Series: Chicagoland Vampires #13
Publisher: Berkley on April 25, 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Adult
Source: Blog Tour
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The thrilling final installment of Chloe Neill’s New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series sees a sinister sorcery advancing across Chicago, and it may usher in the fall of Cadogan House…
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 in 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.
At A Glance
Don’t let it end!!!!
This is the end, my friends. The last book in the Chicagoland Vampires series. I’m sad to see it go but I also think it’s a good time for the series to end.
This series has always been about the characters. We are emotionally invested in them and want to see them grow in every possible way. Luckily, they do. Merit and Ethan are in such a good place now it warms my heart. Merit has opened up and become more responsible. Ethan has lost the ‘tude and trusts Merit implicitly. They work so well as a team. Mallory is in a better headspace with her magic while Catcher is more supportive than ever.
As for the plot, the crazy voice driving people insane and the insta-freeze weather kept things interesting. The big bad was dealt with in a very satisfying way. It sure put my jaw to the ground.
Chicago as a whole is also finding it’s own. It has always been a battle of supernaturals vs. humans. But I see the progress of unity finally coming to be. It’s not perfect but it’s something to build on. Ethan and Merit have taken out most of their enemies, so I feel like they can finally settle into somewhat of a normal life, as much as vampires can have.
I was happy with the final moments and epilogue. It was nice to get a glimpse of Merit and Ethan’s future. They have their hands full, that’s for sure, but in the best of ways.
Blade Bound felt like the previous books in the series. A supernatural bad guy appears, Merit and the gang investigate and research, a big battle follows. I was expecting something more from the last book in the series. The storyline was simple and predictable (though not boring). I wanted a bigger bang for my buck this time.
I do love some Ethan and Merit snuggle time. The sex is always so powerful because of the love behind it. It’s not super detailed but just enough.
I am so happy I stuck with this series for all 13 installments. I needed Merit and Ethan to have their happy ending and I was not disappointed. Though the book could have been more unique, it was still a satisfying ending to the series.
Q1: What are you going to miss most about writing the Chicagoland Vampires Series?
Chloe: The characters’ voices, which were so clear for me–especially Merit and Ethan. I cried a little when I turned in BLADE BOUND, because I know it was an end of an era for Merit and Ethan, whatever comes next.
Q2: Will we ever hear from Ethan or Merit again?
Chloe: No spoilers! But take a look at the spinoff announcement at the end of BLADE BOUND on April 25, and that will get you closer to an answer. 🙂
Q3:Were there alternate endings you considered?
Chloe: Nope. And actually, the last scene in BLADE BOUND is one I wrote right after I wrote SOME GIRLS BITE. It’s an old one that I’ve been saving for many, many years.
Q4: What are you working on now?
Chloe: I’m currently working on THE HUNT, the third in my Devil’s Isle series, which is set in New Orleans. And I’m about to write the first book in the spinoff! I’m also working on a proposal for a brand new paranormal romance series.
Thanks so much for having me today!
The fun doesn’t stop here. Want more chances to win? You can also enter the Blade Bound Grand Prize Giveaway, which runs April 17 through April 28 on Chloe’s web site.
What is the Grand Prize Giveaway prize?
- Engraved Cadogan House medal pendant
- Signed 11×16 Merit poster
- $50 Amazon gift card
- $50 Garrett Popcorn Gift Card (Chicago’s hometown favorite!)
- Tote bag containing Chicagoland Vampires and Devil’s Isle Swag
Enter for a chance to win the Blade Bound package of swag. Open for the US and Internationally. Ends May 3rd.
- Three signed, limited edition, 8.5 x11 Merit posters
- A Cadogan House lanyard
- A Cadogan House tote bag
- Cadogan House seal sticker