Thursday, May 14, 2015

Darkness Unbound by Zoe Forward

Title:  Darkness Unbound
Series:  Scimtar Magi #3
Author:  Zoe Forward
Published:  November 21/14 by The Wild Rose Press
Length:  322pgs
Genre:  paranormal/fantasy romance
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

Covert op partners Astrid Scarre and Kane Langford click on a level that defies logic. Astrid wants to say yes to the sexy Kane. But the guy who stole her heart and then shattered her soul twelve years ago shows up. Seeing the Dragon magus, Zannis, again ignites a wild physical attraction, but doesn’t eliminate her simmering hatred. Astrid is torn between her physical need for Zannis and her emotional connection to Kane.

Kane will never turn his back on Astrid, even when she gets inducted into the Scimitar magi, an organization he knows well and respects. His gorgeous ex-spy partner might push him away at every turn, but that’s too bad. He’s exactly the man she needs to protect her life and her heart. All he has to do is convince her that when something feels this right, you don’t let it go.

My Review:

I read this novel in a single afternoon. Forward held me bound from cover to cover. The fast forward pace of the at times suspenseful story combines with the true emotional bonds between the characters to create an unforgettable (and at times unfathomable) whole. Forward has created an entire world for her readers to fall in love with, complete with a history and mythology of its own, and it’s hidden right within our own. Forward has created a fantastic ending for this novel. I love how things end up and can’t wait to see what comes next for these Magi. I’ll admit, I’m addicted. This novel could potentially be read as a standalone, but the previous novels in the series give context to a great many things.

Astrid’s strong, witty, at times funny personality is endearing. Her need to take care of herself and those she loves, and the ability to do so in all circumstances, is fantastic. Kane’s chivalry clashes with his knowledge that Astrid can take care of herself, and is frankly, medieval at times. Ah, the things you come to know about these characters by the end of the novel. You’ve really got to feel for Zannis & his situation, regardless of the way that he blunders about it at times. The gap between what’s happening and what he believes is happening leads to some confusion on his part, but makes him all the more endearing to readers, in a larger than life, over the top kind of way. I definitely didn’t see the Kane-Astrid-Zannis love triangle turning out the way that it did, but it was utterly fantastic!

This is one of those series that I’m sad to be caught up on because it means I’ll have to wait (impatiently I might add) for the release of the next instalment.

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