Glyphbinder

Tales of the Five Provinces Book 1

Fiction - Fantasy - Epic
316 Pages
Reviewed on 07/05/2015
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Author Biography

T. Eric Bakutis is an author and game designer living in Maryland. He is happily married and shares his house with a vicious, predatory cat and a sad-faced cowardly dog. He's been working as a professional game developer for over six years. His first book, Glyphbinder, was one of eight finalists for the 2014 Compton Crook Award.

In his limited spare time, Eric hikes with his lovely wife and crazy dog, plays any video games he can get his hands on, and collaborates with fellow authors at the Baltimore Science Fiction Society Critique Circle.

His short fiction has been published in several magazines and anthologies, and he is constantly writing new stories. His second novel, Demonkin, is due in December 2015.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite

In Glyphbinder (Tales of the Five Provinces Book 1) by T. Eric Bakutis, Kara was desperate to put an end to her mother's suffering. Her plan was to force her own soul to switch places with her mother's so she would live in the ailing body and allow her mother to enjoy a healthy body. She had gone to great lengths and taken on impossible tasks to put together all that she needed to accomplish the task. Now she was just one step away from getting her wish, but this final part of the task would also be the most challenging. The final stage required her to earn the place of royal apprentice so she could travel to the city of Tarna where her final component lay. Unknown to Kara, her fate was sealed in her blood long before she was born, and now a powerful, faceless enemy is determined to get her soul. After a mage in possession of a dead elder's soul manages to breach the Solyr security, it is decided that Kara, with the help of her friend, will outsmart the enemy and sneak out of the city. However, the enemy is equally smart and a lot more cunning, and will stop at nothing to get what he wants. As long defeated darkness begins rise again, nobody is safe.

Glyphbinder (Tales of the Five Provinces Book 1), by T. Eric Bakutis is a wildly compelling YA paranormal story set in a mysterious world where magic is the ultimate tool of power and blood the currency of the trade. T. Eric Bakutis vividly brought this tale of blood magic to life through a mesmerizing setting and compelling characters blended together in flawless writing. The language style used is in rhythm with the theme and setting of the story and added more flair to the reading experience. Forget your everyday YA paranormal/fantasy stories; T. Eric Bakutis' Glyphbinder will blow your mind. Glyphbinder is the first book in what promises to be a grand YA series. I cannot wait to read Book 2.