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Soulbound /
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Brewer, Heather.
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Born a healer in a world where her kind is bound to fighter Barrons in an endless war with the evil Graplar King, 17-year-old Kayla wishes to fight against protocols and learns the healing arts in secret while protecting the life of a rule-following Barron and a challenging young man who harbors a mysterious pa (more)
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Call NumberBranchStatusVolume
YA F Brewer Heather BT In at BT (Boone's Trail)
YA F Brewer Heather CP In at CP (Corporate Parkway)
YA F Brewer Heather DE In at DE (Library Express at Discovery Village)
YA F Brewer Heather DR In at DR (Deer Run)
YA F Brewer Heather KL In at KL (Kathryn Linnemann)
YA F Brewer Heather KR In at KR (Kisker Road)
YA F Brewer Heather MK In at MK (Middendorf-Kredell)
YA F Brewer Heather MK In at MK (Middendorf-Kredell)
YA F Brewer Heather MY In at MY (McClay)
YA F Brewer Heather SC In at SC (South County)
YA F Brewer Heather SP In at SP (Spencer Road)
YA F Brewer Heather SP In at SP (Spencer Road)
YA F Brewer Heather WH In at WH (Library Express at Winghaven®) On Display: 'YA The good, bad and the ugly'


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Control No. 848280
LCCN 2011035025
ISBN 9780803737235 (hardcover)
ISBN 0803737238 (hardcover)
Author Brewer Heather
Title Soulbound / -- by Heather Brewer.
Varying Title Soul bound
Publisher Information New York : -- Dial Books, -- c2012.
Physical Description 394 p. ; -- 22 cm.
Series Statement Legacy of Tril ; -- bk. 1
Summary Seventeen-year-old Kaya, a Healer who wants to learn to fight, must attend Shadow Academy where fighting by Healers is outlawed, and so she asks two young men to train her in secret, leading to a choice that will change their lives forever.
Subject Healers Fiction Young adult literature
Subject Soldiers Fiction Young adult literature
Subject Boarding schools Fiction Young adult literature
Subject Schools Fiction Young adult literature
Subject Fantasy Young adult literature
Subject - Local Young adult literature




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Annotation 1 Born a healer in a world where her kind is bound to fighter Barrons in an endless war with the evil Graplar King, 17-year-old Kayla wishes to fight against protocols and learns the healing arts in secret while protecting the life of a rule-following Barron and a challenging young man who harbors a mysterious past. By the author of The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series.

Annotation 2 Seventeen-year-old Kaya, a Healer who wants to learn to fight, must attend Shadow Academy where fighting by Healers is outlawed, and so she asks two young men to train her in secret, leading to a choice that wil change their lives forever.

Annotation 3 Seventeen-year-old Kaya, a Healer who wants to learn to fight, must attend Shadow Academy where fighting by Healers is outlawed, and so she asks two young men to train her in secret, leading to a choice that will change their lives forever.

Annotation 4
A brand-new fantasy with a kick-butt heroine from the author of The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod

Tril is a world where Barrons and Healers are Bound to each other: Barrons fight and Healers cure their Barrons' wounds in the ongoing war with the evil Graplar King. Seventeen-year-old Kaya was born a Healer, but she wants to fight. In Tril, and at Shadow Academy, where she is sent to learn to heal, it is against Protocol for Healers to fight. So Kaya must learn in secret. Enter two young men: One charming, rule-following Barron who becomes Bound to Kaya and whose life she must protect at all costs. And one with a mysterious past who seems bent on making Kaya's life as difficult as possible. Kaya asks both to train her, but only one will, and the consequences will change their lives forever.

Heather Brewer has created a thrilling, action-packed, and romantic first installment of the Legacy of Tril series, where one strong heroine must break the rules to claim her destiny and her heart.

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 reviews (6)


Booklist Reviews 2012 May #2
Brewer, author of the popular Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series, picks up a sword and takes on Graplars, vicious beasts that plague the world of Tril, in this start to a new fantasy series. Kaya is summoned to the walled campus of Shadow Academy to learn the intricacies of being a healer. The job includes being at the ready to save the lives of the Barrons, who do the fighting. Told that her soulbound Barron is dead, she becomes formally bound to another Barron, Trayton, and a romance kindles. But Kaya is not satisfied with just healing; she wants to train to fight the Graplars. Enter Darius, the third side of the romantic triangle. On one hand, Kaya is a strong, independent character who would be at home in a Tamora Pierce novel; on the other, she is swooning over Trayton's kisses, afraid to look at the bloody carnage, and clueless over her effect on Darius. Fantasy fans who stick with the drawn-out, slightly uneven story will be eager for book two when they reach the cliff-hanger ending. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Brewer's many fans will be eagerly anticipating this new series starter, but a top-level marketing campaign will put it on the radar of an even wider audience. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Spring
Born a Healer, destined to guard the life of a single warrior, Kaya is determined to learn fighting as well as healing. Her training catalyzes a romance with taciturn fighting instructor Darius and discovery of an enemy within the academy. The complex world is thoughtfully delineated with room for further exploration, and Kaya is an appealingly tough and independent-minded heroine.

