Monday, September 29, 2014

[Early Review] Chained by Night (Moonbound Clan Vampires #2) by Larissa Ione

Release date: September 30, 2014
Published by: Pocket 
Source: Provided by publisher

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 only grows stronger as her series mature, and this one is no exception.  Although I enjoyed the first book in this series, Bound by Night, I thought it was a bit bogged down by the necessary world building.  The world building was needed, but it wasn't always fun to read about.  There are no such issues with this follow-up!  Chained by Night is a fast-paced, action-packed paranormal romance that has me begging for the next book in this series.

The vampires in Moonbound Clan Vampires are different than any other vampires I have read about.  They live in clans, following one of two ancient approaches to living.  They are descended from native American people.  These vampires must drink blood to survive, but bagged blood is just fine by them.  The one thing necessary for them to survive is drinking blood from the opposite sex once a month.  In this world, vampires are subjugated to slavery by humans if they are caught by bounty hunters or the government.  Vampires are hunted by humans to either become slaves (house slaves, sex slaves, etc.) or they are experimented on by the government and private agencies.

This book is the story of Hunter, Rasha and Aylin.  Rasha is the daughter of a rival vampire clan and has been betrothed to Hunter, leader of the Moonbound Clan.  Hunter doesn't want to mate with Rasha, but agrees to the arrangement for political purposes.  Of course, no one can stand Rasha because she is a raging, manipulative bitch.  When Rasha journies to Moonbound territory, she brings her twin sister, Aylin, with her for help.  Aylin has a disability - a deformed thigh - that has made her an outcast for her entire life.  Although she is smart and pretty and kind, she has always been treated like the plague in her own clan who view disabilities as a weakness.  Sparks fly immediately between Aylin and Hunter which causes a lot of guilt and soul searching.  Moonbound does not view disabled vampires in the same way as other clans and welcomes Aylin as an equal.

I really liked the disabled heroine paired with the honor of Hunter.  As much as Hunter is obsessed with Aylin, he chooses to do the right thing, even if it means an eternity of miserableness for him.  He minimizes his true feelings for the good of his people, which is what a true leader should do.  It's no wonder that his people adore him.

When Hunter is forced to go on a quest to please the demon, Samnult, Rasha refuses to join him.  Instead, Aylin goes in her place.  I loved the quest they went on!  It was interesting and fun to read.  The world building in the demon realm was top notch - I loved the shifting landscape and their trials - trials of strength, determination, perseverance and character.  It was also a great opportunity to get Hunter and Aylin alone for some relationship building.  

Samnult is quickly becoming one of my favorite characters.  I'm always a sucker for a well-written demon, and Samnult fits the bill.  Is he really a demon as we know demons to be?  He is very powerful and knowledgeable but not what I would expect from a demon.  He adds depth to this story and I can't wait to hear more from him in the future.

The complicated relationship between Rasha and Aylin was great - it provided a good chunk of the meat in this story.  As much as I hated Rasha at times, she is a very intriguing character.  Raised to believe that she was the strongest and the most desireable, she tends to treat people with a difference of opinion poorly.  As much as she uses Aylin, she does love her sister.  Rasha does whatever she can think of to attach herself to Hunter, and only later to we learn just how far Rasha is willing to go to get her way.  

I was left wanting more information about Myne - another intriguing character that's all sorts of messed up.  Myne has a serious backstory that involves Hunter, and he has suffered more than most of the vampires in this book.  Myne is a loner and feels like less of a vampire because of his experiences.  He has a twisted relationship with Rasha that serves as the catalyst for action in this book.  We are left wondering what Myne is doing and where he is going.  I only hope to hear his story soon.

If you are a fan of paranormal romances with a twisty plot and steamy sex, than this is the book for you.  Larissa Ione only adds to her track record of well written, complex stories about vampires with this book.  If you read the first book and are hesitant, you need to give this one a try.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am looking forward to this series in the future.


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