Paradox - Bound By Blood

Rated 4.75/5 based on 8 reviews
A world within a world.
A story within a story.
A life within a life. The story continues...

Over the Millennia, the Grigori have been called many things. In Greece, they called them Vrykolakas. In Romania, Strigoi.
In the new world, however, the Grigori would go by another name, Vampire. More

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About Patti Roberts

I love the medieval/fantasy genre so on any given day you can usually find me sitting at my desk in front of my laptop pounding away at the keys writing another chapter in the Paradox series of supporting indie authors. I also design book covers for Authors - That would be a run of the mill kinda day for me! Bringing fantasy worlds - the Ancient and the new to life...

A packet of Cruskits and a cup of green tea, that is now at room temperature, is sitting on the desk beside me. There is also a mass of USB cables, my kindle, notepads, bills to be paid, bills to be filed and a printer that is forever running out of ink. Sound familiar?

In front of me are three cork boards featuring pin ups of my characters faces and characteristics including eye colour, hair colour, age, height, ability....etc etc.

On most days I have to remind myself to eat and drink. I Should be thinner!!!

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"Bound By Blood is the 3rd installment in the Paradox series, & what a sweet treat it is! If book 1 – The Angels Are Here – was a promising beginning & book 2 – Progeny Of Innocence – a tantalizing dip into this gloomy & mysterious realm ruled by the Grigori, the Fallen Dark Angels, Bound By Blood connects the dots and gives depth and understanding to how this whole world came to be." Ella Medler.

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Review by: Mark Wilkins on Jan. 30, 2013 :
Great Story characters are engaging and you want to follow what is happening. My only thing is I keep losing which character is which, probably my memory going but I kept losing track of which character is on which side, which is understandable since I think some still don't have a side.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Booketta on Jan. 09, 2013 :
This is the third book in the series and in my opinion it is the best. I enjoyed both books one and two, now the scene has been set and the characters established. In this book we learn more about the history of the ancient world and the ancestry which connect ancient and modern characters. We find Abbadon in the modern world but he is not the only one from the Grigorian house wreaking havoc. Wonderful stuff, highly imaginative and a well thought out storyline and a very sound plot. Wonderful characterisations. A must read and highly recommended for YA and paranormal readers.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Christina Bledsoe on Nov. 07, 2012 :
Bound by Blood by Patti Roberts was awesome. I haven't read the other books in the series but I already have those on order. In case you can't tell, yes I loved the book. The way Patti draws readers in with detail, and great flow of story is amazing. Another thing that drew me in was I never knew what was coming next. This author kept me guess at every turn. Some authors do this and it can be irritating. But Patti does it so you are on the edge of your seat and turning pages wondering what's coming next.

I loved Abaddon and Cerberus, I want to know more about them, something about this bad duo keeps me drawn to them. Grace and Juliette, wow what can I say. The way they coexist is mind boggling to me. I want to tell you all about this book but can't, I am not one for giving spoilers. But trust me, the storyline, the characters, the emotions and darkness in this book will suck you in and keep you there until you are finished. I give this book a five star rating with good reason, pick it up and curl up for a cozy day at home guys. This one is a winner.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Christina Bledsoe on Nov. 07, 2012 :
Bound by Blood by Patti Roberts was awesome. I haven't read the other books in the series but I already have those on order. In case you can't tell, yes I loved the book. The way Patti draws readers in with detail, and great flow of story is amazing. Another thing that drew me in was I never knew what was coming next. This author kept me guess at every turn. Some authors do this and it can be irritating. But Patti does it so you are on the edge of your seat and turning pages wondering what's coming next.

I loved Abaddon and Cerberus, I want to know more about them, something about this bad duo keeps me drawn to them. Grace and Juliette, wow what can I say. The way they coexist is mind boggling to me. I want to tell you all about this book but can't, I am not one for giving spoilers. But trust me, the storyline, the characters, the emotions and darkness in this book will suck you in and keep you there until you are finished. I give this book a five star rating with good reason, pick it up and curl up for a cozy day at home guys. This one is a winner.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Megan R on Nov. 03, 2012 :
*May contain minor spoilers!*

Surprises are everywhere in Bound by Blood, Patti Roberts' third book in her Paradox series. One of the things that I love about this series is that I probably care about the secondary characters just as much as I care about the primary characters.

