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Vinculum.A word hastily scrawled on a scrap of paper left behind by his long dead parents, becomes much more than a mystery. It becomes Adriel’s world. Adriel struggled with his life, travelling the world and searching for his place in it. His pale green eyes and snow-white hair instantly singled him out in a crowd, but that wasn’t what made him different. As he struggledVinculum.A word hastily scrawled on a scrap of paper left behind by his long dead parents, becomes much more than a mystery. It becomes Adriel’s world. Adriel struggled with his life, travelling the world and searching for his place in it. His pale green eyes and snow-white hair instantly singled him out in a crowd, but that wasn’t what made him different. As he struggled with conformity, he also waged war with himself—never able to control the raging pressure that swelled deep within him, alluring him with dark desires, tempting him to think of unspeakable things. Things no human should ever think about.When he awakens from a vicious attack, he is reborn in a world where the unspeakable is real. And they are more terrifying than the one he has fought within himself for so long. Blood-sucking creatures, terrors with razor-sharp claws, and strategists with lethal plans lurk in the shadows, living in a world of darkness. And Adriel is one of them....

Title : The Bonded
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ISBN : 9781480099074
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 362 Pages
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The Bonded Reviews

  • ☕ Kimberly
    2019-04-06 06:56

    I knew from the synopsis that I was about to embark on an urban fantasy about vampires but I had no idea I was about to enter a dark and gritty world filled with so much more. Falin delivered a unique twist on the history of not only Vampires, but Wears and Fae too! I quickly consumed this tale with its heavy world-building and captivating protagonist.We meet Adriel with his cocky loner attitude and his shocking white hair and transparent green eyes and we know that he is different. He has been alone in the world since he was sixteen and has traveled the world in search of something unknown; all the while controlling a dark beast that lies within him. All of that is about to change in a small Maryland bar when he encounters a beautiful woman named Percy and her two obnoxious ego induced friends. The tale that unfolds is captivating as Adriel begins a journey that is fascinating, centuries old and filled with danger.Adriel is confident, snarky and at times obnoxious. He is highly sensitive to smell and his hearing is outstanding. He requires periods of solitude and has the ability to discern a lie. I found him to be fasinating and complex. The discovery of whom or what he is was a fascinating journey and one I look forward to continuing. While we witness growth throughout the novel in his character he is not yet complete. Percy is strong, brave, and loyal. Her connection to Adriel is fascinating. The relationship that develops or evolves is not really a romance but something bigger and deeper. Their banter was hilarious at times and their bond heartwarming. We meet clans of vampires and waers and their clan’s hierocracy and individual personalities were engaging. Quilici a clan leader of the waer was well fleshed out and I thought his insight and rational thoughts interesting. He made the tale feel genuine and the suspense come alive. Cassius is everything you will love to hate in a villain and I look forward to seeing him get his just desserts! We catch a glimpse of the Fae and I am eager to discover more.This dark, sometimes gritty urban fantasy had elements of high fantasy and lore. While this tale is just the beginning of Adriel’s Legacy the author did a splendid job of laying out the world-building. I finished reading with a strong sense of the main clans, and an understanding of Adriel and Percy’s role in the saga to come. While the history and character’s kept me enthralled, the pace may be offsetting to some, but I assure you it is well worth it. While Adriel isn’t the most loveable protagonist I have ever met, he grew on me and I really appreciated the complexity of his character and felt it added to the believability of the tale. I am really excited about continuing this journey.I want to thank the author for providing this ARC in exchange for my unbiased review. Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer

