In order to follow my own six months rule, I’ve been anxiously awaiting to dare you to read my favorite read of 2011, Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent!
I’m a huge fan of Rachel’s adult books and was extremely sad when her Shifters series came to an end, but I was in for quite a treat when I picked up Blood Bound, the first novel in her Unbound trilogy.
I find it really hard to explain the world Vincent created because it’s so intricate but I’ll do my best!
Imagine a world in which the promises you make become unbreakable oaths. Liv lives in such a world because some people were born Skilled and within those wide range of talents, one of the powers is Binding. Binders can work their magic with words, blood or skin but once a promise is sealed you have to keep it, or die resisting the compulsion. Literally. Liv learnt the consequences the hard way because when she was a teen, she promised, with three of her friends, to always be there for each other. Little did they know, the baby sister sealing the promise was one of the most powerful Binders she’s ever known. This promise will change her entire world when her friend Anne asks her (see forces her through the oath) to find her husband’s murderer and kill him. Olivia is one of the most powerful blood tracker (she can find people using the magic force of their blood) and paired with her star-crossed ex boyfriend Cam (a name tracker), she will discover a lot more trouble than they bargained for.
To put it simply, Blood Bound is sheer genius. The whole concept of Skilled people reminds me a bit of the movie Push, but taken to a whole new level and so much better. An element I didn’t mention in my description is how power often ends up in the hands of criminals. In Blood Bound, the city is split between east and west territories and each side has its own mafia-like boss. Each with unknown numbers of Skilled (or not) goons, magically contracted (see bound by a tattoo) to obedience and secrecy to their leader. Those “employees” are forced to execute every order and are physically unable to betray their respective leaders, or their secrets. The whole set-up comes together to create an extremely suspenseful and gripping world.
Reading this book left me completely breathless and I kept thinking about it weeks after I was done reading it, considering all the what-ifs the story brought me. I suggested it to everyone who would listen to me and it’s now your turn to hear my song lol
Let me make this clear: You Must Read Blood Bound. MUST.
The second book in the series, Shadow Bound, is scheduled for May 22nd, 2012 and I can’t wait to read it. I preordered it as soon as it was possible to!
More about Blood Bound:
*Beware official product description contains spoilers*
By blood, by word, by magic...
Most can't touch the power. But Liv Warren is special – a paranormal tracker who follows the scent of blood.
Liv makes her own rules, and the most important one is trust no one.
But when her friend's daughter goes missing, Liv has no choice but to find the girl. Thanks to a childhood oath, Liv can't rest until the child is home safe. But that means trusting Cam Caballero, the former lover forbidden to her.
Bound by oath and lost in desire for a man she cannot have, Liv is racing to save the child from a dark criminal underworld where secrets, lies, trauma and danger lurk around every corner...every touch...every kiss.
And more blood will be spilled before it's over...
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