In Bound by Fate we return to Auren recently escaped from the Dark Isle, alone and forging ahead on her mission to rescue her father. Along the way she discovers Jade, her closest friend has been captured during the Galvadi invasion and sent to a reconciliation camp.
Afraid but resolved, she knows she must try and rescue her. Using the skills taught to her by Kado, Auren will do all she can to help Jade and her father.
Surviving brainwashing and torture, Aurens emotions soon become conflicted when her mother’s prophecy arrives. Her only choices, death or continued pain.
Bound by Fate provides the reader a new strong emotional theme to the latest tale of Auren. The character is now parted from the comfort zone of Kado after her escape from the Dark Isle. There are feelings of doubt and indecision, and courage as Auren begins her campaign. Things are moving fast and the pace of the story is good as Auren struggles with the choices left to her. This emotional undercurrent is strong and reads well in this episode.
An important element of the story for me focuses around the capture of Auren and the trails and torture she faces at the hands of the Galvadi. I think it’s hard to get these scenes right as sometimes it can be overdone by the author, concentrating in one area over another. In Bound by Fate the torture and indoctrination elements came across well, instead of focusing on the purely physical elements, the emotional and physiological aspects were treated with equal importance and because of this the story reads better.
As they say in show business, always leave them wanting more and as Bound by Fate finishes this is exactly the case. No spoilers, sorry, but the position Auren finds herself in is a strange and dangerous one, resulting in dramatic developments . I like a good cliffhanger and this is a good cliffhanger, you get the feeling Auren isn’t as sure of herself as she would like herself to be, her courage is still strong but factors outside her control could change everything.
A great addition to the series.