  • Michelle Leah Olson
    2019-04-07 11:19

    Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:*Copy received from the author in exchange for an honest reviewWhen John reached out to me to see if I might read and review his debut novel, I took one sweep through the synopsis, one look at that gorgeous cover, and said "absolutely". Now that I've completed the book I am very happy that I did...Take an ages old vampire villain that becomes corrupted by his gifts and ends up with a God complex, add in a stubborn, snarky, independent hero with an unknown past, supporting characters that act as perfectly placed building blocks to help build and unravel a complex tale of mystery, intrigue, loyalty, fanaticism, and destiny, and you end up with The Bonded. ADRIEL'S LEGACY is an engaging new dark Urban Fantasy series with captivating characters, an interesting switch on the mythos of vampires, waers & the fae, & intellectual prose that made me instantly respect the author for seeing his readers as exactly what we are, bibliophiles.I thoroughly enjoyed this unique journey and I can't wait to see where John takes the series and Adriel's quest in the next installment!LITERAL ADDICTION gives The Bonded 4 Skulls and would recommend it to all Urban Fantasy lovers who are looking for something new and exciting. Note to the reader: this isn't a mindless, happy read. It's often times dark, titillatingly complex, and precisely and intellectually written. If you're looking for a book that has a new take on the vampire, shifter and fae storylines and challenges you a bit as a reader, then this is definitely a book for you! :)

  • Tiffany
    2019-04-09 15:07

    Finally, an urban fantasy book with a plot that doesn't revolve around the character's love life! HALLELUJAH! Vampires who can actually qualify as vampires rather than pretty boys with a penchant for animal blood, that itself is worthy of 3-4 stars.For a self-published debut piece, this work was not bad. Admittedly, there were a number of cringe-worthy grammatical errors, but that can be chalked up more upon faulty editting software than the weary writer.

  • Liza
    2019-04-13 07:11

    The ability to engage and excite with the written word is not something that comes easily, but the John Falin delivered both with this page-turner. "The Bonded" caught my interest in the first page, and continued to draw me into the deep, rich plot full of twists, darkness and its thought-provoking story line around humanity and monstrosities. I look forward to the next installment - hoping it comes soon!

  • Kelley
    2019-03-27 09:08

    Well written vampire story that is much deeper and richer and much less bubble gum than "The Twilight" series. Adriel is different, even when he is taken into the vampire community. His looks and abilities cause him to be an outsider in both worlds.

  • Katie
    2019-03-26 13:14

    I thought it was alright, the main character was a bit of a mary sue to me, but i'll read the second one when it comes out.