Kirkus Reviews 2012 June #2
Seventeen-year-old Kaya is the daughter of two Barrons who were forbidden to marry; they are all in hiding when she's discovered by her country's leaders and forced into training at Shadow Academy, an isolated boarding school. To her great frustration, Kaya isn't of the respected warrior class, like her parents. Instead, she's a Healer, able to lay her hands on the Barron she's Bound to and heal his wounds, but not good for much else--a secondary role she's not willing to accept. Since the Barron she was Soulbound to at birth is dead, the academy binds her to a wealthy Barron, Trayton, whose Soulbound Healer is also dead. Although Trayton is handsome and friendly, he's not a rule breaker like the attractive, moody Barron Darius, a young instructor at the school with a mysterious background. Both Barrons will be needed to fight off the Graplars--the dinosaurlike monsters that keep attacking the students and that Kaya's determined to learn how to destroy. Kaya's rigidly class-structured, relentlessly embattled world is vividly sketched, and while the stock characters never fully spring to life, the slice-'em–dice-'em, gore-infused action keeps the pace brisk. A fictional swear word, "fak," obviously substituted for another expletive, peppers the text, an annoying contrivance. Readers will be swept along as Kaya determinedly takes control of her own future in this predictable if spirited series opener. (Fantasy. 11 & up) Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

PW Reviews 2012 May #3

A young woman dares to defy the status quo in this first book in the Legacy of Tril trilogy from Brewer (the Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series). In Tril, Healers and Barrons fight a secret war against King Darrek and his army of monstrous Graplars. Bound together by magic, Barrons act as warriors, and Healers keep them alive. When Kaya, a 17-year-old Healer, is summoned against her will to train at the Shadow Academy, she is determined to learn how to defend herself. She trains in secret with an enigmatic instructor, Darius, hiding her skills from Trayton, the Barron to whom she has been bonded. Part adventure, part romance, this tale introduces a feisty, admirable heroine, though a stream of almost-profanities ("fak," "dek") distracts, as does the characters' oddly contemporary language given the quasi-medieval setting (instantly smitten with Trayton, Kaya says she'll "demand a recount" if he isn't her intended Barron). The light plot is boosted by a cliffhanger revelation with clear consequences for the Kaya-Trayton-Darius love triangle, which is this story's main draw. Ages 12–up. Agent: Michael Bourret, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. (June)

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SLJ Reviews 2013 March

Gr 7 Up—Raised in the tiny village of Kessler, Kaya knows nothing of the outside world her parents fled in order to be together, a world in which Barrons and Healers are bound to one another-Barrons fight the evil Graplar King and Healers cure their wounds. After her best friend is killed by a Graplar, a fearsome beast with a ravenous hunger for human flesh, the Zettai Council of the Shadow Academy tracks down Kaya and her parents. Unknown to her, her Barron parents have been living outside the law in a relationship anathema to their society. By threatening the lives of her parents, the Council forces Kaya to leave home and enter the Shadow Academy, where she begins training as a Healer. But Kaya wants more out of life than to just heal her assigned Barron. She wants to learn to fight. However, finding an instructor who will train her violates Protocol and may result not only in her expulsion from the academy but also jeopardize the safety of her family and home. This first novel in the series is an action-packed fantasy with terrific complex characters, bloody battle scenes, and a cliff-hanger ending that will leave readers waiting anxiously for the sequel. This will appeal primarily to girls who like the strong female characters of Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games (Scholastic, 2008), Alison Goodman's Eon (Viking, 2008), and Malinda Lo's Huntress (Little, Brown, 2011).—Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK

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VOYA Reviews 2012 December
This new fantasy series contains strong character development and mythological world building. The Skilled and Unskilled peoples of Tril live separate and secret lives from each other. Skilled people are mostly divided into two classes: the Barrons (warriors who fight with katana swords) and Healers (subservient, nonfighting natural healers who are "bound" to Barrons). Kaya is a product from a forbidden marriage between two Barrons who left the oppressive rules (Protocol) and the long war between the Skilled Zettai Council and their enemy, King Darrek. King Darrek uses creatures called Graplars to wage war, especially targeting Healers because without them the Barrons are much easier to kill. After an attack by a Graplar in her village, her family's hiding place is discovered and she is threatened with attending the Shadow Academy to fulfill her role as a Healer. Readers will instinctively engage with Kaya's honorable character and unwillingness to be subjugated. Kaya rebels and refuses to accept her role as a helpless Healer and convinces the grouchy fight instructor, Darius, to train her in the art of combat. Even though Kaya is immediately "bound" to a rich golden boy Barron, Trayton, she also feels drawn somehow to Darius. Along with her new best friend and guard, Maddox, she gets trained and discovers why and how Graplars are entering the Shadow Academy. This first novel ends in a cliff-hanger, though it is not surprising. The strong teenage characters, romantic tension, friendships, and fast-paced action sequences will keep readers wanting more.—Karen Sykeny 4Q 5P J S Copyright 2011 Voya Reviews.

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 author biography


Heather Brewer is the New York Times bestselling author of the Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series. She doesn’t believe in happy endings, unless they involve blood. Ms. Brewer lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with her husband and two children.



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