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Bound to Survive: The Magic Within (The Magic Within Series Book 1) by [Gibbs, Sharon]
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***For a limited time, you can get the Prequel, of the Magic Within Series, Beginnings, Part 1 for free - click here to find out more > sharongibbsauthor.com/book/beginnings/ < (just copy and paste into your browser)***
In a realm where wizards govern treachery is about to descend.

Christopher, the nephew of a local swordsmith, hates living under the rule of a tyrant lord. But what choice does he have? Oppression, fear and the constant threat of retribution are a normal way of life. Until one night a stranger appears, revealing a family secret.
Arnak Antrobus will go to any lengths to exact his revenge. He’ll even sell his soul to the Lord of the Underlands. As the Dark Lord seals their pact he reveals a contradiction to Arnak’s request, “One has already been born to counteract your deeds. You must slay the child born of prophecy before he has a chance to rise.”

Will Christopher embrace his destiny? Or will the words of prophecy decide his fate?

Bound to Survive is the first book in The Magic Within series. If you love epic tales of sword and sorcery, then you'll love Sharon Gibbs' Bound to Survive.
Pick up your copy of Bound to Survive and start your journey into The Magic Within series Today!




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Q - So, what makes Bound to Survive (Book 1 in the Magic Within Series) special?

A - It's a mix of things, really. When I set out to write this book, I wanted to create something that I loved. The exact kind of book I wanted to read. My top picks are usually the coming of age quests, any of the thousands of sword and sorcery fantasy best sellers, and, of course, books featuring your classic heroes. Basically, anything with magic and a fast-paced style gets my vote.


Q – Are you writing any other books?

A – Yes! I’m currently writing a prequel Beginnings. The sequel, Resurrection of an Empire, is already published
The prequel novel will take you back to a time before magic and sorcery existed, to a time where one king ruled. A story of how magic came to the wizards.
I’m excited about this book. Being able to create witches and wizards, treachery and mayhem and write another depth into the world I’ve created is a truly amazing experience. One that I hope you will love.

Overall, the Magic Within series is designed to keep you turning the pages - I'm hoping you've fallen in love with the series.
Thanks for joining me on this journey!


TAGS: Fantasy, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult Fantasy, Coming Of Age Fantasy, Sword & Sorcery, Literature & Fiction, Women's fiction, Myths & Legends, Teen & Young adult, Magic, Metaphysical and Visionary, Action & Adventure

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  • Language: English
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I, for one, am so grateful to the person who gave Sharon Gibbs a fantasy book to read because without this gesture Bound to Survive would never have come about.
It is not my genre and I had no idea what I had let myself in for. Usually I find this genre far too complicated. I liked the cover, pure and simple. I felt compelled to buy it then fell in love with the story.
The story, structure and characters have been well thought out and planned. Character names are simple everyday memorable names, none of the made up names you see in fantasy books which you don’t know how to pronounce and tend to forget once you have closed the book. Due to other commitments I had to put Bound to Survive down half way through (reluctantly I might add) but when I picked it up again the story and characters remained with me.
Plots, sub plots, places and people are rich in description and information. Like the book cover the story and characters are colourful and stand out. The timeline was a little bit hard to keep up with. I’m sure this won’t be the case in her next book; it didn’t distract me from a brilliant read.
Sharon Gibbs definitely put heart and soul into this book, and has set herself a standard that she will have to continue in her writing (and her next book in the series.)
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Bound to Survive: The Magic Within by Sharon Gibbs is one of those books whose cover grabs your attention. It certainly did mine, and after reading the blurb, I decided to try it. Read on to find out what I thought!

Synopsis (from the author): Welcome to Solencia, a realm where the people live in peace and Wizards govern…
Until that fateful day, treachery swept across the land to slaughter the magic upon the mountain.
Told of in prophecy, a boy is torn from the love of his family and ‘Bound’ with magic to survive. He is hidden from those who seek to destroy him
Now the people struggle to survive under the rule of a tyrant Lord and his evil Sorceress and magic is rarely used.
Over the years, the young boy, Christopher, grows discontent…
Until the day a secret is revealed… a journey begins… and a choice is made. A choice, which will be for all in the realm.
Join Christopher and his friends as they begin a journey of discovery, a coming of age tale, which will see them face danger more than once and have them hatch a daring escape. Race with them across the country in a bid to save his love from certain death and find out how a secret will change the world they live in. Bound to Survive is a coming of age story of sword and sorcery, wizardly love, war and intrigue steeped in a mystical age of magic.

What I liked: Like the cover, the book itself is really good! The tale follows Henry, Christopher, and others as they live under the cruel yoke of Lord Arnak. Over the course of the story, we discover betrayal, sacrifice, Henry’s secret, and Christopher’s destiny. The characters are easy to identify and connect with - except Lord Arnak and his sister, who are both evil and easy to dislike.
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Go along with Christopher and his pals as they endeavor to rescue his love from a sure demise and discover a scheme that will transform their domain. As time goes by, the lives of each person near Christopher are touched by a wicked being, Lord Arnak and his military. Christopher, is meant to usher in amity and harmony, however he first must accomplish his calling of passage of coming of age. While there are quite a lot of characters to keep track of, the story flows amazingly well and is easy to follow. It’s exciting and will have you turning the pages quickly. ‘Bound to Survive’ is a tale abundant with allure, passion, conspiracy, warfare all wrapped up in a transcendent period of enchanted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My review wont do this book justice 17 March 2015
By christine - Published on Amazon.com
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I wish there was a perfect way to write down my feelings after reading this book onto this review. I cant. The book was extremely well written, engaging, organized, great plot, wonderful character development and terrific description of the towns, lands, scenery, everything. I locked myself in my bedroom to read this and did not want to be disturbed. I loved how Sharon Gibbs was able to flip from past to future to present in multiple POV's heads and crafted it so well. This is something an experienced writer may attempt to do, but Sharon nailed it. She has me hooked, and i cannot wait to read the next book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I recommend this book to all those who love magic, loyalty, love and of good vs. evil. 14 January 2017
By Kaylee Ridgeway - Published on Amazon.com
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Being new to Sharon Gibbs’ writing I didn’t know what to expect but as I read Bound to Survive I’m thrilled to find another author I will be following. I was delighted to experience an adventure with wizards, good vs. evil and the will to survive at all costs. Bound to Survive was exactly that. It was exciting to read how people with a little help from wizards have the courage to stand up for themselves with the odds, not in their favor, of them against an evil that has stood against time.

