Review: Threads that Bind by Brant Williams

Threads that Bind by Brant WilliamsTitle: Threads that Bind
Series: The Havoc Chroncicles, #1
Author: Brant Williams
Publisher: Self Published
Tags: Young Adult, Paranormal
Hearts: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

At 16, Madison has accepted herself for who she is: smart and witty, but overweight with thick glasses and the social life of a Tibetan monk. Everything changes the summer before her junior year of high school when her eyesight inexplicably corrects itself, and she begins to rapidly lose weight. However, her new look comes with an unexpectedly expensive price. Madison’s first kiss with the boy she has had a crush on for years triggers powers she can’t control, almost killing him.

She discovers she is a Berserker, a powerful being chosen to guard the world from the Havocs, ancient creatures brought into our world by magic thousands of years ago. They cause destruction and death, but cannot be killed. Only the Berserkers’ life-blood can bind – and free – the Havocs. One Havoc is free and wants Madison’s blood to free another. Instead of enjoying her new look and popularity at school, Madison must now work with the Berserkers to master her powers and bind the Havoc before it kills her.

Oh, and if that weren’t bad enough, it turns out she is the first female Berserker since, well – ever.

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Madison is nervous. It’s her turn for the driving test. She greets the examiner tensely and steps into the car. At first everything seems to go well, but then her eyes start to blur and she loses control of the car. She manages to avoid the phone booth, though, but she knows that this isn’t good…

And just as she thought, she fails the test. However, the weird thing is that, when her glasses fell during the spin, she could suddenly see everything perfectly! When she tells her parents about this they sent her to the eye doctor. But even the doctor can’t explain why she suddenly has a perfect sight… 

That’s not the only thing that changes. From one moment to the next she stops liking sweet and unhealthy stuff. The only thing she seems to like are salads and other über healthy things. What’s going on here? Her parents sent her to the doctor again, but the only thing he could say is that she’s as healthy as a fish. 

And that was how her summer went. Madison had to buy a whole new wardrobe, since her new way of eating made her lose a lot of weight. Logically, she’s the talk of the day on her first day of school and a lot of people don’t even seem to recognize her at first! Even the boy she’s had a crush on for ages suddenly knows she exists and before she knows it they have a date! She’s in heaven! Till she get’s her first kiss and unleashes powers she never new existed….

Wow! What an amazing book! From the moment I started reading I couldn’t stop till I had read the last word. What a ride ^^ I enjoyed every minute of it ^^ At first I was a little skeptical about this one. Although the blurb sparked my interest, I know I don’t have a very good relationship with male writers. It’s not their fault, but a lot of books written by male writers that I’ve read didn’t turn out that well and gave me a headache reading them. There’s usually less romance (not really a deal breaker, but still important for me 😉 ) and I always got the feeling that the characters are a bit more platonic. Besides all that, I just prefer reading from a women’s point of view when reading, instead of a men’s, what’s usually the case when reading something written by a man.  I know it’s not fair to tar everyone with the same brush, but in general that’s my experience. Of course there are exceptions and this is one obviously one of them ^^

Okay back to the story. As I said, this book was mind-blowing. The characters are well-considered and the story is rock solid. My only regret is that the Norse mythology wasn’t used that well . The Berserkers in the story, though, don’t have any relation at all to the Norse of yore. Aside from that fact I like the idea: protectors of evil, magical powers, adrenaline rush. This is a much better image than the Berserkers of old times had.

Madison is fantastic. She’s got just the right mix of humor and spunk. She doesn’t hide behind other people, but takes everything right on. What other choice do you have when you’re a Berserker? I really liked the fact that she stayed her little old me, even after the change. In one word: Madison rocks!


4 HEARTS. This was a very good book. I enjoyed every minute of it and look forward to the next one. The story and characters were well thought trough and funny. The protagonist is brilliant with her humor and spunk on just the right moments. My only letdown was the absence of some Norse mythology and the link between Berserkers, plus the lack of romance. But I have high hopes for the next book!

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The Havoc Chronicles

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