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Born in Toronto, Ontario, Julie Elizabeth Hill exported herself to Vancouver, British Columbia after many years of staring longingly at the map following every snowfall. For as long as she can remember, she's been making up stories, but it wasn't until high school that someone suggested writing them down. Since then, she's been hopelessly in love with story crafting, often forgetting about everything else in the process.
on Jan. 25, 2013 :
Bound is a book to savor. If you're a fan of fantasy, romance, and mystery, you must read this book. It's wonderful, with subtle influences from Gaston Leroux's Phantom of the Opera, and enough tingling tension to keep your toes curled.
The tension radiates not just from the evil dangers which abound, but within the main character as well. Her inner conflicts become the reader's personal crusade as Fay is alternately cheered and jeered by us when she's either headed in the right direction or headed down the wrong path.
Romantic tension also threads through the story, and readers will be cheering for the best partner to win.
Lastly, the world building that J. Elizabeth Hill is creating, within this first book of The Mirrors of Bershan, is on an epic scale without being overwhelming. Her characters will get out of the forest and take the reader along for the journey as they get drawn into the world, word by word.
I am sitting on the edge of my seat for the rest of The Mirrors of Bershan Series to be complete.
Pancake Perfect With a Cup o' Java 4.5 Stars
(reviewed long after purchase)