Saturday, 2 February 2013

Spirit Binder (The Cascadian Chronicles #1) by Meghan Ciana Doidge

Spirit Binder (The Cascadian Chronicles #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Theo woke severely injured, covered in blood, and missing ten years of her life.

Just to complicate matters further, Theo was born under a prophecy; one that has rabid followers with three different interpretations, all of whom are willing to sacrifice her in order to fulfill it.

Not knowing if she can trust the stranger she’s betrothed to, the warrior visiting her dreams, or even her own mother, Theo tries to piece together her past only to find that her present is far more dangerous.

It’s the power of her own blood that scares her most of all. This is a responsibility Theo never wanted, and a destiny she cannot deny, “All because of a prophecy she was trying not to believe in, but kept fulfilling.”

My rating: 6 out of 10 stars

Spirit Binder (The Cascadian Chronicles #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Meghan Ciana Doidge.)
Theodora awakes, cold, and with what feels like a broken ankle, in a pitch-black place with a stone floor. She realises that she’s lying in a puddle of her own blood, and eventually manages to drag herself up and find a way out of wherever she is.

Stumbling back into her home, Theo has no idea what has happened to her, or even what her own name is, but after some time with a healer, begins to piece her life back together.

When she finds out that she is no longer about to turn 16, but instead 26, she is shocked and has no idea where the last 10 years have gone.
There are even more shocks in store for Theo as she learns more about her life though, including the fact that there was some kind of prophecy surrounding her birth, and that she is engaged to be married to a man (Hugh) who was also born under a prophecy.

Theo has some sort of magic powers, and is what is known as a ‘mind mage’, because of this she is able to sense other people’s magic, locate people, and read minds. Hugh also has magic powers, but they are different to Theo’s. Theo’s powers seem to be limited in some way once she awakes though, and there is a block in her mind that she doesn’t understand.
Where has Theo been for the past 10 years? Who kidnapped her? What destiny awaits her?

This book was not what I was expecting at all, it read very much like a historical fiction story, although I’m not entirely sure what age it was supposed to be set in, or whether this was in fact a dystopian society, as there is mention of ‘old cities of cement and steel’, and ‘buildings that touched the skies’.

I liked the mystery aspect of this story, and I was interested to find out what had happened to Theo, who had kidnapped her, and what had happened in the 10 years that she was missing.

Theo herself showed her true colours with her mercy and selflessness, especially when compared to her mother who just came across as being pretty evil. I didn’t feel a real connection to Theo though, I’m not sure why, but she was difficult to relate to for me.

I liked the romance between Hugh and Theo, and it was nice to see an arranged marriage actually appearing to work, but this then turned into a bit of a love triangle with the appearance of a man who had been part of Theo’s life in the 10 years that she was missing.

There was conflict in the story, with something going on between Theo’s uncle and her mother, and quite a bit of sword fighting later on in the novel. There was also some conflict with a man known as ‘the preacher’ who seemed to have something against Theo and her magic and kept trying to kill her!

I have to admit that I didn’t fully understand the whole ‘spirit’ thing – which seemed to be both magic and the giver of magic? Not really sure about this. Not sure if those who were born without magic were without spirit, or just not blessed by the spirit? I’m not sure if this is a problem with the book or with me though, ‘cause I seem to find it really hard to get my head around these fantasy worlds and all the stuff going on in them recently.

Overall; a fantasy tale with complex plotlines, and mystery. Recommended for fantasy fans.
6 out of 10.


The Author -

Meghan Ciana Doidge

Meghan Ciana Doidge is an award-winning writer based out of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She has a penchant for bloody love stories, superheroes, and the supernatural. She also has a thing for chocolate, potatoes, and sock yarn. Her novels, After The Virus, Spirit Binder, and Time Walker, can be found in ebook and paperback format at all major online retailers. You can connect with Meghan on her personal blog,, Facebook, or Twitter (as @mcdoidge).



  1. I like the sound of an arranged marriage that works! And sword fighting, too. I'll consider this one...

  2. Theo sounds great and I like the cover.
    Happy reading,
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  3. Wow, the concept sounds so amazing. But I don't like books that are confusing when it comes to setting and stuff.