Wednesday, 20 June 2012
Book Review: Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent
Following the story of both Cam Caballero and Liv Warren from first person perspective was to say the least, extremely jarring. For at least the first ten chapters I had a moment where I said to myself 'who the hell am I now?' before settling into the chapter, knowing in just a few short pages I'd be once again be taken by a new perspective. For me as both a writer and a reader, I prefer one angle of first person narrative and then a flip to third person so it's still identifiable who the protagonist of the story is. This is the first novel I've ever read where this has happened, and although I found no fault with the writing itself, this was more than a little distracting.
The characterisation was good. As per usual Vincent delivers a highly intelligent piece with plenty of twists and turns, however, I did at one point find myself flipping through the pages, wondering when all the back and forward bickering dialogue between characters was going to end. Sentences like 'Get a room already' or 'Just shoot the bastard' flew through my head at regular intervals, tampering my enjoyment.
On a much more positive note, I found the entire concept of the book fascinating - Shadow Walkers, Blood and Name Trackers, Jammers, and other supernatural entities with talents for finding, binding, killing or flushing out anyone and everyone to serve the purposes of two major crime syndicates was thoroughly entertaining. Yes, we've all read about the poor bound workers of crime families, sold, bargained, or chastised into slavery under the guise of protecting loved ones etc, but Blood Bound took it to the next level, exploring the depths of the underworld with a new and interesting twist.
Liv and Cam, once lovers and now estranged by certain events of the past and the syndicates they are now bound to, must work together to solve an unspeakable crime - the murder of a mutual friend's husband and the unfolding plot of stolen abilities, human trafficking, and the kidnapping of certain, useful children.
Relying only on their abilities, trust for each other, and the loopholes within their bindings, they are forced to work with some less than savoury characters to prevent an all out syndicate war and hopefully dispel some ghosts from the past.
All in all, I couldn't fault the plot or the writing of Vincent as she cleverly interwove a deceitful tale of love, lust and betrayal. Although the first half of the book was incredibly slow, the inevitable showdown at the end was worth the wait. I give this book three out of five fangs.
As a blood tracker, Liv is extremely powerful. And in a world where power is a commodity that can get you killed, Liv's learnt to survive by her own rules.
Rule number one? Trust no one.
But when a friend's daughter goes missing, Liv is bound by a potent magical oath. She can't rest until the child is safe. And that means trusting her dangerous ex, Cam.
A sinister prophecy tells that she and Cam will be the death of each other, yet Liv is tired of being a slave to destiny. She's ready to play for the forces controlling her world at their own game, no matter what the cost.