Pledged by Gwynneth White
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Fantasy YA (Paranormal/ time travel)
Book Description: Everyone has a soul mate. But what do you do when your soul mate would rather give his soul to the demons than be with you?
Seventeen-year-old Erin has a problem. Seth has been hers forever, but now an ancient curse is tearing him away. And the demons who invoked it will stop at nothing – even murder – to claim him as their own.
How can she win against a curse so binding that it has damned countless others to this same fate – an eternity alone?
The answer lies in the past. To find it, Erin and Seth must risk all, travelling back in time to a dangerous world where love is forbidden, and life – and death – hang on a pledge.
Follow Erin and Seth as they travel to ancient Shenaya and confront the curse that has plagued their families for millennia. Caught in a war between the Angelic Guardians and the Gefallen, the disembodied dead, they must fight to keep their souls in tact and their love untainted.
My thoughts: Seth and Erin unwittingly find themselves in the middle of an ancient curse. It turns out that they were chosen before their birth to be protectors of a seer stone, an large diamond.
They must overcome personal and supernatural obstacles to fulfill their quest and have an eternity together as soul mates. Not only their future and eternity depend on them succeeding, but their choices impact the future.
This is a very interesting and intricate book. There are plots within the plots. The ancient and modern civilization are full of greedy and self serving characters. It's hard for them to pick out the facts from all of the situations that are thrown at them.
I love the idea in the story of having a destiny before birth, that can be accepted or rejected in mortality. The romantic side of me appreciates and enjoys the idea of soul mates. Someone that you will be truly happy with for eternity.
This book took me a while to read. There are many things that you have to digest to understand. It's not one to sit down and fly through. This is a book to ponder as you read.
There was some swearing and pre-marital sex without details.
About Gwynneth: I have spent my entire life living in a parallel universe of make-believe characters, only coming back to reality for long enough to check that no one burnt the house down in my absence. A few years ago I decided to commit some of those ‘friends’ and their stories to paper. The Soul Wars Saga is the result of those efforts. Before that I co-authored two non-fiction travel books – The Complete Guide to 4x4 Trails and The Ultimate 4x4 Guide. Both books became instant best-sellers in South Africa where I live. And before that even, I studied a degree in African History and Politics at the University of Stellenbosch. When I’m not writing, I am a wife to Andrew and a mom to Stephanie, Erin, and Kate, our teenage daughters. My family and I live in a small town outside Cape Town with two dogs, a cat, a horse, and some neglected fish. Now that you know a little about me, I would love to get to know you. Please befriend me at:
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