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November 18th, 2010

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When a demon breaches the barrier between death and life, the salvation of the world depends on the passions of a beautiful banshee just coming into her power and the man willing to use her to avenge the destruction of his family.

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Fiction Books When a demon breaches the barrier between death and life, the salvation of the world depends on the passions of a beautiful banshee just coming into her power and the man willing to use her to avenge the destruction of his family.

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  1. Abigail
    November 20th, 2010 at 02:17 | #1


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    SHADOW BOUND is a shockingly good read. I mean, where did this book come from? I barely remember hearing about it before I saw it in my Shelf Awareness email. I actually thought it was a YA book based on the cover (it is definitely adult). Although the cover really does a poor job of capturing this often somber, yet darkly beautiful urban fantasy.

    The prologue that sets up the mythology and history for the main character is nearly poetic. I reread it twice before continuing the story. I found my heartbeat actually racing and slowing along with the cadence of the prose. I was a little disappointed that the entire book was written the same way.

    The actual story is told from the shifting POV of Talia O’Brien, a brilliant young doctor with a terrible secret, and Adam Thorne, a man consumed by guilt and rage driven to find the answers that will destroy his brother and save the world. I typically prefer female POV’s but in SHADOW BOUND it was Adam’s chapters that were strongest. Talia was so closed off in life, so cautious that at times I found her boring.

    What was never boring was the world building. Made up of a combination of Greek mythology, Irish folklore, and traditional fey lore. The villains are the Wraiths, demon spawns who suck the soul from their victims via a Harry Potter-like Dementor’s kiss. They cannot be stopped, they cannot be killed, and their numbers are growing.

    Shadow Fall coverSHADOW BOUND is likely to appeal to UF/PNR lovers as well as fans of supernatural thrillers. The writing is evocative and lyrical, especially the prologue, and the mystery of the Wraiths and Talia is original and satisfying. The middle drags a bit, but that’s when the romance really develops so not a bad trade. The next book in the Shadow series is called Shadow Fall and will be released next month on July 27, 2010 and I will definitely be reading it.

    Sexual Content: References to sex. A scene of graphic sensuality. References to rape. Several graphic sex scenes.

  2. B. Anderson
    November 20th, 2010 at 05:47 | #2


    I’m not ordinarily a fantasy fan, but “Shadow Bound” does an amazing job of blending current reality with the shadow world – this makes the story believable and gripping. The concept behind the book is extremely interesting, which makes for a definite page-turner (I read the entire book in two days). The characters are complex and appealing, and quickly get you emotionally invested in the story. I rarely get as absorbed into a book as I did with this one. My only complaint is that I have to wait until the follow-up book is released in another month or so. :)

  3. HighVoltageGrrl
    November 22nd, 2010 at 00:59 | #3


    Immediately upon starting this book I was thrilled to find that Kellison gives the paranormal genre something new. I thought this would be a young adult novel (covers can be deceiving) but there are some romantic scenes that place it out of that genre quickly. The romance isn’t overly drawn out and heavy, which is great for those of us who don’t read books labeled “romance” unless the word paranormal is preceding it.

    All of the elements mentioned in the book description: Death, Wraiths, Segue, and Twilight, are featured prominently in the book and all of these elements are what makes this book so different from others of the genre. While the story takes place in the world we are used to, Talia, our heroine, is able to slip out of it and into the shadows. Something else has slipped into our world as well and it takes someone like Talia to stand up to it. Most humans are unaware, though there are those who’ve been paying attention, like our hero Adam, and luckily for Talia they are there to help her. We follow along with Talia’s story intertwined with Adam’s and see things from their very different point of views. Scene’s with Talia’s father are few, but they are the scene stealers of the book, his presence is too demanding to ignore and I would love to read more about him in another book. The only drawback is that the story was over too quickly for me. I could have read another 100 pages on the ending to the story and devoured it all up.

