Review: Bound in Black (The Vessel Trilogy #3) by Juliette Cross

October 5, 2015 Review 0

Review: Bound in Black (The Vessel Trilogy #3) by Juliette CrossBound in Black by Juliette Cross
Series: The Vessel Trilogy #3
Published by Samhain Publishing on July 21, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romantic, Urban Fantasy
Format: eBook
Pages: 258
Source: NetGalley
Sexual Content: Sex scenes
Reviewed by: Kate
3 Stars

In the belly of the beast, strategy is useless.

The Vessel Trilogy, Book 3

Genevieve Drake is on a dangerous mission to find the soul collector, Lethe, and enter the deepest, darkest level of the underworld. No one has ever returned alive from the belly of a soul collector, but she will let nothing stop her from going after the precious treasure Lethe stole from her.

As she is tested against demon spawn and foul creatures of the underworld, each triumph strengthens her Vessel power—and drags her closer to a breaking point that could forever doom her to the abyss.

Meanwhile, with the full prophecy hurtling toward completion, the Dominus Daemonum strategize for the day Gen will battle Prince Bamal’s Vessel to the death, when the Great War between heaven and hell will begin.

But Bamal has a secret weapon. When he reveals it—and Thomas reveals his own hidden agenda—Gen may not have the strength to resist the temptation to fall into darkness, forsaking the fate of the world for her broken heart.

Warning: Contains malicious demons, sinister spawn, and a vengeful heroine with plans to send them all back to burning hell.

There was a lot going on in BOUND IN BLACK. Gen ventured into hell, Thomas revealed his true nature, there was a prophecy that was coming to pass, and surprises abounded around every corner. Despite the revelation-filled plot line, however, BOUND IN BLACK felt slow, and it felt like a lot of the action was relegated toward the ending.

My great pleasure with BOUND IN BLACK was the number of questions that were answered. I hate it when there are loose ends, and BOUND IN BLACK did a good job of tying any of those up. Though it didn't exactly go the way I expected, it also was a good third book for a trilogy, understanding that the story line needed to end without dragging it on into more books. I appreciate it when author does that.

Gen finally comes into her own in BOUND IN BLACK and starts showing maturity that she hadn't previously demonstrated, which was refreshing, as often so many heroines never really seem to grow past the impulsive decision-making phase. If you're looking for lots of sexy times though, BOUND IN BLACK doesn't hit the same notes as previous books, which makes sense in the context, and I never felt that anything was lacking.

Overall, the Vessel Trilogy was a good one. Though this individual installment in the trilogy had some slow sections, they fit with the overall plot and didn't feel too much like they were dragging. With a good, complete story arc, and interesting, often multi-dimensional characters, for somebody looking for action-filled with a touch of romance, I'd definitely recommend it.


Series Titles:
  1. Forged in Fire - 4/5
  2. Sealed in Sin - 3/5
  3. Bound in Black
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  • For a similar action packed with a bit of romance feel, try the Jessica McClain series by Amanda Carlson.
  • For a book with similar features-  one girl, a prophecy and demons- try the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones.
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