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The Binding (Chronicles of Azaria #1)

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Length: 371 pages4 hours

Summary

What do you do when you can't trust your heart?

For a thousand years, the kingdom of Azaria has been governed by an ancient spell- The Binding, a magic that creates unbreakable lifelong bonds. All it takes is an instant of shared feeling between two people, and if the timing's right, a couple can enjoy a lifetime of happiness.

Or a lifetime of hell, as seventeen year-old Eliza Bryant believes. To her, the Binding's nothing but a curse. It broke her sister's heart, compelling her to abandon her true love and marry a stranger, and for the last two years it's tried to claim Eliza, too. Her solution? To hide in the lonely Galgiza forest once a month, and wait for her vulnerable courtship period to end without human contact.

A panicked encounter with a bear, however, throws Eliza into the path of Ryan, a mysterious bounty-hunter. Now Bound to him, Eliza must spend every moment at his side, else she’ll transform into an Unbound; a lifeless husk without mind or soul.

Unfortunately, Ryan’s not looking to settle down, and Eliza is dragged into his crazy life on the run. But she’s not going to take this lying down, oh no. Between grappling with the false affection conjured by the spell and fleeing an unseen enemy, she plans to find a way to break her Binding; a feat nobody’s achieved in over a thousand years. The key to her freedom lies closer than she thinks, and it’s deeply connected to Ryan’s past.

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