Published May 22, 2012
Review copy from NetGalley
Wow. Shadow Bound was somehow even better than Blood Bound despite having completely different protagonists. If you haven't read these books yet, you really, really should.
Blood Bound did not end well for Kori Daniels. After weeks trapped in the Tower syndicate basement, unable to walk the shadows wherever she wants to go, Kori is given a last chance. She must recruit Ian Holt, a Blinder of unparalleled power, to the syndicate. Or else.
Ian has no intention of joining the syndicate. He accepted Jake Tower's invitation for one reason only: to save his brother's life. Unfortunately, as he falls for Kori, that means he'll have to choose between her and his brother.
Shadow Bound was intense. Raw, gritty, and powerful, it showed a side of the syndicates even darker than that in Blood Bound. Criminal organizations with a virtual monopoly on Skilled individuals, the syndicates make old time Chicago look like Disneyland. Putting some pretty spectacular characters aside, one of the best things about this series is its dark underworld and the many different ways its inhabitants react to the choices this world presents them.
With that in mind, Kori might actually be a new favorite character. She has a quick temper, drinks vodka straight from the bottle, punches people when she's angry, and curses like a sailor. She's also unbelievably tough and cares more about her sister than anyone in the world.
The other characters were also stellar (in the sense that they were very well written, because Jake Tower was an evil SOB). Ian complemented Kori well, though his chapters weren't as intense as Kori's. I do wish we had seen a bit more of Liv and Cam, because I loved them in the last book, but I was so absorbed in everything else going on that I almost forgot about them.
Shadow Bound was an amazing book that I highly recommend to any and all urban fantasy fans. So when does the next book come out again?
PNR or UF?
GARS Score: 1.14 (4/4/4/3) - more UF
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