Review: SHADOW BOUND by Erin Kellison

Review: SHADOW BOUND by Erin Kellison


Some people will do anything to avoid it. Even trade their immortal souls for endless existence.


Secretly, inexorably, they are infiltrating our world, sucking the essence out of unsuspecting victims with their hideous parody of a kiss.


Adam Thorne founded the Institute to study and destroy his monster of a brother, but the key to its success is held in the pale, slender hand of a woman on the run. There is something hauntingly different about Talia O’Brien, her unknowing sensuality, her uncanny way of slipping into Shadow.


This is the place between life and what comes after - a dark forest of fantasy, filled with beauty, peril, mystery. And Talia is about to open the door.

Publisher: Dorchester

Genre: Dark Fantasy Romance

Single Title/Series: SHADOW BOUND is book one in the Shadow Series.

Cover Thoughts: I'm really lovin' the mysterious beauty of this cover. It also portrays an inspiring likeness of the heroine and her powers serving as a fantastic reference for the description within. While its not my favorite, the cover does adequately convey the tone of the novel.

Why I Read It: I received an Advanced Review Copy from the publisher.

My Review:

Talia O'Brian is on the run for her life. A being not wholly of this world with her strange abilities to feel emotions with a touch and gather shadows with a thought, Talia has withstood an uncomprehending loneliness that most could never imagine let alone endure. With no one to turn to and no safe haven to hide, Talia is instead forced to flee city to city from the clutches of soul-sucking monsters on the hunt. They're after her and Talia can only guess that they know she's not entirely human and hope to utilize her gifts. When Talia is trapped by a monster within a stifling alley in the midst of an Arizona summer, it takes everything she has to keep conscious and hold the shadows securely around her but her hope fails when a man stumbles across her whispering her name. It's then that Talia can only feel an overwhelming sorrow that this stranger will soon die along with her.

Searching endlessly for Dr. Talia O'Brian, Adam Thorne has become desperate. Burdened for eight long years with the consuming need to bring about his brother's demise, Adam is sure that Talia holds the key to his success. Her dissertation on near-death experiences references a source having known a being called Shadowman. As a wraith, a changed human that feeds upon the souls of others, Adam's brother has mumbled the name Shadowman in fear early on in his capture. Now, after sacrificing eight grueling years of his life, after witnessing the deaths of his parents at the hands of his monster of a brother, as well as the pouring of millions of the Throne legacy into wraith research, Adam is not about to give up even when he finds Talia near death with heat-stroke and in the filthy hands of the immortal monsters he's so desperate to destroy. Plucking her off the streets and whisking her away to Segue Institute, Adam's wraith research headquarters, he soon discovers that Talia has more than just answers. She's the weapon he's been searching for. Finally he's found the means to destroy the wraiths that are so determined to enslave humanity.

Overwhelmed by the sheer masculinity that emanates in thick dark waves off Adam's person, Talia knows she's in real trouble of loosing her heart despite the fact that her instincts are roaring with the sour reality that she's undoubtedly a lab rat. A being to be dissected, tested, understood and then utilized to the fullest extreme. Already feeling cornered, Adam's tangible and burning determination to end his brother's life leaves Talia even more shaken and desperate to run. The horrifying experiences that Adam has been forced to endure by the very person he should have been able trust above all others, now has him craving murder. Having gone beyond a merciless death, Adam is now consumed by the whispers that call for a painful end for his wraith of a brother. Not wanting to be the weapon Adam is determined to wield, Talia formulates her escape but when people she's just met sacrifice their lives to keep her safe, Talia begins to build the resolute determination needed to fulfill a destiny that she's only just beginning to understand.

Irritated that he meets the woman of his dreams in the midst of a war against immortal monsters, Adam doggedly tries to restrain the flaming desire that burns with raging intensity for Talia. For eight years he's been consumed with only one person, his brother, now Talia has taken residence in his thoughts plaguing him with haunting dreams of another life, one where they could have loved each other undaunted and without the stain of fear and death. But when it's death knocking heatedly at their door, both Talia and Adam can't hold back the flood of yearning that explodes between them. To hell with thinking another life, another time. Their time is now and once they seize each other, once they allow themselves to be caught in the maelstrom of their love, it's then that they become unstoppable.

My Thoughts:

SHADOW BOUND is unlike any other reading experience I've had to date. Its a fast paced, heart pounding, gut wrenching, nail biting, awe inspiring thrill ride that will leave you begging for more and more.

