Who's ready to start a new week? To start us off this week, Valkyrie was kind enough to provide us a review of Bound and Bound - The Curse and the Captives by GA Author and poet, AC Benus. I hope you enjoy Valkyrie's review as much as I did. If you do decide to go and read, make sure to leave a review to let AC Benus know how you're enjoying his work. Also, if anyone is interested in writing a review for the blog, please PM me (Renee).
Word Count: 151,691
Bound & Bound held me captive right from the beginning. I had read a few of AC Benus’ stories and enjoyed them, so decided to check out B&B when he started posting it. I found myself riveted by every chapter and was frequently the first to ‘like’ or comment on new chapters, since I had to read them immediately after they were posted.
The story follows two parallel storylines – alternating every three chapters between the past and the present. The opening chapter introduces us to this ‘modern gothic’ novel in a way reminiscent of Poe’s The Raven. Emeric Corvin receives some bad news and from there his life becomes crazier than he ever expected. We are led on a journey that takes us around the world, into the realm of Rumi mysticism, supernatural creatures, family curses, and the meaning of true love. I guarantee you will need tissues at some points during this story. Despite the dark undertone, AC manages to bring light and levity when needed in a masterful and oftentimes poetic way.
One of the things that impressed me with this story was the attention to detail. It is very evident that AC did a lot of research for this novel; from the use of Canadian spelling to descriptions of locations and historical figures. His description of Castle Corvin made it seem like a living entity. This story touched me very profoundly – even sparking dreams involving elements from it, which is unusual for me, since I don’t tend to dream about what I read or watch on TV.
I highly recommend this story, especially if you like gothic literature with a supernatural element. AC makes the reader think with each chapter, and it’s beautifully written.
Category: Fiction Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Historical, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Thriller/Suspense
Tags: Philosophy, Mind Control, Sorcery, Vampire, Were-Creatures, Love Rating: Mature