Half the village of Breccan lies dead – slaughtered. All that stands between Antony Cardover and his freedom is his wife, Isabella, or so he believes.
In his wrath at his wife’s adultery, Antony trades his soul for the chance of vengeance. His price? An eternity as a monster – a man bearing a vampire curse. To stop him, the curse must be broken. To break the curse, Isabella and all her descendants must be destroyed. The catch? Only Antony can break the curse.
With Breccan in mourning and Antony on the rampage, only one person can help. Anna Martindale, a witch shunned by the villagers, entombs Antony within a stone sarcophagus, bound by spells and buried in hallowed ground for the rest of time.
Breccan breathes again. Time heals. That was four hundred years ago.
Seventeenth century spells, however, are no match for twenty first century living. As Ramply Homes moves in, the secret of St Martin’s churchyard prepares to move out.
As the church is desecrated, the spells that hold Antony break. Soon, Becca Martin, a descendant of Isabella, is plagued by dreams of a time and a man she cannot possibly have known. As her nightmares become real, Becca has no choice but to contact the one person who will be able to help; someone she has not spoken to in a decade – her mother.
Here, Becca discovers the truth about her ancestry and is forced to face up to whom and what she is. Only a wooden box and her gift hold the key to her survival.
Four hundred years ago Antony failed. He will not fail again.
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What Readers Said…
I received a free copy of this book through Netgalley. When I read about the book I felt like I had to read it. Once I started reading it life seemed to get in the way, but not for long. The book called to me every time I got the chance to read.
I felt a deep connection to the characters, because they were built so well. Their looks, and their personality were extremely easy to connect with. This is one of the things that made this book so good to me. I like to be able to get to know, and connect with the characters, and to feel what they feel. This book did exactly that, and that kept me hooked.
This book kept me up tonight, because I just couldn’t go another day without finishing the book. Not finishing it drove me nuts, because the book was so well written. I mean magic, and when I say magic it actually seems so real. You get a double take from the past so that you don’t miss any part of the story. I never once had any confusion with this book. The story was complete in every way. The author made sure you didn’t wonder; “well how did this happen?” Which was great, because that means you got every bit of the story that you needed to make sure you aren’t missing a thing.
Because of certain violent, and mature situations I would recommend this book to adults.
Review by Book Vampire
Didn’t expect this to be my thing, but it had me gripped. Really enjoyed it!
Review by Geoff
What’s in the Box?
Bonds by Marie Anne Cope is a visceral, fast-paced tale of ancient wrongs and present dangers. Making use of motifs familiar to readers of vampire literature, Cope’s skill is in weaving a story that starts four hundred years ago and lands – ground-shakingly – in the here and now. Using short, episodic chapters and allowing the cast of characters to speak for themselves, the pace and tension gather momentum towards a thrilling ending. At the centre of the story is Becca, a thoroughly modern girl living in a world of battered Fiestas and coffee makers. Working on a project for her impatient boss, she is thrown into the arms of a troubled soul with a long, long history. Their encounters are violent, occasionally bordering on the erotic; the promise she makes to him is possibly not one you would expect. The story starts big and just goes on getting bigger and bigger.
Review by Fion K-H
If You Like Dark, You Will Love This!
Anthony is rather sexy. A clever, visual novel that I feel sure, will one-day be made into a film. Enjoy.
Review by J M Moore
I had been wanting to read this book for a while and I wasn’t disappointed.
Marie Anne Cope tells a refreshing and original tale, with interesting characters and a cleverly written story which takes place in two eras spanning 400 years.
This is my favourite genre, however, over the years it has become the same old coming of age story with a forbidden romance and it was losing its appeal.
Marie cleverly reminds us that vampires used to be human and have been “made” into these “monsters” they are now perceived to be. I felt this was a very creative way of getting the reader to relate to Anthony. After all, he is fighting for his own survival.
I also enjoyed learning about Becca’s background and her struggle to accept who she is, who her family are and were as well as the difficult situations she find herself in as a result of it.
All the main characters have been a pleasure to get to know as Marie has written them well and by giving them back stories she has given them depth.
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys this genre as it is a refreshing take on the age old tales told over the years. Thankfully I have already purchased the second book in the series, Broken Bonds, so I won’t have to wait long to see what happens next.
Review by Cath
Not My Usual Genre, But A Step Out Of My Comfort Zone
I bought this book off the author at a book signing. I have never read this genre about vampires and such, but was pleasantly surprised. I especially enjoyed that the author had given the ‘baddy’ a back story, which formed an odd type of ‘sympathy’ for him – he wasn’t just a monster, he had a reason for being such a creature.
