Shadow Bound by Rachel Vincent
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….
Why did I pick this?
If you don’t know by now, you should know that Rachel Vincent is my favorite author. I fell in love with this world in Blood Bound. I could not wait to get myhands on the second book in this series. I think I actually drooled a little bit. 😉
What did I think?Like I mentioned above, RV is my favorite author so I might be a little biased. But…. From the very beginning paragraph, the mood is set for the entire book.
If you live in the dark long enough, you start to forget what light looks like. What it feels like. You may remember it in an academic sense. Illumination. A possible source of heat. But after a while those abstract memories are all you have left, and they’re worth less than the memory of water to a man dying of thirst.
I’ve always thought Vincent had a way with words. This has to be one of the best first paragraphs I’ve read in a while. Unlike the first book in this series, Blood Bound, this is told from the point of view of Kori and Ian. If you haven’t read the first book, beware of spoilers.
In Blood Bound, we were introduced to this world where a man’s life is his word. And you are bound to it. It was a very interesting twist to that expression. I loved the world that Vincent created. It was dark and so unlike anything I’ve read before.
In this second book, it picks up right after what happened with Kori and Jake Tower. Kori went against Tower’s orders and got him shot. Which is a bad thing considering he is her boss and she was his guard.
I was in total captivation the entire time. I had no idea what was going to happen next. None. Vincent kept throwing punches and Kori kept taking them.
Let’s talk about Kori. Wow. Just wow. Really. Kori has been through some shiz. For real. But she also has to be one of the strongest, caring, most badass chicks there are out there. There were times where I did an actual fist pump for her and the next, I wanted to cuddle her up.
Ian. Is. Hot. I loooooved him. Dark, daring and so strong. I loved how Kori was hard where Ian was soft. It’s usually the other way around. He was the perfect match to Kori’s crazy. They both complimented each other so well. I didn’t think that Vincent could top Faythe Sanders in a badass chick, but she just did with Kori.
One of the things that I loved about this book is the unpredicatbility of it and the fact that every decision that had to be made was practically life or death choice. That was the world. They lived in it. Every day. I couldn’t imagine what that would truly be like. Kori gives a damn good idea though.
It’s so hard to talk about a book without having any spoilers. I truly cannot do this any justice.
Rachel Vincent has done it again. I’ve never read a book of hers that I did not like. She is a brilliant author. Period. Now I seriously cannot wait until the next installment.
Kori- Once those milling in the entry had their chance to see me, Nina guided me into the main event. Into the snake pit, where every hiss would feel like praise and every bitelike a deep, hot kiss. The venom would flow like honey, too think to swallow, but too sweet to entirely resist. -Pg 28
Ian-When she didn’t object, I pulled her closer, until our knees were touching. “I want you. I want only you. I want all of you. But I’ll take whatever you’re ready to give.” -Pg 301