Sharon Gibbs is a wonderful writer. I give her a five star rating because I liked her flair she puts into Bound to Survive. I think her story is well written with her characters coming alive on every page. They are well developed, full of passion, loyalty and overwhelming feelings of love. Her evil characters are truly evil in every since of the word. So believable one shutters just reading about them.
2.0 out of 5 stars A four-star story concept, but the presentation ruined it for me. 28 April 2017
By Kat Caffee - Published on Amazon.com
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As a writer, I find that the way a story is put together usually is what makes or breaks it. This one breaks that mold. I really, REALLY enjoyed the concept, but the nuts and bolts are what pulled the rating down for me. I started the book thinking it was for an older audience, and I'll freely admit that impacted my enjoyment quite a bit (what I get for not remembering to check the book's page before starting in), and I'm not a big fan of flash backs, which this book has in abundance. With that said, I'll turn my attention to the pieces that usually make the most impact for me.

World Building

Sharon did a wonderful job building up the world in this installment, even though there's quite a bit of time-hopping back and forth between present day and historical scenes. The setting doesn't change all that much, but the political aspect changes radically - that's really where the world building here shines brightest. The physical setting is quickly drawn in with a few quick sketches that are fleshed out over the course of the book. I did run into a couple of places where travel times didn't feel right, but with the characters involved it didn't jar me out of the tale. (Sailing ships and magic users - call up a wind to speed things up a day or two.)

I'm not good with keeping flashbacks straightened out, which is part of why I had to wait to write the review. I had to let my memory pull the story apart and rearrange it into something a little more linear. Once that happened, I rather enjoyed the way the political world building progressed. Each event was a natural outgrowth from the one before, or at least a reasonable result of decisions made previously.

Character Development

Here's where I know my expectations come in to bite things in the wrong place. Also, the heavy use of flashbacks in the story made it hard to really see the developmental aspects for the characters.

One the one hand, there's so much time-hopping back and forth it's hard to get a feel for who I should be rooting for. You're introduced early on to the lead cast, then pulled back in time when some of the cast aren't alive yet before returning to the present plus a little time. Because of this, the reader gets a chance to see the antagonist's development much clearer than the protagonist's development. This makes the story feel a bit ... thin.

Pacing

The pacing in this book was definitely not something I enjoyed. For me, it felt as if I were being dragged over a cattle guard made of razor blades - each time you started into a space between action crests it was a toss up if you were going to be cut or just make it over unharmed. Again, this is a personal distaste for the heavy use of flashbacks, which doesn't allow for much continuity. Even after letting my memory rearrange the story, there is still no sense of smoothness between story points. This is a real shame, because it appears to be an intriguing concept, just not a presentation style I enjoy.

Overall? Much as I hate to put up poor ratings, this one is at best a 2 out of 5 star book. It's got a four-star story concept, but the presentation ruined it for me. On the flip side, I will be reading the next installment - that's how good the concept is - despite the flaws I ran into here. This isn't a time travel story, and I'm debating about going through the book with a separate document open where I can cross link the chapters into chronological order for personal preference. That may correct some of the issues I ran into due to personal tastes. I'll also be reading this with the YA story mindset, rather than an older adult expectations.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This world comes alive 26 January 2015
By Sheila Kell - Published on Amazon.com
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This is not your typical wizarding book of fighting with wands and spells. This book is a story of vengeance that turns to a desire for power. When Arnak believes the tales of his father Gerard of how his magic was stolen from him for no good reason, Arnak vows the people will pay. With his sorceress sister Athena they begin destroying town after town bending them to their will. Working with an underground wizard, they find out a prophecy foretells of someone who can defeat them. They try but cannot find him.

Christopher was raised by his aunt and uncle and from an early age despising the soldiers and the Lord they were ruled by. One day he learns he has a grandfather and that he is the one to lead the people to rid them of the current leadership. He knew no that he was a wizard as his magic had been removed and preserved at an early age to keep him hidden from Athena. He has to make a choice. Remain as he is or lead the people. His choice is reinforced when the girl he has begun to fall for is dying and only he can save her.

Sharon Gibbs writes a compelling story that had me swiping page after page instead of sleeping. The characters she developed and the cities she created felt so real it was like watching the movie play before my eyes. The back and forth in time initially confused me but it was easy to grasp once I figured out how she brought the story to life. This is truly a great first novel for Ms. Gibbs! I can’t wait for the next book in the series.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bound to Survive 17 February 2015
By jill - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm not usually a fantasy reader but I really enjoyed this book. There was so much detail that I easily found myself able to enter into a time realm. I could read this story as if it were a movie playing in front of me and it allowed my imagination to build the surroundings in each scene. I thought the characters were believable and I loved the descriptive writing style. Although I did find the time frame changes a little confusing at the beginning, I quickly worked out there was a past and present. I loved the heroes, hated the villains and felt sympathy for the victims. The build up to the final battle kept me reading, I couldn't put it down. I look forward to next book in the series, I have a feeling there will be lots more to come.