Blade Bound by Chloe Neill

Posted May 23, 2017 by Literati Lovers in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Blade Bound by Chloe NeillBlade Bound by Chloe Neill
Also by this author: Lucky Break, Dark Debt, The Veil, The Sight, The Hunt
Published by Penguin on April 25th 2017
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Paranormal, General, Fantasy, Urban
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9780698180734
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The thrilling final installment of Chloe Neill’s New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series sees sinister sorcery advancing across Chicago, and it might usher in the fall of Cadogan House....     Since the night of her brutal attack and unwilling transformation into a vampire, Merit has stood as Sentinel and protector of Chicago’s Cadogan House. She’s saved the Windy City from the forces of darkness time and again with her liege and lover, Ethan Sullivan, by her side.   When the House is infiltrated and Merit is attacked by a vampire who seems to be under the sway of dark magic, Merit and Ethan realize the danger is closer than they could have imagined. As malign sorcery spreads throughout the city, Merit must go to war against supernatural powers beyond her comprehension. It is her last chance to save everything—and everyone—she loves.
From the Trade Paperback edition.

First I would like to address the scurvy guy on the cover. For not quiet a decade I’ve been reading this series and the main male character is Ethan Sullivan Master Vampire of Cadogan House Chicago, think the most elegant alpha male in existence, whom wears Armani and can swing a swords without breaking a sweat. The book cover is the total opposite of Ethan and it made me cringe. The dude looks like he hasn’t bathed in years and looks nothing like the dapper Ethan described in the series. Guess the cover designer never read the books.

I hate endings, and this last book by Chloe Neill of her Chicagoland Vampire series is no different. Yes, the book is a completion but not having a future Merit adventure to read makes me sad. In this book a little more than a year has passed for Neill’s Chicago Vampires since the series started, but for me the conclusions of the series has been not quiet a decade of being in Vampire Merit’s world; which is full of vampires and other supernatural creatures. I put off reading and reviewing this book for several months. I finally relented and decided to ‘Listen’ to the book instead of reading to put a distance between me and the last book. Yes I added degrees of separations to try to lessen the pain of the conclusion of one of my favorite series. Neill writes some of the best urban fantasy in during the run of this series, and the urban setting of Chicago set this book up as the premiere vampire series of the last decade. The book is a good bye and the plot is not as mysterious as the previous books in the series, as this book was an extension of the last book in the series, and anticlimactic as a series conclusion. This book isn’t the best of the series, but Neill’s quiet good is better than most authors best effort.

four-stars

About Chloe Neill

Chloe Neill is the New York Times bestselling author of the Chicagoland Vampires Novels, the Devil’s Isle Novels, and a YA series, the Dark Elite. Chloe was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest. When she’s not writing, she bakes, works, and scours the Internet for good recipes and great graphic design. Chloe also maintains her sanity by spending time with her boys–her husband and their dogs, Baxter and Scout.

Rating Report
Plot
four-stars
Characters
five-stars
Writing
four-stars
Pacing
four-stars
Cover
one-star
Overall: four-stars

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