  • Georgia
    2019-03-28 12:57

    The Bonded by John Falin is the first book in the Adriel's Legacy series. The story starts in the small town of Frederick, Maryland, where we first meet Adriel. Adriel is in his 40's (though looks much younger) and stands out due to his appearance. His snow white hair and nearly translucent, but for a hint of green, eyes make it hard for him to blend in. Perhaps he could explain aware his hair with concocted stories of dye or cover his eyes with sunglasses, but his 6ft2in height just adds to his growing list of unique traits. Aside from his physical appearance, there are other aspects of Adriel that are a little unusual. For instance, he has a fast metabolism. Very fast. As in he can burn off a scotch in fifteen minutes kind of fast. He also has a very high body temperature, that is suffocating in the summer and perfect in the winter, where all he has to wear is a light jacket in the snow.With all we know about him, it may not be surprising that Adriel has always felt different. But there's something else as well. Adriel believes he has a 'demon' inside him. Not a supernatural kind, but something that wants to break out. He has to constantly control it (which can sometimes be a little challenging due to his quick temper), and is very reserved for fear of it, which can put quite a strain on his relationships with people. This paired with his almost pathological need for moments of solitude during the day mean that Adriel spends most of his time alone. Generally drinking at any bar where he can be anonymous. On one of these occasions however, he draws a little too much attention to himself. Two men and a woman walk into the bar. The twin men exude an aura of unfriendliness and threatening unapproachability, one is a heavily built, muscular man, while the other is less so, but with more brains. Adriel instantly nicknames the duo 'Hanz' and 'Franz' (named for the SNL characters).On the other hand, he is instantly drawn to the woman, the beautiful Percy (short for Persephone), though he can't put his finger on why. Sure she's stunning, but there's something deeper. All three of them could be siblings, with their jet black hair and translucent, blue eyes that look like ice. The three men peacock a little and Adriel pushes his luck. After leaving the bar, the twins follow him to his car. Adriel is prepared and brings out the knife he always carries, but it soon becomes obvious that this is a fight he can't win. The two men are unnaturally fast and can heal incredibly quickly. Panic starts to take over as one of the twins bites his neck and sucks his blood. Adriel blacks out.When he comes to, Adriel discovers a whole new world. If he wasn't aware of the supernatural world before, he sure as hell is now. As it turns out, vampires are real. They are born essentially human. In their early twenties they go through a phase called 'The Resurrectio' (or 'The Awakening' to non-Latin speakers). During this time, their bodies and minds change to create the vampires they eventually become.They all have dark hair and ice blue eyes, and none of them is over 5ft10in, with the exception of their leader, Cassius. Cassius is an unnerving individual and the oldest of the vampires. He covets power and demands absolute loyalty. But Cassius is already the leader of all vampires, what more power could he have?Well, it turns out there are other supernatural species too. And a battle is about to break out with one of them. The waer to be exact. There was a long-standing treaty between the two species that has now been broken and both sides thirst for blood. Not to mention, with the arrival of Adriel, everyone wants a piece.The waer and the vampires share many similar traits, such as sleeping during the day, sucking blood for nutrients and they can only killed by decapitation, having their heart cut out or exsanguination. Neither of these species are immortal. Vampires generally live to around 1500. But waer differ in many ways. They are extremely tall- around 7ft, have bright yellow eyes and a huge amount of body hair, including beards. Their appearance is similar to very tall, wild mountain men. They also have four sharp incisors, as opposed to the retractable two that vampires have. Their hands are clawed, which make them best at close combat. They are led by Quilici, a very smart waer, who holds his cards very close to his chest.As Adriel learns more about the culture and tries to discover what he really is, secrets are revealed and suspicions are abound. Adriel may seem to be almost a vampire, but there are a few discrepancies that cause distrust amongst the others. Unlike the other vampires, he only went through 'The Resurrectio" after meeting Hanz, Franz and Percy. His eyes are green and there's the possibility he has his own unique powers, not ones known to be possessed by vampires. There is also the unease he feels towards Cassius, who sees him more as a means to an end than a person. The only problem is that Adriel doesn't know what the end Cassius has in store is. However, for now he is content to be around Percy, with whom he seems to share an odd bond. Percy can't or won't explain it and, as the bond strengthens, Adriel becomes increasingly irritated with the mountains of questions that keep pilling up, without a single answer to lessen them.Percy does give him one clue though. Adriel was adopted. This he always knew, but what he wasn't aware of, until his parents passed, was the secrets they kept. Part of his inheritance was a single piece of paper with the word 'Vinculum' scrawled across it. According to Percy, vinculum is Latin for 'The Bonded'.After being pulled into the world of 'things that go bump in the night' and finding there's a battle between them, Adriel has to cope with becoming a fully fledged vampire with a twist (one he doesn't know about) and learning to fight in a war against creatures he could never have even imagined existed. Both sides want him, but he's not sure which one (if either) wants him alive. The question is, where does his allegiance lie? And what is 'The Bonded'?The plot is quite slow-moving. Even with the impending war and the build-up to the finale, there is little sense of urgency overall. There are certain points where tension is created, but it soon dissipates and isn't held.I would've also liked a little more background on the other characters and more development too. I had an odd relationship with the characters in this book. Some become more interesting with time, (no spoilers) and some becoming less so, almost to the point of becoming boring. This was how I felt about Percy's character. She just wasn't very captivating. Even Adriel's story isn't gone into in detail and his character remains constant and practically unchanged. But this is only the beginning, after all. In the end, this book just wasn't for me. Like practically every other woman, I went thought the vampire/werewolf phase, but am well past it now. There are some exceptions, so perhaps a more concise description would be I am past vampire or werewolf romances. This isn't exactly a romance, but vampire/werewolf books are basically a hit or miss for me. I always give books the benefit of the doubt, so I won't judge a book for being a vampire/werewolf story, but that doesn't mean I'll necessarily enjoy it. I go into all stories neutral and let the books form my own opinions and feelings towards them. This book is good, just not 'my cup of tea'.A book for fans of young adult or supernatural stories, especially those involving vampires or werewolves (how many times have I written those words now?). Book 1 sets up the story for the rest of the series well. If you're interested, why not give it a try?Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the author. This is not a sponsored review. All opinions are 100% my own.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-04-20 10:52

