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Release Day Review: Bound By Prophecy by Stormy Smith

by Stormy Smith
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Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Hi everyone! Today I am thrilled to be a part of the release day launch of Stormy Smith’s Bound By Prophecy, Book 3 in the Bound Series. Books 1 and 2, Bound By Duty and Bound By Spells, have both made it into my favorite reads, and as you will see in my review below, Bound By Prophecy is no different in that regard.

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Amelia Bradbury is finally free from Queen Julia and Cresthaven, but she isn’t safe yet. The Keeper power runs rampant inside her and it will take an ultimate act of selflessness to contain the darkness that threatens Amelia’s sanity and the future of the Immortal race.

Aidan Montgomery refuses to give up on Amelia. Once she’s rescued from the Keeper’s hold, he intends to prove his love is more than a side effect of the prophecy, even if doing so leads him away from his pack and on a journey that will irrevocably change them both.

When the past and the present collide and the shocking origin of the Immortals is revealed, Amelia and Aidan are forced back to Cresthaven to end a war that never should have started.

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This book is one I had been waiting for. Bound By Spells ends on such a note that waiting was difficult. I wanted to know how things were going to turn out for Amelia and Aidan, especially, but also for Micah, Bethany, Cole, and the rest of the mages and animages.

This was such a book of revelations. If you follow Stormy on social media, you might remember that she mentioned that we’d find out who/what Charlie and Onyx are. We do and it is perfect. The whole scene where this transpires is great. Watching Amelia’s responses to the reveal is just how I think I would have been had it been me. It’s rare that animals get to be such strong characters in their own right, and I think Stormy handled this perfectly.

Amelia had such an amazing course of growth over the series. You’d never guess by reading them out of order that the Amelia from Book 3 is the same as the one from Book 1. She’s matured beyond her years and it’s great to see her ready to take up the mantle that she was given on her own yet be smart enough to know that there are others there willing to help shoulder the burden. That’s not to say she’s completely different, she still gets a bit wrapped up with things internally, but she’s more apt to use the tools she has at her disposal. Aidan, too, has grown as a character and he really comes into his own the more he gets to interact with the others. Micah, Bethany, and Cole appeared in just the right amounts. I love the scenes that Bethany is in especially. Cole was the biggest surprise for me this book, but I can’t tell you how. I also enjoyed the introduction of a couple new characters, but to name them would be to give things away, and I won’t allow myself to do that. You’re just going to have to read it to find out.

Bound By Prophecy was everything I wanted it to be. With a great mix of action and emotion, the pacing is fantastic. You fly through it, but you don’t feel rushed. It’s because you need to know what happens next. I couldn’t put this book down, finishing it in one sitting…followed by a big book hangover. I think I’ve had three of those thanks to Stormy, one for each book. Stormy, you have a way with words, and I am proud to count myself among your readers.


Have you read the first book in the Bound Series? You NEED to. What are you waiting for? Bound by Duty is FREE!

Free on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1Q9EGRo

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Amelia grew up in a world of half-truths. She knows she’s an Elder, but has no idea what that means. Her father reminds her daily that she must maintain control, but he refuses to explain why. Even worse, she’s betrothed to the prince of the Immortals and doesn’t even know his name.

Finally breaking free to live a few normal years at a community college, the last thing Amelia expects is to find her best friend in a cheeky southern girl, or fall for a self-assured human who sees her for who she is, not what she will become.

As she learns more about herself, Amelia realizes the line between love and duty is a thin one. As her power continues to increase exponentially and her questions are slowly answered, Amelia must make the ultimate choice. The question is, will her head win the battle, or her heart?


Join Stormy Smith and Alys Arden for a LIVE Google Hangout to celebrate their latest releases! Here’s the Facebook event link. They will have ten guest authors, tons of book chat, and lots of giveaways!


About Stormy Smith

A word nerd from the very beginning, Stormy Smith has always had her nose in a book or a pen in her hand. From a journalism degree to a public relations career, manipulating words has always been her forte. She never expected her love of stories to translate into writing them, but one day the words were there and couldn’t be stopped.
Stormy lives in Iowa’s capital with her husband and two crazy cats. When she isn’t working on, or thinking about, her books, Stormy’s favorite places include bar patios, live music shows, her yoga mat or anywhere she can relax with her husband or girlfriends.