Series: Chicagoland Vampires, #13
Published by Berkley on April 25, 2017
Genres: Adult, Romantic, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 384 pages
Sexual Content: moderately graphic sex scene
Reviewed by: Kristina
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 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 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.
BLADE BOUND was a solid end to the thrilling and action filled Chicagoland Vampires series. It has everything you have come to expect from this series, from humor, Merit's love of all of the food (there is an amazing moment involving chocolate that I want to experience myself), drama, cool fight scenes, to demonstrating the true strength of the bonds of love and friendship. I enjoyed finally seeing Merit and Ethan's wedding which turned out just as you would expect from these two. Nice and touching at first and then ending in a massive fight in the streets of Chicago.
The plot moves fast as Merit and her friends try to stop a supernatural force from destroying their beloved city. I loved the final confrontation. It was pretty badass and a perfect final fight for Merit. I loved seeing a bit of all of the characters we've come to know over the past 13 books. I would have liked to see more of Gabriel and the pack but what we got was pretty nice. There were some story lines and groups of people who I would have liked to see how they turned out or some more resolutions. For example what happens to the Red Guard? There was also the resolution of the prophecy that has been hinted at throughout the series. I thought conclusion was a bit too neatly tied together and not really an ending I really felt was needed for Merit.
While I really enjoyed the setting (I love Chicago), I had to question as the conflict escalated to nearly wiping out a major U.S. city, why there seemed to be no mention of national attention. Surely the president or other cities would be concerned that Chicago is looking like it's going to be destroyed by some magical force. Chicago seems to exist in a vacuum here and in previous books in this series which was a bit odd but really never hesitated to ruin my enjoyment of the story.Series Titles:
- Some Girls Bite – 3/5
- Friday Night Bites
- Twice Bitten
- Hard Bitten – 4/5
- Drink Deep - 5/5
- Biting Cold – 4/5
- House Rules – 4/5
- Biting Bad-4/5
- Wild Things
- Blood Games - 4/5
- Dark Debt - 4/5
- Midnight Marked
- Blade Bound
- The Hollows by Kim Harrison
- Once Bitten by Kalayna Price