After her father dies, Rachel realizes she is scared and stuck. Scared of heights, of cars, of disasters harming the people she loves. Stuck in a life that is getting smaller by the minute. Stuck with a secret she has kept all her life: Someone has been watching over her since birth. Someone who tends to show up when she needs him the most. Someone she believes is her guardian angel.
Eaden is a 1,500-year-old immortal who wants to die. Drained by a life stretched too thin, he has requested his final reward – a mortal sacrifice bred specifically to bring him death. But something went wrong. Rachel’s ability to grant death has mutated in ways that threaten to upset the uneasy alliance between mortals and immortals. And utterly beguiled, Eaden discovers that although Rachel is the key to his death, because of her, he no longer wants to die. And he will do anything to protect her.
Swept into a world of legends, caught between the warring political factions of immortals, and carrying the future of mortal kind in her flesh and bone, Rachel must risk everything to save her world and the man she loves.
A copy of Unbound was given in exchange for an honest review. :)
The idea behind this book is intriguing, that mortals have been guided through the ages by immortals or “ancients”. They each have a Mafte’ach, a human who is the “key” to ending their existence when that becomes intolerable.
The story begins by showing the world in which main character Rachel lives in. She is a quiet, narrow minded character with only one friend and a mother who buries herself in her work as a nurse. Rachel is apparently afraid of most things and because of this and her constant “seeing” the same male figure, Eaden, on the fringes of her life, she is under the care of a counsellor.
The prose is highly descriptive, if long-winded at times, but it sets a gentle, slow pace to what, in essence is an unusual romance, with various ethical dilemmas along the way. As for the pace, it eventually does pick up when the two central characters, Rachel and Eaden, become threatened by outside forces and the scene switches from North America to Scotland and then London. There are introductions to new characters, such as Amerlyn who is Eaden’s mentor, and a community of witches who give more life to the story. They help to make it more interesting by adding background to Eaden’s life.
This is a pleasant book overall, but rather uneven in pace and would have benefitted from a more eventful first half. The imaginative twist at the end was an unexpected surprise, which made me pleased that I had persevered to the last page.