Book Review: Silver Bound by: Holly Rutan

Rating: 5/5

Publisher: Musa Publishing LLC

Publication Date: April 4, 2014

Origins:  From Author for Review

Book Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Agent Samantha Davis, a werewolf employed by the U.S. Department of Magical Affairs, is on the hunt. Someone - or something - is siphoning away magic for their own nefarious purposes, and they're willing to die to keep their secrets. More importantly, they’re willing to kill, draining supernaturals of their blood to power their strange foreign magic. Making matters worse, it looks like Samantha's employers are losing confidence in her. She bombed her last mental health test. The two men sent to reinforce her are specialists in killing rogue weres, not the investigators she'd been expecting.

Samantha's feeling hot, and it's not just the California summer. That werehunter's cool green eyes are promising a fate far sweeter than silver bullets, but there's no time for romance. The body count is in the hundreds and rising, and if Samantha doesn't get her nose on the right scent soon, the streets of Los Angeles will be bathed in blood.

Review: SILVER BOUND starts with showing readers a young werewolf in a laboratory, who can’t shift between forms and is a protector of the weak and helpless. One day, she escapes and her presence is discovered by the scientist’s superiors. Instead of killing her, as they would have if the scientist hadn’t saved her, she has some powerful allies in her corner. She goes to school…and then flash forward to 10+ years later.

Samantha is now an agent with the U.S. Dept of Magical Affairs, with a silver and black band marking her and controlling her shifts, using her werewolf and mage abilities to solve crimes. She and her partner are now tracking artificial magic drains. An individual or a group, with unknown motivations, is sucking the magic out of places and using it for their own nefarious ends. She’s partnered up with two new people – a werehunter and a mage on the edge. The werehunter brings out something in Samantha she’s never felt before, but she can’t let it interfere with her work or her sanity.

I absolutely adored SILVER BOUND. I was drawn to Samantha’s character in so many ways. The world building and characterization is amazingly striking. So much of it is shown through Samantha’s observations via sight, sound, and smell. While you can tell SILVER BOUND is the beginning of a series, this doesn’t detract from the story at all. The ending leaves you itching for more and I can’t wait to see where the author takes Samantha (and the readers!). SILVER BOUND is a excellent paranormal mystery with memorable characters.

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