Erin Kellison’s debut novel is a dark fantasy about love, death, and the power of obsession. Adam Thorne, wealthy director of the Segue Institute, is obsessed with finding a way to destroy the soul-sucking wraiths that have proliferated in recent years. Adam is driven by his single-minded desire to avenge the deaths of his parents, who were killed in front of him by his brother Jacob, once a successful businessman but now a monstrous wraith. Although the wraiths have grown in number, they remain hidden from society. Adam wants to stop them before the situation builds to an all-out war against humanity.
The key to destroying the wraiths may lie with Talia O’Brien, a graduate student who’s written a dissertation on near-death experiences. Talia’s dissertation mentions the Shadowman, the one figure that Jacob fears. As Adam searches for Talia to invite her to join his research team, the wraiths are also hunting her. Talia knows that she has strange powers that other people don’t have, such as the ability to cloak herself in shadows. Although she’s attracted to Adam, she’s unsure whether she can trust him or whether he’s simply using her to destroy Jacob.
Kellison’s novel excels in many ways: Beautifully written and deftly paced, it presents complex, believable characters and a heart-thumping plot. Impressive world-building balances the shadowy, mysterious realm of the faery (called Twilight) with a recognizable human world. The main plot is packed with action and suspense, and the supporting love story develops its own momentum without taking over. Shadow Bound is a fast, enjoyable read that I didn’t want to put down.
The book ends with a teaser for the sequel, Shadow Fall, which shifts the action to Twilight in a fascinating twist I didn’t expect. That book is available on July 27, and I’ll definitely be picking up a copy!
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