Bonds of Fenris

Rated 3.88/5 based on 8 reviews
Unable to cope with life as a werewolf, Talia Thornwood turns to the mysterious newcomer Corwin to learn how to control her lycanthropy. Corwin's teachings force her to confront her own illusions about herself and accept what she has become. And, more amazingly, what she has never stopped being. More

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Words: 86,790
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452450445
About S.J. Bell

S.J. Bell has a lifelong love of stories, in all their myriad forms. In junior high, he used to stay up until 10 P.M. reading cheesey science-fiction novels. In high school, he was a Squaresoft fan and Babylon 5 junkie. In college, he studied English Literature and argued on the internet about the relative quality of anime dubs. Today, he lives on Long Island and writes for a living. He spends his spare time reading and blogging about werewolves, watching movies with his girlfriend, and playing board games. He plays a poor game of Agricola, but a very good game of Innovation. His first novel, Bonds of Fenris, is due out in May of 2012.

Reviews

Review by: Toni Hemion on Aug. 21, 2012 :
Our lives are what we make them, Talia. We have the things that we do because we work for them, or because we fail to work for something better. I mean, take your own example. You want to be in love, so you're kissing frogs like mad to find it."

Bonds of Fenris is not you typical werewolf book. I really like the plot and the characters. The story follows Talia and her packmates after they are bitten, trying to over come the downside to being a werewolf. The anger, loneliness and unable to be around humans. It opens your eyes to how the wolf and human become one and all the struggles it take to get to that point, to get harmony with wolf and human!!

The book is worth the read if your looking for a different type of werewolf novel.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Edinah on Aug. 13, 2012 :
Talia had an instant family but she still felt like she didn't belong. This was because she didn't know who or what she was. Looking beyond the romance I find this to be a coming of age story. Talia needed to find out who she was, accept it so that she could live fulfilling life. When Corwin asks her the question "who are you?" you can't help but find yourself on that other side of the question. it invokes a thought and for a second you are in Talia's shoes.


Thank you for writing a beautiful story. I think the hardest part of an author's work is to engage his or her audience and you did that very well. Although I found some of the sentences kind of dragging me along, it did not deter me from the story.

Thanks again
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sam Jones on Aug. 05, 2012 :
A great story with many great lessons to take note of. Very positive way of looking for the positives in life when we are all often thrown a curve ball to deal with. A story of friendship love and learning. I loved this book from start to finish. The ending though was perfect. I loved the challenges that they each faced and the way that they had to adapt the learning for each person as it is in reality. It is very rare for 2 people to learn the same lesson in identical ways and I feel like this story shows that well.

Talia is learning to live as a wolf and has met a pack who are teaching her the ways of Lycanthropy. But then they come across a lone wolf. Is he friend or foe. Talia is intrigued and after much bickering within the pack descends on the other wolf to find out. What she finds and learns becomes an extremely valuable lesson. Now can she convince the rest of the pack to learn as well?

I rate this book 5 stars. This e book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: rashmika rao on Aug. 02, 2012 :
This is a very good book. One of the best i've come across the paranormal stories so far.Its very different from others that ive earlier read in the paranormal category.

The plot is very interesting and so are the characters.The story is about Thalia Thornwood and her packmates. This book is all about how an individual when bitten by a werewolf turn into one and learns to live with it. A desire to live in human society normally.At the same time trying to find oneself.Also the battle within oneself to try and control the wolf within.The lessons learnt on the way to come into harmony being a human and the wolf at the same time.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: rashmika rao on Aug. 02, 2012 :
This is a very good book. One of the best i've come across the paranormal stories so far.Its very different from others that ive earlier read in the paranormal category.

The plot is very interesting and so are the characters.The story is about Thalia Thornwood and her packmates. This book is all about how an individual when bitten by a werewolf turn into one and learns to live with it. A desire to live in human society normally.At the same time trying to find oneself.Also the battle within oneself to try and control the wolf within.The lessons learnt on the way to come into harmony being a human and the wolf at the same time.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Marisa on Aug. 02, 2012 :
I have to admit, going into this book I expected something completely different than what I got. In retrospect, I don’t think this is bad, as I was expecting something along the lines of most YA paranormal romance novels. Therefore, Bonds of Fenris, was fresh and unique.

I loved the main character, Talia. It was easy to connect with her and the experiences she was going through. The rest of her pack members, Pierce, Bo, Leroy, and Marlene, each had distinct and well developed personalities. I especially enjoyed how each one of them had to learn the lessons Corwin taught in different ways. Corwin came across slightly flat to me, if only because he doesn’t seem like a man who possesses very many flaws. Towards the middle of the novel, he did make a crucial mistake, though the rest of the time he seemed to be perfect and somehow that left me not connecting with him as much. I didn’t hate or dislike him because of this, I merely felt myself not getting emotionally attached to him as much as I did the others.

