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Soul Bond [Reading] ➶ Soul Bond By Christine Price – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Some bonds can t be broken by time Or space Or deathWhen Captain Julian Gaspar captures an enemy spacecraft he takes aboard a sapphire eyed stranger who captures his heart The powerful attraction that Some bonds can t be broken by time Or space Or deathWhen Captain Julian Gaspar captures an enemy spacecraft he takes aboard a sapphire eyed stranger who captures his heart The powerful attraction that draws Julian to the mysterious Ellis is instant undeniable and throws Julian s well ordered life into chaos The heat they generate burns as brightly and naturally as the stars until Ellis is stolen away by a merciless pirate who trades in lives In a heartbeat Ellis is gone leaving Julian broken and haunted by his last angry words to his loverAfter five years of searching Julian is finally reunited with Ellis only to find him dying imprisoned by a strange ring bound enchantment that is slowly draining his soul Removing the ring will mean his immediate death unless Julian can find a source of powerful ancient magic Older than the stars Older than time Warning Contains spaceships explosions spiteful aliens not so spiteful aliens sarcastic alien yentas the occasional naughty word and plenty of steamy man sex.


4 thoughts on “Soul Bond

  1. Alexi Silversmith Alexi Silversmith says:

    Genre MM Science FictionLength Novella 96 PagesRating 25 Stars out of 5Summary Review An ambitious science fiction story that ultimately fails due to the immature writing and multiple basic mistakesTHE BLURBSome bonds can’t be broken by time Or space Or deathWhen Captain Julian Gaspar captures an enemy spacecraft he takes aboard a sapphire eyed stranger who captures his heart The powerful attraction that draws Julian to the mysterious Ellis is instant undeniable and throws Julian’s well ordered life into chaosThe heat they generate burns as brightly and naturally as the stars—until Ellis is stolen away by a merciless pirate who trades in lives In a heartbeat Ellis is gone leaving Julian broken and haunted by his last angry words to his loverAfter five years of searching Julian is finally reunited with Ellis only to find him dying imprisoned by a strange ring bound enchantment that is slowly draining his soul Removing the ring will mean his immediate death unless Julian can find a source of powerful ancient magic Older than the stars Older than timeTHE REVIEWI was so looking forward to reading this book I specifically asked to be allowed to review it because I found the blurb so intriguing Unfortunately despite creating what could have been an intense and emotionally wrenching plot Ms Price just wasn’t able to live up to the promise of that blurb Her writing completely let her downFirst of all a brief run down of story events The novella begins in the middle of the story when after years of vain searching Julian’s kidnapped lover Ellis stumbles back into his life almost wasted away and with only weeks to live The book then goes back to the beginning showing how they met – Ellis was stowed away in the cargo hold of an enemy ship and when Julian boarded the ship he ‘persuaded’ Julian to give Ellis safe passage by way of Ellis giving Julian a blowjob This scene made me cringe rather since even though Ellis appears enthusiastic any sexual activity performed under the threat of being put out of an airlock takes on tones of non con for me and there was no warning for that on this title We then follow them through their relationship up to the point where Ellis was stolen Following that the author leaps back to the present day and Julian’s desperate efforts to keep his lover alive This sounds a little confusing but actually the structure was one of the book’s stronger points creating a sense of mystery and drama which might otherwise have been lacking with such a long separation between the loversThe story is told exclusively through the POV of Julian and this was one of the main problems for me I found it impossible to connect emotionally with Julian The author writes about his actions from within his POV without ever really managing to convey any inner life He felt one dimensional to me If you imagine Keanu Reeves’ acting applied to a written character you may get a sense of what I mean This impacted deeply on the way I perceived his relationship with EllisEllis is another character who is hard to get a grip on At first he’s painted as an ultra up for it twink happy to drop to his knees for the first guy he sees Then uite suddenly he becomes deeply emotionally attached to Julian to the point that he’s willing to risk his life for him We’re given reasons for this later on – along with a revelation about Ellis’ identity which I don’t want to spoil – but I just wasn’t convinced by them In effect this was the author telling us that the connection between the characters is epic and spiritual without really showing itThere were also many strange errors which were constantly jarring me out of the story Julian wants to close the shutters on his window when he and Ellis have sex – even though they’re in space and all that’s outside is the stars An alien who we’re told has no mouth is later said to smile Julian – supposedly a tough and competent captain – pulls out a laser torch even though he is covered in flammable liuid setting his engine room on fire and nearly killing himself We’re told that in order to increase speed the ship’s heating power has been redirected to the engine and shown the crew running around wearing blankets when in fact in the vacuum of space the crew would freeze to death without heat The prostate is at one point described as a ‘bundle of muscle’ It’s possible that there is an explanation for some of this – but if the author meant that only half the ship’s heating power had been directed to the engine or that the alien was smiling with his eyes those lines needed to be re written to make that clear One or two errors like this wouldn’t have troubled me too much but the story was riddled with themOn top of this the author’s prose occasionally stopped making sense entirely For example we’re told that the captain takes new recruits to meet his chief engineer who is an alien with a rather dramatic appearance to test their merit “One man had fainted at the sight of his high ridges of cartilage and the sharp upturn of his nose”Why on earth would those features make anyone faint?I’m sorry that I can’t be positive about this story because I did feel at times that there might have been the gleaming of something better in there The way that the legend of the Star Keeper was told was lyrical and moving and as I’ve mentioned I think the basic plot was sound Unfortunately this novella felt rather like a very rough first draft which needed editing on a fundamental level to improve it Perhaps further books from Ms Price will allow her to develop her skills – I hope so However I’m afraid that I cannot recommend SoulBond to readers


