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Authors: Chris Michaels,Reema Farra

Bound

Bound
Phantom Hearts [1]
Chris Michaels Reema Farra
Darke Media Group (2012)

“Jason?” Her legs gave way.

There was no denying it anymore. No telling herself someone else had been shot down.

“Jason, you promised.” Her voice cracked. “You said forever.”

Airships, tanks and clockwork automatons chew through the Ilsa, threatening the balance between science and sorcery. Takers of the Dead clear more and more bodies. The Grey Wolves hunt anyone using Majick.

Hannah doesn’t care about anything besides Jason, her forbidden lover. Though she is a slave, and he an Ilsan noble, they meet at night and dream of the time they can run away together. Then the news comes. Hannah refuses to believe it. When she sneaks into his funeral, Hannah is unknowingly plunged into whirlwind of black-market majick and rogue spies. Then she meets Travis, a stranger with dark secrets, who promises to lead her to a secret cult of necromancers where she can bring Jason back.

In this steampunk-fantasy told in pictures and words, Hannah Blue will follow Travis anywhere, do anything, pay any price to find the outlawed majick to be with Jason again.

Table of Contents

Inside this book are hidden bonus features. Wherever you see

Anadell

the ‘airship’ symbol follow it to see secret majick lessons, extra short stories, an interactive almanac and much more. If your device does not have internet capabilities, go to
www.phantomhearts.com
and type the word below the ‘airship’ in the bonus code box. This box is located at the bottom of the home page along with brief instructions, and on the header of all other pages.

And, yes, the links above lead to actual bonus features.

You’re welcome.

PROLOGUE

APOLLO

Once upon a time

SANITY

Once upon a time? That’s stupid!

APOLLO

Well, how would you start it?

SANITY

With explosions! And Bombs. And maybe things blowing up!

APOLLO

This isn’t that kind of story.

SANITY

What kind of story is it?

APOLLO

A love story

SANITY

Puh! Love Shmove. That’s not what people want.

APOLLO

Well you’re such an expert. What do they want?

SANITY

Big battles. And fights. And majick and monsters and evil spies. Mad scientists . . .

APOLLO

It has all that, too.

SANITY

Really? Well then – I’m listening.

APOLLO

It’s a time of firsts in Anadell: steam driven wonders giving way to modern movies, electric lights, clockwork automota and airships.

SANITY

Airships with bombs?

APOLLO

Can I get on with it?

SANITY

Of course. Why did you stop?

APOLLO

Hannah, a slave girl, couldn’t care less about any of this. As a Taker of the Dead, she’s always felt trapped. Alone. Useless.

SANITY

Useless like this story so far.

APOLLO

Jason is trapped inside his world of title and honor, expected to save the Republic in a brutal civil war.

SANITY

There we go. War!

APOLLO

Yes, a war. The first modern war. A terrible symphony of machine guns, poison gas, flame throwers . . .

SANITY

Yeah

APOLLO

. . . and trenches . . .

SANITY

Yeah!

APOLLO

. . . and flying machines . . .

SANITY

YES!

APOLLO

But it wasn’t always this way.

SANITY

No?

APOLLO

Ilsa was once the greatest city on Anadell. The mother of colonies and subject states, spreading science and culture and art

SANITY

And majick

APOLLO

No, never majick. For majick was outlawed in Ilsa. The fools arts to be despised and destroyed by the Grey Wolves

SANITY

I like wolves.

APOLLO

But not even these Wolves could save Ilsa from its enemies

SANITY

Where’s Chuck Norris when you need him?

APOLLO

Terrorists attacked Ilsa’s most prized city, Glass Waters, wreaking chaos across the country. Panic. Rebellion.

SANITY

Definitely some enemies

APOLLO

And not only enemies from without, but within

SANITY

What, like that bean burrito I had last night?

APOLLO

Slake Diamond, son of the most powerful Senator in the Republic, turned families on each other. “Ilsa has become weak,” he said. “Filled with mongrels and magicians. Fools and weaklings. We must be strong to save Ilsa!”

SANITY

Sounds like my kind of man!

APOLLO

You really are a terrible person, aren’t you?

SANITY

Eh, it’s a living. What did Diamond do?

APOLLO

Grabbed for power, led the people against the Senate and created The Family, a nation meant to rule the world and bring Ilsan Order to all corners of Anadell.

SANITY

You know round worlds don’t have corners, right?

APOLLO

But the Senate fought back. Five years of bloody fighting – countless dead, colonies and nations taking sides – a world at war.

SANITY

Isn’t that a video game?

APOLLO

Now, the Republic’s last hope stands in the bitter cold, fighting his own desire to be hidden away with the one he loves. But Hannah will be there when he returns.

SANITY

Ugh, get back to the flying machines and majick and stuff.

APOLLO

A single man. A secret mission. The last hope.

SANITY

Now you just sound like the movie trailer guy.

APOLLO

Jason will save the Republic. One more mission and then they will run away. Together forever . . .

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