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Blade Bound by Chloe Neill

Posted April 21, 2017 by Anne in Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway | , , | 32 Comments

Blade Bound by Chloe Neill

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blade Bound by Chloe NeillBlade Bound by Chloe Neill
Series: Chicagoland Vampires #13
Published by Berkley on April 25, 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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The thrilling final installment of Chloe Neill’s New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series sees a sinister sorcery advancing across Chicago, and it may usher in the fall of Cadogan House…

Since the night of her brutal attack and unwilling transformation to vampire, Merit’s 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 in infiltrated and Merit is attacked by a vampire seemingly under the sway of dark magic, Merit and Ethan realize the danger is closer than they could have ever imagined. As a malign sorcery spreads throughout the city, Merit must go to war against supernatural powers beyond her comprehension. It’s her last chance to save everything—and everyone—she loves.

My friends told me to read this series and I finally came to the party a couple of years ago, listening to audio books while driving back and forth between Minnesota and North Carolina. I fell in love with Merit and Ethan. Strong women with hot guys trying to make the world a better place with their own sassy quirks are always welcome.

Reading Blade Bound,  the final book in this series, I felt mostly sad. I couldn’t get past those feelings. The story felt nostalgic and almost too much like every other book in the Chicagoland Vampire series. Anything new happening, growth or learning by the characters,  had been foreshadowed in other books and expected. So there weren’t really any surprises. The BIG things felt more summarized instead of being there for the whole happening. There’s a time jump and I have to wonder what it would be like to be in the world there without the big bads on the rampage, at least for a vignette.

Ethan. I wish we could have gotten to know more of Ethan and his point of view rather than just a supporting role to Merit. I thought being older and the Master of a House, he could have had a stronger role in the series and been the one to save the day more often. I appreciate his willingness to let Merit grow and learn and make her own decisions, even though it makes him seem a bit too much like a follower than a Master.  I mean, there is a situation in this book where he lets her choose her path and emotionally, how could he trust she wouldn’t get hurt? He does have the maturity to be a good partner rather than just a alpahole dictator, but it seems like it is usually Merit’s way or idea. He has the experience to make the plan or idea sometimes, too.

Merit has come a long way in a little over a year, during this series. She has grown into her new life and found a partner with a whole circle of “family” and friends. Her openness, and perhaps naivete, allowed her to make changes and find solutions not obvious to others. Having been on the outside with most of her family, she has come into her own, with support which allows her to be less troubled by their judgments. Thank heavens for Chuck. Merit has worked hard to get to this place, having to make difficult and frightening choices, and I’m so proud of her.

I enjoy these characters and being with them again. This just seemed too fast. I have the whole series on audio and have pre-ordered this one on audio as well. I want more. There is a tease of a spin-off coming, so we may learn more of this world.

 

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The fun doesn’t stop here. Want more chances to win? You can also enter the Blade Bound Grand Prize Giveaway, which runs April 17 through April 28 on Chloe’s web site.

What is the Grand Prize Giveaway prize?

  • Engraved Cadogan House medal pendant
  • Signed 11×16 Merit poster
  • $50 Amazon gift card
  • $50 Garrett Popcorn Gift Card (Chicago’s hometown favorite!)
  • Tote bag containing Chicagoland Vampires and Devil’s Isle Swag

 

 

 

About Chloe Neill

Chloe Neill is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Chicagoland Vampires and Dark Elite series.

She was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest–just close enough to Cadogan House and St. Sophia’s to keep an eye on things. When not transcribing Merit’s and Lily’s adventures, 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 favorite landscape photographer/husband and their dogs, Baxter and Scout. (Both she and the photographer understand the dogs are in charge.)

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