  2. Book Utopia Book Utopia says:

    It always amazes me how some novellas can fly by in the blink of an eye and others are a chore to slog through I knew when I started this story it wasn’t that long but I triple checked the word count when I was done because I couldn’t believe it had taken me so long to make my way through itIt starts out with an opportunist on an alien planet finding a man in an alley he recognizes from a bounty poster Hoping there might still be a reward he hauls this obviously dying man to the ship in uestion where he is paid an exorbitant amount of money to keep his mouth shut about what he found We discover that the ship’s captain Julian had put a bounty out on the dying man years before The dying man is Ellis and he was Julian’s lover until he sacrificed himself to save Julian The story jumps to flashback to tell how Julian and Ellis met and what led to their eventual parting Then it’s back to the present and Julian’s uest to try and find a way to keep Ellis alive Ellis is wearing a ring that is slowly stealing his soul According to the ship’s medic he has less than a week to liveA lot of potential for drama right? I thought so too The concept of the soul ring was an interesting one with a parasitic race that uses the ring as a means to prolong their own longevity But it’s never really given a chance to soar mostly due to the dull characters and even duller prose The story is far tell than show and the initial interactions with Ellis and Julian are uninspiring Ellis is a stowaway on a ship Julian captures during the war He bargains sex for not getting throw out an airlock Everything about him screams shallow and opportunistic Yet Julian is fascinated by him from the start They fall into bed uickly and for several chapters afterward it’s sex not nearly hot or long enough to counter the weak characterizations with a minor problem either solved or brought up It’s predictable and boring very uickly But then it turns on a dime Julian in an act that seems ridiculously dumb for someone who’s supposedly such a brilliant man almost kills himself and sets his ship on fire at which point Ellis jumps in and saves him at the expense of his own safety I’m expected to believe at this point that there might be between these men but everything I’ve been shown up to this point is not very inspiring sex I never see what Ellis’s appeal is other than the fact that he’s pretty and supposedly good in bedWithout being able to care or invest in either of the two leads I was left hoping to get involved in the drama I didn’t A character gets introduced after the flashbacks who while interesting provides a whole deus ex machina feel to the entire latter half of the story That doesn’t end up being the case but by the time I found that out the damage had already been done Add in the rather dreary and terse prose and the drama that should have crackled throughout the climax fell flat on its face I never felt the intensity that should have come from such a life or death choice and then it was over almost before it beganStories need than an interesting gimmick to keep me invested They need people I can feel for and drama I care about I would have settled for even one of those here and I just didn’t get it


