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Review of 'Threads That Bind’

Threads That Bind takes the Greek Gods and inserts their descendants into a neo-noir city on the brink of ruin and a past shrouded in mystique.

By Cyn's WorkshopPublished 7 months ago 3 min read
Top Story - November 2023
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Debut author Kika Hatzopoulou has woven a mesmerizing story in Threads That Bind, a fantasy-mystery hybrid inspired by Greek mythology set in a world where the children of the gods inherit their powers. With no shortage of romance or complex family dynamics, this fast-paced tale exploring fate versus free will is sure to draw readers in from the start.

Review

As a fan of Greek Mythology, Threads That Bind was everything I wanted and more, bringing uniqueness to the storytelling and a character and romance worth loving.

Storytelling

I absolutely loved the way this story developed. Io is one of the descendants of the three fates. Io is a cutter, able to cut the lifeline and the line of someone’s love of something. Io is also the youngest of three sisters, her older sister running off in the night.

There is a lot of intrigue and mystery when it comes to the mystery surrounding Io’s older sister.

Io is a private investigator, using her ability to see lifelines to track people, to see what they love, and break it if necessary.

Io spent much of her life in the shadow of her toxic sister, feeling guilty for what she did to send her sister away. But there’s something Edei said that rings true: it’s okay to put yourself first. It is okay to do what you need to to save yourself. It is okay to cut toxic people out of your life to protect yourself, especially if it is family.

Her character development and the way she grows into her strength is incredible. And the buildup of tension towards that scene where she finally stands her ground against her sister was jaw-dropping.

And, of course, the romance develops between the two characters. They form a friendship first, one that is full of jokes and chemistry. It was amazing to see them fall in love and even put down the thought of the fate-thread defining their relationship.

The author’s decision to subvert the soulmate trope was so well done. It stays away from clichés and challenges the trope several times throughout the story by focusing on the dynamic between the two characters.

The mystery that connects the story also offers the reader something gripping. What are these wraiths? It is all connected to an event in the past, and the way the pieces fall together and tie to Greek mythology is unique. It’s a noir mystery, and there are so many different individuals’ descendants from various Gods, not only from Greek myths, which gives the fantasy aspect a unique touch.

They are not demigods; the gods are dead. These are mortal beings that can use the gifts of their ancestors.

Final Thoughts

I could go on and on about all the ways Threads That Bind is fantastic, but you must read it yourself. This one is a must-read for fans of mystery and Greek mythology.

  • Writing Quality : 9/10
  • Character Development : 9/10
  • "Couldn't Put It Down"-ness : 10/10
  • Intellectual Depth: 9/10
  • Originality: 9/10
  • Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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About the Author

Cynthia Bujnicki graduated from Emerson College with a BA in Writing, Literature and Publishing. She has always loved to read since she was a child. A contributing writer for YA Fantasy Addicts, she is also the Editor-in-Chief for Cyn's Workshop. She lives in sunny South Florida with her husband, son and daughter and their two cats.

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  • Luther7 months ago

    Nice work ❤️😗 Just joined haven’t really got to know how people like my stories 😏

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