If you’ve been looking for a Greek mythology inspired world with a gritty and dangerous crime underbelly this is for you! Threads that Bind is a book that truly comes into its own towards the end and has some pretty interesting developments for the future. Keep reading this book review for my full thoughts.
Descendants of the Fates are always born in threes: one to weave, one to draw, and one to cut the threads that connect people to the things they love and to life itself. The Ora sisters are no exception. Io, the youngest, uses her Fate-born abilities as a private investigator in the half-sunken city of Alante.
But her latest job leads her to a horrific discovery: somebody is abducting women, maiming their life-threads, and setting the resulting wraiths loose in the city to kill. To find the culprit, she must work alongside Edei Rhuna, the right hand of the infamous Mob Queen—and the boy with whom she shares a rare fate-thread linking them as soul mates before they’ve even met.
But the investigation turns personal when Io’s estranged oldest sister turns up on the arm of her best suspect. Amid unveiled secrets from her past and her growing feelings for Edei, Io must follow clues through the city’s darkest corners and unearth a conspiracy that involves some of the city’s most powerful players—before destruction comes to her own doorstep.
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)
Threads that Bind is this unique mixture of Greek mythology elements – like the Fates and Furies – in this contemporary urban fantasy world. It feels both action packed and gritty in this world full of gangs, crime bosses, and old bloodshed. The world has to be one of my favorite elements. As Threads that Bind progresses, Io’s world expands and has some shocking twists. It’s one of those books where I liked it but after 75% I felt like Threads that Bind comes into its own.
The foundation that Hatzopoulou lays for us in the beginning, evolves with a snap. And suddenly everything starts to add up. Another element of Threads that Bind which I enjoyed was the idea of fate and choice. With a fate thread, Io feels like if she lets her ‘soul mate’ know, it robs them of the choice. And, to a large extent, Threads that Bind doesn’t take the easy way out. Hatzopoulou forces us to question our own decisions in this world of fate threads and prophecies.
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I appreciated this thematic exchange because I think it’s one of the things I find the most intriguing about Greek mythology. All these fates foretold. Watching it evolve – and I can only imagine what is to come – is one of my favorite pieces of Threads that Bind. There’s very much a detective and mystery element to this debut which will thrill fans who are looking for that genre with a tinge of mythology which only grows. It’s also a must read for readers who are looking for dangerous secrets, imbalanced power, complex sister relationships, and questionable ethics.