The Wraith Lord is hunting; his prize, the key to unleashing darkness and Chaos upon the eight Kingdoms.
For Diamond Gillon the war raging in the south seems a remote danger until her home is brutally attacked. Having lost everything she holds dear, Diamond is catapulted into a terrifying new world in which legendary beasts arise, magic is condemned and half blood fae, like her, have no rights. Despite her growing feelings for her saviour, Commander Hugo Casimir, he remains a paradox – not only is he a heartless killer, he is owned by the cruel immortal fae queen; a queen who will murder her own people for magic.
As Diamond’s circumstances become ever more perilous she is drawn deeper into Hugo’s world and discovers the lengths to which he will go to save what he holds dear. Will Hugo become her friend, her protector, or – an enemy not worthy of her trust?
A Bond of Venom and Magic is a tale of two people bound by magic and secrets, but trapped in the complexities of love and betrayal. It is the beginning of an epic journey, one that will test Diamond’s resolve and determination to battle an evil that threatens not only her world but that of Eternity, the land of The Goddess and The Guardians.
About the Author
Karen Tomlinson is the author of The Guardians of The Goddess series of Young Adult fantasy books. Book one A Bond of Venom and Magic will be released October 14th 2016. Karen has always been an avid reader. Her taste in books is eclectic but she likes nothing better than an exciting fantasy, set in a new and magical world. She lives in Derbyshire, England, with her husband, twin girls and her dalmatian, Poppy. Karen trained as a nurse and currently works as a resuscitation and clinical skills trainer, this involves training a wide variety of health care professionals and medical students in acute patient care. In addition to writing, and reading whenever she can, Karen likes to keep active. She has been training at Shotokan karate since being thirteen, likes walking, mountain biking and (for something completely different) cake decorating. She is currently working on book two in the Guardians of The Goddess series. About me! As soon as I could read I spent hours getting lost in the new worlds books could give me. Spending my pocket money had to be done (obviously) but not on sweets, well, not many…I spent my money on books. Back then it was Enid Blyton’s Famous Five which sparked my young mind. I didn’t rest until I had the whole set, then I migrated to the secret seven…(there was no Harry Potter then) As a teenager I would trawl through all my mum and dad’s discarded books. It was probably highly inappropriate for a thirteen year old to be reading swoony Mills and Boon romances followed by Ian Flemming, Alistair Maclean and Wilbur Smith! Because I read anything and everything I could get my hands on back then, I now have an eclectic taste in books. I will read anything that catches my eye and absolutely love illustrated book covers! In my late teens I discovered fantasy and that genre has stayed my firm favourite. I am and will always remain a complete sucker for a fantasy with kick ass characters and worlds steeped in magic and romance!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Diamond is half-human/half-fae. She is looked down on for it. Saved by Hugo, she's pulled into his world that's ruled by an evil queen. Diamond will have to fight against the queen and Wraith Lord and hope she survives. Nail-biting action. Loved it.
Wish I could give this 5 stars but unfortunately I cant. For a few reasons. It was an extremely slow read. The traveling was over long and it was repetitive in some of the things we were already told. Hugo was a lot to take. I didnt like him 80% of the book. He was a jerk! Thats me being nice. He was sooo horrible to Diamond. He was abusive both mentally and physically. He was so harsh with her. Now...he didnt beat her but he hurt her plenty. He knew what was going to happen when he took her to the Queen and her lands. He was selfish and wanted her close so he brought her anyways and that poor girl was abused in so many ways. I felt for her. She was 17 years old and was sheltered so imagine her surprise to getting beaten and injured and seeing all these horrific things. She almost died a few times as well. Dont get me started on the Queen...she needs to die. She's cruel and a psychopath! She earned the title of what a real *itch is. To be fair to Hugo he felt he had to be the way he was with her to protect her. Yes, it was true in a way. However, he should have thought of another way instead of leading her to his Queen who would use her and kill her. I really wish he took that mystery Lord up on giving Diamond to him to protect her and reveal her destiny. He couldnt because he is in love with her. Yes, I know I dislike him but doesnt mean its not true. They both have feelings and its going to be a cruel ride. I wouldnt say she was weak but definitely damsel material. Being sheltered does that but she did step up many times to protect people. This writing style isnt for everyone and nothing is what it seems story wise. This is not for the faint of heart. If your looking for sweet oh no this isnt it! :) I'm not sure if I want to be invested and continue the series. I liked it but I think the writing style is getting to me. She is excellent at world building character building and the story is good. Being long and drawn out isnt my favorite and this is what it is. Thats ok though dont let it stop you from reading it!
With a twisted loyalty being challenged at every turn secret defiance comes to bloom and with it hope for something more.