Title: Bind the Soul
Author: Annette Marie
Published: January, 2015
The most important rule for an Apprentice Consul is simple: Don’t get involved with daemons. Well, Piper is planning to break that rule — big time.
After a near-deadly scandal with the Sahar Stone, she has the chance to return to the only life she’s ever wanted. All she has to do to keep her Apprenticeship is forget about Ash and Lyre. Ash might be enigmatic and notoriously lethal, and Lyre might be as sinfully irresistible as he is irritating, but they’re not bad for a couple of daemons.
There’s just one problem: Ash is missing.
Really, she shouldn’t risk her future for him. He lied. He betrayed her. But he also saved her life, damn it. Wherever he is, he’s in trouble, and if she doesn’t save his sorry butt, who will? But with every dangerous secret she unravels, each one darker than the last, she slips deeper into Ash’s world — a world with no escape for either of them.
Characterization and badassery
I haven’t gone straight from Book 1 to Book 2 to Book 3 in a series since Rachel Aaron’s Paradox series. But I liked the first book in this series so well I wanted to keep going. Book 3 is already queued up and ready to go. So, yeah, I’m really enjoying this series!
Piper once again shows she is intrepid, loyal, and willing to do what needs to be done with a minimum of fussing and bemoaning. I’m not much for angst. Piper gets it done and deals with the fallout later, which I really like in a hero. She did have a bit of a break in character, but you’ll need to see the spoiler below for that.
I particularly like that our (female) hero does the rescuing, rather than being the one who needs a rescue. That’s a nice trope-killer. I appreciate books that twist the elements a bit. With the perspective shift on “angels” and “demons” in this series, we get just enough of that to provide some freshness. Piper’s young and she doesn’t have all the answers, but she’s not afraid to face up to whatever comes her way, even when she makes mistakes. I find that refreshing.
Plot and pacing
I think this one moved a bit more smoothly than the first, and that’s good. I like to see an author who ups her game with each book. That shows she’s really working on improving her craft.
I did again get the feeling of pursuit/capture, pursuit/capture, but you know what? I’m guessing that Annette Marie will up her game again in book three, and I’m enthused to see it happen. In addition to liking her books, I also look forward to seeing her develop as a writer.
This is another quick read. I powered through in a day and a half. You know those books that you read bits and pieces of over the course of a week or two? This is not one of those.
Prose and editing
Again, better than the first. Stronger verbs, and prose that is tighter and more evocative.
Some well-placed fun bits. I like to see humor used this way, to lighten the tension. Well done.
Another good read that has me looking forward to the next.