Thursday, August 7, 2008

“Bound by Shadow” by Anna Windsor

FROM THE BOOK COVER:
Falling for a demon can be hazardous to your heart.

Riana Dumain is a fully trained Sybil, a warrior priestess battling evil whose practical magic keeps her grounded in earthly science–and desires. She knows that gorgeous NYPD detective Creed Lowell is dangerous, and possibly a foot soldier of the evil Legion cult, using his badge and drop-dead looks to consolidate demonic power.

Creed’s low-profile Occult Crimes Unit pulls Riana and her two sister Sybils into the case of a politician’s son, murdered in a ritualistic sacrifice. Soon, Riana’s instincts prove true. Creed, the hottest half-human she’s ever known, a demon in bed and out, is guarding a trapdoor to hell. And unless Riana can find a way to tame her mystery man’s treacherous inner self (and her heart), all of Manhattan may be enveloped by darkness.
This is Book 1 in the Dark Crescent Sisterhood series. This series pretty much hews to the standard paranormal template. Three empowered sisters fighting the supernatural bad guys. Sister one finds love (and then some) with supernatural bad boy. Action (of both kinds if you know what I mean) and adventure ensues. From the setup at the end of the story and the preview of the next book included, the sequel gives the next sister her amorous opportunity and the Sibyls more bad guys to kick butt.

Poking fun aside, Bound by Shadow is a breezy entertaining read. Windsor has created her own unique preternatural world with the Sibyls, which form triads composed of Earth, Air and Fire abilities. They fight the Legion composed of human bad guys and demon minions and yes they are bent on world domination. The Sybil rituals, fighting skills and back story are quite inventive and the setting for their home base in a Brownstone opposite Central Park in NYC is like a witch’s equivalent of an MI5 headquarters.

With solid story telling and likable characters, the Dark Crescent Sisterhood series is likely to be enjoyed by most readers of paranormal romance and urban fantasy.

Book 2, Bound by Flame is available now and Book 3, Bound by Light will be out later this month.








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