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FREE BOOK Ê Bound ⛅ Alex Caine is a martial artist fighting in illegal cage matches His powerful secret weapon is an unnatural vision that allows him to see his opponents moves before they know their intentions themselvesAn enigmatic Englishman, Patrick Welby, approaches Alex after a fight and reveals, I know your secret Welby shows Alex how to unleash a breathtaking realm of magic and power, drawing him into a mind bending adventure beyond his controlAnd control is something Alex values above all elseA cursed grimoire binds Alex to Uthentia, a chaotic Fey godling, who leads him towards chaos and murder, an urge Alex finds harder and harder to resist Befriended by Silhouette, a monstrous Kin beauty, Alex sets out to recover the only things that will free him the shards of the Darak But that powerful stone also has the potential to unleash a catastrophe which could mean the end of the world as we know it A fast paced, supernatural fantasy A wonderfully entertaining read In a small way, reminiscent of Lord of the Rings Bound feels very comfortable and familiar in its story construct However, also original and exciting Like all Baxter s work, it hits the mark Read this and you re going to get covered in a decent amount of gross monster guts 0 I ll definitely be reading Obsidian and Abduction I m thoroughly invested in Alex and Sil s adventure. I picked up Bound, by Alan Baxter, on the recommendation of a friend I owe that friend a few drinks now Bound is about cage fighter Alex Caine, a man who can see his opponents moves before they make them Following a successful fight Alex is approached by an Englishman called Welby, who knows his secret and wants Alex to help him unlock the key to an ancient and powerful grimoire Drawn into a world filled with magic, violence, and a chaotic Fey godling called Uthentia, Alex must harness his i I picked up Bound, by Alan Baxter, on the recommendation of a friend I owe that friend a few drinks now Bound is about cage fighter Alex Caine, a man who can see his opponents moves before they make them Following a successful fight Alex is approached by an Englishman called Welby, who knows his secret and wants Alex to help him unlock the key to an ancient and powerful grimoire Drawn into a world filled with magic, violence, and a chaotic Fey godling called Uthentia, Alex must harness his innate magical ability and fighting skills to prevent the end of the world as we know it.Upon finishing Bound my first thought was damn My second thought was that if Stephen King and Jim Butcher ever had a love child then it would be Alan Baxter.Finally, my third thought was that Bound is a seriously entertaining read.Full of dark, gritty and bloody goodness, Bound is possibly one of the best debut novels I ve read in many years Cracking action and dialogue propel the story along at a fast pace as the reader journeys from the cages of the underground fighting scene in Sydney to the icy wastes of Iceland I loved the fight scenes, and I could tell they were written by someone who has trained extensively in hand to hand combat and martial arts I almost felt the bones being broken and smashed at times throughout the book, and their realism kept me enthralled The world in which Bound is set was also gloriously gritty and full of things that go bump in the night Dark horrors exist everywhere the Three Sisters for example , and the world is full of mythical and supernatural creatures such as gargoyles and the Fey.Alex Caine was also a fascinating protagonist Flawed in many ways but still noble and honest, he was a believable hero who I couldn t help but cheer for as the odds kept stacking up against him His rages, lust, frustration, and mistakes throughout the story only added depth to his character and made himhuman His dialogue and interplay with the other characters like Silhouette throughout the novel were also loaded with wit and humour that had me chuckling well into the night The other characters and creatures in Bound were also interesting I loved the idea of the Kin, and the dark horrors like the Three Sisters and the Subcontractor However, the two characters I absolutely adored were the evil duo of Mr Hood and Miss Sparks and their Black Diamond Inc They are the perfect narrative foil for Alex and Silhouette, and their dark and twisted relationship and actions brought a real nefarious essence to the story that was both creepy and strangely thrilling as well All in all Bound was a bloody excellent read I cannot recommend this book enough to fans of Butcher and Wendig.4 out of 5 stars smashdragons.blogspot.com.au I m not into magical thrillers, but this one, I liked reading Alex is a good character, he is a tortured soul, and finds a fellow tortured soul on his journey I loved the familiar scenes of Sydney, the South Coast, Newtown I love Newtown and other countries, but knowing that this book is essentially an Australian based book, was the catch for me. Alex Caine grew up in foster homes and was a wild kid until he started learning martial arts since then, he s had focus, discipline and a means of earning a living in illegal cage fights He always wins, too, because he has a secret advantage he can see people s shades, and knows what his opponents are about to do It isn t until he meets Englishman Patrick Welby that Alex learns there s a name for what he is mage Once Welby unlocks the door to the hidden world of magesign