The story itself was the first in a series so I expected the ending to be fairly abrupt, leaving a door wide open for the next book; however, I did feel the last few chapters were rushed. Throughout the book, our heroine is fighting the inevitable stand against Anthony, then it’s over in a chapter and I felt a little deflated. I rarely read a ‘series’ and so this is completely my own opinion in that, I tend to read stand alone books that perhaps follow a different set of rules.
My problem was the editing. Sadly, whoever edited this book, ‘had’ became their favourite word and in one chapter it was almost every other word which was annoying and distracting to me as a reader. There was no need for so many, especially once past tense is established, so I began editing it in my head and was able to continue! I also found a word used in the 16th century that wasn’t in existence until around the 19th/20th century which caused me to re-read the paragraph as I got confused as to which century I was supposed to be in.
Review by PJ Roscoe
You Had Me from the Start
I loved the way this story unfolds, taking part in two different centuries and slowly revealing its secrets to us. Right from the blurb this book had my attention and I was hooked from the prologue. I look forward to reading the next instalments of Becca’s story… read more
Review by Booky Ramblings of a Neurotic Mom Blog
Better Than Twilight
A well executed horror/drama novel with strong female characters and a plot that flits from present day to hundreds of years ago without losing the thread of the plot. The Bonds in the novel are both physical and corporeal being the ties that bind us to our individual fates. The villain of the piece is well rounded and his actions and motivations are understandable to the reader even when they are horrific in nature. The lead character has agency and potency which makes this novel better than Twilight, in my opinion.
Review by Rob Taylor
Excellent read! Really enjoyed it, found it hard to put down. Also read Broken Bonds and look forward to the next instalment! Looking forward to your book reading in Wrexham very soon!
Review by Anon
I Would Not Classify Bonds as a `Vampire` Book!
There is a rich blend of characters and their life stories beautifully meld through time…But only one of those characters is a lead and that is definitely Becca…The existence of other mystic creatures just adds more flavor!
The vampire theme is wrapped in dark erotica and it is much different than watching a movie…It is more like living it and feeling what it is like to be a vampire!
Review by Dessi Daborn
I read books in the supernatural genre prolifically: Anne Rice, Stephenie Meyer, Deborah Harkness, J R Ward, Lilith Saintcrow & Laurell K Hamilton, to name but a few. This book was not a disappointment. I loved the character of Anna because you can feel her pain, but all the characters are interesting and well written.
Review by N Shaw
I Couldn’t Put It Down
In a lifetime you rarely come across a book that you read in one sitting (or through the night!!). Bonds was a book that sucked you in immediately and the suspense just built and built. If you want to totally absorb yourself in suspense then buy this book.
Review by Conrad
I Liked How the Story Jumped From Past to Present
I haven’t read a horror genre for years, but oh boy what a welcome back Bonds was! Well worth a read. I liked how the story jumped from past to present. I enjoyed the style of writing and only one small criticism – sometimes the vampire’s blood should drip from his fangs and not always from his chin. I look forward to reading the next book.
Review by Anon
I haven’t read a horror genre for years, but oh boy what a welcome back Bonds was. Well worth a read. I liked how the story jumped from past to present. Enjoyed the style of writing. Only one small criticism, sometimes the vampires blood should have dripped from his fangs and not always his chin. Look forward to reading the next book.
Review by Ryan/Nat
I received a free copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The fact that this book was given to me for free in no way affects my opinion of the book.
When I read about the book, I felt like I had to read it. Once I started reading it, life seemed to get in the way, but not for long. The book called to me every time I got the chance to read.
I felt a deep connection to the characters because they were built so well. Their looks, and their personalities, were extremely easy to connect with. This is one of the things that made this book so good to me. I like to be able to get to know and connect with the characters, and to feel what they feel. This book did exactly that and that kept me hooked.
This book kept me up tonight, because I just couldn’t go another day without finishing it. Not finishing it drove me nuts because the book was so well written. I mean magic, and when I say magic it actually seems so real. You get a double take from the past so that you don’t miss any part of the story. I never once had any confusion with this book. The story was complete in every way. The author made sure you didn’t wonder, “well how did this happen?” which was great, because that means you got every bit of the story that you needed to make sure you didn’t miss a thing.
Because of certain violent and mature situations, I would recommend this book to adults.
Review by Amber A
Entertaining Horror Novel
I enjoyed this vampire tale because unlike the sexy, tortured vampires that have women falling all over them until they meet their soulmate and they have their HEA, this vampire is a monster. Any decency that he may have once possessed is gone and he is evil.
I understand Antony’s anger and why he would have wanted to destroy Isabella and her lovers, but Anna had done nothing to deserve his wrath. She helped his father when he was ill, she warned him about Isabella and tried to keep them apart, but he was determined to have her. She showed her true colours on their wedding day, so he should not have been surprised when she strayed.