  4. Lorijay
    November 25th, 2010 at 15:17 | #4


    This book has one of the best prologues I’ve ever read. The first few chapters and the premise of the story are unique and well-written, it really grabbed me and I was thinking about the book all day at work till I could get home and read more. But about a third of the way through, unfortunately it fell apart for me. I was so disappointed that I put it down for a week and finishing it was not nearly as compelling. It felt to me like maybe the writer started out with a wonderfully complex plot, spending many loving hours refining the beginning and then perhaps the book was accepted by a publisher and rushed to print. Killing the big bad demon was easy and over too quickly. While the female lead was very well developed, the romance between her and the male suffered for his lack of depth, the author’s focus on his bitter anger made him one-dimensional. This is a promising writer and I’ll probably give her another try, but this book was overall so-so for me; couldn’t in good conscience give it three stars though it’s a solid two and a half. Lackluster romantic tension, PG sex, complex vulnerable female, tepid male.

  5. Minniemax
    November 25th, 2010 at 22:19 | #5


    Fantastic read. This book makes you laugh and cry, keeps you wanting to turn to the next page.

  6. Hope Welsh
    November 27th, 2010 at 09:06 | #6


    I could not put it down! I will anxiously be awaitg the next! I read tons of books, and this one hits all my expectations.

  7. Emily D. Agunod
    November 28th, 2010 at 11:18 | #7


    Someone watching, waiting, in the dark starts this book. Death, who for years have watched Kathleen because she is at his door, falls in love with the young woman. He defies the laws of nature and crosses over when he is not needed. Kathleen, who is sensitive to the otherworld, knows he exists and needless to say, she falls for Death, who she names Shadowman. No, Death doesn’t look like the Grim Reaper but looks like what she wants him to look. Their encounter results in the birth of Talia, who turns out to be banshee, half-human, half-fairy. And not only that but when Death entered out world, a demon slipped in. This demon creates wraiths, humans who become monsters in exchange for immortality and just as Talia was about to begin her career, wraiths try to abduct her. She manages to evade them but was cornered. Little does she know that Adam Thorne, a sworn wraith killer, was looking for her too. Their paths get thrown together when he rescues her from a wraith. And so the story goes on with their mission to rid the world of wraiths. I found the story very exciting and well-written. And so what if there is romance in it? Most stories have that element. To me it just makes it more interesting. I congratulate Erin Kellison on a job well done and I look forward to her coming books.

    Way to go Erin!

  8. Parajunkee
    November 30th, 2010 at 00:50 | #8


    I’m always happy to experience a new author’s voice, it’s exciting to read a debut, like trying a new wine or if you are not into that…a new dish with all your favorite ingredients. Sometimes these experiments leave you disappointed, running back to your old favorites…but other times they push aside the rest, soar to the top and leave you hungry for more. This, my friend, is what Shadow Bound did for me.

    REVIEW: Talia O’Brien is the spawn of death himself. Half fae, whom are the guardian of the in betweens, and half human, Talia can wrap shadows around herself, more comfortable in the dark than she is in the light with the living.

    On a day that changed her life forever, Talia came face to face with a monster and watched it suck the soul from her roommates body. The only thing that saved her was death – she has been running ever since. Now trapped in an alley with a wraith hunting her, on verge of heat stroke and dehydration, Talia must make a choice. Should she trust the man that has come for her? Should she put her life in his hands and her powers behind his cause? His natural charm and his casual good looks don’t make it any easier for her and as more and more comes out into the open about both Adam and Talia it might not just be their lives on the line, but their hearts also.

    This book had me saying “wow” as I scrolled through it. The author’s tone drips with old world depth and verse that historical authors try but very rarely achieve, which was surprising for a modern urban fantasy. The tone was reminiscent of one of my favorite YA authors, Maggie Stiefvater. Like Steifvater you could almost drink in the words as if they were a humid evening instead of two dimensional words on a page. As the novel progresses the tone did evolve into a more modern narrative, but oddly I was not disturbed by the shift. It worked with the story. Much as the shifting POV did. The POV shifts seamlessly from Adam to Talia leaving the reader with a varied world view, yet it didn’t lead to confusion like often happens in ambiguous POV changes. The storyline was also very original, I have read before of soul sucking, and kisses of death…but the author paired it together in an original way. I was highly impressed with Shadow Bound…and I can’t wait to read the second installment Shadow Fall.