In the third book we learn more about Grace's friend Angela who I mentioned in an earlier review is one of my favorite characters in the series. Angela had only been a secondary character up to this point and her main role was to sort of look out for Grace. Her background is further explored in this book and her wit and cynical nature begins to make sense considering that Angela isn't exactly what she appears to be...

We learn more about the House of Grigori and we begin to find out just how evil this band of vampires can be Abaddon can be downright ruthless. We also find out the reason behind for Cerberus' less ruthless tactics. Don't get me wrong. I don't want you to think he drinks pigs blood and is on the road to redemption, but he is less heartless than his brother Abaddon. His back story is surprising and not at all what I expected.

Grace still has incredibly detailed dreams about Juliette's past lives, but now that Juliette has finally made herself known it seems like Grace's dreams continue to get more intense. It's clear that there is something more to Juliettte and there's almost the feeling that she wasn't just human? But only time will tell.

It has been a long time since I read a series where I felt that each book successfully added to the overall storyline. The Paradox series as a whole does this and does it well. Roberts makes sure that each action or explanation moves the plot along in a swift but easy to follow manner. This helps the reader get to know the characters but doesn't take unnecessary detours with side plots.

Roberts also does a wonderful job with the scenes between Damon and Juliette. Their interactions are so heart wrenching and sad you can't help but tear up. This coming from the girl who likes romance novels as much as she likes root canals. Which is not at all.

The key is that the romantic bits are done tastefully, are believable and don't overtake the entire story.

Bound by Blood is a great third addition to the series. It combines numerous supernatural elements and creatures in a way that makes sense and adds to the intricate world of Altair. The ending was shockingly suspenseful... and I can't wait for the fourth book!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tabitha Ormiston-Smith on Oct. 28, 2012 :
Bound By Blood – Patti Roberts

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

As readers of Ms Roberts’ work will be aware, this is the third book in a series about fallen angels, and a love that transcends space and time. My remarks are primarily about Bound by Blood, but in a more general way can be taken to apply to the series as a whole as published to date, comprising the first three books.

CONTENT

The story is gripping and well told, and it seems clear that Ms Roberts has carefully planned out the whole series before starting. The world in which the action takes place is convincing and believable, provided that one can accept the idea of fallen angels as vampires. Some readers may find this theologically questionable, but in a work of fantasy fiction these things are perfectly allowable. With all of the vampire fiction that is constantly spawning these days, it was refreshing to find a genuinely original take on the subject.

The action moves swiftly and the book is a real page turner. The characters are beautifully drawn and quite believable. I was quite delighted with it, and will certainly look forward with pleasure to the advent of further books in the series. This is in spite of the fact that in general I find vampires appallingly tedious.

In the few places where sexual activity is depicted, it is treated with delicacy and restraint. I wish more modern writers would exert such control.

FORM

Ms Roberts is a seasoned writer and has quite obviously spent many years developing her craft. To me, this book is like a richly embroidered sampler, demonstrating her mastery of many techniques.

The voices of the different characters use different language and are most believable. The tone of the writing varies according to the subject matter, and at different times we are treated to low comedy, spine-chilling horror, romance and at times the true Gothic tone. Ms Roberts’ descriptions of scenes are a particular treat, and in my opinion her ability in this area stands with that of Dickens. At different times we see used past tense, present tense, first and third persons, all with equal facility, and, which is even more rare, used appropriately to further the impact of the work. I was glad to see no instances of the egregious second person narrative.

I have only one serious criticism to make of this work, and that is that the suspense ending prevents the book from standing alone, as a truly perfect novel must be able to do.

Overall, I was delighted with the book, and its preceding books, and I believe that in this writer we have a truly major talent.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tabitha Ormiston-Smith on Oct. 28, 2012 :
Bound By Blood – Patti Roberts

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

As readers of Ms Roberts’ work will be aware, this is the third book in a series about fallen angels, and a love that transcends space and time. My remarks are primarily about Bound by Blood, but in a more general way can be taken to apply to the series as a whole as published to date, comprising the first three books.

