Chained by Night (The Moonbound Clan Vampires #2)
By Larissa Ione
Expected publication September 30th, 2014
Source: received from Pocket Books in exchange for unbiased review (Thank You!)
About the book:
THE FUTURE OF HIS TRIBE
Leader of the vampire clan MoonBound, Hunter will do what he must to save his people from extinction—or worse, a torturous eternity as vampire slaves and subjects of human experimentation.To keep his enemies at bay, he has agreed to mate a rival clan leader’s daughter in return for peace between the clans and an ally in the looming war with the humans.
THE LOVER OF HIS SOUL
But survival comes at a price. First, Hunter must break an ancient curse by successfully negotiating three deadly tests. Then he must resist the searing passions of the gorgeous vampire warrior he despises but is bound to mate. Will Hunter stay true to his word? Or will he risk everything for the woman he really loves: the vampire seductress’s identical twin sister?
Larissa Ione has single-handedly renewed my love of paranormal romance and vampires. How’d she do it? By taking her world back to the basics or dare I say, to a “classic” world of vampires. Very unique in it’s own right, this world pits vampire clan against vampire clan against humans in a war for survival or dominance, depending on which “team” you’re asking.
The first book in the series, Bound by Night, focused on the war between the vampires and humans. In Chained by Night, Ms. Ione provides heaps of background lore on the mythology and actual history of the vampires. I say mythology and history because there are two stories to how the vampires came to be, one that is widely held and is ingrained into their culture. The second is an ancient secret that only those closest to the very first vampires, up to the second generation, know about. And Hunter is a second generation vampire with the weight of his clan and his future child on his shoulders.
Hunter runs his clan differently than most of the other vampire clans around the world. He’s seen as weak because of it. The other clans grip tightly to the old ways of no modern conveniences, living bare bones in caves with battles nightly for disciplinary reasons and entertainment. Only the strongest survive and the weakest are left to die. Yeah, so not Hunter’s thing. But unfortunately he has sworn a blood oath to mate with another clan chief’s daughter, Rasha, to protect his own people.
Rasha is definitely a daddy’s girl. Her identical twin sister, Aylin? Not so much. She was born with a crippling birth defect in her right leg and by all accounts, should have been killed upon her birth. So when Aylin accompanies Rasha to Moonbound Clan’s headquarters for the mating ceremony, she finally gets to see life outside of her “prison”.
Ever since Hunter’s story was teased at the end of Bound by Night, I was anxious to find out who he was going to end up mated to. There’s absolutely no way for me to even mention anyone’s name without giving an inkling as to which way it goes; trust me, I tried several attempts and none of my sentences worked. I will say that I had no clue going into the story and I was actually kind of not totally sold until just before the final battle (because you know there’s always a final battle with vampires).
I absolutely loved the pace of the story because it went so well with the unfolding of the plot and the interspersing of the action. The three deadly tests that Hunter and his future mate had to complete to keep their first born? I was worried that these would take up the bulk of the book and be *yawn* boring. They were exactly the opposite. The test was only part of the story. The reason why I couldn’t put this book down was because of the sheer amount of drama and adventure packed into this story. There wasn’t any time to be bored or to even take a break from reading.
So, yeah, Ms. Ione is favorite author of mine, she did it again, yada yada… but really, a five star review? Why? Because of the world building peeps!!! She didn’t spend as much time last book explaining the history of vampires but she goes in depth in this book about the relationship between vampires, native americans, and another supernatural creature I won’t name for fear of being a spoil sport. There are “born” vampires and “turned” vampires. Born vampires have a spirit or totem animal. And all vampires acquire a special ability as they mature that, according to etiquette, it’s not polite to ask about. And I’ve only told you a wee bit about the world…
So, do you like paranormal romance? Buy this series. Do you LOVE paranormal romance? Buy all her books…. I’m being serious… go run now!
About the author:
Air Force veteran Larissa Ione traded in a career as a meteorologist to pursue her passion of writing. She has since published dozens of books, hit several bestseller lists, including the New York Times and USA Today, and has been nominated for a RITA award. She now spends her days in pajamas with her computer, strong coffee, and supernatural worlds. She believes in celebrating everything, and would never be caught without a bottle of Champagne chilling in the fridge…just in case. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her U.S. Coast Guard husband, her teenage son, a rescue cat named Vegas, and her very own hellhound, a King Shepherd named Hexe.
Other books in the series:
Because Pocket Books has been entirely waaaaaay too good to me, I have a finished copy of Bound by Night to give away. I’m going throw in a copy of Chained by Night so you’ll get both books in paperback. This giveaway is open to US residents only (due to the costs of shipping). Good Luck!