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Publisher's Summary

A deathbed promise.

Arlyn's quest is simple: Find her father and let him know her mother is dead. After all, Arlyn had promised her mother she'd go. The problem? Her father's people are myths and legends, and he doesn't even live on Earth. But despite a long journey through the mysterious mists of the Veil, finding him turns out to be the easy part.

A dream long buried.

After 500 years, Kai has given up on finding his soulbonded. So when he stumbles across Arlyn after returning from his latest mission and recognizes her as his mate, Kai starts their bond in haste. But he never could have imagined that his bonded is his best friend's newfound daughter. Whoops.

A hidden conspiracy sparked to life.

Though the sight of Kai makes Arlyn's heart pound, she isn't sure she can forgive him for starting their bond without her permission. But her love life is the least of her problems. Her father is an elf lord, and his sudden acknowledgment of a half-human heir reignites the same conspiracy that took him away from her mother in the first place. Now Arlyn and her family must face iron-wielding assassins, bigotry, and her newly awakened magical abilities if they hope to come through in one piece.

Arlyn thought she would return to Earth after meeting her father. Now she must fight to save the family she never knew she wanted.

©2016 Bethany Adams (P)2016 Skyboat Media, Inc.

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  • 11-20-16

70% worldbuilding, 20% court intrigue, 10% romance

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Somewhat. I did enjoy the setup and explanations of the culture, but unfortunately the romance was an afterthought at best. The summary had me expecting a marriage-then-love plot with some court politics, but what I got was a lot of background of the world the characters inhabited with little to no depth given to those characters themselves.

Would you recommend Soulbound to your friends? Why or why not?

No. I feel like friends who enjoy fantasy world-building wouldn't enjoy the shoehorned romance but friends who enjoy romance wouldn't enjoy the drawn out world-building explanations or the very poorly executed romance plot. The author seemed to want to do both, but ended up dividing her efforts too much between them and the story suffered for it.

Which character – as performed by Gabrielle de Cuir and Stefan Rudnicki – was your favorite?

None of the characters were especially relatable or lovable. They all felt shallow and one-note in their characterization. I would say Adams clearly had a favorite, because that character was given the most backstory and explanation of anyone, that being Lyr. While the author clearly meant for Arlyn to be the main character, she feels more like an alternate point of view to a story mainly revolving around her father.

What would have made this romance irresistible?

Actually having spent time on said romance, for one. The summary implies that it is a main plotline but it is actually a background plot that receives little to no development. The characters are just suddenly "in love" with no buildup or effort. While Aryn is initially doubtful about the soulbond, after Kai is injured she is suddenly totally accepting of it. The two only have a handful of conversation in the entire book (most of which is just Kai explaining culture or history to Arlyn) but suddenly they are confessing their love to one another and falling into bed.

Any additional comments?

If you are primarily looking for a romance, this is really not the story for you. If you enjoy believable character depth & development, this is not the book you want. If you simply enjoy fantasy elven culture, you might really enjoy this book, because that is where the main focus is.

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I would really prefer a narrator other than Gabrielle de Cuirass

I feel cruel writing this, but I feel compelled to do so. If you are fussy about the narrators of audiobooks, then you want to avoid this one. It was difficult to determine if I enjoyed the book. Every time Ms. de Cuir read, I found myself doing my best to not shut it off. I think it is a lack of her acting ability. Her inflection, intonation, and how she elongated words made it grueling to listen to. Finally, her voice of Arlyn was like that of a child/valley girl/annoyed teen. and not the voice of an adult.

Now, in Ms. De Cuir's defense of portraying Arlyn as an adult, Ms. Adams made her character too young for her age as well as her "soul mate." It was also difficult to believe a five hundred year old man would act like a teenager.

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Good enough book. Poor narration.

The female narrator did a good job with description and male voices but she made the female voice unbearable. I've stopped listening many times simply because I couldn't take the whining! She's supposed to be a grown woman, but she sounds pubescent. Book comes down 2 stars for me for that alone.

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Ok

the narration didn’t work for me not their voice but how they lack passion behind their words. The story it self was pretty if a little confusing. I wanted more passion from the characters as well. World building was good and so was much of the background story. Just lacked passion.

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good book but...

having two narrators randomly switch kind of brings you out of the book it's a great book otherwise.

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Lead is a dud

The story is captivating, nicely described scenes, and the elven characters are fascinating. The MC, however, is a bratty, whiny twerp. She approaches everything with a big chip on her shoulders while her father and soul bounded are nothing but polite and accommodating to her. I enjoyed the story but cringe a little every time she’s in a scene.

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Too much

Feels like your comming in the middle if a story. it has potential, but there is too much going on and feels pressured. needs to do more story building, lengthen the book or break in to a multiple of books. Characters are not well developed and I was not invested in them.

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I love elves

This book does a good job of showing a sensitive yet strong male lead character. I wasn't sure about it at first but it's good.

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Awesome first book! Give me more please.

If you are like me, another series is the last thing you need. But this one gets added to the list and gets bumped to the front end for priority too.

