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Shadow Bound [Mass Market Paperback]

Rachel Vincent

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Book Description

May 22 2012 An Unbound Novel
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....

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Mira (May 22 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778313433
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778313434
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 10.3 x 16.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #320,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent loves good chocolate, comfortable jeans, and serial commas. She\u2019s older than she looks and younger than she feels, but is convinced that for every day she spends writing, one more day will be added to her lifespan. Now absorbed in the dark, tangled loyalties of her UNBOUND world, as well as the travails of a teenage banshee in her SOUL SCREAMERS world, Rachel can be found online at or

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The worldbuilding is truly excellent & Rachel does write well, but neither the characters nor the storyline lived up to it May 22 2012
By AJ - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Paranormal fiction by definition isn't normal. It's other, it's different. But what makes paranormal fiction so good is how it plays with all sorts of supernatural things and makes them feel real and relatable. Even in cases like the Unbound series, where words and oaths are power, where Skilled people can travel through shadows or blot out the sun. There is no question that Rachel Vincent's worldbuilding captures that perfect blend between paranormal and plausible, but unlike the previous book in this series, nothing else does.

I'm not used to having to be critical of anything Rachel Vincent writes, so bear with me.

If only the characters had been half as good as the worldbuilding, this would be a much more favorable review. But they weren't. Kori was grating from the start. I didn't believe anything about her. SHADOW BOUND begins with Kori being released from weeks of hellish torture where she was starved and brutalized in everyway possible. A couple weeks later she tops the scales at one hundred pounds and yet she knocks out massive skilled body guards and attackers left and right. Didn't buy it. Nor did I buy how quickly she started having romantic/lust filled emotions for Ian hours after meeting him (considering her rape and torture only two weeks ago). Worse still was the complete lack of chemistry between these two. Kori was over the top hard with temper issues, endless clichéd gripes, and one stupid move after the next (every time they go outside they get attacked...the solution is to obviously keep going outside and act surprised when an attack happens). Ian wasn't much brighter. He has an endgame that will 100% make Kori loathe him forever, but he wonders constantly about making sure her feelings for him are genuine.

Beyond Kori and Ian's lack of intelligence, everything else felt ridiculously contrived. Why exactly is Kori picked for this crazy important assignment? Why is she allowed to stay on this assignment when she tries to sabotage it the first time she opens her mouth? Why do Kori and Ian conveniently forget that their loved ones will die if they don't get the other to do something horrible and instead go on dates and share flirtatious backstories? Why does no one think to look for them at Kori's house when they run off? I can't count how many times I wondered why the easy, obvious action/answer wasn't picked. I just didn't get it.

I'm a huge Rachel Vincent fan. I gave the first book in the Unbound series a 5/5 rating so I was more than ready to love SHADOW BOUND just as much, but even though the worldbuilding is truly excellent and Rachel does write well, this time neither the characters nor the storyline lived up to it. Fortunately there will be two new characters leading the story in OATH BOUND when it comes out in 2013. I have to hope this installment was a fluke and that the next book will be just as killer as the first.

Sexual Content:
References to rape and torture. One sex scene.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great series May 31 2012
By Melissa Mason - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Kori is a Traveler, she is able to walk into any shadow and go where ever she wants that is within her range. The skills in this series vary and are much sought after by syndicates. There are Blinders who are able to draw shadows (darkness). Healers, which are pretty much self explanatory, they are able to heal. And there are also binders, who are able to make contracts between people that if broken can lead to pain/death.

Kori is recovering after being tortured and asked to prove herself by recruiting someone into the syndicate. With little choice she meets Ian, a Blinder with significant power. The syndicate's leader, Jake Tower, tells her to do anything to recruit him. Being the rebel that Kori is, this means she shows Ian all the negative things about being part of a syndicate so he will make an informed decision. Little does she know that Ian has an ulterior motive.

The book legitimately made me pissed off for Kori. She was tortured, and treated like crap and I felt really bad for her. I found Kori to be an interesting character and made me want to read more. The writing is amazing, as usual for a Rachel Vincent novel. If you have enjoyed any of her previous work I highly suggest you read this series. If you haven't read a Rachel Vincent book, do yourself a favor and go buy one now!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional writing and superior storytelling May 25 2013
By RabidReads - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Rachel Vincent is an auto-buy author for me; so much so that I couldn't resist pre-ordering Shadow Bound a month before its release. Then I got my hands on an ARC five days before the publication date which means that I thankfully didn't have to wait for my mailman to show up. The Unbound world is exactly how I remembered it, pure awesomeness. Vincent has a real gift for storytelling and will have you eating out of the palm of her hand in no time. Even though Kori and Ian's characters didn't quite do it for me and some of their actions aren't always exactly credible; there's still more good than bad to be had in Shadow Bound.

