Monday, July 17, 2017

Review: Blade Bound (Chicagoland Vampires #13)

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

Blade Bound is the thirteenth and final installment in the Chicagoland Vampires series featuring Caroline Merit and Ethan Sullivan. Since the night of her brutal attack and unwilling transformation to vampire in the first novel, Merit has stood as Sentinel and protector of Chicago’s Cadogan House. In her former human life, she was a graduate student working on her PhD in English literature and languag at the University of Chicago. Having accepted her new role as a vampire, she set aside the academic life and transitioned into her guardian role. She has saved the Windy City from the forces of darkness time ’s and again with her liege and lover, Ethan Sullivan, by her side. They have proven to be inseparable time and time again. At long last, there is a happily ever after.

But that romantic atmosphere was abruptly interrupted. When Cadogan House is 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 sorcery from the past spreads throughout the city of Chicago, Merit must go to war against supernatural powers beyond her comprehension. It is her last chance to save everything—and everyone—she loves. It becomes an apocalyptic nightmare with a stunning finale that will excite fans and even the vampire couple.

I am so elated that I picked up these series years ago. As a native Midwesterner, I love to read paranormal romantic novels that take place in my home region. What's even better--Chicago is where I went to college. Chloe Neill is a fantastic under-rated writer who took her fans and audiences through a riveting and adventurous journey of vampires, angels, shapeshifters, and wizardry. If you have not checked out this series, I highly recommend it for the older young adult crowd (over the age of 21). I will miss this couple tremendously. Merit becomes such a captivating protagonist and her lover, Ethan, becomes a even better leader of his people. But I look forward to future spin-off novels and novellas that feature Team Merit and Ethan.

Stay tune for more information about the next series in the Chicagoland Vampires universe, Heirs of Chicagoland. I won't reveal any spoilers, but if you are anxious for information, it will be similar to the surprising ending in the season finale of Grimm (2011-2017). In the meantime, check out this exciting new novella, Slaying It, that takes place right after Blade Bound. A description is provided below:

Merit, the Sentinel of Chicago's Cadogan House, is pregnant. She's ready to meet her daughter, but also excited to see her feet again. While out on an evening walk, Merit stops to help a man in need, only to find herself the victim of a kidnapping attempt. Someone with a serious debt to some very serious people thinks Cadogan House will pay a rich reward for Merit's return.

Jonah, the handsome captain of Grey House's guards, is on his way to a meeting at Cadogan--and if he's honest with himself, to drop in on Cadogan's gorgeous and brilliant chef, Margot--when he stumbles on the aftermath of the attack. He'll stop at nothing to help the Cadogan vampires, including Margot, face down the threat.

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