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Unfinishable

I’ve tried 3 times now and just can’t. The main character is so eye-rollingly dumb and annoying my eyes nearly roll into my brain every time she’s in a scene.

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  • SkyDragons
  • 06-04-22

Easy listen

It was an enjoyable story, easy to listen to. I will be listening to the next book in the series soon.

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  • 05-28-22

Fabulous story and so looking forward to next book

A most refreshing take on the subject clever and witty. Very enjoyable and strong characters.

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  • 05-02-22

Long story

The characters were well developed but there was little to no romance you had to wait for the book to nearly be over before the chastely kiss and they could have been monks for all the romance. Great book if you like the politics and long drawn out storyline. I tried but after listening for hours and hours and hours when they finally completed the bond the bedroom sense was leaking disappointing for all the hours and hours of build up I stopped listening with 2 hrs to go . I’ve made a note of the author so I don’t get any more

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  • Kirsty Maclaurin
  • 04-22-22

Not grear

Although the story itself was decent enough (excluding the tedium of the naming and introductions. The performance of the female narrator was truthful painful. Arlan's dialogue was not too bad but the narrator made her constantly sound like a petulant teenager. It was unpleasant yo listen too.

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  • Alan D.
  • 05-04-22

How did Arlen just happen to appear?

The appeaence of ARLEN just hapened to suddenly appear at the start of the story, which doesn't in the book itself.

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  • mags
  • 03-03-20

brilliant book

I loved this book, but found that two narrators rather spoiled it. I would have been happier with just one, the female.

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  • Dave wilco
  • 12-26-17

Terrible

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This storyline had so much potential I was saddened to see it slaughtered so! No romance what so ever, just three conversations and bed. Terrible characters. A 500-year-old elven guy that is as mature as a 15-year-old. The female narrator turns the protagonist into a whiny kid. No real descriptive prose, anything complicated was avoided. The protagonist spent weeks in the portal, yet we are told nothing about it.

Would you ever listen to anything by Bethany Adams again?

Never ever! Nope! Shoot myself first.

Did Gabrielle de Cuir and Stefan Rudnicki do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Did not like this joint venture, but i would consider listening to Gabrielle de Cuir again.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment, I came for elves and got inmature 500 year old idiots.

Any additional comments?

Thank god i can give the book back.

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  • Aleksandra Popovic
  • 08-30-22

I didn’t like the narrator

It seems like a good story, but I just couldn’t stand the breathy voice of the female narrator so I just quit. I really tried.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-25-22

Irritating

Got to chapter 21 and was so mind bogglingly irritated by the heroine I simply couldn’t continue. My mind could not deal with the constant flipping between “I’m tough and
deal with my own and everyone else’s bad stuff” to “Oh my god Where is the guy that forced his way into my life, I can’t do anything without him” ANNOYING from start to where I finished.

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  • CRBW
  • 08-13-22

Disappointing reading

The story takes time to set and the reading performance doesn’t help at all.
1 male and 1 female reader each taking on numerous characters throughout the story doesn’t make for a smooth and relaxing time.

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  • Teena
  • 02-18-22

Enjoyable

Was a nice listen, especially because the story is not heavy handed on the romance like a lot of other fantasy books

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  • Julie A. Darcy
  • 10-18-21

Loved it!

Loved it. The novel was very well written with a great story and narration. l loved the characters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-28-22

Enjoyed listening

Really enjoyed the book. Fabulous performance, good plot, great development of a story line, good level of detail.

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  • Willow
  • 02-28-22

Enjoyed this more than expected

As much as I love fantasy, I do worry that many "elvish" stories might be a bit cliché... but this was not that.

I enjoyed the male/female narrative from the different viewpoints, and both narrators had lovely voices - though I can understand if this wasn't everyone's cup of tea.

The story could almost stand on its own. I don't *need* to read book 2 - though I will, as I enjoyed the story and the characters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-16-21

Good story but narrators ruined it

I genuinely liked the story, there were afew predictable things but the main plot was still pretty good, with some funny and wholesome moments. I think I'll listen to the next book too.

I just didn't like either of the narrators, especially the guy, his voice could be hard to understand and hard to distinguish different characters. The woman's voice was better but still annoying, she over exaggerated the main characters voice, making a fully grown woman sound like a whiny teenager.

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  • Alexandra Harman
  • 01-01-21

fabulous

loved it... can't wait to read the next one..
I was spell bound. couldn't put it down..

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  • Ida
  • 09-25-22

Book was good

I thought the book was good but found the female narrator a bit irritating they way she portrayed the female character. Reminded me of an old lady.

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  • milly
  • 09-23-22

Terrible narrator

Think the story was good but the narrator was so boring and off putting I struggled to stay focused

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-04-22

NICE!

A different view of elves I personally loved this book have already got all books in my library.

Am very interested in the veil and how the elves lived on another world but were able to travel between both kept me enthralled.

Thanks 😊

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  • Lynne Powell
  • 07-14-22

soulboubd

Loved it. Will follow on with the next book. Hopefully it will continue enchanting.