A thousand years ago, a dying race of Immortals left behind an enduring legacy: the Ascendants, mortal men and women capable of binding hundreds or even thousands of others to their will. Together these “Bound” and their magic form the foundation of nearly every society in the world. But everything is about to change. A few rare mortals possess the ability to channel magic without an Ascendant bond, and these “Unbound” renegades finally have a leader: a gifted young sorceress bent on freeing those who share her power…no matter the cost.
This story starts out alright, you land in the middle of a war and once that is over you fast forward to about a decade later. Although it would have been nice to get a bit more background information immediately as to why the main characters chose the path they chose it's easy enough to follow.
It's halfway through the story that I get a bit lost. Different tribes are on the verge of war with each other and some tribes have people with agendas of their own. At first I thought I knew how many tribes there were, but with all the different agendas and secret collaborations going on I got confused as to how many there were and also who was betraying who. It can get a little confusing when people try to backstab 3 different people or tribes at the same time.
Towards the end the storyline starts to make sense again and becomes a little clearer to me. But I didn't really like having to read through it trying to connect the dots all time and having to go back to see what happened a little earlier.
Overall I get where the author was going with this, and maybe I just didn't get all the backstabbing and betrayal. The ending could have been a bit more detailed. To me it ended a little abruptly and didn't really feel "finished". But maybe book 2 fixes that..
I give it three starts because I like the general storyline. I first was thinking 2.5 because of all the confusion but I'm in a generous mood so 3 stars it is.