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Reviewed by Francine Zane for Readers' Favorite
The remarkable story of Sadie continues in Donnielle Tyner’s The Caelian Cycle series. Book 2 is aptly named Bound and depicts Sadie’s struggles to overcome her tragic past while honing her deadly talents into battle-ready tools. While she faces certain death alongside a cast of steadfast friends, Sadie feels powerless against her fears of not only the enemy, but of her own capabilities. While Sadie trains for battle, her relationship with Kian strengthens. He is not only her love, he is the rock that steadies her. He is what keeps her grounded when all she really wants to do is curl up into a ball and die. She is a devoted friend and will risk anything to ensure the safety of those she loves.
Bound by Donnielle Tyner offers something for everyone. Sadie is an emotion-driven heroine with a backbone of steel who shows promise of becoming even more powerful the more familiar she becomes with her talents. She shares a lot of teen angst with her friends during the first half of the book, while the last half is action driven with more than a little bloodshed and trauma. Think teen soap opera meets blockbuster action flick.
Tyner’s writing style is comfortable, like a favorite blanket. Her action sequences border on horrific, but in a good way. Her characters are likeable, but where she really excels is in her dialogue. Anyone who has spent much time at all conversing with teenagers will totally relate to the subtle jabs and sometimes over-the-top reactions to the sequence of events. Anyone who remembers being a teen will appreciate Sadie’s struggle to balance all the different components in her complex life.