Since the night of her brutal attack and unwilling transformation to vampire, Merit’s stood as Sentinel and protector of Chicago’s Cadogan House. She's saved the Windy City from the forces of darkness time and again with her liege and lover, Ethan Sullivan, by her side.
When the House is infiltrated and Merit is attacked by a vampire seemingly under the sway of dark magic, Merit and Ethan realize the danger is closer than they could have ever imagined. As a malign sorcery spreads throughout the city, Merit must go to war against supernatural powers beyond her comprehension. It’s her last chance to save everything—and everyone—she loves.
What I liked: My absolute favorite thing about not only Blade Bound but the entire series is Merit. So much has happened in her life from the very first book, Some Girls Don’t Bite to this final installment (a little over a year from the first book). She’s been put through the meat grinder so to speak but continues on no matter what happens. I’ve also enjoyed the secondary characters immensely. Merit’s interactions with so many of those characters are what have driven me to continue this series even though I still just can’t connect with Ethan at all. Blade Bound is the first book where I actually liked him. Through 13 books and I finally like the hero. He steps up in this finale and shows he completely trusts Merit to be herself, do her job, and make decisions without his interference.
Ms O’Neill brings back a big bad (did anyone not see that coming) but she was very creative in Sorcha’s return and how she was a bit more cunning than everyone gave her credit for. Sorcha has bided her time and come up with a plot worthy of her “badness”. The mystery around what she has planned for Chicago is inventive and completely keeps Merit and crew off balance.
The opening is great! It’s the night before Merit and Ethan’s wedding and I think the tension Ms O’Neill includes adds a punch to the story. Is the wedding really going to go off with a hitch or take place at all? Read it to find out and it’s good/bad type surprise. The wedding scenes had me on the edge of my seat. I mean, really, has anything gone normally when it involves Merit and Ethan getting together?
Another part of the wedding is the bachelorette party. With friends like Mallory and Lindsey planning it, Merit is just a bit apprehensive but they know Merit very well and I enjoyed the camaraderie between all the attendees and catering to Merit’s likes and dislikes.
The plot was a bit ho-hum to me. I mean, it’s the last book in the series, you pretty much know Merit, Ethan and the crew are going to solve the problem but it’s a pretty frantic pacing and everyone must put their heads together to come up with a plan. Of course, in this series, when does everything go according to plan. I think my biggest surprise was the attitude of the Mayor and other humans in not trusting “the others” at this point in the series. The Vampires et all have saved Chicago so many times, you’d thing they would get the benefit of the doubt.
What I didn’t like: I was thinking, last book in the series, it’s got to be fantastic. Well, maybe not plot-wise but so-so. The pacing near the end was extremely frantic, so it felt rushed. This is a case where the paperback edition is cheaper than the e-book so I guess it's you to the reader on the money they can spend.
I received an ARC from NetGalley for a fair and honest review.
Overall, I’m glad I read the series because Merit is a heroine to remember. Her interactions with all the other characters are what made the series for me and kept me coming back. So, yes, a fitting ending but not my favorite book in the series.
Highly Recommended (only because of Merit)!!