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21 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

Great New Fantasy/Paranormal Romance Author

Looking for a great dark fantasy read this summer?

Ever heard of author Erin Kellison? Neither had I, until I clicked on a banner ad and ended up with a copy of her book Shadow Bound on my doorstep...

Shadow Bound is one of those unexpected great reads that you wo...
Looking for a great dark fantasy read this summer?

Ever heard of author Erin Kellison? Neither had I, until I clicked on a banner ad and ended up with a copy of her book Shadow Bound on my doorstep...

Shadow Bound is one of those unexpected great reads that you would never see coming. Look at the cover - does that look like the cover of a great book? Unfortunately not... it's a very nice image, but I don't think it accurately conveys the theme and intensity of the story. It looks more like... something for a YA Romance. Which this is definitely not.

Here's the Publisher's Weekly synopsis:

Kellison's debut, a blend of suspense and paranormal romance, follows Adam Thorne as he attempts to unravel the mystery of the wraiths, possessed humans who feed on human souls. Desperate to free his brother from possession, Adam follows a flimsy lead to half-Fae Talia O'Brien, a young woman with a newly minted doctorate, a mysterious past, and magical abilities that stop wraiths in their tracks.

As the wraiths pursue Talia, determined to destroy her in retribution for her father daring to love and impregnate a human woman, Adam tries to protect her and understand her powers, and finds himself falling in love. Fast-paced without being frenetic, interesting and entertaining if not particularly challenging, this tale deftly avoids romance cliches while delivering plenty of action.

Sounds pretty good, doesn't it?

And it is! It delivers on all counts. The characters are interesting and multi-dimensional (though it takes awhile to get much from Talia, but I think that's simply due to the personality of the character), and the plot is fast-paced and action-driven.

I also loved the concept of the wraiths, which seemed like a combination of Dementors from Harry Potter and the wraith from Stargate: Atlantis - very creepy, and truly evil. In a way, it's very refreshing to see truly evil villains, because as great as it is to have villains with pathos, I think recent paranormal/fantasy has got away from that Truly Bad Villain that readers simply want to see destroyed at all costs.

A word of warning to the sensitive, however - there are two sex scenes in this book, but if you're not comfortable reading these, it's very easy to flip the page and get on with the story. Just something I thought worth noting, as I don't want to scare anyone off the book for the sake of missing such a great story.

I should also mention that Kellison is on Twitter, and seems to love interacting with her readers! If you read the book and enjoy it, pop over there and send her a note.

And one final thing... when you get to the end and think "Oh noooes, a cliffhanger?!?", never fear! Book two, Shadow Fall, releases this month - some places are even putting it out early, so keep your eyes open.

posted by dk_phoenix on July 16, 2010

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4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Unexpectedly good read

I was intrigued by this book in stores, and almost bought it there, but felt a bit turned off by the cover: the romance font and blank stare of a ditzy teen had me concerned. Grabbed it when it went to free ebook, though, and I'm VERY glad I did: although there are som...
I was intrigued by this book in stores, and almost bought it there, but felt a bit turned off by the cover: the romance font and blank stare of a ditzy teen had me concerned. Grabbed it when it went to free ebook, though, and I'm VERY glad I did: although there are some elements of paranormal romance, this is really more of a modern fantasy horror.

The writing style is excellent (particularly the prologue, which was more like poetry than prose) and the plot was well constructed, fairly logical, and usually pretty well paced: it didn't rush through action nor feel a constant desperation to get back to it. Kellison also resisted the genre's pervasive need to implant every type of fantasy creature in a mishmash of overkill. Not everyone is delighted with unnaturalness, and some of the heroes die.

Only complaints: although the adventure is very good, the plot twists were few and generally predictable; and the second quarter of the book, which exists solely to develop the main relationship for the later novel, needs some paring. These are just marks of a rookie author, though, and I really look forward to the rest of the series.

posted by ElectricBadger on August 12, 2010

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