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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Bound by Mark Lawrence (Reviewed by Lukasz Przywoski & Mihir Wanchoo)


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OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS (LUKASZ): I don’t know how Lawrence did it, but he made me care deeply for murderous nuns. I’m sure the Books Of The Ancestor will become one of my favourite series ever. Unless, of course, Lawrence messes up everything* in Holy Sister.

Bound happens between the events of Gray and Holy Sister. It is, essentially, the story about the power of a kiss. A kiss can kick-start passion, but in the world of the Ancestor, its powers run much deeper and may turn lethal.

Beautifully written, packed with action and mystery, Bound blends moments of sweetness and with violence and bloodshed. I expected nothing else.

Flaws? It only whetted my appetite for more stories in the world and April is still too far away.

OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS (MIHIR): Bound is a short and snappy story that focuses on Nona and a few of her classmates as they get involved in the mystery of several murders. Nona, Ara, and Ruli are looking forward to some hooch when they overhear sisters Kettle and Apple discussing a series of murders.

Things escalate as they usually do and the funnies thing is that it all begins with a kiss. But since this is a Mark Lawrence story so this isn’t your regular romance at all. It deals with love and possibly hate. Nona has matured beyond her years and now knows more about the world than most girls of her age. But in many ways she’s still a young person and has never truly known love. This story explores that angle while providing the requisite amount of thrills and action.

The story is definitely set after the events of Grey Sister and while readers can read this story as a standalone. There are quite a few references and events mentioned that would only make sense if you have read the Red & Grey Sister.

This story held my attention completely with all of its twists and minute touches to the long-form books. For those enraptured by Nona, the sisters and the weird world that they live in. Bound will be a welcome addition to the Books Of The Ancestor saga and will only serve to who your appetite for the finale in Holy Sister in 2019.

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