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Review: The Binding (The Velesi Trilogy #1) by L. Filloon



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Two nights after her eighteenth birthday, Lily is attacked while out jogging, but is saved by Tharin Lunar, a Sidhe prince. When she discovers that her attacker is her own brother, Lucas, who disappeared four years ago, Lily refuses to believe that her brother would truly hurt her and becomes determined to find Lucas and bring him home. Lily finds that Lucas’ disappearance is somehow tied to Tharin; so when he informs her that she is his betrothed and must return with him to Velesi, fulfill a treaty between their families and unite the two strongest clans through their marriage, Lily agrees. However, she’s not going to Velesi for a wedding, but to bring home her only family, Lucas.

On their journey to the borders of Velesi, the realm of the Thirteen Clans, they’re pursued by a Sidhe assassin group call the Ange, meet with an ogre crime lord that ends badly, deal with a sleazy troll motel manager, and when they discover that there’s a bounty on their heads, they must keep one step ahead of every assassin, bounty hunter and low-life criminal in Velesi.

Protecting Lily has become the biggest challenge of Tharin’s life. Lucky for him he has help in the form of his twin brother, Tolan, Lily’s best friend Julia and his three bodyguard cousins.

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Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

In book one of the Velesi Trilogy, Lily Michaels just turned eighteen.  She goes for her yearly birthday run.  It’s the only way she celebrates since her brother disappeared.  Her run changes her life.  She is knocked down by a stranger that saves her life.  She watches in horror as her brother appears and tries to kill her.  Her rescuer saves her and turns her world upside down.  She is a princess and his betrothed.  He is an elf.  He has to take her to Velesi and marry her to prevent a war.  Lily is shocked.  Her life is in danger and her brother is alive.
She goes with Tharin and Tolen.  She is determined to find her brother plus she refuses to leave her friend, Julia, behind.  The group makes their way to Velesi.  Enemies are after them as are bounty hunters.  They don’t know who to trust.
This book was awesome.  I loved the story and the characters.  Lily’s shock and disbelief are well written.  She can’t believe what she is seeing and refuses, at first, to believe who she is.  Her personal life as a foster child gives her depth as a character.  Her issues add to how she reacts to what is happening around her.
Tharin, on the other hand, comes across as a jerk.  I understand his anger when his choice was taken away.  However, he blames Lily which adds to the anger.  The author did a great job making his attitude come across.  He will marry her and protect her but he refuses to love her.  He was like a child throwing a tantrum.
The storyline was intriguing.  I like the help they get along the way and there is so much the reader doesn’t know.  You get to speculate at what is really going on.

It was a great read! I give it a 4 out of 5.




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