Book 1, Beholder
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“If you like fantasy, Necromancy, adventure or mystery, the Beholder series will satiate your needs but leave you open mouthed and begging for more.” – Lovely Paranormal Books Blog
Most days, Elea couldn’t care less about being a witch, even if she does have special powers over spirit and bone. Why bother with incantations when you’re a farm girl? Elea only uses her Necromancer magic to speed up chores and scare off suitors.
Everything changes when the evil Necromancer Tsar curses Elea. Now, she only has five years left before she burns as a ghost, tortured for all eternity. They say there’s nothing she can do, but Elea disagrees. Embracing her Necromancer ability, Elea trains as a magical assassin. Her goal? Kill the Tsar before his curse kills her. After years of preparation, Elea’s finally ready to strike.
That’s when everything goes horribly wrong.
A handsome warlock named Rowan steps up to help. Elea wants him as an ally, but she can’t ignore the mixed-up feelings that come with every one of Rowan’s crooked smiles. An assassination mission is no time to fall in love, but Elea’s heart may have other ideas…
"Cursed will take you on an adventure of a lifetime!" - The Avid Reader
Perfect for readers who love sword and sorcery filled with magic, necromancy, witches and wizards. This series combines fierce females, paranormal romance and epic fantasy. Enjoy!
BEHOLDER series order
Read all the series from author Christina Bauer:
- Angelbound Origins (YA Dark Fantasy)
- Angelbound Offspring (YA Dark Fantasy)
- Angelbound Worlds (YA Dark Fantasy)
- Beholder (YA Dark Fantasy)
- Dimension Drift (YA Urban Fantasy )
- Fairy Tales of the Magicorum (YA Urban Fantasy)
A delightful read for magic lovers!
Received an E-arc from the author in exchange for an honest review.
One thing I've learned is you should never underestimate authors like Christina Bauer.
I loved her angelbound series and I was so surprised to see she had started another series that I DIDN'T know about. Cursed was just as good and unlike other series, I liked that Bauer created a whole new world separate from her other series.
Elea is a necromancer, she never planned on getting trained until her best friend, Tristan, dies and she learns that he will burn in hellfire for eternity. Not only that, but because of his love for her, in exactly five years, she's bound to burn in hellfire as well. She leaves everything she knows to become a fully trained necromancer in hopes of killing the Tsar that put cast the curse.
After her training, with a week to spare, she sets out to kill the Tsar and meets handsome, swoony Rowan and his band of casters. They get off to a rough start but slowly learn to trust and work together in hopes of saving Elea and Rowan's people once and for all.
Bauer has a way of really pulling her readers in with her feisty female characters. Elea has a moral compass that she breaks for no one. No romance, no letting my friend burn in hellfire.
Elea is also incredibly brave, but not foolish enough fall into traps she could have avoided like we see many female YA characters do. No, Alea is smart.
I know, I said Alea has a strict "no romance" rule, but don't fear! Rowan is pretty hard for Alea to fend off. As a necromancer, touch and emotions are forbidden. However, with Rowan we see Alea learning how to be human again. She regains a little bit of her old self by leaning the comforting feeling of a warm touch. I KNOW Bauer will not disappoint and I'm dying to see the direction in which she takes Alea's character growth in her next book, Concealed.
Something I really admire about Bauer's writing is that she's not afraid to explore the dark side of humanity. She really touches on the theme of power and the lengths people will go through to attain it. We also see a world that parallels our own where instead of political power, people use magic as their vessel of control. In this world, you see people who are powerless to control their mind, body, and soul in both life and afterlife. You can only wonder where Bauer gets her dark ideas and ahppreciate that she isn't afraid to share them. I for one, love dark themes since they get you thinking.
I have but one constructive critique that I must go over now. Cursed really struggled from repetitive phrase usage . Christina is a brilliant author with a lot of great stories, and a lot of that is taken away when she rehashes things we already know. I lost track of the number of times she reminded us that Elea was going to burn in hellfire. We get it, you've repeated it a million times. The same happens with her point that she's not supposed to enjoy touching. If this is something you feel the need to emphasize, use different language, say it in a different way, I don't want to read the same phrase over and over.
With that said, I absolutely CANNOT wait for her next book, coming out on October 25, 2016!!! You bet my hands are going to be on it exams or no exams. I'm hooked!
Imaginative and Clever
As a fan of Christina Bauer's Angelbound series, this did not disappoint. It was equally imaginative: the world was well-developed and it followed its rules. The plot moved forward quickly, and I can't wait for the next in the series!