Top positive review
on 19 November 2015
Bound By Prophecy is book one of The Descendants series by the magical Melissa Wright. It is a YA fantasy romance about a higher being named Aern. He is 22 years old and already got forced authority, a bounty on his head and kidnapping under his belt. His brother is power hungry and using any means nessassary to become the One - the male half of the union foretold in a prophecy of their people. Aern wants to protect the female half of the Union, Brianna...the prophecy girl and so has hidden her from his crazed brother and by doing so forfeited his own freedom and life. But this get crazier when Briannas twin sister Emily saves Aern and demands he take her to her sister. Twists and turns at every corner and romance to boot.
The narrative of this story is first person from Aerns POV. I haven't read many books, if any, that uses a male protagonist in a first person sense but I loved it and I really adored Aern as a character. The story starts after Aern has saved Brianna and hidden her away which kind of makes you feel like you missed some of the story but you aren't, don't worry. The things that happened before the books start is briefed in the blurb. I actually really liked this, it was a unique way of making the story and something a bit fresh. Also, because of this style it is action packed from page one! We meet the three main characters in a really hairy situation and it really sets up the characters pseronalities greatly. I found the back and forth between Aern and Emily was really entertaining, they need each other but hate each other but the sexual tension is so evident and it's just really cute and funny. I loved how exciting it was right from the off but we don't really know at first what Aern is or why things are happening between himself and his brother. The serious plot twists partway through make the book even more interesting and refresh what's going on just as it begins to get samey samey.
Aern is a determined character. He is selfless, trustworthy and skilled. He's a fighter! His rebellion has cost him everything but that doesn't stop him, he will be the hero. He is such a loveable character. Emily is a quick tempered character. She is headstrong, protective and suspicious of everyone. She will do whatever it takes to find and protect Brianna and has a few secrets to make her mysterious too. She has a sweet side and her attraction to Aern is obvious. She is a fighter and I loved her. Brianna is a confusing character. When we meet her she seems confident and a little cocky but she quickly becomes sickly, weak and fragile seeming. She then reverts to a powerful, in charge persona and it sticks for the rest of the book. I'm not 100% sure where her personality lies right now and look forward to learning more about her as I read more of the series. I'm also going to mention, I was throughly thrown by Aern and Emily's romance because until halfway through the book I thought Aern was in love with Brianna then.... BAM! He's in love with Emily. I prefer that, they are great together, but I did not expect it. In fact, I didn't expect a lot of things that happened in this book! Melissa has a great talent for making her plots unpredictable!
Overall, I cannot wait to read book two in the series and am so so glad I already have it or I might have died. This is yet another masterpiece by the genius Melissa Wright!! The plot twists blew me away and I didn't expect them in the slightest! The ending! Oh my jeez! The feels are real! I think my heart may have exploded... I LOVE THIS BOOK!! Go buy it now. You need to read this book. It gets all the recommendation!! Ten starts!