Review: Bound to Shadows by Keri Arthur

Bound to Shadows

By Keri Arthur

ISBN: 9780553591163

Released 10/27/2009

In the darkness, demons come out to play . . .
and someone must bring their sins to light.

Part vampire, part werewolf, Riley Jenson knows what can happen when vamps don’t play well with others. But she’s never seen anything like this: a series of brutal murders surrounding the latest hot spot for vampire-human hookups—and the victims aren’t just killed, they’re beheaded. Now Riley is launching into action, toying with a seductive—and highly suspicious—club owner, and finding herself in the middle of another mystery: women being killed one by one, without a trace of violence.

For Riley, solving multiple cases—in a world going mad with human and vampire passions—would have been tough enough. Instead she has two jealous lovers on her hands: Kye Murphy, the amber-eyed werewolf who makes Riley’s wolf blood howl—and Quinn, the cool, elegant vamp who has over a thousand years’ experience at fulfilling women’s desires. While she’s busy juggling these two sexy beasts, Riley’s detective work takes a stunningly violent turn. Finding a murderer is now a matter of life and death. Especially since the killer has long since found her . . .


Ok so you all know I’m Australian and I love to tout Australian authors and their books.  The author who started the how paranormal/Urban fantasy for me is MS Arthur and I’m proud that she’s Australian.

I’ve been hanging out for this book because the series has been building and building to the finale.  One page in and I was sucked right back into the Riley universe.  In this book we see a more mature Riley who has reached a point where she is finally coming to terms with her dual natures.  She is in a settled relationship and is more able to concentrate on her work without being side tracked.  As we discovered in the last instalment, Riley has found her wolf soul mate and I really enjoyed that the conflict in the book was part of her work which her soul mate just happened to be front and centre of.

It’s hard to not give out spoilers but this next little bit might have one.  You know what; I really think the way Kye was portrayed was right.  I have had heated discussions with friends about this but, c’mon people, he’s an enforcer of types. He’s not going to be Mr New Age Man, Mr Sensitive and Sweet.  He is going to be seriously cold and calculating.  He is going to try and take advantage whenever and where ever he can. I would have been disappointed if he was suddenly transformed into a likeable character.

The ending sucker punched me and yes there was tear or ten but I have to give props to Ms Arthur for not being afraid to kill off a likeable semi main character.

There is no stagnation of the series even though it is now into book eight.  There are other authors out there who seem to putter and die around this point but Ms Arthur constantly raises the bar with each book.  While I know the next book, Moon Sworn is the final one, I feel happy and safe in the knowledge that Ms Arthur has other series on the boil. I am a diehard Keri Arthur fan, to the point I have at least two copies of every book just so I don’t run short when I lend one out to a friend, and can’t wait to see what she writes next.

***Spoilers Ahead***

***Spoilers Ahead***

Moon Sworn will be released 5/25/2010. Blurbs has spoilers in it from Bound by Shadows. ****So if you haven’t read BBS DON’T READ AHEAD…STOP****

Some nights never end.

Some desires never die. . . .

She ventures where no one else dares—into realms of peril and pleasure. But will this next journey be her last?

Shape-shifting werewolf and vampire Riley Jenson is through with death–causing it, solving it, surviving it. Her soul mate, Kye Murphy, is dead–and at Riley’s own hands.  Not even the seductive embrace of her vampire lover, Quinn, can fully ease her mind, for she has begun questioning everything that makes her Riley–including her job at the Directorate.

Now, the ritualistically slain bodies of ex-cons have started turning up.  Reluctantly, Riley takes the case, but something even worse is waiting in the wings.  For a vicious enemy from her past is determined to strip Riley of everything that gives her life any meaning: her lover, her brother–and even her own identity.  Can Riley survive this ultimate assault?  All she knows is, she must fight one last time to find answers, before everything goes dark forever…

Mercy Burns will be released 12/28/2010. We can’t wait.


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