  3. Clover Clover says:

    it was a beautiful story


  4. Kiki Kiki says:

    The whole soul bond thing is a bit over the top but it's a nice romantic fantasy


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4 thoughts on “Soul Bond

  1. Alexi Silversmith Alexi Silversmith says:

    Genre MM Science FictionLength Novella 96 PagesRating 25 Stars out of 5Summary Review An ambitious science fiction story that ultimately fails due to the immature writing and multiple basic mistakesTHE BLURBSome bonds can’t be broken by time Or space Or deathWhen Captain Julian Gaspar captures an enemy spacecraft he takes aboard a sapphire eyed stranger who captures his heart The powerful attraction that draws Julian to the mysterious Ellis is instant undeniable and throws Julian’s well ordered life into chaosThe heat they generate burns as brightly and naturally as the stars—until Ellis is stolen away by a merciless pirate who trades in lives In a heartbeat Ellis is gone leaving Julian broken and haunted by his last angry words to his loverAfter five years of searching Julian is finally reunited with Ellis only to find him dying imprisoned by a strange ring bound enchantment that is slowly draining his soul Removing the ring will mean his immediate death unless Julian can find a source of powerful ancient magic Older than the stars Older than timeTHE REVIEWI was so looking forward to reading this book I specifically asked to be allowed to review it because I found the blurb so intriguing Unfortunately despite creating what could have been an intense and emotionally wrenching plot Ms Price just wasn’t able to live up to the promise of that blurb Her writing completely let her downFirst of all a brief run down of story events The novella begins in the middle of the story when after years of vain searching Julian’s kidnapped lover Ellis stumbles back into his life almost wasted away and with only weeks to live The book then goes back to the beginning showing how they met – Ellis was stowed away in the cargo hold of an enemy ship and when Julian boarded the ship he ‘persuaded’ Julian to give Ellis safe passage by way of Ellis giving Julian a blowjob This scene made me cringe rather since even though Ellis appears enthusiastic any sexual activity performed under the threat of being put out of an airlock takes on tones of non con for me and there was no warning for that on this title We then follow them through their relationship up to the point where Ellis was stolen Following that the author leaps back to the present day and Julian’s desperate efforts to keep his lover alive This sounds a little confusing but actually the structure was one of the book’s stronger points creating a sense of mystery and drama which might otherwise have been lacking with such a long separation between the loversThe story is told exclusively through the POV of Julian and this was one of the main problems for me I found it impossible to connect emotionally with Julian The author writes about his actions from within his POV without ever really managing to convey any inner life He felt one dimensional to me If you imagine Keanu Reeves’ acting applied to a written character you may get a sense of what I mean This impacted deeply on the way I perceived his relationship with EllisEllis is another character who is hard to get a grip on At first he’s painted as an ultra up for it twink happy to drop to his knees for the first guy he sees Then uite suddenly he becomes deeply emotionally attached to Julian to the point that he’s willing to risk his life for him We’re given reasons for this later on – along with a revelation about Ellis’ identity which I don’t want to spoil – but I just wasn’t convinced by them In effect this was the author telling us that the connection between the characters is epic and spiritual without really showing itThere were also many strange errors which were constantly jarring me out of the story Julian wants to close the shutters on his window when he and Ellis have sex – even though they’re in space and all that’s outside is the stars An alien who we’re told has no mouth is later said to smile Julian – supposedly a tough and competent captain – pulls out a laser torch even though he is covered in flammable liuid setting his engine room on fire and nearly killing himself We’re told that in order to increase speed the ship’s heating power has been redirected to the engine and shown the crew running around wearing blankets when in fact in the vacuum of space the crew would freeze to death without heat The prostate is at one point described as a ‘bundle of muscle’ It’s possible that there is an explanation for some of this – but if the author meant that only half the ship’s heating power had been directed to the engine or that the alien was smiling with his eyes those lines needed to be re written to make that clear One or two errors like this wouldn’t have troubled me too much but the story was riddled with themOn top of this the author’s prose occasionally stopped making sense entirely For example we’re told that the captain takes new recruits to meet his chief engineer who is an alien with a rather dramatic appearance to test their merit “One man had fainted at the sight of his high ridges of cartilage and the sharp upturn of his nose”Why on earth would those features make anyone faint?I’m sorry that I can’t be positive about this story because I did feel at times that there might have been the gleaming of something better in there The way that the legend of the Star Keeper was told was lyrical and moving and as I’ve mentioned I think the basic plot was sound Unfortunately this novella felt rather like a very rough first draft which needed editing on a fundamental level to improve it Perhaps further books from Ms Price will allow her to develop her skills – I hope so However I’m afraid that I cannot recommend SoulBond to readers