    The one short-coming that I did find with the novel was more of a “taste” preference. The heroine was a little more malleable than I would have liked and the hero a bit too one-tracked, leaving the romance a bit on the fizzle side instead of the passionate. But, like I said this is a personal preference – reading too much PNR I like my girls with snark and my boys with bite. (Insert Kitty Rrrrr here)

    RECOMMENDATIONS: Adult novel, for mature readers. This novel has a more fantasy feel than UF, even though it really is UF, so this might be a great transition book for fantasy lovers.

  9. Harriet Klausner
    November 30th, 2010 at 09:28 | #9


    In Appalachia, West Virginia, Adam Thorne is an obsessive dreamer wanting his Segue Institute to succeed. He has put up his vast inheritance to fund the foundation and backed that with time. His personal goal is to kill his brother Jacob a former CEO turned wraith; who he has incarcerated for six years with little success; while the institutes’ mission is to study vampiric wraiths.

    Adam believes he has found the solution in Talia O’Brien who suffered a near death experience. She has the uncanny paranormal ability to cloak herself in the darkness so that neither humans nor wraiths can detect her. However, she must learn to use her ability, but loathes applying it as she detests being different. Adam mentors Talia but conceals from her is motive with a caring nurturing veneer.

    This is a fascinating urban romantic fantasy starring an obsessed lead male and the woman he plans to use as a tool to achieve his immediate objective of fratricide though he knows his sibling is no longer human. The story line is fast-paced, but the criticality that makes it fun to read is that wraiths and an enigmatic Shadowman seen genuine. Fans will relish this entertaining tale as Adam begins to fall in love with his latest weapon to kill his wraith sibling.

    Harriet Klausner

  10. Amber Scott
    November 30th, 2010 at 14:14 | #10


    I tried to read this slowly, taking my time to enjoy Ms. Kellison’s gorgeous prose. I couldn’t! The story was just too compelling and the characters, too real.

    I love how smart and fresh her take on paranormal worlds and fairytales is. These wraiths are freaking scary! And she leaves no gut-wrenching opportunity unturned.

    I finished it within days and am so glad the next book comes out soon. Usually, I have to wait months for the next installment.

  11. Dawn Hullender
    December 1st, 2010 at 02:37 | #11


    **Disclaimer: This book was provided to me via Shelfawareness and I neither asked for, nor received any compensation for this review.**

    Title: Shadow Bound

    Author: Erin Kellison

    Publisher: Dorchester

    ISBN: 978-0-505-52829-2

    $7.99 Publication date: July 2010

    322 pages


    When a demon breaches the barrier between death and life, the salvation of the world depends on the passions of a beautiful banshee just coming into her power and the man willing to use her to avenge the destruction of his family.

    My thoughts:

    With a rare gift for words, Erin Kellison tells us a dark fairy

    tale not created for the night, but for the blazing day instead.

    Even though it was chapter one before I got really into SHADOW BOUND,

    I was immediately impressed with Ms. Kellison’s calibre of writing.

    She spins a story so intense, so vivid, I couldn’t help but be sucked

    in for the rest of a roller coaster ride.

    I loved the story, the characters and the way in which they grew

    throughout the story. The way they found their “inner selves” and

    fought till the end. The build of a budding romance was perfect.

    From the initial spark to the face-fanning love scenes, it was great.

    I only had one negative thought about the book and that was the anti-

    climatic, sort of confusing end. Throughout the entire story, we are

    left breathless with anticipation that is never quite sated. Don’t get

    me wrong, the story is outstandingly original and I’ll read more of

    Ms. Kellison’s writing, but I was a little let down with the ending.

