Title: Shadow Bound
Series: Unbound #2
Author: Rachel Vincent
Publication date: May 22nd 2012
Source: ARC received from publisher via NetGalley
If you live in the dark long enough, you begin to forget the light…
KORI DANIELS is a shadow-walker, able to travel instantly from one shadow to another. After weeks of confinement for betraying her boss, she’s ready to break free of the Tower syndicate for good. But Jake Tower has one final job for Kori, one chance to secure freedom for herself and her sister, Kenley, even if that means taking it from someone else…
The job? Recruit Ian Holt—or kill him.
Ian’s ability to manipulate the dark has drawn interest from every syndicate in the world, most notably an invitation from Jake Tower. Though he has no interest in organized crime, Ian accepts the invite, because he’s on a mission of his own. Ian has come to kill Tower’s top Binder: Kori’s little sister.
Amid the tangle of lies, an unexpected thread of truth connecting Ian and Kori comes to light. But with opposing goals, they’ll have to choose between love and liberty…
The only other books I’ve read of Rachel’s are her Shifter’s series, which took me the entirety of the six books to realise I loved it—and I believe part of that was how much I enjoyed witnessing how much her writing had developed over the course of the story.
Shadow Bound is the first of hers I’ve read since then and I have got to say: Wow!
From the beginning of Rachel’s career to this?
Dude, Rachel’s Vincent’s writing is now the dogs b****ks!
I absolutely loved Shadow Bound. I was a little worried about keeping up with the world building because I haven’t read Blood Bound, but I needn’t have concerned myself because Shadow Bound 100% holds its own and not once was I left confused or wondering who was whom, or what the heck was going on.
And that’s just another notch to add to its plusses: the world building. It’s complex but easy to grasp (because it’s been written that way), it’s creative, it’s well thought out, it’s just … well, pretty awesome. And I don’t use the word ‘awesome’ in my reviews very often.
From the opening chapter that had me totally and utterly gripped and ensured the main female had my sympathy, my empathy, my awe, my connection … to Ian, who had my attention (ha!), and just about every other emotion I need to have provoked by a male lead for me to yearn for the ‘anticipated outcome’ because he was strong, and likeable, and HAWT! and conflicted in all the right ways (waffle-much!) … to the action and the ending, as each and every corner of the tale was turned with such ease it was like we were guided by the best SatNav on earth … yeah, I’ve pretty much not got anything bad to say about this one.
Sure, there were a couple of lulls in the pace, here and there, but *shrug* I was too busy mentally ogling Ian to give two hoots about those.
Like I said: this one’s the dogs b****ks.
That is all!
My rating: 5 stars
How about you guys? You read this one? Will you?