e-ARC Review: A Bond of Venom and Magic
By: Karen Tomlinson

The Wraith Lord is hunting; his prize, the key to unleashing darkness and Chaos upon the eight Kingdoms.
For Diamond Gillon the war raging in the south seems a remote danger until her home is brutally attacked. Having lost everything she holds dear, Diamond is catapulted into a terrifying new world in which legendary beasts arise, magic is condemned and half blood fae, like her, have no rights. Despite her growing feelings for her saviour, Commander Hugo Casimir, he remains a paradox – not only is he a heartless killer, he is owned by the cruel immortal fae queen; a queen who will murder her own people for magic.
As Diamond’s circumstances become ever more perilous she is drawn deeper into Hugo’s world and discovers the lengths to which he will go to save what he holds dear. Will Hugo become her friend, her protector, or – an enemy not worthy of her trust?

Pages: 330
Genre(s): Teen, young adult, fantasy, magic, action, adventure, revenge, ebook

*DISCLAIMER: I received an eARC copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. In no way has the author influenced my opinion, all opinions are my own.*
This book was a good start by debut author Karen Tomlinson. While this wasn't one of those books where I couldn't put it down, it has the makings for a good series.

The plot was pretty predictable and I wasn't a fan of the instalove. I would've liked to see more antagonistic banter between Diamond and Hugo and I really didn't appreciate the love triangle either. There are enough problems in the relationship between Hugo and Diamond that they don't need the obstacle of a third person interfering as well in my opinion. 

The pacing was a bit like a teenager first learning to drive, speeding fast and then coming to an abrupt halt. It seemed a bit jerky to me, but it has some action and fantasy as well as romance so there is something everyone can enjoy. 

The characters I felt in this book weren't fully developed and they weren't really given any character growth. I was quite annoyed with many of the characters and some just seemed to fade into the background. I'm really hoping that this first book just set the groundwork for future books and that we will see some real character growth in the future. One thing that is explained really well with these characters though is the idea that not everything is black and white and really it is a greyscale. No one is purely good or evil, but has a history or a set of circumstances that makes them the way they are. 

The world built in this book was a bit confusing at times and never fully explained, but the history that was mentioned really intrigued me and I can't wait to learn more about it. It was the most interesting part of the book for me and I would love to see more of what is going on from the Goddess' perspective. 

Overall it isn't that this book was good or bad but it wasn't memorable. It had enough interesting points that I will be reading the second book to see if it picks up in pace and in character development. I have high hopes! If you're looking for a light fantasy novel then you should check out this book. 

My full review will be posted on October 14, 2016 when the book is published. 

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