and the Fey, Alex Alex Caine grew up in foster homes and was a wild kid until he started learning martial arts since then, he s had focus, discipline and a means of earning a living in illegal cage fights He always wins, too, because he has a secret advantage he can see people s shades, and knows what his opponents are about to do It isn t until he meets Englishman Patrick Welby that Alex learns there s a name for what he is mage Once Welby unlocks the door to the hidden world of magesign and the Fey, Alex is reluctantly drawn in Welby has his sights set on a powerful magical book that he hasn t been able to read, but he thinks Alex can He wants Alex to go with him from Sydney to London to try and read the book, being held by a cranky and unlikeable bookseller called Peacock Welby s hunch was right Alex can read it, only with unexpected consequences The book is actually a vessel for a trapped piece of a Fey god, a being of chaos that was driven from this plane with only this one little bit remaining, a piece that latches onto a mortal soul and drives them to destruction Alex is no less a victim, and with his training is driven to lethal acts He ll do whatever it takes to get rid of the indestructible book, even braving the dens of flesh eating Kin, before anypeople die at his hands.With the help of an unlikely but beautiful, inhuman ally called Silhouette, and pursued by a ruthless and ambitious magical artefacts dealer called Mr Hood, Alex finds himself traversing the globe to hunt down shards of the powerful stone that first rid the world of the godling, Uthentia Time is running out and the stakes are getting higher Even if he succeeds in his quest to find the long hidden pieces, he has only a hunch and conviction that he will be able to use what took three powerful mages to wield long ago But there s only one way to find out.I m not a big reader of Urban Fantasy, mostly because the majority of books that fall under that sub genre always use mysteries or detective work as their plot, and mysteries tend to bore me Character development especially, and also world building, are all too often overlooked in a mystery or detective or thriller or CIA novel I m not sure why Urban Fantasy must contain some kind of mystery detective plotline, but I m guessing it s a way to explore the familiar unfamiliar world for the sake of the audience When it s not a mystery, it s romance paranormal romance I find the latterinteresting and engaging because romance, by dint of its nature, relies on characters, so you get plenty of character development or you should Bound pleasantly straddles several tropes common to Urban Fantasy, combining Fey and Kin with human, magic and mystery with crime and violence, love and obsession with murder and mayhem It hasof a classic Quest structure than a detective one, and uses the trope of introducing a new, hidden and complex world to an ignorant human as a means of providing exposition at a gradual pace Overall, it works Bound is a gritty, dark urban fantasy, full of violence and gore and visceral imagery There are hints of other works here or rather, certain scenes reminded me of other works, which is not to say Baxter lacks originality but that stories create a community of ideas and imagination, which I love The golems reminded me of Jonathan Stroud, the island of malnourished worshippers and the obese dictator reminded me of Iain BanksConsider Phlebusthe first of his Culture science fiction series Other elements of the novel reminded me of less tangible stories, books I couldn t quite remember or grasp Overall it makes Bound feel like familiar territory, one that doesn t need much exposition to understand.Alex Caine is a good protagonist and hero figure, leading us into this new world unwillingly, but never baulking at what he knows he must do For the most part, he asks good questions and uses his head I can only hope that his character isfully developed and explained over the following two books, as we don t learn a whole lot about him here Silhouette, likewise, is a shadowy figure no pun intended , but an excellent one She s only half human, and Baxter does a good job of developing her inhumanity while at the same time giving us plenty to like and relate to The world of the Kin and the Fey is an interesting one, and while it might not be the most original of storylines or worlds, it is quite entertaining, in a dark and often violent way.Where I struggled some was with the writing Baxter s prose is solid, his details are nicely placed, and the dialogue flows quite naturally But what I got really tired of was the constant use of the rhetorical question Baxter uses it a great deal when Alex starts reflecting and thinking and in general, trying to figure things out The occasional rhetorical question works fine, but sometimes there were several in the one paragraph and it does weaken the writing not to mention makes Alex a tad annoying in those moments.I enjoyed Bound, both for its dark, twisted other worldly creatures and, at times, downright terrifying scenes of violence and gristly murder the scene with the children was particularly hard to read , as well as for the simple but layered world building Alex Caine starts off the series as an ordinary man with a couple of extraordinary talents by the end, he s somethingthan human and forever changed by his experiences It can only getinteresting from here on My thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book.