The way that others in the village turned against Anna was wrong. If it wasn’t for her they would all have died; not to mention all the time she had helped them when they were ill or when she delivered their children. It wasn’t her fault that her daughter was a whore.
Now, several centuries later, Anna’s curse is about to fail because of the greed of a developer who refuses to listen to the warnings that he is given. His assistant, Becca, has started to have strange dreams and the things that are happening to her will make her realize that the stories that she heard as a child are true and that unless she embraces the heritage that she has been running from for over a decade, Antony will kill her because she is one of the last descendants of Isabella, and she also looks exactly like her. Other than her looks, Isabella and Becca do not share other traits, but this will not save her from Antony. He’s had plenty of time to plot his revenge as he was locked away over the centuries and he plans to make Becca suffer before he kills her. Will she find the strength and knowledge that she needs to save herself and others before it is too late?
I want to thank the author and/or publisher for providing me with a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review; all opinions are mine.
Review by Anne Vine Voice
Given this for my birthday and thoroughly enjoyed it. Not my normal genre but a very satisfying read. Would recommend.
Review by Alice Ashley
Vampires and Witches Rule
Absolutely loved this book. I loved the present day real world settings and also the flashbacks into a past medieval setting. Awesome likeable characters. Can’t wait to read the next one. If you like vampires and witches read it!
Review by Mr W N Clarke
A Great Read That Keeps You on the Edge of Your …
I was gripped by the book from start to finish; a great read that keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering what’s going to happen next. I could not put the book down and am really excited for the next installment, Broken Bonds!
Review by Rachael Young
I Looked Forward to Reading This When I got Home From Work …
Bonds is a solid read, and better than some (quite a few) of the traditionally published books I’ve read recently. It has several well-defined characters, not all of them human (I’m looking at you, Spook!), a better heroine than the traditionally published Highgate Vampire novel (which really wasn’t impressive) and a far more satisfying vampire than the twinkly teen type.
There are a few points where the language could do with cleaning up (one granny figure says ‘child’ so often that it reads like a benevolent verbal tic) and some plot points that could be worked on. I’m also not sure about the morality of blaming rape/massacre/serial deaths on one woman who happens to put herself about a bit, rather than the man/demon who actually perpetrates the attacks.
Overall, I looked forward to reading this when I got home from work – and trust me, that is a recommendation.
Review by RhiAnima
Great Vampire Tale with a Twist
Very interesting and captivating story. Well written. I couldn’t stop reading the tale of this young woman and her family. I highly recommend this book.
Review by T Landy
Adventurous and well descriptive. Honestly not that big of a fan of vampire stories, but this sounded really intense! Best of luck to you in your writing success.
Review by Warren
I read half of the book in one night and I didn’t want to put it down!!! I cannot wait for the next book to come out! This is a must read… Thanks Marie!
Review by Melanie Gaskin
There’s Obviously Something Intensely Personal…
…about Marie Cope’s characters in Bonds. In her self-published first novel, Marie seems to pour her soul into the story and especially the female protagonist. If her Facebook page is to be believed, there’s a sequel in the offing and, based on Bonds, it should be worth the wait.
Review by John Marshall
Fantastic Read, Gripping, Addictive…Twilight Watch Out!
I really enjoyed reading this book; it had me hooked all the way through. Anyone who enjoyed the Twilight books would also enjoy this.
Review by Jona
A Great Read, Need the Next One Please…
I found this to be an interesting twist on the vampire stories of old. The characters really come to life and the flow from the past to now is handled in a dramatic but logical way. I can’t wait for the next in the series.
Review by Duncan
A Dark, Intriguing and Gripping Tale
I loved this book! It was recommended to me and although I would not normally read books of this genre, it drew me in almost instantly. It has a clever, well thought out and intriguing plot. Switching between 17th century and modern times was interesting and flowed well. The characters were richly drawn, especially Antony. I believe a sequel is planned, if so I will be among the first to order. I think it would make an excellent film.
Review by J Hesketh
I’m not normally into vampire / horror. However, this is a good compelling story and I recommend it to anyone, especially lovers of vampire and horror. I believe this is the first book by the writer and look forward to the sequel. My congratulations to Marie Anne Cope’s debut.
Review by Trev Smith
Just finished Bonds. Great book; could not put it down. A good twist on the Vampire story. Can’t wait for next one to find out how she saves him.
Review by KDB
I was recommended to read this by my husband, as he knows the author. I was so pleased I got it as it kept me riveted from chapter one. Marie Anne writes in a very visual manner, so if you are visual like me, reading this book is like watching a film. The last 2 chapters were the worst for me as I didn’t want the book to end. I have been reading thrillers for months as nothing else has held my concentration. I cannot find the words to say how much this book entertained me. Please write another soon!
