Bound by Darkness | Fantasy & Romance

Welcome to Cethales, a world where the Fae gods no longer exist. Most were killed during the War of Old for sport and the rest... no one knows where they went. Those who succeeded in killing a god gained their casting abilities. Only Four succeeded in killing a god, the Four Houses known today. However, their greed came with a price. A curse was placed upon the land by the Fae gods, a curse stating that the Fae shall forever have mortal lifespans for their disregard for balance. No Fae shall be born with magic unless granted the power through blood, the blood of one of the Four Houses. However, after centuries of rule, a woman, Thalia Carr, was born with elemental casting. Sentenced to prison at a young age, she has never known the freedoms of her land. She has only known survival and hardships due to fear of her casting ability. That is, until an unlikely assassin rescues her from her prison cell only to subdue her into a deadly alliance. Will this pair form an unlikely bond, or will the horrors of her past torment her as she navigates not only her unique powers, but also a war that has been waging for centuries. An Enemies-to-Lovers book with Multiple POVs, Found Family, Forced Proximity, and plenty of banter <3


  • Age Group:Adult (18+)
  • Manuscript TypeFull Manuscript
  • Draft Number:Draft 4+
  • Word Count (Rounded Up):Up to 100,00
  • Spice Level2 Peppers (light spice)

Primary Genre:

  • Fantasy
  • Romance

Themes & Tropes

  • Enemies-To-Lovers
  • Fae
  • High Stakes
  • Morally Grey
  • Multi POV
  • Romantasy
  • 18+

Requirements & Requests

Please look at the overall story and state what worked, what did not work, and if anything is gray​/​confusing. Any overlaps or lack of development with characters is greatly appreciated as I want to make sure each character is diversified and their personality shines. Any constructive criticism is much appreciated before I begin looking for an editor. Thank you so much!

Comparable Stories:

Very much inspired by Heir of Fire (one of my all-time favorite books)

Trigger Warnings:

This story contains context that might be troubling for some readers, including but not limited to, depictions of and references to death, sexual assault, self-harm, vivid nightmare imagery, substance abuse, childhood trauma, PTSD, and possibly more.

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