  2. Book Utopia Book Utopia says:

    It always amazes me how some novellas can fly by in the blink of an eye and others are a chore to slog through I knew when I started this story it wasn’t that long but I triple checked the word count when I was done because I couldn’t believe it had taken me so long to make my way through itIt starts out with an opportunist on an alien planet finding a man in an alley he recognizes from a bounty poster Hoping there might still be a reward he hauls this obviously dying man to the ship in uestion where he is paid an exorbitant amount of money to keep his mouth shut about what he found We discover that the ship’s captain Julian had put a bounty out on the dying man years before The dying man is Ellis and he was Julian’s lover until he sacrificed himself to save Julian The story jumps to flashback to tell how Julian and Ellis met and what led to their eventual parting Then it’s back to the present and Julian’s uest to try and find a way to keep Ellis alive Ellis is wearing a ring that is slowly stealing his soul According to the ship’s medic he has less than a week to liveA lot of potential for drama right? I thought so too The concept of the soul ring was an interesting one with a parasitic race that uses the ring as a means to prolong their own longevity But it’s never really given a chance to soar mostly due to the dull characters and even duller prose The story is far tell than show and the initial interactions with Ellis and Julian are uninspiring Ellis is a stowaway on a ship Julian captures during the war He bargains sex for not getting throw out an airlock Everything about him screams shallow and opportunistic Yet Julian is fascinated by him from the start They fall into bed uickly and for several chapters afterward it’s sex not nearly hot or long enough to counter the weak characterizations with a minor problem either solved or brought up It’s predictable and boring very uickly But then it turns on a dime Julian in an act that seems ridiculously dumb for someone who’s supposedly such a brilliant man almost kills himself and sets his ship on fire at which point Ellis jumps in and saves him at the expense of his own safety I’m expected to believe at this point that there might be between these men but everything I’ve been shown up to this point is not very inspiring sex I never see what Ellis’s appeal is other than the fact that he’s pretty and supposedly good in bedWithout being able to care or invest in either of the two leads I was left hoping to get involved in the drama I didn’t A character gets introduced after the flashbacks who while interesting provides a whole deus ex machina feel to the entire latter half of the story That doesn’t end up being the case but by the time I found that out the damage had already been done Add in the rather dreary and terse prose and the drama that should have crackled throughout the climax fell flat on its face I never felt the intensity that should have come from such a life or death choice and then it was over almost before it beganStories need than an interesting gimmick to keep me invested They need people I can feel for and drama I care about I would have settled for even one of those here and I just didn’t get it

  3. Clover Clover says:

    it was a beautiful story

  4. Kiki Kiki says:

    The whole soul bond thing is a bit over the top but it's a nice romantic fantasy

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