Review by Mrs Robina C. Morris
Was recommended this by a friend as it wasn’t something I’d normally pick up, however, I have to say it’s very well plotted, excellently written and very hard to put down.
Review by GG
I bought this novel after it was recommended by a friend. As soon as I started reading it I was hooked! I found it hard to put down and enjoyed it so much the chapters just flew by. It was well written and covered the 2 time periods, 400 years apart with ease. I have in the past found other novels which cover different time periods seem to jump around too much but this was different. I really can’t wait for the sequel!
Review by Beryl
Keeps You On the Edge
I purchased Bonds by Marie Anne Cope through Amazon. If you like everything about vampires and witches, this book has everything you want in suspense. It keeps you on edge and there is a surprise around every corner. I highly recommend it.
Review by Pen Name
A very enjoyable easy read, the pages & chapters ‘fly by’ whilst also the story , rebounding between the past and present with echo location precision of one of ‘Anthony’s’ alter incarnations, mean you never lose the plot. Excellent debut novel, I highly recommend you read.
Review by Ironstein
It was recommended by a friend and I am glad I bought it. It was well worth the read.
Excellent Read Could Not Put It Down!
Picked this book up and could not put it down. I gave it 5 stars, as the story is well mixed with past and present, and draws you into the Antony Cardover Saga, in a way in which you now want to know if he is released from his curse. I would recommend to anybody whom enjoys the trials and tribulations of the undead 🙂
Review by Claire Carmel Rigby
Thoroughly Enjoyed It!
This isn’t a genre that I would normally choose to read, but I decided to give Bonds a go on the basis of a recommendation from a friend. As it is literally the first vampire based book I have ever read, I can’t make a comparison with any others, but what I can say is that I couldn’t have been more surprised with how much of an enjoyable read I found it to be.
I was immediately gripped by the story, and found myself repeatedly thinking “Just one more chapter…”. One chapter turned into another, and another, and another – I finished the book in three sittings. The style of writing is pacey and easy to read, and keeps you wondering what is going to happen next.
I’ll definitely be reading anything more published by this author.
Review by Sue C
Exciting, Emotional and Creepy
I don’t think I’ve read a book so fast in all my life! I found it so exciting all the way through;emotional and creepy. This book has a bit of everything. I would definitely recommend to friends and family. Looking forward to more books from Marie, especially a sequel!
Review by Afton Millman
An Excellent Debut
Bonds is an excellent debut novel by a first time author with a clear grasp of her subject matter. The story is based in Wales and covers two periods in time, slipping neatly between the two.
Its main protagonist is Becca, a young woman with a family history of Wicca. She is unaware of this history until she has to confront a centuries old vampire called Antony Cardover, who is intent on finishing a job he started four hundred years earlier.
The time slip element of this story is not always easy to pull off but the author has done an excellent job in merging the two era’s in to one book. I would highly recommend it to anybody with an interest in the supernatural or who just enjoys a good read.
Review by Neil Griffiths
I don’t normally comment on books I’ve read as they are generally written by mainstream authors and are therefore reviewed by numerous others. On this occasion given its Marie’s debut novel I felt compelled to, as it was thoroughly enjoyable and captivating read. This book is a well-crafted debut novel which will captivate any reader, even if like me vampires are not their normal genre and leave them waiting in anticipation for her next novel.
Review by Marcus Christopher
The Right Mix of Scary and Original Storytelling
I’m not a major fan of the vampire genre, but Bonds is something rather special. Taking a theme which is growing a bit tired and creating an original tale that moves along at a cracking pace with a storyline which keeps you guessing. Just the right kind of mix of scary and storytelling at its best. Definitely looking forward to the next book from Marie Anne Cope. Great debut novel!
Review by Avid Reader
Excellent Debut Novel
I loved this book so giving it anything less than 5 stars was difficult. It is well written and Marie Cope takes the much traveled tales of witches and vampires and makes it her own. In the vain of James Herbert she manages to create a ‘real world’ setting where the extraordinary happens rather than create fantastic other worlds. Bonds is an excellent debut novel but I am disappointed that the hardback version has not been released on Amazon. It may seem petty but a book like this should be available in hardback and I hope that the publishers take note.
Review by D Brent
This book arrived yesterday and I have already read 80 pages. If I hadn’t had to work today I would have stayed up all night! Just on what I have read so far, I would highly recommend.
Review by A Broderick
Gripping, exciting, fantastic – just a few words to describe this riveting read. Looking forward to her next novel. Great story.
Review by Steve
I could not put this book down, it’s a breath taking story and I would highly recommend it. Hope she writes another, she’s brilliant!
Review by Paula
Been waiting for this book for ages. Marie Cope knows how to craft a scary story.
Review by Neil