Today's review is the Unbounded series by Teyla Branton. I just have to say how surprised I am by how much I love this series. I came in late, though, and read the second, third, and fourth books, and had missed reading the first. It didn't seem to matter at first, as I had no trouble understanding those last three, but when I finally read the first book, everything I'd read in the others really had more of a foundation, and details I didn't really understand suddenly made perfect sense. So, so good.
The first book, The Change, introduces us to the cast of characters and what Unbounded people really are. I love the character of Erin. Her bewilderment and then acceptance was so realistic. There are some great plot twists that kept me up for several nights to see how it would be resolved. I mean, who's betraying who, will Erin reconcile with her mortal boyfriend, will the Emporium lure her to their side, it was all so exciting. There are some great action scenes and the writing was stellar. The plot was original, the characters believable, and the tension high throughout. And this one is free currently, so hurry and go pick it up!
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I reviewed the second book, The Cure, last year. You can see what I thought here.
The Escape continued where The Cure left off and really rounded out the love triangle that was starting in The Cure. I admit, I had my favorite for who I wanted Erin to be with and that sucked me into the plot. Erin is such a multi-faceted character, it was so easy to cheer for her and shake my head when she did things that I knew weren't going to turn out well in the end. I love how she's trying to overcome her issues and makes mistakes and how the people around her have really become her family. The secondary characters are fantastic and every one of them could easily have their own stories that I know readers would line up to buy. Tons of action in this book and deep emotion.
The Reckoning finally gives us the resolution we've been waiting for. Erin will face the Triad and the enemy who has dogged her steps for the entire series. The book revolves around a plot the Renegades have uncovered that would plunge the world into a bloody and costly war. They are doing everything they can to prevent it from happening, but the odds are really stacked against them. As always. Erin is in even more danger than ever before and the man she loves will do anything to save her. It's such a delicate balance of an action story and love story, with family themes and a foundation of love and friendship. It was definitely a satisfying ending to the series. I wish there was one more book! Really well done all the way through.
Even if you aren't a fan of the urban fantasy genre, this series will really pull you in with how realistic it is and all the nuances and details of the Unbounded world. I highly recommend it.
Here's the back copy and information on the giveaway:
The Reckoning Only One Can Survive The Reckoning
Erin Radkey has always known the day would come when she would have to personally confront the Triad leader of the power-hungry Emporium. But she never thought it would be with a snake in her head that feeds on her energy. Or that she’d be in the company of an uncertain ally who might turn on her at any moment. The stakes are high as new intel uncovers a startling Emporium plot that will catapult the entire world into war. Erin is determined to save not only the mortals but also her friends—even if it means sacrificing herself and her newfound love for Ritter Langton. Ritter is just as determined to save Erin and prevent what would usher in the most bloody century the world has ever known, but even he might not recognize the person she becomes. Every day the enemy grows stronger. There will be no second chance.
I just loved the whole Saga! Well-written, completely addictive, keeps you on the edge, wanting to know what comes next!
I really think the author should consider a movie or a TV series for the whole four books!
For not being a SF fan, I just can say that this was AWESOME!
The fourth instalment in the Unbounded series definitely lives up to the action packed books preceding it. I love the strength of Erin's character, and the novel made for compelling reading.
The Unbounded world is a fascinating place to visit! I would recommend this series to anyone, women, men, young adults.
Not overly complicated yet the author weaves an amazing tail. I can hardly wait to see what is next for the Unbounded!
Author Teyla Rachel Branton Teyla Rachel Branton grew up avidly reading science fiction and fantasy and watching Star Trek reruns with her large family. They lived on a little farm where she loved to visit the solitary cow and collect (and juggle) the eggs, usually making it back to the house with most of them intact. On that same farm she once owned thirty-three gerbils and eighteen cats, not a good mix, as it turns out. Teyla always had her nose in a book and daydreamed about someday creating her own worlds. She is now married, mostly grown up, and has seven kids, including a two-year-old, so life at her house can be very interesting (and loud), but writing keeps her sane. She thrives on the energy and daily amusement offered by her children, the semi-ordered chaos giving her a constant source of writing material. Grabbing any snatch of free time from her hectic life, Teyla writes novels, often with a child on her lap. She warns her children that if they don’t behave, they just might find themselves in her next book! She’s been known to wear pajamas all day when working on a deadline, and is often distracted enough to burn dinner. (Okay, pretty much 90% of the time.) A sign on her office door reads: DANGER. WRITER AT WORK. ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK. She loves writing fiction and traveling, and she hopes to write and travel a lot more. She also loves shooting guns, martial arts, and belly dancing. She has worked in the publishing business for over twenty years.