Review: Shadow Bound by Rachel Vincent

Shadow Bound by Rachel Vincent, UK edition.

Title: Shadow Bound (An Unbound Novel, #2)
Author: Rachel Vincent
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Mira (1st June 2012)


Shadow-walker Kori, able to travel from one human shadow to another, keeps her powers hidden from the world. Until supernatural crime lord Tower imprisons her and suppresses her magic. Freedom for her, and her magician sister Kenley, now comes at a price.

The job? Recruit Ian Holt, a man who can manipulate darkness – or kill him.

Yet Ian has a mission of his own: assassinate Kenley, whose unique powers give Tower a deadly advantage in their underworld.

Fighting for two different sides, Kori and Ian can’t deny the desperate magnetic pull that draws them together. But in a world of black and white, of good and evil, can their love survive in the shadows?

Rating: **** (4 stars)

Shadow Bound is the second book in the An Unbound Novel trilogy. This book focuses on Kori Daniels, who appeared in Blood , Bound, and Ian Holt.

Like the first book in the series, the narration of the story is split between the two main characters. I really like this technique and I thought Vincent utilizes it well, as it means as a reader I got to know stuff that Kori or Ian don’t necessarily know – or, at least, a heads-up. It also gives me a clear insight into the characters and what makes them tick.

I think Shadow Bound is a brilliant second book, and I liked the fact that Vincent has moved on to new characters. I thought Liv and Cam’s story was pretty much all-done in Blood Bound, so I wondered where Vincent would go with this book. Kori is a very different character to Liv. She’s a little selfish, but she loves her sister and would do anything to protect her. Ian and Kori are a bit like mirrors of one another; they are, in some ways, what the other could be in the right (or wrong) circumstances.

The plot of Shadow Bound was engaging; once I got started I devoured the book in a single day, and almost ended up staying up until three in the morning so I could finish it. There are definite similarities between the events in Blood Bound and the events in Shadow Bound in regard to certain elements of the plot, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing as these similarities aren’t approached in quite the same way.

Overall I really enjoyed reading the book, and I think it is a great second book. If you are an urban fantasy fan and like a little romance then you should definitely check this series out. I cannot wait to read the third and final book in the series.

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