The First Binding

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781473233980

Price: £22

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All legends are born of truths. And just as much lies. These are mine. Judge me for what you will. But you will hear my story first.

I buried the village of Ampur under a mountain of ice and snow. Then I killed their god. I’ve stolen old magics and been cursed for it. I started a war with those that walked before mankind and lost the princess I loved, and wanted to save. I’ve called lightning and bound fire. I am legend. And I am a monster.

My name is Ari.

And this is the story of how I let loose the first evil.

Thus begins the tale of a storyteller and a singer on the run and hoping to find obscurity in a tavern bar. But the sins of their past aren’t forgotten, and neither are their enemies. Their old lives are catching up swiftly and it could cost them the entire world. No one can escape their pasts and all stories must have an ending.

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R.R. Virdi's The First Binding is engrossing and beautiful, joyous and painful -- always entertaining, sometimes profound. This book makes me remember why I love epic fantasy
Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times bestselling author
Crafted with patience, passion and, most importantly, tremendous love. Read R.R. Virdi
Jim Butcher, New York Times bestselling author of the Dresden Files
R.R. Virdi spins a very personal epic fantasy about the consequences of our actions and the nature of heroism. Rich world-building, plenty of action, and devious twists abound. Very highly recommended
Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author
An epic like no other - grand, sweeping, dramatic, a love letter to fantasy burning with the dust and heat and mythos of South Asia. It reads like magic and tastes like saffron
Yudhanjaya Wijeratne, Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia, Washington Post bestselling author of The Salvage Crew
If you loved The Name of the Wind and The Lies of Locke Lamora, this is your next reading addiction
Dyrk Ashton, author of the Paternus Trilogy
The First Binding is epic fantasy at its finest -- an homage to storytelling and legend, richly told and endlessly engaging. Complex and luxuriant, this is an emotional, multifaceted gem of a book that examines the twists and turns a story takes on its journey from the truth
Andrea Stewart, critically acclaimed author of The Bone Shard Emperor
If you're a fan of The Kingkiller Chronicle, like me . . . well, The First Binding is for you . . . It is a novel about coming-of-age, found family, kindness, empathy, storytelling, magic, truth, and lies . . . [it's] the first volume in a new magnificent and ambitious high fantasy series to obsess over
Novel Notions
Lavish in detail, a saga colourfully flavoured with the mythos of India, R.R. Virdi's The First Binding is a fantasy debut recommended for the exceptional promise that The Name of the Wind enthusiasts have been pining to discover and read
Janny Wurts, author of The Wars of Light and Shadow
A work of extraordinary depth; readers will be unpicking the secrets of Tremaine for years to come
Richard Swan, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Justice of Kings
An ode to storytelling, complete with a rich mythology, turbulent adventures, and a flawed hero you'll root for
The First Binding is, at its core, a coming-of-age/underdog story with the found family and pet companion trope (and LOTS more)! . . . a new favourite of mine
Library of a Viking
The First Binding is a masterpiece of epic fantasy storytelling
Michael Mammay, author of The Planetside series
The pattern woven by the recurring elements is beguiling. You'll want to sit down with this Storyteller again
I have read many good books this year, but The First Binding climbed incredibly quickly to the top and currently has wiped out every other amazing book I have read
Moon Kestrel
An unforgettable, magical tale . . . A beautifully told story from start to finish, this is the kind of book that will stay with you long after you finish reading
The Bibliophile Chronicles
One of my top reads this year. It celebrates storytelling, is written in lyrical prose, and contains elements that are immersed in South Asian mythos and culture
Fantasy Book Critic