“If you live in the dark long enough,
you begin to forget the light…
Kori Daniels is a shadow-walker, able to travel instantly from one shadow to another. After weeks of confinement for betraying her boss, she’s ready to break free of the Tower syndicate for good. But Jake Tower has one final job for Kori, one chance to secure freedom for herself and her sister, Kenley, even if it means taking it from someone else…
The job? Recruit Ian Holt-or kill him.
Ian’s ability to manipulate the dark has drawn interest from every syndicate in the world, most notably an invitation from Jake Tower. Though he has no interest in organized crime, Ian accepts the invite, because he’s on a mission of his own. Ian has come to kill Tower’s top Binder: Kori’s little sister.
Amid the tangle of lies, an unexpected thread of truth connecting Ian and Kori comes to light. But with opposing goals, they’ll have to choose between love and liberty…”
– Taken from Goodreads (original here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11000229.Shadow_Bound__Unbound___2_)
Overall, I liked this book better than Blood Bound. It has less action and things going on than the first book in the series, but I think I liked Kori and Ian betten than Liv and Cam.I felt their dilemmas to be stronger, especially toward the end, when their stories become more and more intertwined. I did miss the action of the first book.
I enjoyed learning more about another set of Skills: in the first book, the heroine and hero were both Trackers, whereas in this one, Kori is a Traveler and Ian is a Blinder, a combination that turns out to be very interesting. It was also interesting to see more of the Tower syndicate, rather than the Cavazos one. The next book, Oath Bound, will most likely deal with the changes in the Tower syndicate after the events of Shadow Bound.
I liked reading Ian’s and Olivia’s interactions (especially the bet), but I did miss I little more action and fast-paced scenes. When the action scenes do occur, they feel like they are diffused too quickly and then the story gets a bit slow again. The world building is still fascinating, with all those different Skills and the politics within the syndicate, not to mention all the negotiations with the bindings.
I will likely read the sequel, but I’m afraid that’ll only happen toward the end of the month.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5