"Keeps Getting Better and Better"

POWER UNBOUND is centered around Stephen, who is determined to pass the test for the sixth order, and Ione, who is a powerless gadda unable to pass even the test for the first order. When they meet the attraction is immediate, however they might never have acted upon it if Ione hadn't become tainted by the Forbidden Texts.

And that taint is spreading and the Guardians are being ran ragged just trying to keep up. With everything else that is going on, will Ione and Stephen be given a chance to find out just where the attraction will take them? And more importantly, will the Guardians be able to find the thief that stole the Forbidden Texts.

If I was impressed by the first book in the Dream of Asarlai series, I was totally blown away by the second book. It is a rather unique urban fantasy with characters that are so thought out they walk right off the page to greet the reader.

I just loved Ione. She is a pauper in a world where power is the riches, yet she never resents this and draws people toward her with her warm heart and her excellent cooking. With her loving assistance, Stephen is able to let go of some very old resentments that have shaped his life. And Jack, Ione's son, is a really great kid and so totally a 10 year old boy.

I will admit that POWER UNBOUND drew me so deeply into the story that I really didn't want to put it aside for such mundane considerations such as sleep or work. I highly recommend this book and series to anyone that is looking for a unique romantic urban fantasy.

Reviewed by Shay Williams
Posted July 9, 2011


For centuries, the gadda have worked to keep their identity secret from the rapidly expanding human race. All this is now at risk - the most terrible of gadda teachings, the Forbidden Texts, have been stolen and the race is on to find them.

Ione Gorton may have got her best friend back from Australia, but Maggie's elevation to the ranks of the guardians means that she's not around as much. So when Stephen O'Malley, almost the youngest - and definitely the hottest - ever candidate for the sixth-order test needs a place to stay after strange and violent happenings hit Sclossin, Ione is all too happy to lend a hand...

But Ione, like Maggie before her, is soon a target for those using the Forbidden Texts. The missing artefact is changing life for gadda and human alike...

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Power Unbound
(The Dream of Asarlai Trilogy: Book 2)
by Nicole R. Murphy

HarperVoyager Australia
January 1, 2011
Available: January 1, 2011
ISBN #0732291623
EAN #9780732291624
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