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Soulbound to a Dragon

Soulbound to a Dragon, Book 1
Narrated by: Annie Ellicott, Jeff Hays
Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
Categories: Romance, Fantasy
4.5 out of 5 stars (127 ratings)

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Riella Akema is a Pantherian, the rare child of a human and Therian. In her case, her father was an Elderfel, a cat-like humanoid that despises all other races, making her an abomination in their eyes. 

The only reason she’s still alive is because her mother sacrificed everything to buy her 18 years of safety in the magically protected forest of the elves. 

But now that time has come to an end. 

Her birthday present from the elves is her permanent exile. Riella must now face the outside world for the first time, along with the dangers and discrimination that come with it. However, unknown to her, the Elderfel have been waiting all this time for her to reappear. Her life means more to them than a simple mixing of the races. She is more than just an abomination. 

Will her magic be enough to defend herself? Or will the Elderfel take her life and steal her soul along with it?

Prologue 

Really, I felt like I hadn’t truly been living until now. And I wasn’t about to go back to a life of solitude just to keep this body breathing, while my heart slowly withered away in loneliness. I needed to feel, to be alive, even if it did ultimately lead to an early death. 

I looked up at him with renewed determination, only to realize he wasn’t focused on me anymore, and his expression had changed drastically. He had a look in his eyes that I hadn’t seen before, and I hoped to never see it directed at me. 

Pure hatred.

I turned around, almost expecting him to be looking at the elf, only to see that all three of them were facing the other way too, swords halfway drawn. I gazed further on, trying to understand what was happening, finally seeing it for myself. 

©2019 Kurtis Eckstein (P)2019 Kurtis Eckstein

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A Sob Story

I have never seen such a sob story in my life. I started out liking the main character, but as the book progressed, I started not caring too much for her plight. TBH, everyone else she came across had a worse story than she did.

Not to sound too down on the main character, but she had first world problems, ok? And yes, some people wanted her dead for a while, but as soon as that went away, she came across like the biggest spoiled brat I have had the pleasure of reading about.

The entire book series may in fact be about her and the story behind her powers, but this book was definitely about her two main companions, who, I might add, are far more interesting than she.

The best way to describe the entire book and the main character is to think of a typical anime schoolgirl trope type who is overly emotional, overly jealousy, completely absent-minded, yet with a heart of gold, that should make us forget all her flaws. Yet, I didn't really care about this character when the book was down, and that says more about the author than it does the book.

It gets 2 stars because it makes elves look like the stuck up, elitist xenophobes we all know they are deep down. Too many books overly glorify elves as some sort of super race, and authors often swing from their nut sacks and bend over backwards to try to explain away their arrogance and elitism. About time they were exposed for the scum they are!

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awesome start

great start to a fantasy series, I am excited to see where it goes from this point.

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unexpected, enjoyable

I was surprised by the author's choices, how he advanced the plot. refreshing. The characters were enjoyable. Emotion was conveyed well. The Narrators (voice actors?) were excellent.
The sexual aspect of the story was a bit tame, and very little to no cursing. Yet, slavery and forced prostitution are major plot points, so I wonder what the age of the target audience is? Did the publisher meddle, trying to make the story more "safe?"
Whenever the character was indecisive, because of her lack of self worth, we got a long back and forth as she debated with herself. This was repeated far too often, Trust your readers to make assumptions, especially when it is a recurring theme.

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good book with good narration

I liked this one. A good fantasy story and with romance that isn't too explicit in case you dislike such books. The small details that are sprinkled in the story about small things really made the world come alive for me. The narrators are awesome as always!

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good world/concept.. desperate/needy Mc...

Interesting world and concept... unfortunately the Mc comes off as desperate and needy through most of the book. I think some of it was supposed to be innuendo/romance but it came off pretty rough...

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headline required so I wrote this in

emo girl believes she can save everyone always and refuses to live life grounded in reality, shes emotional and insecure thus she crys every other chapter or is in self incrimination self doubt wrapped in an extra dose of insecurity. outside of that the rest of the story premise was interesting and could have gone a lot better if it would have minimised the above aforementioned emo outburst and belief that she can right every wrong.

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way to leave me hanging

good enough to make mcge angry when it just stops at the end. there better be a sequel.

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more

loved it listen to it in one go main character a little whiny but should toughen up and book 2 good job bro please write the next one
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Loved it! Narration was amazing, really brought the story to life. I can't wait for book 2!

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Very repetitive but not bad.

This is a hard review to write. I'm going to clarify first that I don't think I'm the target audience for this book. The book starts out alright promising even but then we get chapter after chapter of self doubt and hate from the main character who doesn't really make any real development as a character in the entire book. The supporting characters exist almost entirely for the sake of the main character and are given very little depth they are entirely there to be the support the main character needs and love her even though they just met, it happens over and over again. I've read a few books like that before but at least in those the writer knew how to make the story fun and enjoyable, this one is just mostly repeating the same inner monologue of self hate and doubt over and over for several hours. If they cut most of the repeated lines out and put in some character development the book would be about 1/4th the length it is now. Unfortunately most of the characters even the "villains" aren't very interesting with only 2 showing any promise, one of which shows up in the last 20 minutes. There are some large signs that point at future harem with the main character having both genders in it. The world building is interesting and while I may be wrong I feel like this story and world building was heavily inspired by Final Fantasy III (VI in Japan) especially the descriptions of the city and magic tech and such so overall that was a little interesting. I honestly had no intention of getting the next book until the last 2 chapters (mostly the last 2 minutes of the last chapter) started to get interesting, so now I will probably give it a chance. As for the audio book it's done by SoundBooth Theater and they could make anything sound amazing but there is one scene in it where the audio quality changes drastically like the lines were re-recorded with different low quality settings, and it happens again after the book with the self promotion at the end (I listened to both scenes on two different devices to check if it was me.)so book score is 3/5 audio book quality is basically 5/5 balancing the audio book score down to 4/5. Overall if you think you are in the target audience for this book or a fan of SBTL it's worth checking out.