    I had more questions than answers. Call me daft, but I really didn’t

    understand how Chaos slipped through the veil separating life and death.

    But…it was still a great story.

    I give SHADOW BOUND a four.

    It contains some very graphic sexual scenes, so it may not be suitable

    for kids under the age of sixteen.

  12. Wolfy
    December 1st, 2010 at 04:35 | #12


    Before reading this novel I didn’t know this series leaned heavy in the Romance department. So, I didn’t realize I was in for a clich├ęd romance with within a paranormal story. As in, it was very predictable and not very intriguing. And of course I made the mistake and already bought the follow-up book, before reading the first, so now I will have to push through another one of these books.

  13. Detra Fitch
    December 1st, 2010 at 13:30 | #13


    Talia O’Brien is twenty-six and has a PhD in anthropology. Her mother died at birth. She was raised by an aunt, also deceased. The description sounds as if she were a normal person. However, in a near-fatal car accident ten years ago, Talia came face-to-face with her biological father, Shadowman. He goes by many names. Death and Grim Reaper are used by most. He is wrapped in shadow, wields a massive scythe, and is feared by all – including Talia.

    Adam Thorne founded the Segue Institute six years ago. In a concrete hole, beneath the institute, Adam keeps his brother, Jacob, in a cell. The institute exists for the express purpose of discovering how to kill a wraith. These anthropomorphic monsters are “deathless” and regenerate by sucking out the souls of humans. Jacob has become such a creature. Lead by a demon, the wraiths are organizing and call themselves The Collective. Adam has read Talia’s dissertation and needs her on his staff. But locating her is difficult. Talia is being hunted by The Collective and is in hiding. The wraiths want Talia alive, though no one can figure out why. Once Adam has Talia, he must convince her that humanity is at the brink of destruction. Without her, life as we know it is over.

    The situation is simple. She is the daughter of Death, able to use the shadows as a chameleon blends into its surroundings. She is destined to live apart from others and die in a war she did not understand. As horrible as the wraiths are, they are not Talia’s greatest fear. That is reserved for what happens whenever she screams in fright. Death, the dark thing with red eyes inside the black wind of her scream, comes.

    ***** FIVE STARS! In all my years as a book reviewer, twice I have stated that a debut author would someday become well known and multiple best sellers in their futures. The first was John Grisham in the Legal Thriller genre. Years later, the second was Jacquie D’Alessandro in the Historical Romance genre. Now, again after several years, I have found a third, Erin Kellison in the Paranormal Romantic Suspense genre.

    The shadows lurking within these pages are alive with horrible dangers that will keep readers quickly turning the pages until the very end. Well developed characters, a touch of romance, and overflowing with suspense, this story is unforgettable. But no matter how deeply engrossed you become, don’t forget to breathe. *****

    Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.

  14. Donna Locklin
    December 1st, 2010 at 17:09 | #14


    Shadow Bound is based on a very different point of view towards the world of the Fae and their existence. This story starts out strong and dark with a primary character known as Shadowman. Shadowman is also known to some as Death or the Grim Reaper. He lives in the Shadows, the world between ours and heaven. The atmosphere is immediately seductive and darkly intense, thus setting the pace for Shadow Bound.

    The romance between Talia and Adam was palpable to me, with each having their own personal demons to deal with before they can decide on each other. Talia is the type of heroine you can grow with through the story and Adam was such a strong and stead-fast hero that you can’t help but fall for him.

    If your looking for something different in the world of Fae with a healthy dose of suspense peppered with villains that are truly treacherous and deadly and a romance that will fill you with hope, I highly recommend Shadow Bound. I can’t wait to dive into Shadow Fall this coming weekend!

  15. Nic
    December 2nd, 2010 at 17:48 | #15


    All I can say is wow! I went into this book with no expectations and I was very plesantly surprised. It was hard to put it down. It is not usually the kind of book I would read but at the price I got I figured I would give it a try. I was not dissapointed.

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