This installment focuses on the darker skills, namely shadow-walking and blinding. Right off the bat I felt a connection between Kori and Ian because their gifts are similar in nature and work in tandem. Even though they do manage to resist each other in the beginning it was obvious that they'd become involved sooner rather than later. As a result, there is a certain degree of predictability to the plot that made the story not as enthralling to read as Blood Bound. Although, Rachel does explore the limitations of certain skills and explains how a syndicate contract actually works which I found intriguing and nicely explained.

It was impossible not to immediately feel something for poor Kori. When we first hook-up with her she's being released from "the basement" after 6 impossibly long weeks of torture, rape and humiliation. Needless to say, she's not too happy with her boss at the moment and the last thing that she expects to find is love. I enjoyed her spunk, fearlessness and snark. Kori is fiercely defensive of her sister and will never hesitate to protect her at all cost. Ian is smart, determined and loyal; his world gets knocked on its ass when he meets miss Daniels. Together their chemistry wasn't exactly what it could have been but they still manage to have a couple of really great moments.

The story took a little too long to take off in my opinion. I found that the character development dragged and the main plot didn't actually kick in until several chapters later. I hate to say it but there was an instance where I was actually a little bored. Vincent also introduces a bunch of new skills without really explaining them which I found disappointing considering she did such a stellar job in the detail department in Blood Bound.

Even though Rachel Vincent didn't hit it out of the park with Shadow Bound you can't help but be swept away by her exceptional writing and superior storytelling.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! July 12 2012
By PrincessPixistixx(WonderlandReviews) - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
So, the big surprise that came my way was found as I eagerly ripped open this month's book club selections and found pulled out the first book. Shadow Bound, a book I have been searching for since learning of the release date. I was even more excited to see that this book featured my favorite character Kori. I love that spunky kicking butt gal.

I think the best part of this book was that unlike any other love story, love didn't make you weak or stupid, in fact I would say that in this book the character's actually became stronger people while in love.

Kori was my favorite from the get go, and to learn that after she was forced to help Liv and Cam in the last book she was punished so severely it made me want to jump into the pages and throttle these so called friends who abandoned her.

I love the way the author describes shadows to a shadow walker, she really brought them to life and made me think twice about the dark which haunts my fears.

I am eagerly awaiting the next installment as more characters were introduced and given a back line and relationships grew. This is a book full of the steamy romance to fog the glasses as you turn the page, heart pounding action that leaves you on the edge of your seat and a love worth fighting for that is the things dreams are made of.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced and full of action! July 11 2012
By Nina - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I doubt there is anything I can say in this review that will truly do this book justice, but I'll do my best as I would love for more people to start reading this amazing series. Blood Bound was my favorite book read in 2011 (which is saying something in a year where I also read books like Divergent, Incarnate, and the whole Fever-series!), and Shadow Bound was even better.

Rachel Vincent has created an incredible urban fantasy setting in her Unbound world. The city is ruled by two opposing crime syndicates, contracts are bound in blood or flesh, and nobody can ever truly feel safe with Jake Tower as their boss. Kori Daniels lives in the middle of this mess, as well as the bigger mess she created for herself by helping her friends in Blood Bound. Now she has finally gotten a chance to get back on her boss' good side; all she has to do is convince Ian Holt to sign away his life and skills to work for Tower. One of my favorite things about the setting of these books is the binding of contracts, making sure that you physically can not disobey a direct order from your boss without experiencing a lot of pain, to the point where that pain might kill you. So whether you want to follow orders or not really doesn't matter at all; you have no other choice.

Of course with a character with as much strength of will and attitude as Kori Daniels, you can bet she's going to be looking for every single loophole there is, and after her treatment (read: punishment) in Tower's basement thirst for vengeance and fear for her sister seems to be the only two things to keep her going. And so Kori is far from the quiet, easily manipulated young woman Ian expected to find and kill. The relationship between Kori and Ian gives "steaming hot" a new definition, and I just loved how they keep pushing each other, provoking and teasing and always testing the limits of what the other person can handle. I might have screamed "just do it already!" at my book more than once.

Ian was truly incredible. Yes, he's been sent to kill Kori's younger sister, but as he is not bound to anyone he has only his own rules to follow. I loved seeing him struggle, always trying to do the right thing, never wanting to hurt anyone but not being given much choice. And he always treats Kori so nicely, to the point where she doesn't even believe his actions are genuine, but I always had faith in Ian being a perfect gentleman. These two will without question be remembered as one of my favorite literary couples of all time, right along side Olivia and Cam from Blood Bound.

If you have ever read a book by Rachel Vincent, you already know that her stories are very fast-paced and full of action. There's no sitting around waiting for something to happen - her heroines go out and make things happen themselves. Shadow Bound is no exception, and you can expect scenes that will make you want to hit something in anger, to cry out in frustration, and to hold your breath and cross your fingers, hoping for everyone to make it out of this story alive. Heck I'm getting goosebumps right now just thinking about that one thing. My point is, if you haven't read Blood Bound yet you are missing out, and if you have you need to read this sequel as soon as freakin' possible!

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