Adam Thorne is a hero of heroes. Kellison leaves little to the imagination regarding his raw masculinity that becomes a pulsating aphrodisiac for both the heroine and the reader. His fierce predatory nature dominates as he sets his sites on Talia where nothing can deflect the sharpness of his locked gaze. He's stubborn, determined, a bit over-bearing but its all a product of his heart and the fierce drive he feels to protect what's important. Adam is heat and sex incarnate as his essence explodes off the page along with his determination to put an end to the war that threatens humanity. But what decidedly comes across most is Adam's all consuming desire and love for Talia. This is a man that does nothing half way so ladies, get ready to fall in love.

Talia, in most aspects, resembles a typical fantasy heroine with her reluctance to face her destiny and her fears regarding the power she wields. It takes drastic events to sharpen her focus and to finally bring to light the fact that she's capable of defeating the threat at hand. Instead, what makes Talia unique is her shadow altering powers, her heritage, and the destiny that awaits her. The twist Kellison put on the Fae and the crossing humans make from Earth to Heaven is incredibly fascinating and as tantalizing detail after tantalizing detail is unveiled, your investment in the book, the heroine and her plight, becomes absolute.

A warning: the evil in SHADOW BOUND isn't stymied or overshadowed. It's laid out in all its gory and horrifying details. The body count is steep and the author shows no mercy on both beloved secondary characters and villains alike. Thus, the love scenes are borne of adrenaline and the very stark reality that Adam and Talia have a high death probability making their need fierce and palpable. This is a story where your trust will be betrayed and your heart will hurt, but your love and faith in Adam and Talia doesn't falter, it only builds.

For fantasy lovers that desire a heart pounding thrill ride, a hero to dominate over all heroes, a uniquely powerful heroine, all swirling around a core of intense romance, look no farther than SHADOW BOUND.


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Coming Soon:

SHADOW FALL by Erin Kellison

Shadow Series Book Two

Releases July 27, 2010


Custo Santovari accepted pain, blood, even death, to save his best friend. But a man with all his sins just isn't cut out to be an angel.


One moment he's fleeing Heaven; the next, he's waking up stark naked in Manhattan. In the middle of a war. Called there by a woman who's desperately afraid of the dark.


It gathers around Annabella as she performs, filled with fantastic images of another world, bringing both a golden hero and a nightmare lover.


He pursues her relentlessly, twisting her desires even as she gives herself to the man she loves. Because each of us has a wild side, and Annabella is about to unleash the beast.


Blodeuedd said...

I agree with you, this is one lovely cover, and I am glad that the book rocked

carolsnotebook said...

Sounds like a book I can't pass up.

Lizzielvr said...

I just ordered this one, I'm very much looking forward to it! And I'm very happy you gave it such a good review!

Smokinhotbooks said...

I just read another awesome review on this one. This is a sign that this needs to be on my 'you better read it list'.

Mandi said...

I just finished this yesterday..LOVED it...Not what I was much more :)

Didn't 100% buy into the least not the HEA at the end..but otherwise..Love!! Great review!

VampFanGirl said...

Oh, it totally rocked, Blodeuedd. You gotta read it!

Hugs, VFG


Don't you dare pass it up carol!! ;)

Hugs, VFG


Yay! I hope you love it as much as I did Lizzielvr!!

Hugs, VFG


Oh it's definitely a sign that you need to run, not walk to the bookstore for this one KC!

Hugs, VFG


I can't wait for your review Mandi!

Yeah, when I think about it, the HEA wasn't perfect but truthfully, I think that everything leading up to that last page was excellent.

Hugs, VFG

My Reading Addiction said...

I can't wait to read this one! Wonderful review VFG!

latishajean said...

This sounds so good I was wondering what your review would say when I saw you were reading it.glad it was as good as I hoped it would be can't wait to read it.Great review by the way:)

Monroe Dawson said...

Ok Ive heard NOTHING but good on this that a sign?!?!! ;)

Great review honey!

VampFanGirl said...

Thanks Tricia!!

Hugs, VFG


Thanks latishajean! Oh girl, I hope you love it. Since you're a PR fan girl, I think its right up your alley as long as you don't mind dark and gritty. ;)

Hugs, VFG


That's DEFINITELY a sign Monroe!! A sign that you MUST get this book!

Hugs, VFG

Leontine said...

Your review (which totally hooked me) is the third I read today (I'm catching up on everyone's blogs as I've been MIA) I thought I could squeeze Shadow Bound in my immediate TBR (which means my top 5 books) but I think I really need to read it right now!

VampFanGirl said...

I can't wait to read your thoughts on this one, Leontine! Enjoy!!

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