CONTENT

The story is gripping and well told, and it seems clear that Ms Roberts has carefully planned out the whole series before starting. The world in which the action takes place is convincing and believable, provided that one can accept the idea of fallen angels as vampires. Some readers may find this theologically questionable, but in a work of fantasy fiction these things are perfectly allowable. With all of the vampire fiction that is constantly spawning these days, it was refreshing to find a genuinely original take on the subject.

The action moves swiftly and the book is a real page turner. The characters are beautifully drawn and quite believable. I was quite delighted with it, and will certainly look forward with pleasure to the advent of further books in the series. This is in spite of the fact that in general I find vampires appallingly tedious.

In the few places where sexual activity is depicted, it is treated with delicacy and restraint. I wish more modern writers would exert such control.

FORM

Ms Roberts is a seasoned writer and has quite obviously spent many years developing her craft. To me, this book is like a richly embroidered sampler, demonstrating her mastery of many techniques.

The voices of the different characters use different language and are most believable. The tone of the writing varies according to the subject matter, and at different times we are treated to low comedy, spine-chilling horror, romance and at times the true Gothic tone. Ms Roberts’ descriptions of scenes are a particular treat, and in my opinion her ability in this area stands with that of Dickens. At different times we see used past tense, present tense, first and third persons, all with equal facility, and, which is even more rare, used appropriately to further the impact of the work. I was glad to see no instances of the egregious second person narrative.

I have only one serious criticism to make of this work, and that is that the suspense ending prevents the book from standing alone, as a truly perfect novel must be able to do.

Overall, I was delighted with the book, and its preceding books, and I believe that in this writer we have a truly major talent.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Ella Medler on Oct. 22, 2012 :
Bound By Blood is the third instalment in the Paradox series, and what a sweet treat it is! If book one – The Angels Are Here – was a promising beginning and book two – Progeny Of Innocence – a tantalizing dip into this gloomy and mysterious realm ruled by the Grigori, the Fallen Dark Angels, Bound By Blood connects the dots and gives depth and understanding to how this whole world came to be.
“The world, and heaven, are a little off-balance at the moment,” Patti Roberts says through the mouth of little Tia Lilly, the Angel of Death. How true. Events, characters and emotions have the ring of authenticity. Patti is very generous in her descriptions and she has the gift of being an incredible storyteller. The ultimate Scheherazade, Patti layers story over story, and nestles myth and legend into each other, so that at every step you’re tempted to wonder – Ah! Is that what happened? Take the legend of St. Valentine, for example.
But I don’t want to give you spoilers. I will say only that the characters are beautiful, very well developed. There is no question in my mind when I read the dialogue as to whose words they are. The storyline takes us back in time and explains in intricate detail the cause and effect, taking the reader full circle, and at the same time Patti continues to develop current events and takes the story forward. The style is smooth and trance-like in places, sharp and dramatic in the battle scenes, enigmatic and sly when Weasel goes about his business, and back to normal contemporary conversation in the human world. Don’t try to guess the outcome – you’ll get it wrong. I’ve never met an author so able to send me on a wild-goose chase, only to make it perfectly clear I should be looking elsewhere for my answers.
I wholeheartedly recommend reading the first two books in the series, if you haven’t already done it. Read them all back to back, but take your time. This is one of those stories you could lose yourself into, a tale to savour and dream about, not something you could cram in a hurry. There is a lot of hidden wisdom in Patti’s words, and it would be a pity to miss it. You never know, you might find in there the odd question you haven’t yet thought to ask, or even the odd answer.
I love this world, I love the characters, I love the entire concept. There is a lot to love in Paradox, and the picture is vivid and real. I would like to point you in the direction of the Paradox site, where you can see the map of Altair, the sigils of the six tribes, family trees, characters, answers to frequently asked questions, and much more: http://theangelsarehere.wordpress.com/readers-questions-answered/ This alone is huge proof of the author’s dedication to her work and also her readers.
This book, and indeed the whole series, is fully deserving of the five stars I’m giving it, and well worth spending some time immersed in its magic. Well done, Patti Roberts.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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