January 26, 2022

#BookReview: The Curse That Binds Us (The Devil of Roanoke #1) by @katiehayoz

Synopsis: Some curses can’t be outrun.

The secret to Redd’s past is locked away in a 400-year-old box that mysteriously appears every year on her birthday. For her entire life, her mother has kept them running from whatever lurks inside it. But Redd’s had enough of not knowing who she is. So when the box shows up where only she can find it, she opens it…and awakens a link to the evil her mother fought to keep dormant. 

John lives in an old-fashioned village, a place of exquisite beauty and abundance. But such splendor demands that the villagers commit dark and unspeakable acts. When the link with Redd is unlocked, the village council believes they have an alternative. John is sent to find the one girl who could possibly save them…by making the ultimate sacrifice. 

Eleanor sets off from England to America in 1587, pregnant and desperate to leave her ties with the devil behind. But when the captain of the ship refuses to take her and the other settlers further than Roanoke Island, what should be the beginning of a better life turns into a horrendous struggle to survive. Eleanor’s desire to see her daughter live at any cost will curse her and everyone around her for centuries to come…

Follow as Redd, John, and Eleanor's stories twine together in a mash-up of dark contemporary and historical fantasy. The Curse That Binds Us delves into the nuances of good and evil, the price of loyalty, and the extremes we will go to for those we love.


Rating: 4 Stars
My Review: Although the romance was a little flat I still enjoyed the journey.  This dark fantasy was a story of Roanoke which I am so obsessed with.  I love all the stories surrounding the disappearance of all the towns people.  I do wish that it wouldn't have been three POVs I think maybe two would have been plenty.  It did a give a good full picture of the story but I don't think they were needed.  The only other issue was that the start of this one was a little confusing but if you hold out you will fall in love with it. 

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Katie grew up in Wisconsin where she acquired an irreversible nasal twang and an addiction to books with a slightly dark edge. She now lives in Switzerland with her husband, two daughters, and two fuzzy cats. She has been an avid reader of speculative fiction for years. While she has a penchant for the paranormal, she devours a range of books -- along with popcorn and black licorice. She consumes all three in large quantities. Luckily, the books don't stay on her hips. 

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