Shadow Bound by Erin Kellison
(Shadow Series #1)
Dorchester Publishing (July 2010)
Paperback: 336 Pages
Carolyn’s Original Review: July 2010
Original Rating: 3.5/5
Carolyn’s Take: Shadow Bound is a very promising debut. I think readers of urban fantasy, paranormal romance and suspense will enjoy this book and I definitely recommend it.
The story of Shadow Bound wasn’t really what I expected looking at the cover and reading the back slip. I expected it to be more of a traditional fantasy I guess. There were some things that really worked for me, but at times I got frustrated with the pace and found myself not quite looking forward to picking it up again.
The world building is clever and I like that Kellison has created a unique set of baddies and supernatural beings. Our heroine is Talia, the daughter of a mortal woman and the Shadowman. Talia knows nothing of her heritage until at the age of twenty six two wraiths come to kill her and she goes on the run.
The prologue is great and builds the element of mystery around the Shadowman well, I was really quite fascinated by the romance between him and Talia’s dying mother and actually wanted to read more. But unfortunately after the prologue, this part of the story is left alone. However, I am excited to see that book three in the series looks to be their story.
Talia’s abilities are interesting and I liked the fact that they were different to those I have encountered in books before. Talia does seem to run away a lot and I do like my heroines with a bit more gusto to them, but she does gets braver towards the end of the book.
Adam the male lead and romantic interest is a complex character and probably my favourite of the two, from his relationship to his brother, his role in the battle against the wraiths and also all of his pent up rage he makes him quite fascinating.
Overall this is a good debut book by a new author and start to the series, it didn’t totally hook me in, but it’s got a lot of potential and I think the second book can only improve.
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