is coming out! Really, am i the only one who is so flipping mad that its been 2 years and not one sign of the second book coming out?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A lot of fantasy, action, and love. Amazing world and a great read
Dancings-in-my-blood More than 1 year ago
Okay is there anybody else who thinks its not fair that not a lot of people write about the girl being the fighter or the hero of the book? Well if you like the kind of books were its a "she" not a "he" then this is the book for you. Soulbound is one of the best books I have ever read. I absolutely recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I seriously canNOT wait until the next book is out. I loved technically EVERYTHING in this book. I love how Kaya isn't that type of girl to let others fight for her and instead she would fight for herself. I love the huge detail on the grapplars, like their hunger for bloodshed and such. And I absolutely LOVE the twist at the end! Makes readers wanna read more but you can't since it's the end of the book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
EverAfterEsther More than 1 year ago
My familiarity with Heather Brewer’s work was rather limited (having only read one book of hers) before I heard about Soulbound and it caught my interest with its unique take on fantasy. I’m always looking for new fantasy series to fall in love with, and Soulbound sounded as if it would be exactly that! It’s hard for me to pinpoint exactly why I didn’t enjoy Soulbound, because so many of the elements I look for were there – a brave heroine struggling against her circumstances, plenty of training and fighting, plenty of romance (I don’t even mind a love triangle as much as I used to) including forbidden love, and a world to save. But it just didn’t work for me like I hoped it would. Reason to Read: 1. Kaya’s bravery and determination: I’m a sucker for those books that have young women struggling to overcome the limits society has placed on her. The kind where she really feels she has to PROVE herself and does exactly that. Kaya’s story fits perfectly within this archetype, and I really liked her for that reason alone. Plus, I like how much self-respect she has and that the romance was pretty good – she isn’t weak when it comes to this love triangle and manages to stay pretty true to herself.  But part of the problem for me is that I wasn’t really sold on any of the characters. I liked Kaya well enough, but I didn’t love her. I admired her to an extent... but then it just felt kinda “mehhh...” for me. She didn’t come alive for me. There was nothing that made her stand out in my mind that felt uniquely Kaya-like. That sounds weird, but I grew up reading Tamora Pierce and since then I’ve sought out a number of books akin to those old favourites. And Kaya felt like a character mold rather than a character to me. Likewise with the boys, both who were interesting enough but they all just felt like archetypes instead of real people. And the love triangle was a bit too draining for me to enjoy the rest of the story, because it seemed to detract from the larger picture. I also had a hard time with the setting. It never really felt explained or developed at all. I knew it was fantasy-ish but I had no clue about the history or politics or society. This is a deal-breaker for me, and Soulbound didn’t deliver. It felt glossed over and largely ignored to the point where it was nearly non-existent and completely forgettable. I may just be curious enough to try the next one again since I still feel like there’s a lot of potential here. ARC received from Penguin Canada for my honest reivew; no other compensation was received. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is awesome. This book goes into the rare category. I hate when i do this but i predicted everything that was gonna happen. My friends which are good readers said they never saw it coming. OMG the way the book ended keeps you waiting gor more.