    I thought for a long time about what to write in this review, because I'll be perfectly honest: I really didn't like this book.Disclaimer: I received this book as part of the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway program.The Bonded was my first real dive into the "urban fantasy" genre. I can see how this genre could be fascinating: the idea that something supernatural is my neighbor, the proximity to the real world, all of that has the potential for a haunting sort of realism. (I'm thinking now of the television series Supernatural. While it's not perfect by any means, it represents the closest thing I know of to my expectations for the genre.) Unfortunately with The Bonded, I didn't really get any sort of realism.For a vampire-lit novel, a species who claims to be very "earthy," there was nothing organic about them. The characters seemed stunted and flat, their dialogue scripted and unnatural. It was impossible for me to connect with or care for any of the characters when I couldn't connect with their dialogue. The first-person, present tense narrator was at times confusing and his comments that were intended to be snarky, sarcastic, or funny just made me roll my eyes. Our main character, as another reviewer said, is pretty "Mary Sue." I felt he was trying too hard to be special.I do think the story itself has potential. The vampire/werewolf/fairy lore he has incorporated (or invented, I'm not sure) peaked my interest a little, and I'm sure will be developed in further books. I know there is a wide audience for this genre, and I'm sure Adriel's story will be particularly intriguing for them. It just wasn't my cup of tea.

  • Laurie
    2019-04-02 09:03

    Well, this book sucked me right in. I loved the mystery in this Urban Fantasy, and thought the tension was exceptionally well-maintained throughout. Adriel is a likeable, irreverent protagonist with a smart mouth and flippant attitude. I often laughed aloud at some of the zingers that came out of his mouth – sometimes at the most inopportune moments. He is an enigma from the start; I remained curious and was kept guessing about his actual origins and bloodline throughout most of the book.I really enjoyed this book. Here we find an entire new mythos explaining the Supernaturals. But, there are no dull lectures or massive information dumps. The background history is sparingly doled out as needed in smallish segments. By utilizing this delivery method, the author masterfully crafted the framework for terrific, original world-building. Adriel is feared and wanted by both factions. The interplay and relationships are complex and exciting. I particularly liked Percy. She and Adriel are perfect for each other, and I loved how they grew in power together as the story unfolded. The pacing kept me interested all the way to the end; I never got bored, or felt the action slowed down too much. I was also surprised a couple of times when there was an unexpected turn of events. I am thrilled the author approached me to review his debut book and I will be anxiously awaiting the next installment.Reviewed by Laurie-J

  • Tabby Shiflett
    2019-03-30 10:54

    A dark urban supernatural fantasy recommended for adult fans of werewolf - vampire stories. LT Member GiveawayJohn FalinThe Bonded

  • Andd Becker
    2019-03-30 10:57

    The extraordinary writing bursts with precise language. The 1st person narrator speaks in the present tense, drawing the reader into the bloodlust world of vamps.The historical background of vampires is believable. The characters are well-developed.I received this book free through the goodreads FIRST READS program.

  • Cassie
    2019-04-02 14:52

    I loved the tension and the mystery withing this book. you will be hooked from the very first page of this book, guaranteed. John created masterpiece!