14 September 2012

Review: Pledged by Gwynneth White


Pledged
Gwynneth White

Soul Wars Saga #1

Published June 13th 2012

Everyone has a soul mate. But what do you do when your soul mate would rather give his soul to the demons than be with you?

Seventeen-year-old Erin has a problem. Seth has been hers forever, but now an ancient curse is tearing him away. And the demons who invoked it will stop at nothing – even murder – to claim him as their own.

How can she win against a curse so binding that it has damned countless others to this same fate – an eternity alone?

The answer lies in the past. To find it, Erin and Seth must risk all, travelling back in time to a dangerous world where love is forbidden, and life – and death – hang on a pledge.

Follow Erin and Seth as they travel to ancient Shenaya and confront the curse that has plagued their families for millennia. Caught in a war between the Angelic Guardians and the Gefallen, the disembodied dead, they must fight to keep their souls in tact and their love untainted.

My Review

A centuries old curse haunts the souls of Erin and Seth. Bound to protect the Seer Stone, they must ward off the Gefallen and their followers, pledged to the Shadow King whose ultimate dream is to enslave all that is. Erin and Seth's souls are put to the test as they go back in time to try to find the key to free them, and all that will follow, from the curse.

It took me a while to get into this novel. The beginning to me was slow and didn't really hold my attention. I think the first few chapter were just a bit too much of an information overload that really didn't seem to have any relevance. Sure, it help cement the face that you are taken away to distant lands in Africa, but I really feel that it wasn't necessary in the long run.

That's about where my bitching ends, as from the moment Seth and Erin are sent back into time, I thoroughly enjoyed Pledged. I have this love for both period set books and time travel, and this book did both wonderfully. I loved the culture shock of it all and the obscure customs of the past. White's writing really had me feeling as though I had travelled to another distant and unknown time.

I feel that Seth and Erin are very strongly built characters. Their attributes stayed solid throughout the novel and their motives felt real rather than superficial - a trait, unfortunately, that is becoming very common in the YA genre. But joyfully, this is not the case with Seth and Erin.Their grow and learn as the story unravels and have enough brains to work things out (there is nothing more annoying than an oblivious character).

I found it interesting White managed to tell two tales at the same time. There, of course, was Seth and Erin's, but their was also that of key players in the time gone past which they observed. At times I found it a bit draining following both the stories, but they overlapped and held relevance that carried through to understanding of the plot line.

Overall, a fairly decent book that has love, betrayal and heart.


3 out of 5

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