Overall, this book has some philosophical and deep thoughts. It examines acceptance of oneself, forgiveness, and the bonds that tie people together for better or worse. Considering a lot of YA novels nowadays fail to dig beneath the surface and often don’t try to touch upon a message (at least in my experience), I was pleasantly surprised Bonds of Fenris did.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Sapphyria's Book Reviews on July 29, 2012 :
When Talia was bitten by a large dog, she felt she was lucky to be alive. Little did she know that the large dog was, in fact, a wolf....But not just any wolf....A werewolf. She began to change one month later, and to help preserve her family, she leaves her home and everything in her life behind. Fast-forward 1 year and Talia is struggling. Struggling with the 4 packmates she's crammed in a tiny house with; struggling with the unruly wolf within; and struggling with humanity in the world that surrounds her, Talia doesn't know how much longer she can live this way. Then the night of the full moon, Talia and 2 packmates come across another werewolf, one that is able to shift from wolf to human skin without effort--something the packmates are unable to do on the night of a full moon.

Denying that there's anything wrong with the pack, everyone but Talia wants to observe the new wolf and not become involved with him. After a tragedy unfolds within the pack, Talia runs-abandoning Pierce, Bo, Marlene, and Leroy, when they needed her most-and ends up right in the arms of Corwin. Begging Corwin to show her the way to living a normal life, Talia finds out his methods are not glamorous and sometimes downright inhumane and cruel. But do they work and will Talia finally find a way to start living her life again, the way she was prior to her attack a year ago?

"Bonds of Fenris" is a fantastic psychological trip into the mind of a human and its inner wolf. This novel takes the concept of lycanthropy and gives the whole idea of werewolves a new meaning. It's more about accepting the "skin you're in" whether it's covered with human skin or werewolf fur. This, of course, isn't easy since none of the characters in the book are wolves by choice - they became werewolves by force. Each one harbors resentment and hatred of the beast caged within. We get an up-close and intimate look at the ways each person in Talia's pack finally deal with and attempt to tame the carnivore that itches to break free. It isn't sweet and romantic or nice and easy.....It's treacherous and emotional - and will definitely make you, the reader, anxious and in some cases angry. You will feel relief, sadness, and pain.

The author does an excellent job radiating the temperaments, emotions, and experiences of each character off of the pages of "Bonds of Fenris" and into you. We see how important it is that each character not only be accepting of others but also learn to accept themselves--in whatever form they happen to be in. Ms. Bell is very descriptive throughout the entire novel but it's not overly wordy or redundant.

Talia is a strong character. She tries her best to live among humans, going so far as to take college classes and hold down a part time job. She has her weak moments but they are crucial to the plot and the progression of the storyline.

Bo, Leroy, Pierce, and Maureen are extremely confused secondary characters. They struggle everyday with the wolves they harbor. What we learn about them as we read defines each one and illuminates their struggles.

Corwin is an enigma...A hot enigma, but an enigma. We aren't certain where he comes from as he just appears in the same forest at the same time the pack does one full moon night. He indicates that he's special but doesn't reveal how at first. This happens after he takes Talia under his wing and leads her through all of tests to help her live in harmony with her wolf.

There is touch of romance within the pages of this novel but it isn't over-powering nor does it detract from the theme.

I enjoyed this different aspect of the werewolf!

*Book provided at no cost by the author in exchange for an honest review*
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Mallory Heart Reviews on July 20, 2012 :
An intricately detailed character study of six individuals who happen to share one constant trait: each is a werewolf, and not by choice, but by accident, or fated design. Talia, Leroy, Marlene, Pierce, and Bo constitute a pack. Corwin is a “pack” of his own-until Talia, in shifted form, encounters him one night during a full moon following a prey hunt-and discovers Corwin can shift back and forth, wolf to human to wolf and back again-right underneath the full moon!

It’s not just Corwin’s startling ability that makes “Bonds of Fenris” a very different type of werewolf story: it’s the author’s capacity to interweave Greek myth, classical Greek philosophy, and questioning and teaching that would make Socrates and Plato proud. Corwin is talented, yes, but he didn’t come by this ability either naturally or effortlessly, and when Talia insists on learning, he applies the Socratic method and puts her through some incredible testing. By the end of the lessons, either Talia-and the others who try-will understand who and what they really are-or they won’t survive.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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